Horror History: FEAR with Mark Wahlberg & Reese Witherspoon is Now 25 Years Old

On this day in horror history, James Foley’s psychological thriller Fear with Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William Petersen, and Alyssa Milano hit back in 1996.

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It begins when 16-year-old Nicole Walker (Reese Witherspoon) meets 23-year-old David McCall (Mark Wahlberg) at a Seattle nightclub and falls in love. David is exciting and charming, and despite the wide age gap, he wins over Nicole’s family — except for her workaholic father (William Petersen), who’s suspicious of David from the start. His concerns are realized when David turns out to be a violent sociopath who sees Nicole as his possession, and her family home a fortress to be invaded.

Elsewhere on this day in horror history:


  • Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones)
  • Jennifer Morrison (Stir of Echoes)
  • Claire Danes (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)
  • Marley Shelton (Planet Terror)
  • Andy Garcia (Jennifer 8)
  • Tom Noonan (Manhunter)
  • Shannen Doherty (Charmed)
  • Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Charles Napier (The Silence of the Lambs)

Movies Released:

  • Hellboy (2019)
  • High Life (2018)
  • Cape Fear (1962)
  • Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
  • Cat’s Eye (1985)
  • Ladyhawke (1985)
  • Frailty (2002)

Fear sports a 46% approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes. The Critics Consensus reads: It has an appealing young cast, but their efforts aren’t enough to consistently distract from an increasingly overblown – and illogical – teen stalker story.

Back in March 2018, there was word Fear was getting a remake “told from a female perspective” from Straight Outta Compton screenwriter Jonathan Herman. That still has happened. But we’ll keep you updated if we hear anything.

How much do you dig Fear with Mark Wahlberg?

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