Directed byRockne S. O'Bannon
Written byRockne S. O'Bannon
Produced byRichard Kobritz
Mitchell Cannold
Diane Nabatoff
Henry Kline
StarringAlly Sheedy
Lauren Hutton
Michael O'Keefe
Keone Young
Stan Shaw
Jonathan Prince
CinematographyRobert M. Stevens (credited as Robert Stevens)
Edited byKent Beyda
Lorraine Salk
Music byHenry Mancini
Distributed byVestron Pictures
Release date
  • July 15, 1990 (1990-07-15)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

Fear is a 1990 American thriller/horror/suspense film. It is directed by Rockne S. O'Bannon and stars Ally Sheedy, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Michael O'Keefe, Lauren Hutton, Keone Young, Stan Shaw, Dean Goodman, Don Hood and Jonathan Prince.


Cayce Bridges (Ally Sheedy) is a psychic gifted in a form of remote viewing and empathy/telepathy that allows her to mentally link with murderers enabling police to catch them. That is until she encounters the mysterious and elusive Shadow Man (Pruitt Taylor Vince), who is not only similarly blessed, but is more powerful than she is.



Originally intended for a theatrical release, the film made its premiere on Showtime on July 15, 1990.


The film has been released on DVD by Lions Gate as a double feature with Parents.[1] Both films are presented in widescreen.

Critical reception

Writing in Radio Times, critic Alan Jones described the film as an "unusual thriller" with Sheedy displaying "an unexpected steely side," and that although there is "little in the way of mystery [...] there's plenty of unnerving action."[2] Critic Rick Kogan wrote in The Chicago Tribune that the film was "interestingly textured and graced by a bold performance" from Sheedy, and that it "will keep you interested, offers an interesting variation on its theme and rarely dips into predictability."[3] A review in the Sun Sentinel, reported that although the film is "billed as a psychological thriller, [it] is really a color-by-number, blood-and-guts crime story with a better-than-average gimmick."[4]


  1. ^ Doupe, Tyler (July 11, 2022). "'Fear' (1990) Taps into the Horrors of Second Sight [The Overlook Motel]". Dread Central. Retrieved December 25, 2022.
  2. ^ Jones, Alan. "Fear (1990)". Radio Times. Immediate Media Company Ltd. Retrieved 2023-11-01.
  3. ^ Kogan, Rick. "Canadian Masterpiece". Chicago Tribune. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2023-11-01.
  4. ^ "NO REAL 'FEAR' SELF-STARTER ALLY SHEEDY KEEPS BUSY WITH HER ACTING, WRITING AND PRODUCING". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2023-11-01.