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A Dead Calling (2006)

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A supernatural force drives a troubled female reporter to investigate a decrepit old house with a very dark past in this suspenseful tale of small-town terror starring Leslie Easterbrook, Sid Haig, and Bill Moseley. In the summer of 1981, a quiet town was shaken to its very core when an outwardly happy family was brutally massacred. Flash forward over two decades later, and the bloodbath has been all but forgotten by citizens looking to leave the horrors of the past to the history books. Now, as young story editor Elisabeth is drawn to the home and the fallen family members reach out from beyond the grave to tell their tragic tale, the sole survivor of the slaughter sets out to do everything within his power to ensure that the damning truth behind this shocking crime remains buried along with the rest of his ill-fated family members.
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R
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Horror
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LionsGate Entertainment

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More like A Movie Stinking, or (more accurately) A Viewer Sleeping.

Full Review… | January 14, 2007
DVDTalk.com

That the film is entirely lacking in actual scares goes without saying...

Full Review… | December 16, 2006
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One line summary: Ghosts, revenge, confused parentage, murder, obsession, but no scares. -------------------------- Rachel is a successful roving reporter for a television station. One evening she comes home and all seems well. A home invasion occurs and the thief kills her significant other by stabbing. She's in shock. She loses her job, her place of work. She goes back to her home in Fillmore with her parents George and Marge, then gets a job at the local television station. Her first assignment is an ongoing one in which she is to report on some of the high points of the local architecture. When she goes to first stop on the list, the 'Sullivan House,' all seems as usual until she goes upstairs. Then she hallucinates a brutal stabbing of a woman by an enraged man. On her second visit, she meets Arnold, a photographer who is investigating paranormal events using very sensitive photographic equipment. When they are about to uncover a paranormal event, a big fellow gets in Arnold's way, then stabs him to death. Stephen does some research, and finds that Arnold was killed some years ago. Oh, my. The Chief would rather that Stephen and Rachel quit poking around the Sullivan house. So of course they go there the same night. The Chief gets a complaint about their skulking around, and confronts them in the house. Unfortunately for the Chief, Dr. Sullivan, who owns the house, has gotten out of prison, and he stabs the Chief to death. Rachel figures out that the killer is her father and the ghost in her first hallucination is the ghost of her birth mother. Does Rachel help resolve the ghost's psychological problems, so that the haunting stops? Will any of the cast survive Dr. Sullivan? Are there last minute surprises? -----Scores----- Cinematography: 6/10 Camera shake. Stupid camera angles. Sound: 5/10 There are some big shifts in volume for no particular purpose, except perhaps for shock effect. Acting: 0/10 Alexandra Holden and John Burke are both terrible in this film. Their delivery of lines is just poor, and their external affect seems irrelevant. Micah Costanza was wretched as Deputy Murken. Mike Korich as Arnie Howard was no prize either. Screenplay: 2/10 Does Rachel ever mourn Brian? Why is Rachel so snotty toward her parents? Why was absolutely nothing in this film scary? Bad writing.

Ed Collins
Ed Collins

Despite featuring horror icons Sid Haig and Bill Moseley, A Dead Calling is a pointless, boring, and stupid as horror cinema can get....

Al Miller
Al Miller

Somebody in a suit said, "Hey, lets take the principal main cast from Rob Zombie's latest hit film, make their characters good and make the villain of the film as little of a threat as possible. For the lead we can get a girl that constantly looks like she has been crying and now market this unscary mess of a film to Liftetime-Television for Women because that's the target audience."

Curtis Reynolds
Curtis Reynolds

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