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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 5, 2008
  • Season #: 1
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5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 36 Ratings

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  • Summary: The producers of "Masters of Horrors" are back with another anthology of thrillers written and/or directed by such names as John Landis, Darren Bousman, Breck Eisner, Stuart Gordon, Mary Harron, and Ronny Yu.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Suspense, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. 70
    With so many different directors and writers involved, it's always hard to judge where anthology series may be going. But the first two episodes of Fear Itself are good, goosebumpy fun, with the deft set-ups, rousing action and surprise endings of a comic book.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    70
    A breath of cold, bracing and - bless it - fresh air. Eisner's fable is dark, almost impenetrably so, though skillfully rendered. Best of all, nothing here has ever been performed on reality TV, the best I can tell.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    Script by show creator Mick Garris and ensemble acting are serviceable but pale in comparison to the cinematography of Attila Szalay, production design of Stephen Geaghan and Brian Tyler's tension-inducing orchestral score.
  4. Each episode tells a different story but in the first two, it's clear the stories won't be all that different from those we've seen a million times before.
  5. Fear Itself, which is directed by a platoon of horror film veterans (including the Hong Kong auteur Ronny Yu), delivers a lot of ripped flesh and spilled blood--terrible things happen, in particular, to lips and teeth--in the service of very little terror or discomfort.
  6. What they do have in common is wintry Canadian weather, a general lack of humor without having much serious to say and the fact that they are not particularly scary.
  7. 25
    The only fear engendered by this series is the fear that the NBC programming department has been possessed by Satan.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 9 out of 19
  1. JamesO.
    Jun 27, 2008
    10
    Best show on TV. Reminds me of Twilight Zone or Hitchcock. Last night's ( about the wedding and the serial killer) twist took me Best show on TV. Reminds me of Twilight Zone or Hitchcock. Last night's ( about the wedding and the serial killer) twist took me completely by surprise. Congratulations to NBC for showing something different. Expand
  2. KathyR.
    Jun 6, 2008
    10
    This was excellent! It had me on edge a bunch of times. For a regular broadcast tv show it was really scary.
  3. DJordan
    Jun 13, 2008
    9
    never heard of this show, just looking for something to watch at 10pm. was really surprised. to see this type of show. loved it. but will not never heard of this show, just looking for something to watch at 10pm. was really surprised. to see this type of show. loved it. but will not get to interested in it, because soon as i do, there it go, of the air. like moonlight, new Amsterdam, bionic woman, battlestar g, dresden files, ect. Expand
  4. Sandim
    Jun 22, 2008
    4
    The second was better than the first, by about 2 more miles, where the first was about 9/1000 of miles from utter crap. I missed the third, The second was better than the first, by about 2 more miles, where the first was about 9/1000 of miles from utter crap. I missed the third, and thats one i wanted to see =/ So watch it, it's worth a laugh and an hour of your life. Expand
  5. JoeT.
    Jun 15, 2008
    3
    Aside from the obligatory 'twist ending' for these kind of shows, this one's not creepy nor scary. It compensates by showing a Aside from the obligatory 'twist ending' for these kind of shows, this one's not creepy nor scary. It compensates by showing a lot of blood. Expand
  6. AimeeW.
    Jun 27, 2008
    1
    This is the worst series ever. I can't believe a major television station would even air this crap. Very disappointing.
  7. MarcusA.
    Jun 7, 2008
    0
    A terrible terrible show, I could have been watching RENO 911.

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