IMDb Rating: 4.8/10
Not Rated | 1h 35min | Horror | 02 Oct 2020 (USA) | Movie
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 50% Rotten (Critic reviews) | 84% Fresh (Audience reviews)
Director: Timothy Woodward Jr.
Writer: Patrick Stibbs
Stars: Lin Shaye, Tobin Bell, Chester Rushing
IMDb summary: In the fall of 1987, a group of small-town friends must survive the night in the home of a sinister couple after a tragic accident brings them to the couple’s door.
WE ARE NOT SPOILER FREE
I find it increasingly difficult to write bad reviews. It’s so much easier to write good ones because you’re excited to write about something that moved you or made you think or enlightened you. But when you watch bad movies – there’s not much to do other than complain about why someone else shouldn’t watch it.
And to be fair, The Call isn’t entirely bad – it’s just a little predictable. The gist of the movie is about a group of bored teenagers in 1987 who happen to be mean-spirited little jerks and like to pick on old ladies. Now, there is a small twist which we won’t spoil but it’s again, a little obvious when it happens.
While the story might not be the most interesting, the acting is head and shoulders above everything else. Lin Shaye is fantastic and I love seeing her on screen, particularly in horror films. Pairing her with “Saw” main man Tobin Bell as her loyal husband was a stroke of pure genius. Honestly, if you had to go to the house of these two people and think you’d survive it, think again. Yeah, creepy is as creepy does.
The younger cast seemed to be going through the numbers but relatively well – the problem with this film is not the acting talent. It’s just not really all that scary – even the parts that are supposed to scare you don’t. In fact, there is nothing more serious than a child suffering from parental abuse – that’s not scary, that’s just plain immoral and wrong. And while the fear factor was certainly present (not that it would be difficult to be scared of a burly man with violent tendencies when you’re 12 years old) I mean, really? I thought that was actually in poor taste.
The creepiest thing about this film is the actual house – it’s a maze of dark alleys, doors that slam shut without anyone being there and phantoms roaming the halls. I think we gave one of these stars to the house for being one of the best parts of this film.