31 Days of Horror Movie: The Caller (2011; R; 91 min)

Know how annoying it is when the phone just keeps ringing and ringing but you don’t feel like answering it? Brrrrrrinnnnggggg! Okay, now sit through that for 91 minutes, and you have an idea of how much you’ll hate the phone by the end of The Caller.

Mary Kee lives in San Juan and is trying to divorce her abusive husband Steven. She moves into a new apartment, tended by a nice local man, and makes friends with John, a teacher at the college where she’s taking a class. Mary has an old-fashioned black phone sitting all alone on a big table in her apartment. One day right after moving in, brrrriiiiiiinnnnggggg the phone rings and rings, and she answers. The caller, an old-sounding woman, asks for Bobby. Sorry, wrong number and all that. But over time, this same woman, Rose it turns out, keeps calling, bbbbrrrrrrriiiiiiiiinnnnnnnngggggggg, eventually engaging Mary in conversation. We find early on that Rose is either very senile, or actually lives in another time period and is reaching out to Mary through the phone line. Hmm.

Mary gets kind of annoyed with Rose, who just won’t stop calling (bbbrrrriiiinnngggg), and who admits to killing off her boyfriend Bobby way back when. So she does the smart thing and disconnects her phone line. Turns out, she gets very bad cell phone reception in her apartment, though, so she must plug it back in to make and receive calls.

Well, of course Rose has great timing, and calls Mary, bbbbrrrrrrriiiiiinnnnnggggg, now threatening her in various ways. Rose also proves to Mary she knew her when Mary was a child in the 1970’s, and threatens to hurt her mother (not the current-day one, the 1970’s one). Mary freaks out and brings John in on the action, who convinces her to move out of the apartment. Smart guy. Problem is, Rose doesn’t like that idea too much, and will stop at nothing to exact her revenge in the past and present. BBBBBRRRRRRIIIIIIIINNNNNNGGGGGG!

  • Top Scare: Old photos
  • Heartbeats: 1 out of 5
  • Gore Factor: 1 1/2 out of 5
  • Suspense Factor: 2 out of 5
  • Recommended for: 15 and up
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