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A Dead Calling (2006)

Alexandra Holden , John Burke , Michael Feifer  |  R |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alexandra Holden, John Burke, Sid Haig, Leslie Easterbrook, Bill Moseley
  • Directors: Michael Feifer
  • Writers: Michael Feifer
  • Producers: Michael Feifer, Barry Barnholtz, Ethan Wiley, Melvin Butters, Yaron Kaplan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: December 12, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ION22G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,181 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Dead Calling" on IMDb

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When a supernatural force causes Elizabeth, a young story editor for the local paper, to investigate an old house, she finds herself to be the only hope for a family of long dead ghosts yearning to tell the story of their massacre. But when the father of the family, who is still living, hears about her visits, he takes precautions to make sure that the truth is never told. Soon, though, Elizabeth will find out that her connection is much more meaningful than she ever thought.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Psychological Slasher Ghost Story February 3, 2007
It's always fun when directors and writers mix genres. Mixing several tried and true horror themes (Slasher/Thriller/Ghost), A Dead Calling slowly unveils a woman's twisted past, which is coming back to claim her present.

The movie doesn't start off slow, though. Within the first five minutes the first murder has occurred, and you rarely go through 15 minutes of film without another slaying. Needless to say, by the end there is quite a body count. In the background of all this gore there are victims not quite ready to die, a house riddled with secrets, and a town conspiring to keep it all hidden. Plowing through all this is the job of Rebecca, a young investigative reporter.

There are many positives about the movie, not the least of which is getting to watch Sid Haig play a supportive and loving father, a departure in many ways from the character he played in House of 1000 Corpses and Devil's Rejects (of course, he was a different kind of loving father in those movies, I suppose). My only complaint is in a few ways this movie feels a bit unfinished at the end. I guess I was exspecting a final monster to pop out of the closet, so to speak.

All and all, this is a wonderful DVD, with a Hitchcock feel to the storyline. It would be a pleasing addition to a horror film library.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow and Fragmented January 17, 2007
By Tim
This movie had a hard time keeping my attention. It's not so bad when it comes to low-budget horror but it had it's fair share of problems. It's paced too slow which makes it boring most of the way through. Too many of the story pieces felt like they were just thrown in "just because" to me as well. It's pretty anti-climactic too. The only thing that redeems this film in any respect is the 'classic' ghost story elements. Rent it and make up your own mind but I wouldn't suggest buying this one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Get Your Hopes Up Too High... July 23, 2007
Before I start reviewing this flim, and would like to say that in the past few years, Lionsgate films has made it clear. They will release ANYTHING, no matter who makes a movie, how cheap its made, or who the actors are. Now, you have to kinda commend them for that. They aren't afraid to give new directors, actors, and screenwriters a chance in the movie industry. And they have hit pay-dirt a few times, with movies like House of 1,000 Corpses, Devil's Reject's, Saw, Descent, and High Tension. But for the most part, most of these kinds of movies Lionsgate comes out with, are in a word, horrible. But when I first saw this movie at my local video rental store, I was immediately intrigued by the actors in it, Bill Moseley and Sid Haig. I'm a big fan of the 2 and thought this one might have a chance to be a good movie. During the opening credits, I was pleasantly surprised to see Leslie Easterbrook's name, you may remember her from The Devil's Rejects as Mother FireFly. So, here you've got three actors from the great Devil's Rejects movie, reunited. With all this said, maybe I was expecting too much from this movie, cause ultimately, I was a bit disappointed. I would like to say that this movie had good potential, though. The main plot to the story is decent. (I'll spare explaining it to you, you can read the Synopsis) But there are a few plot holes in it, and there really isn't any surprises in it. You can usually see what's coming a mile away. Another problem seems to be the pacing. The film is only around 90 minutes, but it seems much longer. There are many "dead spots" in the film, where it just boggs down and goes no where. I also gotta say the ending is kinda lame. You think that its not over and you've left expecting something to happen, but it doesn't. You're left saying "That's it? Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good tv movie type thriller August 22, 2007
But don't expect more. There aren't any real thrills like there could have been, but if you like tv movies, this might be up your alley.

The ending is a little strained like it was a rush job. A few strings were left untied, but it just seems like they forgot to tie them, not like they were hoping for a part 2.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing but certainly watchable June 1, 2009
I'm having a hard time deciding whether I liked this film or not. Actually, I sort of liked it but feel like I shouldn't have. There's nothing all that original or groundbreaking to be found here, the plot has its share of holes, and the big twist is about as obvious and noticeable as a great big zit on a prom queen's nose. I must admit I was wrong about a second big twist that was never really there (although I wish it were, as it would have laid the groundwork for a truly wicked ending), so I guess I can say the story isn't 100% predictable. There's just no real energy at work here, though, and the end result is that A Dead Calling ends up being one of those films that you completely forget about in just a few days.

Following a very traumatic experience, hotshot news reporter Rachel Beckwith leaves the Big City to return home and try to pick up the pieces of her life. Moving back in with your parents is always weird, but it's especially the case when your parents are played by Sid Haig and Leslie Easterbrook. After a few months, she's ready to go back to work - but she decides to work at the local television station rather than go back to her old life. Her very understanding new boss asks her to work on a project about the architecture of some of the old local homes. Sounds pretty boring, right? Well, it would be if the first house on Rachel's list didn't house a family of ghosts somehow calling upon her to help them find peace. It seems a well-respected doctor massacred his wife and kids in the house a quarter century earlier. After witnessing horrible visions of murder most foul, I would have run out of the house screaming like a little girl, but Rachel keeps going back. Her new boss doesn't exactly believe her but he does encourage her, unlike everyone else in town.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I think the idea is fine, though more than a little predictable
Who ever gave this movie four or five stars need to have their heads examined, though my guess is that they are either friends of or someone directly related to the makers of this... Read more
Published 21 days ago
1.0 out of 5 stars No! No! No!
This was bad, no REALLY bad. I couldn't get through more than 15 minutes. The acting and/or the script was ridiculous.
Published 24 days ago
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked it.
Published 1 month ago
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good movie. Watch it!
Good movie. You'll be glad that you watched it. The acting was excellent! I recommend this movie highly. I find it hard to believe that it was rated so poorly by Amazon watchers. Read more
Published 3 months ago
2.0 out of 5 stars A Choppy Chop film
This movie felt very much like an armature investment, the problem is the Screen writer! lol, the actors lines are not fully developed, the story jumps in time, and never fill in... Read more
Published on March 20, 2012
3.0 out of 5 stars Stay Out Of Vacant Houses!...
A TV news reporter (Alexandra Holden from WISHCRAFT) witnesses her boyfriend's brutal murder. Afterward, she takes time off to return to her hometown, and moves back in w/ her mum... Read more
Published on September 30, 2010 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
1.0 out of 5 stars Good actors in a terrible movie.
They really don't get much worse than this. In spite of great actors like Sid Haig and Leslie Easterbrook, this movie fails in every way. Read more
Published on August 31, 2009
3.0 out of 5 stars Good little thriller
While most of the reviews for this movie here are negative, I think some people just put down movies because the internet allows them freedom to be a "critic". Read more
Published on November 16, 2008
2.0 out of 5 stars A Dead Give-away
Is something that this film is not.
The brief description of this story on the web site makes the actual film sound scarier than the film actually is in reality. Read more
Published on February 25, 2008
2.0 out of 5 stars The more you think the worse it looks
Immediately after watching this film I was inclined to give it 3 stars because it didn't seem that bad, but I thought about it over night and the more I thought about the plot, the... Read more
Published on February 13, 2007
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