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Plot: A mysterious man joins a woman in her forest cabin. He initially claims that his car had broken down and he needs her assistance. Soon things become suspect. The two examine each other’s stories for inconsistencies. The woman claims she caused the accident to lure the man up so she can kill him. The man claims he is a police officer, investigating the possibility the woman has killed her own family. Neither claim stands up well to scrutiny.
The Caller (1987), is a little-known, genre-bending movie directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman. Best known for its highly unusual ending, the film consists of only two cast members.
What we liked:
- Starts off as your standard “a girl alone in a creepy house is stalked by a stranger” movie but ends up being anything but typical.
- Strong performances by the two lead (and only) actors in the movie. Their dialogue is fascinating as they appear to be strangers and yet very familiar with each other.
- Has one of the most bizarre and unexpected endings you’ll ever see.
What we didn’t like:
- While the ending is certainly out of left field, it may leave some wanting more.
The Caller is not a horror movie, but I believe it has elements that will still appeal to many horror fans. The constant mind-games will keep you guessing who the real villain is and what history the two characters have together. This movie is far too good to be so obscure. Highly recommended.
Rating: 8 out of 10
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