We continue our October scary-movie-a-thon-thing with the terrifying and impossible to alphabetize cyber thriller .com for Murder. Directed by schlock semi-master Nico Mastorakis, this ripoff of Halloween, Psycho, Rear Window, etc. stars Nastassja Kinski (Cat People), Nicollette Sheridan (former Michael Bolton paramour), Roger Daltrey (Vampirella, The Who), and Huey Lewis (of the News).
When hotshot architect Ben (Daltrey) leaves his temporarily handicapped wive Sondra (Kinski) in the care of her sister and a completely computerized mansion named Hal, she uses the opportunity to antagonize murderers in an online sex chatroom. When she annoys the wrong murderer—a hacker who goes by Werther—he uses the opportunity to send her video footage of a murder (encrypted as a racist public domain cartoon) and then go after her as well! Meanwhile FBI Agent Matheson (Lewis) takes the case despite lacking a basic understanding of computers and technology.
Join Nick, Chris, and returning special guest Sarah Long (from Episode 42: American Strays) as we try and figure out how to add blood effects to chatoom text, why the director thought the delete key could possibly execute any sort of command, and the murderer’s extremely dubious time estimate for death by wrist knick.
- The public domain cartoon that Werther encrypts over the murder video is the Looney Tunes classic Have You Got Any Castles? It usually doesn't end up on any Warner Brothers DVD collections because of its extremely racist portrayals and esoteric references to 1930s pop culture.
- .com for Murder's early 2000s era website (some sections NSFW).
- The law is 100% clear on this: It's okay to electrocute an intruder to death if you or your talking house gives a verbal warning beforehand.
- Despite the technology motifs, .cfM is impossible to stream online. Third party sellers offer it on Amazon and Netflix has an old DVD of it.
- Howdy pilgrim! I am a chair. John Wayne.