When a Killer Calls (2006)
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The Asylum's rip-off of the remake of When a Stranger Calls. The original When a Stranger Calls was an intense, sleazy, and twisted gem of 70s horror-suspense cinema. I never watched the remake because it looked like a toothless, watered down, PG-13 version of the original. At least When a Killer Calls revels in the brutality even if it is as unoriginal as its title implies. Lots of death and gore make up for the lack of originality somewhat, but it is still a pointless remake.
No, I'm not referring to When A Stranger Calls, although it does use the "someone's calling from inside the house" plot. It's a "B" movie done by a studio that's known for taking basic plots of movies about to come out in the theater (or DVD), and it's not bad. At the end, it actually makes sense who the killer is.
An extremely amateurish rip off of When A Stranger Calls but unlike the well filmed, atmospheric remake of the 1970's chiller this one has balls. Right from the beginning of the film it has the feeling of unease and dread with brutal and effective yet generic kills that were disturbing and gutsy. This movie has a very visibly low budget and less than impressive acting that were the movie's downfall but the body count was decent and the killer was sadistic and stopped at nothing to bring fear to this poor babysitter and the stalk sequences though handled in a silly amateurish way did bring some suspense and creepyness to the film enough to make you look over your shoulder especially if you watch it alone in your home. The acting was beyond atrocious thanks to a horrible script and unoriginal story but towards the end it seems like everyone tried their best to step up their game which led to an effective, harrowing finale which might make you think twice about babysitting. Overall it's obviously a ripoff, unoriginal, flimsy but its brutality, creepyness and ballsy nature will creep under your skin, sure it wasn't amazing but as a generic rip off of stalk and slash it isn't half bad. Rent it. Have zero expectations, leave your brains at the door, grab some popcorn and enjoy. 6 out of 10
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