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Published October 2nd 2018
Who will survive the carnage?
When A Killer Calls is a "mockbuster" made in 2006, written by Steve Bevilacqua (Supercroc and Apocalypse Pompeii) and directed by Peter Mervis (The Da Vinci Treasure and Passed The Door Of Darkness) for the The Asylum production company and is heavily influenced by the When A Stranger Calls franchise, but don't let that put you off seeing it!
The calls are coming from inside the house!
After brutally murdering a young family, a deranged killer takes photos of the crime scene with his mobile phone and begins to call and message a babysitter named Trisha, played by Rebekah Kochan (2004's Eating Out and 2006's Dracula's Curse). Rebekah is busy doing her job across town, looking after a cheeky young girl by the name of Molly, played by Carissa Bodner (Animal Wow: Dogs Wow Dogs and 2006's Without a Trace).
The adorable Molly
At first, Trisha assumes that the person on the other end of the phone is her boyfriend Matt, played by Robert Buckley (666 Park Avenue and iZombie) playing a prank on her. But when the caller starts sending her photos from his previous crimes and even though she believes the images to look "so fake", she decides to call the police who try to trace the call.
The plot may start out in a similar vein to the remake of When A Stranger Calls, but in many ways, as the story twists and turns it becomes far more brutal. However, the film has truly aged, due to its hilarious overuse of flip phones, which were all the rage of the time, which could leave many older viewers feeling a little nostalgic.
For those eagle-eyed moviegoers, keep an eye out for the continuity errors made by the costume department, with costume items being worn in one scene, disappearing in the next and reappearing like magic again in the next scene.
I have to say, I quite enjoyed this film, as it was a bit of a fun watch. It is perfect for the Halloween season but my favourite part of this film was the credits, but not for the reasons you may think.
As the credits roll, a great song, which I haven't been able to find anywhere online, outside of this movie, with super creepy stalker-themed lyrics plays over them and is well worth hearing!
Will he ever stop calling?!
When A Killer Calls is rated R and is not recommended for those under the age of 18, as it contains strong violence, language and sexual references and themes.