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Dangerous Calling

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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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  • 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: #516,348 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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"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 former pastor is murdered (though most people believe that his death was an accident). It doesn't take long, however, for the minister and his wife to realize that there is more going on than what meets the eye. At first, it doesn't seem like the church is different from any other church. As elsewhere, there are those who are working for change and who want to reach out to the surrounding community. There are also those who don't want change and who see community "outsiders" as threats to the well-being of the church. But how far will those who don't want change go to protect the status quo? In this church, it is deadly far! I am surprised that this film has not gotten more attention than it has. "Dangerous Calling" presents a realistic picture of the battles for control that can take place within churches, but then takes it up a notch by setting those battles within the context of a tense thriller that builds as the story progresses. The characters are complex and realistic, and the ugliness of church politics is not watered down. For a low-budget film, "Dangerous Calling" is very well done.
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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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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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