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  • "People come together for a reason Mary, doesn't matter how." After starting divorce proceedings against her husband Mary (Leferve) starts a new life in a new apartment. After a series of phone calls from a woman they begin to talk about their situations. When the woman acts on an off-handed remark by Mary she begins to rethink the friendship. When people she knows start to disappear she doesn't know how to make it stop. 90% of the way you feel about a movie, I think, has to do with your expectations going in. Movies like "Bridesmaids" with all the hype can really let you down after it's talked up as much as it was. This one is the total opposite. Never hearing of this the trailer seemed interesting so I watched it. I was blown away. A very neat (although not original) idea. Think a suspense version of the "Lake House". I don't want to give anymore away so I will end this, but this is a surprisingly good must see. I really liked this movie. Overall, a very tense and exciting suspense that deserves more of an audience that I'm sure it will get. Watch this! I give it an A-.

    Would I watch again? - I think I might *Also try - Forget Me Not & Lake House
  • After having seen thousands of films, most of them horror, one tends to get a little jaded. Especially with the turn the genre took to torture porn ( with saw on the very end of the positive side of the spectrum and films like hostel on the very negative part) i got a bit tired of the whole circus.

    And then, just when you officially are ready to give up and kill the odd hours with rubber sharks or other pests brought to you by SciFi a movie like the caller comes along.

    I never gave a 10 rating to any film,but this one does it right, to tell anything about the plot and developments within is a crime. This movie has to be seen and experienced. The basic plot rundown is giving away in other reviews so I wont comment on that. Enough to say this is one scary flick, its smartly written..chills and thrills.

    Go see it now, if you need a fix of spine tingling instead of blood pouring out of your TV set and body parts flying around.

    See it, now!
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    For all the negative reviews I've read from reviewers on this movie, I am very inclined to clarify one thing: There are two premises here. These you will see as the plot develops. The first premise is a quantum time loop. The movie begins with this premise. The second premise is psychological. This premise is most clearly seen at the end - and when you look at the plot in retrospect, it's entirely clear that a time loop may never have existed! As the time loop changes, Mary's history is too. As Rose changes the past, it becomes Mary's real present. By the end of the movie she is in the apartment of the woman who abducted her and hurt her as a child! This leads up to the idea that perhaps there was never a time loop, that perhaps Mary's having a psychotic breakdown and imagining what looks like a time warp, and that maybe Mary returned to Rose's apartment (where she was abducted and held as a child) to kill and hide her abusive husband (who has stalked her all the way back to Puerto Rico) in the wall where Rose's victims lay undiscovered! A psychotic break that leads to an unconscious plan to lure and murder her husband! The change in the perception of reality = The change in quantum reality. The First is the psychological premise in the movie, and the second is its scientific premise. The reason why none of the many whys you keep bringing up are never answered is because as the past changed, so would everything that the whys would have explained - so explaining all the whys would have been pointless, seeing how it all would have changed anyway! To get this movie think: Beginning to End = time loop, and End to Beginning = psychosis. It's brilliant! 5 stars! Fantastic movie with fantastic twists and reversals! What seems impossible becomes entirely probable and then almost obvious!
  • a-wheater5811 November 2011
    I totally agree with the other reviewers that say that the film is not your average horror, it draws you in and is very clever and is a very good film of the horror genre without being a total cop out in the slasher come blood guts type, and its the story line that gives it its power, excellent.I know of a lot of this type that do not deliver in the way that you wish, but this film does not operate in the visceral way ,its more of the mind and makes you think more of what comes next, believe me , this film is better than most run of the mill films of this type.

    horror films and I would recommend it most highly to anyone that appreciates intelligent but not over the top dark, but not total degenerate films of that ilk, I hope this has helped your choice.
  • i went to see this movie without thinking i was going to be completely engrossed in the film and its complex characters. The story starts with a young woman that is currently in divorce proceedings from her estranged husband, moving into a new apartment. Everything starts off OK except that during her settling in to her new apartment she answers the phone where a older woman on the other line asks for a man that doesn't live there. from there on a phone relationship builds with this seemingly unstable elderly woman and a lonely young woman going through a difficult divorce. in time, strange things begin to happen and the movie takes a scary turn, it becomes extremely suspenseful and scary even though there is a lack of blood and graphic violence. i found the movie very entertaining and with its numerous twists, a movie that made you have discussions afterward in the theater with your friends about who was who, what does it really mean and what was real or a dream. a must see movie!
  • So it's official, I either don't understand this site, or I don't understand the way people who vote/rate here think. The Caller just might be the most underrated Horror film of 2011, or even ever! So please let me start by recommending that you don't let yourself miss out on it, as you could easily find one million films that would be less fun to watch.

    The plot is realistic and relatable, slightly feminist but not in an annoying criticizing way (I hate seeing socio-political agendas and messages in fiction films, regardless of what they are). Mary has recently left her abusive husband and is now living alone in a new apartment. Great acting by Rachelle Lefevre, who is very different than your usual "blond with blue eyes" in Horror films.

    As for the story - one of the best most original ideas I've ever seen in a Horror film. Perhaps the idea has been done before, but it's been a first time for me. Many Horror films attempt to make the audience scared and uncomfortable by relating to the terror and despair that are felt by the characters. The Caller does that in a remarkable way that is both original (even if not ground breaking) and immensely effective! That's the way to connect cross-time from Sc-Fi to victim control in Horror!

    The cinematography is slightly disappointing, and some of the shots simply appeared a little amateur, as if done by someone not very comfortable with a camera. However, the profound audio effects really make up for it, I really liked them! And to top it all - not one of the annoying overused cheats appear! No visible silicone breasts, no death on account of car not starting, not even an inability to communicate due to a cellphone having no signal! Not to mention there's no use of the corny "sudden loud music to make you jump". There are a few scenes with quiet, close-up and then sudden noise, but delicately and gently done.

    All in all - I don't like rating films too high, nor too low. I always look for shortcomings on account of being a pretty easy grader. The Caller, in my opinion, deserves a heck of a lot more recognition and compliments than it's been given. I loved every second of it, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a truly well made Horror film.
  • I had very little expectations from this film. It didn't look like it had much of a budget and no actors that I'd heard of (okay, so I sort of recognised the main woman from Twilight, but that was about it). However, in this case, less is slightly more (or at least slightly more than the average dross that infests modern horror films).

    I wouldn't call The Caller a horror, more of a supernatural thriller. It's about a single woman (aren't they all?) who gets some mysterious phone calls. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but it presents a pretty creepy premise which finds her trapped in a spiralling cycle of torture and paranoia from a very nasty supernatural adversary.

    The Caller is a 'slow burner.' This is why it's probably not for everyone. Nothing too out of the ordinary happens in the first half and I can see a lot of people giving up before it really gets going. However, the second act cranks it up a gear and the torment really begins. There are no major scares or gore to speak of; it's more a case of inescapable mental torture.

    If you can put up with your films a little slower than normal and without any action, effects or gore then give it a go - all performances better than your average horror/supernatural flick and a slightly different premise which really works.

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  • This movie was a breath of fresh air for me. I am a huge horror film fan and so many times I am left disappointed with the so called "horror films" of my generation. (Which most time turn out to be nothing but a porno with some blood and guts thrown in.) This movie exceeded my expectations by a long shot. It had an interesting sotry line that kept me ineterested through out the entire film. It also was not just another gory joke of a horror film. This movie played totally on suspense! It leaves you wondering what's real and what's not, and it really makes you think! 9/10 from me. Its definitely a must see if you like the psychological thriller genre. :)
  • Mary (Rachelle Lefevre) moves in to an apartment complex in Puerto Rico to escape her abusive ex who is none too happy about the divorce or the restraining order placed against him. Soon after, she's plagued by a barrage of phone calls from someone who identifies herself only as Rose. Slowly, their casual conversations veer toward an ominous direction, and one by one, people around her start dying or disappearing after she tries to cut off contact with the deranged caller.

    If you have the patience to wait out the first 20 minutes, The Caller is a decent, straightforward mystery and suspense type thriller with reasonable acting and the welcomed absence of any CGI. Most of the scenes are shot at night or in Mary's dimly lit apartment, adding to the overall gloomy and grim tone. The movie is meant to inject you with fear, not with a quick jab to the jugular but, via a slow and steady stream. The borrowed time alteration theme from Frequency has its pitfalls - don't over-analyze and you won't be bothered by the plot holes.

    A refreshingly unpretentious flick that relies on old school horror techniques (no gore or guts, no obtrusive soundtrack, no deafening sound effects) but, sadly, easily forgettable.
  • The premise of this movie is actually somewhat interesting, even though it's pretty clearly "borrowed" from Frequency. I'm sure it was pitched as "Frequency meets 100 Feet (the Eric Red movie from 2008)". It's not the worst idea I've heard, though it's definitely derivative. The problem is that they never really got any further than that, and it plays out rather stereotypically, with heavy-handed direction, bland characters, trite plotting, and weak dialogue. What really saved the movie, however, was Lorna Raver, who played the crazy gypsy woman in Drag Me To Hell. Man, that woman is creepy! Just hearing her voice on the phone was enough to creep me out. Without her, this movie would only be a 4/10. I'm tempted to give this movie a 6/10, just because of her, but she was the only good thing in it, really.

    There are a few times when you're left scratching your head, wondering why the characters are so dumb, but these kinds of thrillers absolutely depend on stupid characters doing things that defy all common sense. If that kind of thing annoys you, I'd avoid this movie. Otherwise, if you're not expecting much and lower your expectations, you might find this an enjoyable waste of time. It's nothing special, but it's not offensively bad, either. If you liked this movie, I'd suggest checking out 100 Feet, a supernatural thriller featuring an abused wife trying to convince people that she's being haunted by her dead, abusive husband. It wasn't amazing, but it was significantly better than this movie. Obviously, there's also Frequency, but that was played much more straight, without the B movie vibe of 100 Feet or The Caller.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    A newly divorced young woman moves into a new apartment. She immediately begins to receive phone calls from a mysterious older woman. Before long some very strange events begin to happen.

    The Caller operates mainly as a standard thriller where the heroine is drawn increasingly into a world of mystery with dark secrets; however, as the story develops, an unusual supernatural element is brought into the narrative. It becomes evident that the phone calls are coming from the past, and are directly changing the heroine's present in strange seemingly impossible ways. It's quite an original approach and gives the film a different angle from a typical thriller. Nevertheless, it isn't until the last third when the movie really takes off. The final confrontation is especially well delivered and scary. Overall, The Caller is a good supernatural thriller with some genuinely creepy moments. It takes a while to really get interesting but it ultimately does have some good moves.
  • Rachelle LeFevre is very good in the role as a displaced, recently divorced student in S. America wanting to make a new start and get away from abusive ex-husband.

    The cinematography is very evocative, moody and suspense provoking. She is in San Juan, Puerto Rico and meets a handsome teacher Gianni Guidi, who becomes friendly toward her. Meanwhile she gets harassing calls via an ancient telephone in her apartment. An old woman, who seems at first to need help, but ten other developments ensue.

    Luis Guzman has a good cameo here as sometime maintenance/owner of apartment building she lives in

    There are twists and turns, the dog, the sudden appearances of sadistic ex-husband (reminds me a bit of "Sleeping with the Enemy" in beginning). However, do not tune this film out, there are Hitchcockian elements to it and the screenplay is well-written and not over the top.

    The visuals are excellent and well worth watching. Don't give up on the premise, it works in the end and there are some beautiful shots of Santa Margherita cemetery. Gothic and interesting. 9/10.
  • In a 1964 episode of the television series Twilight Zone entitled "The Night Call" the director is able to make the telephone seriously creepy. It is too bad that the director of this film is not able to do the same. It is too bad, because the idea for the film is a solid one. It is not the same to have a great idea and to be able to express that idea in a uniquely visual medium as film. My understand is that the director was a novelist, but novels are, by their nature, internal. The struggle must come from within. Here, in this film, it is hard to feel like there is any real jeopardy. The director is not the only one asleep at the wheel however, the actors seem to be sleepwalking throughout the picture. Perhaps it was just another pay day for the cast and crew. I know that the director could have fixed the pacing during the editing process, but that would be too much to ask from such a novice film maker. So whoever edited this film should be ashamed of themselves. The lighting and camera work is also horrible. I would recommend that you miss this one and check out the Twilight Zone episode I mention above.
  • The Caller is by no means the greatest horror film, nor is it particularly original but it is quite enjoyable, mainly thanks to the wonderful Rachelle Lefevre, she has graduated to leading lady very well in The Caller, let's hope she gets more leading roles more often, she has a great screen presence and is very nice to watch.

    The Caller has an interesting premise, newly separated Mary moves into a new apartment to escape the clutches of her douchebag husband, only to be harassed with menacing phone calls from a woman who says she is living in the past, the year 1977 to be exact, this is when the supernatural element pops up and starts to get you thinking.

    Parts of this movie are really scary, other parts are slightly awkward, but for most of the film I was genuinely interested in the character of Mary and her quest to uncover the truth about the person who is causing the horror in her life, is it her husband? Is it her new love interest? Is it a monster in the closet? This movie keeps you guessing right up until the conclusion, something a lot of other films are missing, it's not very original, but it's still a surprise I suppose. I just wished the ending lived up to the rest of the movie, which was quite a cut above the usual horror fodder we see of late.

    Luis Guzman and Stephen Moyer give solid supporting performances too, it's nice not to see old Bill Compton all broody and serious, and Luiz is just awesome no matter what.

    Impressive enough that I'd watch it again I just wish the ending was different. Hopefully on the DVD there are some alternate endings.

    I vote for more Rachelle Lefevre in movies. Hooray!
  • Warning: Spoilers
    THE CALLER (2011) is a rare thinking person's horror film. They really don't make 'em like this anymore! While there are many elements that on the surface the viewer have seen in many other films, it's what's underneath that counts. This film takes several previously used elements and molds them into a profound, scary horror film that I think will steadily gain ground over the years.

    As opposed to many modern horror films, The Caller is very old-fashioned and gritty-looking in presentation and tone. It takes it's sweet time to draw the viewer into it's world. Set in present-day Puerto Rico, beautiful, young, and recently divorced Mary (superbly performed by Rachelle Lefevre) has just moved into her own apartment in an old building. She starts getting mysterious phone calls on her landline from an odd, depressed, and psychotic woman named Rose. At first, Mary shrugs her off, then as the plot thickens, she becomes intrigued by this lady.

    Mary and Rose share similarities, as both are involved with abusive, neglectful spouses and both women are lonely and depressed. During one of their conversations, Mary playfully suggests to Rose to "get rid of" her spouse, which Rose later confirms she does. Then things get really tense! Mary tries to cut off ties with Rose, but there is an incredible complication (which I won't spoil) as Mary finds that she is connected to Rose more than she initially knew.

    Along the way, Mary befriends and gets help in her Rose predicament from a couple of male figures, her gardener-landlord George (underplayed by the reliable veteran actor Luiz Guzman) and a teacher named John (well played by Stephen Moyer) at her night school, who she eventually strikes up a romance with.

    The thing that I love about this horror film is that it can be interpreted in several ways and has several layers. The trajectory of the Mary-Rose dynamic throughout the film is enthralling and rides a roller-coaster of emotions. Interesting that we never really SEE much of Rose, yet she's such a complicated, interesting character just be her voice and machinations. And Lefevre as Mary hits ALL the right notes, convincingly relaying Mary's sadness, loneliness, depression, fear, and, in the end, resilience. Really great work by this up and coming actress! I think this nifty thinking-person's suspenser will hold up for years!
  • Warning: Spoilers
    I saw this movie last night with high expectations since I had read some interesting reviews about it.

    But i was disappointed. The movie starts with a nice build up... a young girl (Mary Kee) is on a divorce and moves to a new apartment to start a new life, and that's where some strange calls begin.

    A woman, Rose, insistently calls, we realize that she is depressed and with some problems. Mary begins to think that something is wrong ... and that there is a connection of those calls with something that happened earlier in that house.

    SPOILERS AHEAD:

    So far so good, the problem starts when we begin to understand the relationship between calls, Rose and Mary. And the repercussions of the actions that take place are ridiculous because they cause several continuity problems, making the story completely absurd.

    At the end we realize that nothing makes sense, because some actions should impact others... and well, they do, but only sometimes. The present of the main character (her choices, and even her state of mind) should be altered by Rose's previous actions, and that doesn't happen.

    Ie, being burned while young, she would certainly develop a lot of complexes during youth, probably would not even be with the same man. Surely her life would have taken a completely different direction, moreover after the trauma of having killed someone. Her storyline would have been completely redefined.

    The premise is interesting, but the script is so poorly developed...
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    This movie really surprised me. It is an original Puerto Rican production and I have to say I didn't expect it to be as good as it was. However, the movie kept me intrigued and it had a lot of unexpected twist that towards the end of the film got very suspenseful and tense for you didn't know what else to expect from the psycho caller from the past. The way that they represented some of the Puerto Rican culture into it while not making it about being a movie about Puerto Rico was something I also as a Puerto Rican liked. I recommend this movie if you like suspense thrillers that will keep you into the story at all times, though it is not a gory movie it does creep out!
  • This was an interesting movie and well worth a glass of wine and a box of chocolates next to a warm fire.

    Saying that it was one of those movies that tried to be clever but the twist did not quite work. You are left thinking to yourself, 'I see what the producer is trying to do but it flops a little. Too many gaps.' It would have been better if there was a clearer explanation as to the connection with the past and the present and how the two interrelated.

    However this is not rubbish by any means and its worth a bag of popcorn and an evening in.
  • I've watched a lot of crappy horror movies on Netflix, so when I run into an actual good one, it's a refreshing treat! I didn't expect a whole lot out of this flick -- I assumed it would be like so many others I've watched: sub-par acting, a predictable plot, the ubiquitous jump scenes. Instead, I got pretty much the exact opposite: a cool premise with not only supernatural elements, but a little time-manipulation as well; believable, sympathetic characters, and a fresh take on the usual horror fare.

    I thought the lead actress, Rachelle Lefevre, did an excellent job conveying the right mix of toughness and vulnerability, given her situation, and it was nice to see Stephen Moyer NOT being a vampire. I even liked that the "villain" was a woman -- not something you see all that often in the genre. All in all, this movie was a very pleasant surprise, and for anyone out there getting bored with the cheezy horror available on Netflix, give this one a watch. I doubt you'll be disappointed!
  • byolaf19 September 2011
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    So, listen, this isn't the worst movie ever made.

    I watched it looking for a good, old-fashioned horror movie, and I guess that's more or less what it was. The problem is one of expectations, and also one of substance. The user-reviews here made it sound like one of the best horror movies of the year, so as it started to fall apart, I got more and more frustrated with it. I now see that these are planted reviews. It's not even very subtle shilling, I'm sorry I fell for it.

    If you have not yet watched it, feel free to do so, but try to lower your expectations. This is a small, tense thriller with good cinematography, a pretty lead actress, and some jumpy bits. It's not the best or most terrifying horror movie, and the ending mostly makes you want to come up with better endings. But hey, it's probably better than Saw 12.

    {Spoilers begin now.}

    If you have already seen this movie, and you came back to IMDb to reread some of the glowing reviews to see what they liked about it, like I did, let's chat.

    The way I see it, this movie starts out a 7 or so, but slowly drags its way down to a 3 by the end, almost willfully. The beginning is interesting, there are hints of the crumbling relationship, hints of a new beginning, and a vague sense that something is wrong. The editing keeps throwing things at you with loud crashes and bangs so that you don't forget to be tense, I guess. This style of editing is really annoying more than anything, as it keeps reminding me I'm watching a movie rather than getting me invested in the damn thing. But it's a style and I'm used to it.

    As the picture goes on, I got more and more annoyed by something I couldn't quite place. I think it's just the thinness of the script. The relationship she's just left with "Steven" was what? How long were they married? Where were they before? Were they ever happy? Was he a psycho the entire marriage? Because that's really all he ever seems to be. Why would a hot girl like her ever be with an aggro jerk who looks like an ugly William Mapother?

    And then French class. While I admit Hunky guy's little bit of dialogue in the classroom scene is charming.... why was she taking a French class? Did she always want to learn French? Was this just to leave the apartment? Did she just want to meet Hunky guy? From here on in, the character development gets downright weird. Her relationship with him seems to be based more on sitting and standing near each other in places than any commonalities or shared interests.

    By halfway through the movie I realized I was never going to learn anything about anyone. This script just moseys from event to event: Meet Hunky guy, check. Go on date, check. Creepy phone call, check. Brick wall, check. Creepy phone call, but it's really just mom, check. Actual creepy phone call, check. Have awkward floor sex five feet from his bedroom, check. Creepy phone call but it's really a dream, check. Kill Luis Guzman for no reason, check. Oh, yeah, creepy ex, kinda forgot him for a while, check.

    The thing that's so dull about the second half isn't that the events are terribly predictable. Sure, you know that Rose will do something to her back then as soon as she mentions the photo session, but the burning was a cool enough effect. And it's not the lack of almost any actual on-screen horror. (Though who pitches a horror movie with "You'll never see any of the killings!" as a selling point?) The trouble is that we never get to know anyone so we don't know why they're doing anything or care that they're doing it.

    Who is Rose? Why is she doing all this? Why is she so ready to believe that the other end of the phone call is in the future? Is she crazy? What made her so crazy? For that matter, why does she get all psycho with Mary? Why did she go from "You're my best friend" to "I'mma eff your life up!"?

    Who is Mary? What does she even do for a living? Is there something in her past that makes her inexorably gullible, or is that a natural trait? Is there no 911 service in Puerto Rico, or does she have some bad history with the police? Why does she even answer the land-line when she has a damn cell-phone?

    Who is Luis Guzman's character? Does he own the building? Is he the super? Why can't he fix the damn AC? Who is Hunky guy? Why is he single at his age? Who is her ex? Does he have a job? Or does his business card read "Stalker"? Why with only five people in the movie do I not even know who one of them is?

    Anyway, I think that's really my big problem with the movie. The premise, setup, and plot are so simple. There's a ton of space for character development, but it's all just filled with: eeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEE-whoooooshh! Kkkksshhhseeessshhhhh! Smash! Krak!

    And also they made Puerto Rico look really ugly and that just seems a waste.

    -Olaf
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    This was easily the worst movie I've seen in the last five years. It had so many plot holes and poorly written characters that I spent 3/4 of the movie yelling at the screen. And not in a fun way. The only reason I watched the whole thing was so I could go on IMDb later and get what people were talking about. Then I went on and realized that either much of the general viewing audience has been lobotomized in the last few years, or anyone giving this movie more than three stars is a plant.

    Questions yelled at screen: Why did she keep living in an apartment with three decayed corpses in the cupboard? How could she sleep at night? How did her burns disappear after the little girl killed Rose in the past when it happened (in the past) after Rose burned her? So why didn't the other people (Guzman, etc) come back to life as well? Did they? Why did Mary's mom (in the past) let her hang out with the lady who burned her (in the past)? Why didn't Mary move, at any part of the movie, and when John suggested she do so why did she blow him off? Why did she keep answering the phone in the first place? She had a cell phone. She could have just left it unplugged.

    (Been said before), but why did she give her full name and the name of her boyfriend to a crazy lady possibly from the past? Why was it always dark, even during the day? The windows were always closed and covered? She didn't believe in the scourge of the halogen bulb? How did her ex-husband, with a restraining order, know where she lived immediately, and why did she never call the police on him? How was the phone cord in the end so long she made it through four rooms in the house? Why did the front door of the apt. open up both outside and to the hallway? And what happened to the dog in almost every scene in her apartment? Was it locked in a closet? If so her ex should have gotten custody.
  • The star of "The Caller" is a beguiling, personable young actress named Rachelle Lefevre and her unpretentious acting is one of several things that catapult this little glossed-over gem from the catacombs of third-rate horror. It is a much more imagination - and yes, creepy - supernatural flick than a lot of the junk we've gotten lately ("The Last Exorcism," "Needle," to name a few). It's not immensely scary, but it's playfully off-putting and very fun to look at.

    The movie was promisingly directed by a man named Matthew Parkhill, who appears to have a cinematic fetish for trick focus. There is hardly a shot in "The Caller" (or maybe none at all!) where both the foreground and background are focused and defined. There are even fewer where it tricks back and forth. Parkhill likes to have either the background in focus, or the foreground. But not both. It's an unusual rhythm, but not an ostentatiously lofty one either. And it is effectively used, particularly in his dolly shots, where we see little objects like phone cords or coffee mugs sharp and clear while the petrified protagonist quarrels with her unseen stalker.

    The said creep is a mysterious old lady who is only present via untraceable phone calls. Rachelle Lefevre plays her on-the-bum character with an easygoing dryness as a recent divorcée moving into a ramshackle apartment. She is hounded by the titular "caller" who insists that her lover still lives there. The plot needs a whole lot more complicated from here, but not ridiculously so. It's not being complicated for the sake of being complicated. Rather, it's being complicated just to be interesting. Movies with that sort of attitude are rare these days; most of them just want to brow-beat the audience with plot twists until you need a notepad to follow everything.

    "The Caller" is not a hair-raiser; it's not intensely scary. Granted, it does have a few good shock moments and some even better suspense. But those who favor biting their nails and running from the screen are liable to be disappointed. But the primary reason why it comes across so effectively, and director Parkhill and screenwriter Sergio Casci are owed big credit for this, is that it aims just for being creepy. Lefevre's personable performance allows the audience to get into the shoes of the victim being tormented, as opposed to the killer, and when things start turning for the bizarre, we are allowed to sympathize with her.

    The picture is not flawless. The ending is lopsided and not as ambiguous and it would like to be and there is an utterly pointless sex scene that interrupts an otherwise fascinating romantic subplot. But as a totality, "The Caller" is a joyfully enjoyable little horror flick.
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    If it weren't for Rachel Lefevre, this would have been beyond unwatchable. Of all the things they could copy, why did they copy Frequency? The screening I went to was almost empty, had people laughing at the movie and had one couple leaving. The last half hour was unbearable, and not in a good way. After all the coverage this got here in Puerto Rico, and after deciding to trust the early reviews and ratings that were in this page (plants?) and in one of the local papers, me and my boyfriend felt cheated. Luis Guzman seems to have been in this movie just so they could put his name in the poster. Removing weeds from the ground has never made less sense. The moment that leads to the sex scene was funny, but I don't think that was the intention.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    This movie has a genuinely great plot and to my surprise (and disappointment), I see many theories floating around the ending, when it is much clearer and simpler to comprehend.

    My personal view on the flaws of the movie are the following: • The characters lacked depth, especially for the main actress, Mary, who was a typical young woman, moving in a new apartment. There are some bits throughout the movie that I was convinced of her escalating fear, but I did not find her acting astounding. • The cast was pretty limited and solely served the plot's ending. Other than that, each presence was marginally useful. • The setting was also limited; everything was taking place in a house and its yard. I would like to see Mary's life and routine and how truly was she disoriented by the calls. The usual empathy that arises to the viewer did not occur to me, as I was unable to witness the struggle of hers to survive a scary voice. This is exactly why I think we should have more scenes of her life introduced to us, which would, by extension, elaborately enhance the character's traits and personality. • I would expect more scenes with Rose's presence, as if she haunts Mary's thoughts; this would have an eerie feeling that was admittedly missing from the movie. Shadow passing while she was sleeping, waking up by the tormentor's voice (Rose's), etc. These may be typical, but I would enjoy the film a lot more.

    I have rated the movie with 9/10 for its fantastic plot.

    I shall now hint out the ending and its interpretation:

    The people Mary met were not ghosts, whose bodies were recovered after years. Remember how Rose was calling from the past: this means that Mary's friend (John) was a child back then (Mary as well). Once Rose realized that she was threatened by John, who, without any hesitation, talked her out on the phone, she took him (in her time) as a child and killed him. Through this action, she changed the future. If she killed someone in the past, that person no longer exists in the future. Thus, he was not a ghost, it was that Rose changed the past and consequently, the future. This is why John's body was a child's, because if he was killed in Rose's era, he wouldn't grow up to be the person Mary met.

    There is also a question about how the past met the present (how did Rose break into Mary's house). Given Rose's resentment to Mary's behavior and persistent lies, she reached out to find Mary when she was a child (because Mary was a child in the year Rose was calling). Rose then made her suffer, which would in turn cause a trauma to Mary. She also spilled boiled water on her and this is why the marks started appearing on the adult Mary - because if Rose did this in the past, the present Mary would already have these marks on her. Since she bore this traumatic experience, she started reliving her past, when she was hearing her younger self on the phone. It was because Rose took her as a child and inflicted all of this psychological trouble on her that Mary would suddenly see Rose busting through the door, the way she did when Mary was a child. Obviously, as a child, she was indeed talking to her adult self, who guided her into locking herself in the bathroom.

    Finally, it has also been asked why she killed her ex. The explanation is pretty much answered above. Since Rose took her as a child and, as a consequence, changed Mary's today's mental state, the traumatic experience was channeled as aggressive behavior and psychological instability. This enabled her to engage in a criminal activity without a second thought (something that would never occur, if she had never answered the phone or had not provoked Rose).

    Even though the matter of how the subsequent calls from the past were achieved (as in how was the past bridged to the present) remained somehow transparent, a theory was still addressed by John, when he drew the curved line of time, with a break point on top, to give Mary an explanation.

    All in all, this was one of my favorite movies. It is rumored to have an open ending, but frankly, it is not as ambiguous as it is thought to be.
  • I just watched The Caller and I'm impressed with the movie. The story idea is not exactly unique, but they did a great job with the movie. The characters are well developed so this is not just a movie about people getting scared or someone mindlessly going after someone else. The actors were all very believable, which is something I find lacking in a lot of movies these days.

    This movie is so intense and spooky at times that it made my heart race. There is not one boring moment in this film. It is thoroughly engrossing and seriously scary without the blood and gore.

    I would recommend The Caller to anyone who likes suspense/horror/thriller movies.
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