April 12th, 1996



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Still of Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon in Fear

A 16 year old girl takes up with a charming young man who quickly shows his colors when he beats a friend simply for walking with her and then goes totally ballistic after she tries to break up with him.

Release Year: 1996

Rating: 5.9/10 (17,594 voted)

Critic's Score: 51/100

Director: James Foley

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William Petersen

On the surface, the Walkers were a picture perfect family. Steve had a great job as an architect and a beautiful house in Seattle overlooking a lake. His new wife, Laura, loved him very much. Toby, her young son, looked up to him like his own father. And Nicole, his 16-year old daughter, meant the world to him. As Steve would be the first to admit, it was almost the perfect life. Until one day when Nicole went to a party at a local rave club with her best friend Margo and met a young man named David.

Mark Wahlberg - David McCall
Reese Witherspoon - Nicole Walker
William Petersen - Steve Walker
Amy Brenneman - Laura Walker
Alyssa Milano - Margo Masse
Christopher Gray - Toby
Tracy Fraim - Logan
Gary Riley - Hacker
Jason Kristofer - Terry
Jed Rees - Knobby
Todd Caldecott - Gary Rohmer
John Oliver - Eddie Clark
David Fredericks - Larry O'Brien
Ravinder Toor - Counterman
Andrew Airlie - Alex McDowell

Taglines: The attraction was obvious. The Danger wasn't.

Release Date: 12 April 1996

Filming Locations: Mercer Island, Washington, USA

Gross: $20,754,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?

The rollercoaster featured in Fear is called "The Coaster". It is one of the biggest attractions at Playland, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Continuity: At the start of the movie, when Nicole, Margo and Gary are in the bar, Nicole's hair changes from neat to messy numerous times.

[first lines]
Laura Walker: [calling upstairs to Nicole in the shower] Nicole, save some hot water for your father!

User Review

A clever and enthralling discovery into obsession and agression.


FEAR (1996) Rating: 8/10

While this movie had mixed opinions from critics, I thought it was thoroughly underrated. I didn't really see what this movie didn't have to please people around the globe. It had a story, and an intriguing one at that, it had a lot of genres to mix its story up in, it had well-developed characters – especially the character of the father – and it had excellent direction, acting and a great script that explores further into the world of terror. The film succeeds highly because of its characters and the original bunch they are. Reese Witherspoon plays the short-skirt wearing, blonde-haired and extremely family-bound and nice young girl that gets involved with a psychopath and doesn't know how to take it. Mark Wahlberg plays this psychopath excellently, his character is someone obsessed with Witherspoon's character and we will go to any great lengths to protect her and assure that his and her relationship is safe. And then he gets violent, very violent, and the outcome is horrifying. The father is not the most original character in the film, but the most developed. He is the caring, brave and extremely clever dad who wants the best for his daughter but doesn't want to hurt her. Anyway, enough about the characters. The rest of the movie rocks too – the script is surprisingly original for its premise, taking the boy-meets-girl, girl-dumps-boy, boy-gets-angry angle to new areas in psychological horror. The suspense scenes are incredibly tense and the movie has some gut-wrenchingly scary but incredibly good ideas. I really enjoyed the director's point of view and liked the way he built his film as each of the characters slowly drifts off. I appreciated this thriller a lot and think it is worth your time, but beware, you're in for a pretty darn scary and atmospheric ride!


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