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A Dead Calling (2006)



Director: Michael Fifer
Starring: Alexandra Holden, Bill Moseley, Leslie Easterbrook, Sid Haig
Rated R Running time: 90 minutes
Released by Lions Gate Home Entertainment

Filmmaker Michael Feifer specializes in fast, cheap, direct-to-video snoozers that feature slick cover art designed to make you think that the movie you are holding is much better than it actually is. A Dead Calling only differs from the rest of his work in that it is a supernatural thriller rather than an inaccurate serial killer movie or a skin flick. The movie, about a reporter who investigates an old murder and finds herself being stalked by the killer is part ghost story, part serial killer movie, and all boring. Lots of weak performances, awful dialogue, and a complete lack of frightening or even interesting moments sink the film long before it kicks into full-blown "Lifetime Original Movie" territory in the final act.

The only thing notable about the film is that it features a mini-reunion of Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, and Leslie Easterbrook, all of whom appeared together in Rob Zombie's serial killer/road movie, THE DEVIL'S REJECTS. The three actors play against type: Moseley is a cop who is only in a couple of scenes and is killed off before the halfway point; Easterbrook and Haig are the reporter's loving parents, and get some of the film's sappiest dialogue. In true exploitation style, all three are featured prominently in the advertising and the disc art for this movie, even though they are cast in small roles that could have easily have performed by anyone else. A clever bit of casting to help liberate dollars from the pockets of Rob Zombie fan boys.

1.5 out of 5

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