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HorrorBid's 31 Days of Horror: The Caller

We here at HorrorBid will be recommending one specific treasure for everyday of the month. The ultimate goal is mple; encourage the masses to seek out stellar films that fit the seasonal mold. While I’m certain plenty of our faithful readers will find some of these films predictable, or at the least familiar, we still feel as though a friendly reminder can go a long way towards renewed enjoyment.

On deck for October 7th, is the absolutely twisted mindfuck of a film, The Caller. This flick hit the mass market just days ago, and to be completely honest it’s eerie, frightening, unsettling, and bona fide fun, which I found to be truly surpring. The cinematography and lighting utilized in the picture feel like a cross between Halloween, Black Christmas and The House of the Devil, which should definitely convince you of the aesthetic qualities of the picture: this one seeps vintage appeal.

The gist of the film is actually quite complex, as time is bent in all kinds of directions. Mary Kee (the gorgeous Rachelle Lefevre) is plagued by a mysterious caller who seems to know her extremely well. What’s particularly frightening is the fact that this caller is reaching out from the past, and she’s got the capability to alter the present as well as future should Mary piss her off.

While the whole “random caller” idea feels a bit cliché at this point, director Matthew Parkhill tweaks the norm enough to keep it fresh. Though the story itself bares some milarities to the clasc Twilight Zone tale “Night Call”, it certainly travels to much bleaker ends. The finale is superb and memorable, serving as the perfect climax to a tenon filled shocker.

Anyone who enjoyed films like, He Knows You’re Alone, One Missed Call or even the aforementioned, Black Christmas is all but guaranteed to find this one quite enjoyable. The Caller is an easy sleeper pick for the year, and you’ll know if the second you hear Rose’s haunting voice echo through the telephone.
Matt_Molgaard Friday 10/07/2011 at 11:50 PM | 83994