• Publication date: December 23, 2010

FEAR FEAR

Nicole Walker (Reese Witherspoon) thought she found the perfect guy. David McCall ...

Nicole Walker (Reese Witherspoon) thought she found the perfect guy. David McCall (Mark Wahlberg) was the exact opposite of other guys she had met before: a true gentleman, who was not just interested in having sex with her. When it was time to meet Nicole's family, David wooed them with his courteous demeanor. The McCalls' patriarch, Steven (William Petersen) felt uneasy around his daughter's new boyfriend though, and his intuition instantly sensed that he was trouble. Dad turns out to be right. When David sees a mere friend of Nicole hugging her goodbye on the street, he transforms into a lunatic and pummels the innocent boy. Nicole tries to break up the fight, but David throws her to the ground instead. The relationship is then over – or so it seems. After being dumped David feels heartbroken and repeatedly begs Nicole for forgiveness. Eventually she obliges and things seem normal again. Meanwhile, Steven has been investigating David's past and discovers a slew of inconsistencies. Her dad calmly confronts his daughter's sweetheart and insists that the relationship come to an end; David is polite during the conversation, returns home, and then proceeds to beat himself until he is bruised. When Nicole sees her boyfriend's injuries she believes her father is the culprit, and storms off with David to his home. Soon afterward he begins to reveal the true extent of his psychopathic behavior, and Nicole attempts to end the relationship for good. But David has a sadistic obsession with her, and refuses to accept that their love affair has ended. When he assembles a crew of hooligans to visit the McCalls' home later that night, an innocent teenage romance turns into a dangerous nightmare. Fear was filmed with a mere $6 million budget, but earned $20 million at the end of its theatrical run, deeming the picture a commercial success despite mixed critical reviews. The soundtrack features 90s alternative bands like Toad the Wet Sprocket, Bush, and The Sundays.