More than just a psychological thriller, “Fear” starring Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon, brought every parent’s nightmare to life.
In October 2022, it was confirmed that a remake of the 90s teen shocker “Fear” was in development. News outlets confirmed that Peacock was overseeing the production, which would take the form of a series inspired by the Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon 1996 film.
The movie featured the two Hollywood greats, then 23 and 18, respectively, playing love interests David McCall and Nicole.
This love story began much like any other coming-of-age drama, with the innocent Nicole falling in love with the typical bad boy David following their first meeting in Seattle.
After a succession of scenes depicting teenage romance, the gradual robbing away of Nicole’s innocence, unusual dates, and prom night, the premise suddenly turned from the initial romantic comedy vibes to an adrenaline-pumping thriller about toxic relationships.
The official release date of the action-packed movie remake is yet to be announced, but millions already hold their breaths in anticipation.
In honor of the remake series, here are twenty facts about the 90s cult classic that would leave you craving a rewatch.
1. A 90s Bollywood Movie Of The Same Title Inspired “Fear”
Although Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon threw in the American factor in the 90s thriller, the movie took inspiration from an Indian film. The movie in question was released in 1993 and titled “Fear.”
2. They Considered Someone Else For The Role Of Nicole
Who could bear to imagine “Fear” without a “Reese Witherspoon to Mark Wahlberg’s David?” Anyone? Exactly. But before Witherspoon ever popped up for the iconic female lead role, the executives considered casting Liv Tyler. However, she turned it down, serving Witherspoon one of her most iconic roles yet on a platter.
3. Leonardo DiCaprio Recommended Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg’s role in “Basketball Diaries” may not be as iconic, but it sure served as a stepping stone. Reports have it that actor Leonardo DiCaprio personally recommended Wahlberg to James Foley after starring with him in “Basketball Diaries.”
4. Mark Wahlberg Almost Played A Gang Member
Despite coming highly recommended, the showrunner did not consider Wahlberg for the role of David. Foley wanted him to audition for the role of one of the Gangsters. But since those did not come with lines, he wound up reading David’s lines and won everyone over.
5. Foley Rooted For Wahlberg
It appears the executives had someone else in mind for the role of David and still wouldn’t consider Wahlberg. However, Foley reportedly threatened not to do the movie unless they cast the actor.
6. The Roller Coaster Effect
Remember the erotic roller coaster ride from “Fear?”? Bet you do! In case you’re craving a real-life experience of the iconic 90s thriller, you’re in luck, as a piece of the original movie is an actual ride in real life. The ride is located at Playland Amusement Park, which still operates in Vancouver to date.
7. Yes! You’ve Seen It Elsewhere
Wondering why the theme park in the 2006 James Wong-directed movie, “Final Destination 3” rings a bell? You guessed right! It’s the same one from “Fear,” where Nicole had her ride of a lifetime.
8. No “F” Words
While David’s line, “Let me in the f—king house, has come to be one of the most memorable lines in the movie, it almost never made the cut. The director, Foley, reportedly cut out the lines during the initial production. But producer Brian Grazer insisted they included it.
9. Nicole’s Friend Gary Was Gay
The screenwriter specifically stated in the script that Nicole’s friend, Gary was gay. However, the movie somehow ignored that detail,
10. The Movie Experienced Delayed Release
According to reports, the filming of “Fear” began as early as September 1994, concluding in December of that year. However, it sat on the shelves for over a year before its final release in April 1996.
11. Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon Reportedly Dated While Filming
Think Reese Witherspoon and Mark Wahlberg went overboard with their onscreen depiction of love malady? Blame it on their real-life chemistry. Rumor has it that the two actors dated while filming the iconic cult classic but split in 1997. However, neither party has confirmed the rumors.
12. It Became A Box Office Hit
Despite garnering negative reviews at the time of its release, “Fear” became a box office hit, grossing $20.8 million on a budget of $6.5 million.
13. It Earned Mark Wahlberg A Nod For Best Villain
Following his portrayal of David McCall, MTV Movie Awards nominated Wahlberg for Best Villain. However, he lost the trophy to “The Cable Guy’s” Jim Carrey.
14. Carter Burwell Composed The Movie’s Score
Notable for composing the scores for “Twilight,” “Seven Psychopaths,” “True Grit,” and “Thor: The Dark World,” Carter Burwell was responsible for the feather-ruffling musical notation that made the 90s thriller reflect the darkest sides of David, Nicole’s racing heart, and every chaotic emotion that came to play in bringing the Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon movie to life. It sure takes a pro to carry viewers along at every turn. Goosebumps anyone?