The Caller – 3 out of 5
What do most supernatural thrillers lack? Phones, duh!
|Imagine how much better The Exorcist would have been with a possessed phone!|
The Caller is a film that sees a newly divorced woman named Mary (Rachelle Lafevre) move into a small apartment and find an old rotary telephone that she finds herself adoring and sets up in her kitchen. One day she gets a mysterious phone call from an old woman named Rose (Lorna Raver). As time goes by, the calls from Rose become more frequent and more terrifying. Mary starts to feel haunted by Rose as she’s simultaneously trying to put distance between herself and her violent ex-husband (Ed Quinn), form a friendship with the apartment complex’s maintenance man (Luis Guzman) and form a relationship with a college professor (Stephen Moyer). However, Mary soon discovers that Rose is calling from the past and is threatening to have an impact on her future…
|"Do you think this building needs more lighting fixtures?"|
|"I'm sorry, who's speaking? I can't see you."|
When I first sat down to watch this, I expected a generic horror film that involved a ghost making contact through a phone however, I was pleasantly surprised when the film was actually about a lonely, psychotic old woman from the past reaching out to the future and reacting violently when she didn’t get her way. It was this unique aspect of the story that sucked me in.
|"Listen, I don't want to brag but I'm in True Blood...and that's better than the vampire|
story you're in."
|"Seven days? I'm not sure what you're talking about."|
|You can see Guzman in VH1's I Love Last Week.|
The Caller isn’t really scary but the story is interesting. While I found myself asking the question of why doesn’t Mary just change her number because, in this day and age, girls change their number if I just even ask for it…or even look at the girl but I had to remind myself that this is a thriller and a movie—a complete work of fiction and fictional people don’t operate on the same level as real people. So, once that thought left my head, I easily gave in to the story and was pleasantly surprised with a movie, I’m not afraid to admit, I walked in expecting to be horrible.