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The Caller (2011)

  Tags: Alcove Entertainment, Ed Quinn, Lorna Raver, Luis Guzmán, Matthew Parkhill, Mystery, Pimienta, psychological, Rachelle Lefevre, sci-fi, scifi, Sergio Casci, Stephen Moyer, The Caller, The Salt Company International, thriller

Your rating: None Average: 5.8 (4 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
6

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Rating #: 
6/10
Director: 
Matthew Parkhill
Runtime: 
91 minutes
Cast: 
Stephen Moyer, Rachelle Lefevre, Luis Guzmán, Ed Quinn, Lorna Raver


It's rare to find a horror film now-a-days with a creative or fairly original premise such as The Caller, so I jumped at the chance to catch the flick when I could. Having seen it I have to say that despite some of the logical flaws in the script, it's still an improvement over what normally comes out of the genre, especially with the low-budget efforts.

The story follows a divorcee named Mary, who moves into a cheap old apartment after finally splitting up with her abusive ex. The place comes with an old-school working telephone standing out the most. It's not long before she receives a call from said-phone by a troubled old woman named Rose asking for a man who doesn't live there. Despite being an obvious wrong number, Rose continues to call and the two eventually bond after they learn that they're both in similar situations.

Things take a startling turn when Rose reveals that she's calling from decades into the past, which Mary meets with skepticism until it's proven after the woman causes changes in the apartment building, which can then be seen in the present. Mary eventually attempts to stop contact with Rose, but that only infuriates the woman, and she decides to go after the people in Mary's life by getting to them when they're young, and altering their futures all together.

The film's story and characters are what really drives it, as there isn't a whole lot shown to the audience otherwise. We don't see any on-screen deaths since everything Rose does is in the past, and we never leave the present. Luckily, both the story and characters are strong enough to keep us watching, especially with decent performances by lead Rachelle Lefevre (Victoria from the Twilight films) and Stephen Moyer (Bill from True Blood), who was surprisingly not killed off in the first few minutes like he was in a couple other recent genre flicks.

Sadly, despite the intriguing story, it's not without its faults. There are some logical issues that can be hard to ignore, namely the fact that Mary kept using the vintage phone to begin with, even after Rose was becoming increasingly difficult. She clearly has a cell phone, so instead of just not answering, unplugging it, or even changing the number, she continues to let Rose trouble her until it's too late. There are other minor problems that will likely leave you scratching your head if you think too much on it, but if you can manage to ignore them, you'll likely be somewhat pleased with the end result.

Although The Caller is an intriguing low-budget flick that stands above your standard genre fair, thanks to some of the logical issues presented in the story we're left with a decent effort that could've been much better than it actually was. Negative aside, it's still worth a look if you're aiming to check something that relies more on its interesting story and likeable characters than boring pop-scares or cheesy gore.

Posted on August 25, 2011 - 9:49pm | FrighT MasteR

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