The Caller (2011)

Reviewed by 42ndego

As I poured myself a whiskey and coke I’m thinking to myself,  “I have this film figured out”. A woman get’s a few phone calls from an anonymous caller, the guy shows up at her house, she kills him at the end, etc. The Caller, directed by Matthew Parkhill, starring Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight) alongside Stephen Moyer (True Blood) is a thriller with an interesting twist that was pretty clever. It tells the story of Mary Kee, a recent divorcee of an abusive husband who continues to harass Mary in her new apartment. Once Mary is settled into her new home she receives a phone call from a woman, Rose, who is calling for “Bobby”. Mary tries to explain that she doesn’t know anyone by that name, but Rose doesn’t seem to believe her. She proceeds to tell Mary that Bobby lives in Mary’s new apartment, after all…she just saw him there last week. Not knowing what to make of the strange phone calls, Mary tries to ignore them.

Even though this movie takes place in present day, the cast decided to use phones from 25 years prior, so caller id is out of the question. When Mary recieves the next phone call, you soon realize that Rose isn’t a very stable person mentally. She starts to become irritated when Mary refuses to talk to her. As if all this woman wanted to do all day is sit on the phone and talk to a stranger. So as a way to give Mary some incentive Rose tells Mary some information that turns her world upside down. I’m not going to spoil it and tell you what it is, you’ll just have to see for yourself.

Through all of this Mary still has to deal with her delusional ex husband following her around. As if that wasn’t bad enough Mary’s new friend decides to start messing with her life because she feels her needs aren’t coming first. It starts off mild enough, Mary is instructed by Rose to go on a scavenger hunt and comes across a severed finger. Then Rose decides to up the ante and Mary notices that people she was either close with or acquaintances are no longer around. Mary tries to find an answer but it as if they have simply vanished. She is now beside herself and decides that she will need to find a way to get rid of Rose if she wants to move on with her life.

This movie was more of a Thriller rather than a straight Horror film. So don’t expect any gruesome special effects. I liked the story because I didn’t expect any of it! And that is one of the key ingredients of good horror film. But at the same time the film is a little slow and I probably wouldn’t watch it again because overall it was just kind of “alright” in my opinion.

Gore: 1 out of 5

Entertainment Value: 3 out of 5

Story: 3 1/2 out of 5

Overall: 3 1/2 out of 5

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