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When Evil Calls (2008)

Chris Barrie , Sean Pertwee , Johannes Roberts  |  R |  DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chris Barrie, Sean Pertwee, Dominique Pinon, Rick Warden, Oscar Pearce
  • Directors: Johannes Roberts
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • 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: January 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YDKA9O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,982 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The mysterious appearances of a text message granting the recipient's wildest desires triggers a series of freakishly gory accidents at a remote boarding school. Dominique Pinon, Sean Pertwee, and Jennifer Lim star.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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"When Evil Calls" is the sort of horror movie you put on if you are having a party comprised of guys drinking mass quantities of beer, even though I am sure this film will disappoint in the nudity department with the exception of one obvious sequence. The film has an interestint genesis in that it was originally produced as a "mini-series" for mobile phones, which explains why it is basically a compilation of shorts links by episodic title cards. The premise is simple: a demonic clown sends text messages to the kids at some English prep school telling them they have won a wish. They text the wish, forward the message to two friends, and it gets granted. The cover art makes it look like this is going to be a standard low-budget horror flick but really it is a horror comedy. You know it is not to be taken seriously since all of these kids get all excited when their cell phones tell them that they have won a wish and actually make wishes (Has the concept of spam not crossed over to mobile phones?).

So the wishes get granted but apparently nobody in this school has every read "The Monkey's Paw" or any of its descendants which make it clear that when an evil force grants your wish there is going to be some sort of catch. Making a simple wish like "I wish I was prettier than Victoria" or "I wish I was skinny" becomes an invitation to very bad things happening. By time one of the characters says "I wish that I never see you again" you know full well what is coming with this runing gag (which really goes not involve anything that really would make you run and gag). Like I said, this is done for laughs, albeit it sick laughs and a grim lesson in why you should never wish that your girlfriend had bigger breasts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars GOOD TRY! BAD OUTCOME! February 14, 2009
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Don't waste your time on this movie. The idea behind the story for the movie was good...but the movie did not measure up. It was a low budget horror flick, with low budget special effects.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Chris Barry needed the money. January 20, 2013
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This seemed ok, but then I put it on. Chris Barry did his best, but this is another attempt by the English to make an American movie. Sean Pertwee has been in a lot of bad movies. This is deffinately one of them. If you like a bit of gore, go for it. This was never meant to be taken seriously, and Barry has a few good lines, but it is over the top and a bit forced. The English do comedy very well, but they have a differant style, and budget to the Americans. This is an American movie.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A film that doesn't know its audience October 24, 2011
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When Evil Calls is a series of linked four- to five-minute-long vignettes tied around the theme of a chain text message that grants one wish to people who pass it on. These stories are joined by a janitor who sets up the events and then delivers a pun-filled lesson at the end. The film begins somewhat like The Neverending Story with a boy apparently fleeing bullies and finding himself in the janitor's office, where the story begins.

The main story that goes through the vignettes surrounds Samantha (Jennifer Lim), a girl who longs to be popular. No sooner does she voice this wish than a clown appears, looking very much like Pennywise from Stephen King's It. The clown informs Samantha that her wish will come true, "whatever the cost," if she forwards the wish-granting message to two friends. She complies and finds herself popular. Meanwhile, the message spread virally throughout the school, and people wish to be thinner, to be hot, to be more beautiful than someone else, and so forth. The results are, for the most part, predictable.

The big problem with this film is that the vignettes seem to be aimed at preteens and young teens, mostly boys. The jokes are sophomoric at best, and there is no significant character development or other reason to care about any of the characters' fates. In the context of a cell phone message, a single vignette might have been good for a small chuckle. Edited together as a film, they aren't. But, though the material might seem suited for young viewers à la Goosebumps, the language and nudity probably are not. This is hardly the worst film I've ever seen, but nor is it remotely entertaining.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JANITOR TELLING STORY IS FUNNY.HE'S A TRIP! March 25, 2009
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THIS IS A DARK COMEDY HORROR.I REALLY LIKED THIS MOVIE.IT'S DIFFERENT.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS MOVIE.KIRSTEN'S ONE OF THE SCHOOLS BULLIES.SHE PICKS ON EVERYONE WHO ISN'T PERFECT,OR CLOSE TO PERFECT.SHE'S IN LOVE WITH ANOTHER GIRL NAMED MOLLY.THEY KISS FROM TIME TO TIME.THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOW SELF ESTEEM,GET A TEXT MESSAGE SAYING THAT THEY HAVE WON A WISH-BUT BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.WHEN THEY MAKE THEIR WISH-THEIR WISH IS GRANTED,BUT NOT THE WAY THEY WANT IT TO BE.FOR EXAMPLE:ONE GIRL WISHED SHE WAS HOT.SOME GIRL GAVE HER PERFUME TO PUT ON.SHE LIT A CIGARETTE-AND HER FACE CAUGHT FIRE.ONE GUY WISHED HE WAS THIN.A CAR HIT HIM AND SQEEZED HIM AGAINST THE WALL.ONE GIRL WISHED SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL.SHE WAS HIT IN A WHEELCHAIR.SHE LOOKED BEAUTIFUL FOR HER FUNERAL.THAT'S HOW THIS MOVIE IS.IT'S FUNNY.IT'S ENTERTAINING.I'M NOT ONE FOR COMEDY OR ANYTHING TO DO WITH COMEDY-BUT THIS MOVIE IS REALLY GOOD.
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