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Dangerous Calling (2008)

Carrie Walrond , Stephen Caudill , Josh Daws , Jeremiah Daws  |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Carrie Walrond, Stephen Caudill, Jackie Prucha, Brandon O'Dell
  • Directors: Josh Daws, Jeremiah Daws
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Daws Brothers Studios/Life Is My Movie Ent
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LIP8O8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,254 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A suspense thriller set in the world of small town church politics, Dangerous Calling follows the story of Pastor Evan Burke and his wife Nora as they assume leadership of First Baptist Willit Springs after the mysterious death of the previous pastor.

Eager to get to know the new pastor, Miss Pat, the church's controlling widow-woman, invites Evan and Nora to stay with her while she has the parsonage renovated. Left alone at Miss Pat's beautiful home in the mountains of North Georgia, Nora begins to suspect that Miss Pat's extremely sheltered adult son, Elijah, may have had something to do with the previous pastor's death.

Drawing upon their experience as preacher's kids, the Daws Brothers deliver an insider look into the sometimes frightening aspects of church politics. Although the story involves Christian characters, this is not your typical church film. Dangerous calling is sure to keep you on the edge of the pew. In this church the politics can be deadly.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Psycho" Meets "Misery" Meets...Jesus? June 3, 2009
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We've seen it before, right? Half of the modern renditions of serial killers include religious motifs, with the cross, the Bible, and so on. As Steve Taylor once said in a song, "A Christian can't get equal time, unless he's a loony committing a crime."

In "Dangerous Calling," the loony committing a crime is indeed a church-going person, but the Daws Brothers refuse to let you settle into any expectations. The murder before the opening credits sets up a cat-and-mouse game in Small-Town, USA, when a young pastor and his wife show up to fill a position at a church torn by inner strife. The strife is instigated by one person: high-tithing, manipulative Miss Pat.

This is one lady you won't forget after seeing this film. She is certifiable and creepy, and yet on the surface she wants only the best for her church, her community, and her son. She quickly realizes that her "best" doesn't match with the new pastor's or his wife's, and this leads to increasing tension that turns creepy, then downright pulse-pounding. The misguided and delusional dreams of Miss Pat push her and her son to violent measures, and the young pastor's wife is son caught in their web.

It's hard to describe the levels of psychological suspense employed, because they are done so well. From TVs and phones, to snakes and chickens, all sorts of devices ratchet the tension while never neglecting character development and some tightly plotted scenes. At the end of this movie--once my heart was done pounding!--I sat back and realized that in a world full of religious extremists and Bible-toting psychos, we get a glimpse here of that deadly sickness compared to those who have Godly love for others.

"Dangerous Calling" is an extremely entertaining movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great suspense and compelling characters February 24, 2010
Today there are a lot of generic movies out there and your 'horror' or 'thriller' movies are the worst. Most are purely about how realistic they can make the gore, but there is very little value in the story. This movie is more in the realm of an Alfred Hitchcock with some actual plot, mystery and drama. The only criticism would be that the action sequences and a few of the special effects don't have the smooth symmetry you may see in some much bigger budget films, but little is lost in this and the acting is solid throughout. In my opinion Jackie Prucha as 'Miss Pat' delivers the stand out performance as you find it both easy to sympathize and loathe her from one scene to the next. The movie does have a religious context, but doesn't get preachy, at least not to non-Christians. I have shown this movie to a number of friends and family and can honestly say they tend to get more emotionally involved than with most movies. Those who are afraid of snakes get particularly frightened. The scenery and cinematography are first rate. The score is solid, no John Williams or Jerry Goldsmith recorded by a major symphony, but much better than most synthesized 80-90s TV movies.

Acting: A (with A+ to Jackie Prucha)
Action: B-
Story Telling: A
Suspense Building: A+
Score: B+
Dialog: A
Cinematography: A+
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't what I thought. December 3, 2008
By C. Ross
I was tricked! The movie was intense, full of suspense, and scary at times. No one told me it was this kind of movie. We usually stick with comedies and dramas...not intense, scary movies. But we loved it. It was one of those movies where we...(okay, mostly me) where I found myself talking to the characters throughout the movie...that's how I deal with those kinds of movies. You're going to love this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock goes to church December 3, 2008
If you are a fan of Alfred Hitchcock and you have ever spent any time at all around a church or around "church people" you will like this film. Characters are developed quickly, you get absorbed into the setting and find yourself in the movie, experiencing some of the same emotions the characters are experiencing. Loved it and am giving as gift as well as recommending
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary AND meaningful August 7, 2009
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This is the best Christian movie I've ever seen.. and okay, maybe that's not saying much to some people, but seriously, this movie was awesome. It's definitely low budget, but it makes up for it with an incredibly talented cast and a interesting plot that both scares you and gets you thinking about what it means to be a Christian. (And yes, I really was very scared in some parts!!)

I strongly recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scary but good February 26, 2014
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This is not your "typical Christian movie". Let's just leave that clear. You don't want to watch this with young children around. The horror and suspense aspects are realistically portrayed. A number of people are murdered-onscreen- including a teenage girl. The acting is high quality, and the camera work, while simple, is quite effective. The music underscores the action quite appropriately. Very well made, with a compelling story, and an abundantly clear point to make.

Let me speak about a core message of the film. As Dangerous Calling makes clear, not everyone professing the name of Christ is truly a follower. There is a lot of religious weirdness that is used as a cover-up for some pretty nasty stuff that goes on in the Church. And this movie uses a horror motif as a way to bring that to life.

I also want to make a Biblical point here. There are a number of people who are going to object to the portrayal of murder in this film. 1 John 3:15 says " Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him." The killers in this movie always kill by an assault on the back. Never to the face. There is no moral distance between literally murdering someone and stabbing them in the back with an unkind word. Yet one sin is excused and considered respectable by many, while the other is considered heinous-and rightly so.

My advice-don't watch this at midnight-like I did. Way too spooky for that. But I advise any discerning adult to view it and think about its message.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A movie well worth watching for anyone who appreciates great acting, a...
While this movie did not have any well known actors, the acting was very good.
The plot of the movie will keep anyone on the edge of their seat.
Published 10 months ago by jt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for the Halloween season!!!
Youth group watched this as an alternative to watching slasher movies with there friends. Has a great message and shows that even in the church, there are false converts playing... Read more
Published 13 months ago by A. Mathis
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bapist Cult in the Making
I was looking at the bigger picture of this story. This is an extreme case of what happens when you put politics, money, and libralism over God. Read more
Published 17 months ago by D. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller for youth
Great faith based thriller. Nothing that a parent of a child over 12 (ish) should worry about. Our girls were on the edge of their seats.
Published 20 months ago by Jennifer A. Faulman-davis
5.0 out of 5 stars "I have to kill the weak ones so the flock will stay strong."
"Dangerous Calling" is a thriller that is set within the context of church politics. A young minister and his wife arrive to take charge of a small town church shortly after its... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Robert J. Ruhf
3.0 out of 5 stars a Horror/Christian hybrid?
Christian film - pretty good, if somewhat in-your-face gruesome, with one violent act committed in the first 5-10 minutes.

Horror film - Okay, middling. Read more
Published on May 5, 2011 by miditrax
5.0 out of 5 stars "ONE GOOD MOVIE"
This is one "great" movie. Hitchcock could not have done a better job. This movie truly deserves more attention than it has received.
Published on April 23, 2011 by Brillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense!
This movie kept me on the edge of my seat. Makes you stop and think that there are probably people like this woman in the world. Read more
Published on August 3, 2010 by efontenot
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