Shudder Review: The Call (2021) Starring Lin Shaye And Tobin Bell

July 7, 2021

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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Lin Shaye (Insidious) and Tobin Bell (Saw) star in The Call, the new supernatural horror film from Emmy® Nominated Director Timothy Woodward Jr.
Set in the fall of 1987, a group of small-town friends must survive the night in the home of a sinister couple after a tragic accident occurs. Needing only to make a single phone call, the request seems horribly ordinary until they realize that this call could change their life…or end it.
Filled with twist after twist, the film reveals lies, secrets, and horrible deeds done by a teenage group, including the harassment they have committed against the elderly couple for years. In the first half of the movie you are given reason after reason to dislike these kids then the movie attempts to trigger your empathy halfway through by revealing their past traumas. But the group is flat-out unlikeable. They are rude, cruel, and well, just assholes in general, save for the new guy (Chester Rushing). Karma bites them in the ass and they pretty much had it coming, especially Tonya (Erin Sanders). Things do become a bit odd when we are made to choose who to root for, the kids, or this couple, and to be honest, I find the couple more sympathetic the majority of the time. I’d be pissed off too if a bunch of brats harassed me for years unjustly.
I appreciate the way that the two worlds in the film are separated, with our world appearing normal and the other featuring the use of muted colors and shades of brown and rust. It was a great choice and makes it clear if you are in the real world or if the characters are in this hell-like space.
The film has a few flaws, including the unlikeable characters, but all in all, The Call is a decent flick that is worth a watch. The Call premieres exclusively on Shudder on July 15, 2021.

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