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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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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I bought this for a friend. He loves these old movies and is very happy with it. he recommends it.Published on February 28, 2014 by Denise Bocek
Still a good flick . . . I remember seeing this when I was like 8 and it still freaks me out. 5 stars.Published on January 8, 2013 by BackBone
Well, I recently saw this movie for the first time, and it was given to me by a good friend who totally loves it. Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by Monty Moonlight
Somewhere between 'Pippi Longstocking' [yes, this one does have animated braids ala Barrymore], 'Sorry, wrong number' [that would have been cool], and the regular tribe... Read morePublished on May 18, 2004
Between E.T., Poltergeist, and yes Star Wars, this movie had nothing original to it! And I'm not just talking about the plot, I'm talking lighting effects, camera angles....... Read morePublished on June 26, 2003 by Risa Reif