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Dead Tone

2009

R CC
3.2 out of 5 stars (25) IMDb 4.7/10

Based on a true story, a couple of harmless prank phone calls turns into a nightmare when a group of college friends dial a mad man. The group becomes trapped in a horrifying game of survival against a monster hell-bent on killing more than their night of partying. Once the phone line goes dead, it's too late to escape the fun and games this maniac has in mind.

Starring:
Rutger Hauer, Gwendoline Yeo
Runtime:
1 hour, 38 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Brian Hooks, Deon Taylor
Starring Rutger Hauer, Gwendoline Yeo
Supporting actors Antwon Tanner, Brian Hooks, Wil Horneff, Jud Tylor, Aimee Garcia, Cherie Johnson, Jonathan Chase, Austin Basis, Germán Legarreta, Kyle Turley, Donald Ray Crockett, Denyce Lawton, Brian Hilton, Ellen Woglom, Chris Blasman, Samuel Davis, Brandon Deadwiler, Patrice Lee DeHart
Studio Screen Media
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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This movie is great for Scream fanatics. One of the better films in the "slasher/thriller" genre. Were you one of the kids that liked to do prank phone calls to unsuspecting households. Well, this movie is along those lines with the exception that they prank the wrong person. Enjoy.
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Originally titled, SE7ENTY-5IVE, this film is part urban legend - part classic, slasher film. The kill scenes are intense and full of great FX work. The film actually has "suspense" if you can believe it. Yes, suspense is finally used in good fashion as well as giving gorehounds what they want, too. Now, as I have yet to see this re-titled form of the film (it may have a new edit) the only downside the film had when I watched it over a year ago was that I had to think harder about the ending twist than perhaps I should have. Don't get me wrong...I love a psychological film that makes me think, but in this case it was just a lack of clear understanding in the first viewing. I had to watch it a second time right away to catch what I missed because it was so quick. Aside from that one detail, nothing can be said negatively about this film, and it is one I've been patiently waiting to add to my collection...and I am very, very picky. I'm a filmmaker, author and FX tech, too...so being such a film study and one to focus on story structure, characters you care about, above average dialogue, editing, etc...I am probably pickier than I admit to.

One last thing - for whatever reasons per distribution the filmmakers have finally released this under the Flavor-Flav's Nite Tales moniker. I think some people will be second-guessing taking a chance on it because that sounds a little out of leftfield. Well, don't worry about it one bit. That guy had nothing to do with the film getting made. In fact, the film was wholly produced by known sports celebrities (seriously), and after researching this information, it was cool to find out they are such avid horror film fans. They wanted a film to be proud of and made sure the script was worthy in the first place, of course. I have to agree.
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This movie again is one that I love. However I loved it better when it was on TV without all the Sexual content in it. However, I am still confused on which of the young kids grow up to the killer. But overall still like it the movie.
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<strong>Dead Tone</strong> (Brian Hooks and Deon Taylor, 2007)

Did I really just watch a horror movie introduced by Flavor Flav? I did. Which leads to the question: why did I keep watching it? This question is a lot more interesting, at least to me, and I'm not sure I can come up with a satisfactory answer--but if I do, rest assured that if you're a slasher film fan, you will probably find the answer as relevant as I do.

The movie opens with a bunch of kids whose parents are downstairs partying playing one of those prank-call games that (as all prank-call games do in the movies) ends very badly. Fast- forward a number of years and we have a bunch of college students in the same house deciding to play a prank-call game...

if you've seen half a dozen slasher flicks, that sentence-and-a-half synopsis will tell you everything you need to know about this movie, including the identity of the killer, all the major plot twists, and at least two aspects of the movie's ending. This is because Hooks and Taylor have made one of the most by-the-numbers slasher films I've seen in a very long time; I might as well have said "if you've seen half a dozen slasher flicks, you've seen <em>Dead Tone</em>". Which brings us to the "interesting" bit: why did I keep watching? Because the film's very derivativeness leads to us being able to define it as safe, in the same way a genre romance novel is safe. You know, going in, exactly what you're going to get. In the romance novel, within a page of a male being introduced, you can type him: he's the hero who will endlessly grate on the heroine's nerves, or he's a bad guy, or he's a supporting character, or he's the Gay Best Friend(TM). Such it is with the formulaic slasher movie.
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Dead Tone (2007) may not be particularly well-written or acted, but at least it mostly delivers in the kill department, as a hooded hatchet wielding killer with at burning desire to spill blood, butchers a group of stupid and annoying college students. Over the top violence is the film's main attribute, unfortunately it takes nearly an hour for the mayhem to begin.

The story begins with a group of young kids at a sleepover, making prank calls. Later that evening the phone rings, and a man wearing a mask, bursts into the house wielding an axe, and massacres all the parents. Homicide detective John Criton (Rutger Hauer) is assigned to the case, which remains unsolved. Moving forward ten years, a young man is found dead from a hatchet wound to the head. Criton suspects that the same killer may have struck again, and along with his reluctant partner (Gwendoline Yeo), begins working the case.

We also meet a guy named Marcus (Brian Hooks), who was apparently one of the kids who survived the attack. Marcus is the inventor of a game called "Seventy-Five", where the goal is to make a random call, and then try to keep whoever answers on the line for at least 75 seconds. He is part of a group of college friends who tag along with a girl named Karina (Jud Taylor), when she is invited by her ex-boyfriend Brandon O'Connell (Jonathan Chase), to a party at a mansion owned by his father.

Despite the past tragedy, the motor-mouthed Marcus is still into playing Seventy-Five, and convinces those at the party to play. Apparently against impossible odds, once again a psycho killer is prank called, becomes enraged, and threatens to kill everyone in the house.
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