Fear Itself (2008–2009)
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The Spirit Box 

Emily D'Angelo is a dead schoolgirl who speaks to her classmates from beyond the grave. She reveals that she was murdered and she wants her friends help to seek revenge.


Rob Schmidt


Mick Garris (creator), Joe Gangemi


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Episode complete credited cast:
Anna Kendrick ... Shelby Johnson
Martin Donovan ... Officer Dan Johnson
Jessica Parker Kennedy ... Becca
Mark Pellegrino ... Mr. Drake
Samantha Hill ... Emily D'Angelo
Teresa Hung Teresa Hung ... Mrs. Chen


The teenager Shelby Johnson is the daughter of Officer Dan Johnson and best friend of her schoolmate Becca. Halloween night, Becca proposes to Shelby to build a ouija board and do a séance. Their former friend Emily D'Angelo, who committed suicide in a lake, makes contact and she tells that she was murdered but does not give the name of the killer. The two girls investigate the case leaving Shelby's father Officer Dan Johnson upset. Soon they find a suspect and Shelby has a great surprise. "The Spirit Box" is maybe the best episode so far of Fear Itself, with a cast with Martin Donovan, Anna Kendrick and Mark Pellegrino. The creepy and tense story has a surprising plot point and a good conclusion. My vote is seven. Title (Brazil): "The Spirit Box" Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

17 January 2009 (Hungary) See more »

Filming Locations:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Martin Donovan starred in an episode of Masters of Horror (whose Fear Itself is the unofficial third season) also directed by Rob Schmidt. See more »


Becca: don't know why you're stressing. It's obvious Mr. Drake has the hots for you. You couldn't flunk his class if you wanted to.
Shelby: Shut up.
Becca: Don't pretend you haven't noticed how he looks at you. He wants to write a paper on your girl parts.
Shelby: That is like beyond revolting.
Becca: Oh, yeah, then why are you blushing?
Shelby: Because I've eaten my weight in fun-size candy.
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Where is The Supernatural?
19 July 2011 | by ricardovs27See all my reviews

Another example of an episode who forces a supernatural element just to justify his presence in a so called horror series.

But, unlike the previous one, "Chance", here it works.

The director, Rob Schmidt, of "Wrong Turn" fame, makes an incredible job in generating suspense and trying to keep the final twist a surprise... And almost succeeds, because the end really is forced.

But the way until there goes on smoothly, with a nice cast and excellent camera work and cinematography; the close up on the professor after the stairs fall is really creepy.

With this one, the score of "Fear Itself" is Turds 6 x 5 OK episodes.

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