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Making Contact (1985)

Joshua Morrell , Eva Kryll , Roland Emmerich  |  PG |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joshua Morrell, Eva Kryll, Tammy Shields, Jan Zierold, Barbara Klein
  • Directors: Roland Emmerich
  • Writers: Roland Emmerich, Carl Colpaert, Hans J. Haller, James Melkonian, Thomas Lechner
  • Producers: Alena Rimbach
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, German
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 2002
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006LPCC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,020 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Making Contact" on IMDb

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When Joey's dad dies Joey is starting to act strange. He's got psychic powers. He can talk to him on the phone! His red toy telephone! But what he doesn't know is that he is not talking to his dad. He is talking to an evil dummy and the evil dummy is starting to make Joey's world a living nightmare. Written by Matthew Chmiel <>

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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MAKING CONTACT, perhaps more properly called JOEY in Germany, tells a magical fable about a boy named Joey Collins.
As the story begins, Joey is a lonely nine-year-old whose beloved father has just died.
One night, while mourning the loss of his father, Joey is surprised when his many toys and games begin to move around his room.
This is how Joey's adventure begins.
The devastating death of his father has also somehow awakened in Joey a strange power that allows him to communicate with and sometimes even control the forces and energies of an unseen world.
Suddenly, incredible events begin to unfold that defy conventional explanation.
A simple toy robot seems to come to life, and only Joey can understand the machine's chirps and whistles. It tells him that its name is Charlie.
As an old toy telephone begins to ring in Joey's room, phones all across his beach community ring as well. In answering that call, Joey hears a voice that claims to be his deceased father contacting him from beyond the grave.
Joey's world becomes one of magic and wonder, and he is so overwhelmed by it all that he is eager and willing to believe the voice is who he thinks it is without much thought on the matter.
But Joey's surprise and joy over his newfound abilities eventually give way to fear, doubt and even outright terror.
His loving mother first thinks his abilities, especially his telekinesis (the power to move objects without touching them), are only possible as the results of some schoolyard tricks.
Most of the other children at school refuse to believe in his abilties, either, or that he is the intended recipient of the strange phone calls that have plagued the community.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really cool German horror fantasy. December 17, 2003
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Things have been strange for Joey (Joshua Morrell) since his father's death! he's been given telepathic and telekinetic abilities that allows him to make his toys come to life and can contact with his dead father on a toy phone. He's an unpopular kid at school because he tells him his secret but they laugh at him especially the local bullies and has only one friend, one day he walks his pet toy robot (whom looks like one of the robots from "The Black Hole") that's alive into an old house in his neighborhood and discovers a ventriloquist dummy (whom looks like Col. Clink from "Hogan's Heroes") to add it to his toy collection. It later turns out the dummy is possessed by a demon with powers similar to Joey's only more stronger and threatens Joey, his mother, friends and the city with demons from another dimension for Joey is the only one to stop it.

An entertaining, dark and cool supernatural horror fantasy from Germany and director Roland Emmerich who gave us "Stargate", "The Patriot", "Independence Day" and "The Day After Tommorow". It's labeled as a kid's movie but it's kind of dark and scary for small children, i remembered when i was young back in the 80's watching this on video it scared the hell out of me especially with that dummy and the second movie to cause my fear of dummies when i was young besides "Magic". The special effects are very good for it's time considering this is a foreign movie, there's also a bittersweet ending to this movie and if you want a movie to scare your kids then this could be it, and the music score on both versions are very good as well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supernatural Fantasy for Kids September 19, 2006
On the surface Making Contact seems like a horror movie for kids, and it works well on that level, with plenty of special effects, and not too scary. It has an interesting basic idea, about a boy who makes contact with his late father by phone. He comes into telekinetic powers, and later finds a scary ventriloquist's dummy in an abanoned house who tells him the voice on the phone isn't his father, but an evil entity to be avoided. But should you really believe a scary ventriloquist's dummy? Similar ideas were used in later films like White Noise and others.

The film is underrated for specific reasons. It tries to be more of a fantasy of the genre that deals with near-death or after-death experiences (Heaven Can Wait, The Dust Factory, etc.) than just a horror film, but this makes the plot seem uneven. Some scenes seem like deliberate imitations of Spielberg and other horror films. However, some clever and stirring moments shine through, particularly the ending. Other horror movies with child protagonists include Thirteen Ghosts, The Lady In White, and Sixth Sense. In terms of special effects alone, Making Contact has more to offer that these; but the others are scarier and more enjoyable to adults.

I recommend this film more to fans of films like Dragonfly and Just Like Heavan than people who want to be seriously frightened.
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4.0 out of 5 stars That Weird Movie From Your Dream is Real September 3, 2014
Everything about this movie is at odds with reality. Certian films achieve just the right level of production value, wierdness, and obscurity that make them seem out of sync with your world.

Also helping to aid wierd gems like this are the clear attempts to mimic the tone and feel of other successful films from the same era. You'd watch something like ET and Poltergeist and that night dream you watched a movie called Making Contact. It's happened to me plenty of times, except Making Contact is a real film!

Movies from expired decades are finite. That's why coming across ones we have never seen or heard of from a bygone era like the 80s are so special. It's also why an out of print title like this is so expensive. People who have been fortunate enough to know it want it in their collection.

The 80s was an explorative decade for cinema. Kid's films did not have the cookie cutter template for the tone that sells best to the masses as we have today. There is far more social ambiguity in kids movies from the 80s than you could ever hope to find in cinema aimed at children today.

It's a fun ride, from one bizarre concept to the next, but don't expect great performances. Just watch it and maybe question what alternate dimension this weird commercial for all things 80s came from. I assume they were paid to promote Star Wars, ET, Disney, etc?? What a strange and wonderful glitch in the Matrix!
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