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3/10
Absurd screenplay, nothing scary n the end is a big meh.
Fella_shibby4 November 2020
Inspite of having horror veterans like Lin Shaye and Tobin Bell, the film is not at all interesting. It aint scary n has a lousy n ridiculous screenplay.

Honesty, i got enticed into seeing this cos of the two veterans starring together in a horror film.

Firstly the film takes almost 45 mins to pick up n then when the action starts, it gets filled with cliches, traumatized childhood, teenage secret, etc.

It has the same lol demon/possessed fella doing hyper extension of the joints but this time the demon/possessed fella looked as if it were doing break dance movements. Why these demons/possessed fellas gotta do unnecessary hyper extention of joints is beyond me. Ther is unnecessary annoying screaming, unnecessary red color n one helluva lousy screenplay. The end is a big wtf.
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6/10
One honest review!
finaldestination-g12 November 2020
5.5/10

Is this movie the worst of 2020! No, is it a masterpiece?! No!

Reviews are quite weird for this one, it is true the storyline is basic and seen may times but it was fun enough to keep me on my seat till the end.

Pros: Cinematography is beautiful, loved the colour contrast and the aesthetic of it. Creep factor was there and present in every location set. Some of the acting is decent. Story is good enough to keep you entertained for an afternoon.

Cons: Some of the actors just need to go back to acting school, makeup of the ghosts sometimes was a bit basic and amateurish. Predictable jumpscares. Rushed ending. And the storyline could be better, it felt this was the first draft of the script tbh.

Not worthy to be seen in cinemas so I would suggest for anyone who wants to watch it to wait till it drops on streaming.
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4/10
Boring and pointless
lewismusgrove8818 October 2020
Besides a few creepy bits with Lin Shaye, the movie was pretty crap. No real story and boring.
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1/10
Don't waste your time or money to see this
littlefish-820508 October 2020
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If you are into loud, weird, not at all scary "scary" movies this is what you should watch. But if you want to watch an actual scary movie I would skip this one.

The story was odd, to say the least. Why was it set in the 80's?!? That added nothing to it, but bad fashion choices. The whole storyline was pointless, as you found out in the end.

The main character kills her own sister, blames an old lady, and gets away with it. Somehow this ruins the old lady's life and makes her evil and a witch? What bad police work! She literally kills her sister and dumps her and her bike in a creek with a path and no one ever finds her?

What was the point of the Carnival? On going theme in the movie that is never explained. I thought it was going to be that her sister was killed there or something. But no!

Also, parts of the movie were super blurry and dark. It was also super loud but that could had been the theatre's fault. Tons of pointless screaming. So I would skip this movie, but that is just my opinion.
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1/10
Easily the worst movie I've seen in theaters.
kbovedvm17 October 2020
Whoever rated this film a 10 was obviously paid to do so. Easily the worst movie I've seen in theaters. Hands down. No plot. Horrible acting. Absolutely horrid !!!!!
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1/10
SAW meets INSIDIOUS. FAILS!
ferdmalenfant30 October 2020
Oh wow...like any horror fan I was really rooting for this one, with "Mr Saw" Tobin Bell and "Mrs Insidious" Lyn Shae, both in the same movie how could you go wrong? The script is the worse piece of garbage that ever existed. The only good thing about this movie is Lyn Shae's acting and she's not onscreen very much. Sadly, this was/is a terrible movie.
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1/10
What a stupid movie
choueiri10130 October 2020
Speaking slowly and having long pauses between sentences is not suspenseful or scary.

The stupid make up is not scary.

The ridiculous script, now that was scary. How someone thought that nonsense up and how it held a 6.9 rating at the time of my post is scary.

The movie felt like it went for 400 hours, no exaggeration.

Please avoid
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1/10
Boring, not scary, bad story line, and predictable.
nfdudley9 October 2020
This seemed like a low budget Netflix movie with two known actors they hired in order to get more views. Not scary at all. Seemed like a bad teen movie. The ending was terrible.
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4/10
Call 911 - This film needs immediate emergency assistance
omendata31 October 2020
What the heck is Lin Shay and Tobin Bell doing in this mess - Yes you guessed it, to give it that poster appeal to all the Saw and Insidious fans out there and really is shameful exploitation of us the viewers who will pay for this thinking it is going to be of the same level of cinematic excellence!

Exceptionally good actors appearing in sub average nonsense like this; it seems they have joined the Ron Perlman, Lance Henriksen, Nik Cage and John Cusack brigade in the let us just take any old rubbish for a paycheque club - very sad!

Do not get me wrong the acting for the main part is good and it had a good build up but the denouement and idea just fizzled like a wet, limp little firecracker. I did love the homage to the 80's with the old style John Carpenter'esque analogue synths in keeping with when the movie was supposed to be set and I didnt see a smartphone or tablet anywhere so they got the setting right and the premise had promise, so where did it all go wrong?

Well, for a start there is no real horror, zero scares and crucially the idea behind the call was....well just a telephone call to the dead woman that really did not give us an oooh or an ahhh like movies like Saw or Final Destination did and so just followed the sad old tropes of budget bin horror basket movies of yesteryear and so it fails execrably in every way almost.

I am not so harsh as to give it a 1/10 as many of the reviewers have as this means it is the worst movie you have ever seen and we have movies like the Bad Batch with Keanu Reeves for that and many others; the acting is good, it is well filmed and professionally made unlike a lot of the shaky cam, dreadful acting Netflix ordure pouring out of film schools these days, so I give this one a harsh but fair, harsh but fair...4/10 hatchets!
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2/10
Not really scared and pointless screamings
Dirk-D-Brack2 November 2020
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I watched it with my grown up kids (16 and 17 years) and after 30' I thought it will go in the good direction, but not. After the kids went into the house, to make the call it became worse. Bad acting, a lot of screaming, you see what the father of the 2 boys did to them when they were little but further no explanation, did they got to the back door or not. Zombie stuff.... The older sister killed her young sister but nobody find her body by just throwing it from the bridge ?? Nor her bike. Not worth to watch it !!
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5/10
Interesting idea, but failing in transition to the screen...
paul_haakonsen12 November 2020
Initially when I sat down to watch the 2020 movie titled "The Call", I must admit that I was sort of having some hopes for the movie, as it had two horror icons on the cast list.

Well, as it turned out then the storyline in "The Call" was definitely interesting enough, if it wasn't actually being original. However, the movie's writer, Patrick Stibbs, just didn't really manage to deliver where it mattered for a horror movie. Sure, I mean, the movie was watchable and sort of entertaining enough, but it just was way too bland and generic for my liking.

And yeah, it was because of Tobin Bell and Lin Shaye, two iconic names, faces and voices in the horror genre, that I initially sat down to watch it. And I will say that they both definitely did spruce up the overall enjoyment of the movie.

The acting was good for a movie such as this. It wasn't outstanding, but it was adequate enough. Perhaps it was because of the limitations of the script and the directorial hand of Timothy Woodward Jr. that sort of restrained the performers to fully give what they had.

Visually, for a horror movie, then "The Call" just didn't deliver. I mean, the atmosphere in the house was interesting and lots of nice details to the house, but the otherworldly sequences were just too flaccid, and didn't really feel like being scenes of personal hell and anguish enough.

"The Call" is the type of horror movie that came and went without as much as leaving a dent in the horror genre. I mean, I didn't even know about the movie before I had the chance to actually sit down and watch it. And having watched it now, I can honestly say that I highly doubt that I will ever be sitting down to watch "The Call" a second time.

Perhaps if you are a newcomer to the horror genre, then you will find some proper entertainment in "The Call", or even some spooky stuff and scenes. But for a seasoned horror veteran such as myself, this was but a stroll in the park.

My rating of "The Call" lands on a very mediocre five out of ten stars.
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2/10
So Stupid
sucraf1 November 2020
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There is no back story why the phone works or why the old lady is a ghost or whatever. They could of easily just show us that she was a witch or something. So there is magic phone and the ghost old lady that shows your past somehow and torments and kill you. ok? The best part was probably the new kid didn't do anything or know anything but the old lady killed him too? 1 star for visuals and 1 star for acting.
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1/10
It's Like Watching Paint Dry
moladdy31 October 2020
This movie couldn't be less interesting. It's so painful to sit through. I'm so glad I watched it at home and not in a theater.
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1/10
Horrible Directing and garbage story
hossein-motlagh31 October 2020
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Had to write a review for this, plz dont waste your time on this, yes the dude from Saw as is the creepy old lady from Insidious but thats just about it. The story sucks, direction is horrible and you will be stuck in meaningless moments which last for 10 minutes.

Do yourself a favor and avoid it.
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1/10
Fake reviews again unfortunately!
80sHorror31 October 2020
Whoever rated this film a 10 was obviously paid to do so. Easily the worst movie I've seen in theaters. Hands down. No plot. Horrible acting. Absolutely horrid !!!!!
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3/10
Shocked
seneen24 October 2020
Really I was very choked with the story... how Lin shaye make this movie and this bad story I was expected more better film At least you can't know what they want to say Or what the director message
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1/10
Hard Pass
joeymignano4 November 2020
This movie is one of the worst directed, worst written, and worst acted horror movies I have seen in awhile. Just skip it and find anything else. The ending, if u can even call it that, makes no sense, basically the movie just stops.
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2/10
Dull, try hard, stupid
shawthingproductions31 October 2020
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This started out "okay" and had me watching happily for 30 minutes thinking it was going to get good. I turned the trailer off because what I saw was enough to make me want to watch the film spoiler free. I kind of wish I stuck with the trailer and left it at that.

Lin Shaye was great, but she usually is. Tobin Bell was.... Tobin Bell. When he made the initial phone call to the teenager I thought I had slipped into Saw for a moment. Might have been a better idea to try and do a different voice as opposed to remind me of what a fun horror film is actually about.

Not entirely sure why this needed to be set in the 80s but, there you go. The cinematography was "okay" until it got to the part in the "dream world" (when they get stuck in the call). From here it got very "red" and dark with the same music going over and over. Clearly the director / writer / whatever is a fan of Nightmare On Elm Street (but without the talent of Wes Craven or subsequent people who got onboard to write / direct and produce those films... even the poor ones).

Each teenager has a secret / nightmare to hide, each has their turn to face it. From here on in it gets confusing and just downright ridiculous with one of the worst endings I have seen for a long time.

The only reason I gave it 2 stars was for Lin who, I guess, needed the money or owed the team behind this rubbish a favour. A shame, it had potential.
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6/10
It wasn't bad
sawpalmetto20 November 2020
Don't listen to the previous review it was a decent enough film to keep you entertained I've seen alot worse
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2/10
Nice setting but bad story
Kremer-Thomas31 October 2020
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I liked the setting in the 80s. The characters were well cast, unfortunately they couldn't tear out the tired script. The plot was simple, but it took half an hour to get to the call. The carnival at the beginning, which later also plays a model role in the house, was completely out of place. It was not needed and only dragged the whole thing out. I guess after IT and similar movies carnivals are considered scary. The equipment of the house was confusing. Why the hell did this old couple have so many skulls, demon sculptures and the like standing around? If I understood the time of action correctly, maybe three years have passed since the girl's death and the present time. Before that it was a daycare for small children. Where did all these sinister things come from in such a short time? Of course it underlined the claim that the old woman was a witch, but it was meaningless. The sequences in the in-between world were mediocre and not really scary. A little blood in the face and some scars with make-up on them didn't really make it scary. The end of the movie was outrageous and crowned it all. The question still remains why the old lady felt so much hate for the newcomer. He was the only one who didn't throw any stones. So why call him twice to tie him up after he escaped the first time? I like Lin Shaye, she did a good acting job here too. Unfortunately she dies quite early and in between she only appears as a zombie. All in all time wasted.
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2/10
What a waste of time...
ravenhair7023 November 2020
Great god, what was my wife thinking? She saw this trailer and showed me it. Sadly, I was on board. I never saw any of the Saw movies, but I recognized him from the movies as I did the old woman who played in the Insidious movies...huh. Two great horror actors playing in the same movie. How bad could it be? Dear god. The only thing that made me watch this garbage was that it was set back in the 80's...my teen years. The acting was okay and the kids really did deserve what they got and I know that horror movies rarely end happily, but this movie actually had me hoping for a rescue...a point where I face my past and I get to live. Unfortunately, it did not happen this way. I really hope you avoid this waste of time. It sucks. Peace.
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5/10
Watchable
mjsreg31 October 2020
This film isn't too bad. It is not a horror gore fest, and it is more about the story of the characters than anything else.

The acting is good, and the production (a la 1980s theme) is well executed.

The ending is a bit weak, otherwise it is a reasonable watch.
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3/10
has every impuls that ...
ops-5253531 October 2020
Marked the horror branch called teenage horror in the 80's and 90's. some pranky loosers a girl and a newbie, harras their old neighbours to death, .how will this death affect the young ones, will there be a spiritual revenge.?

well the playbook are already written for these storie, a mumbo jumbo of deranged mind and scary sounds and music, and staged and makeed up with demonish artifacts in a dark space so dark at times youll have to guess what happens and there arent any new stuff on the frontier, so voltage et co has flopped again.

i guess it may scare some people like my wife and other superstitious people, but not the average horror fan.its morbid thinks the grumpy old man, a 3 will tell.
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2/10
Do not watch
johanssonlinda-062031 November 2020
No plot, not scary. No interesting characters. Just... don't.
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1/10
utter waste of time
fernandesuriel-3866912 December 2020
Do yourself a favor, don't watch. There's no creativity, no scares, no real horror besides the presence of our Jigsaw's star and his Insidious's wife. Seriously, whoever made this movie might know how to operate a camera but can't disguise his/her lack of horror moviemaking skills. I wish i hadn't wasted my time on this movie. Actually, I very rarely take the time to write a review, if any, so you may guess how much lower than "one star" this movie deserves for a rating.
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