The Calling

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The Calling Review


Movie cliché #207: All bad kids are possessed by the devil!

Or else they are the devil, as this virtual clone of The Omen shows us. The Calling, a direct-to-video scare flick, is so faithful to its obvious source material that after about an hour I began to wonder where it would diverge. Sure enough, it's right there at the end, when mom (Laura Harris) can't take it any more and decides to off her Satanic son (Alex Roe-Brown) for real. Never mind the cultists (including her husband, Richard Lintern) -- a group that makes up virtually the entire populace of the Isle of Man, the odd choice for the setting of this picture.

The My Son Is Satan movie could have stood for a clever shakeup, but The Calling is strictly by the book. While it's pedestrian, it's not badly made. Roe-Brown is so convincing that I wouldn't let my kids play with him for fear of having their hearts ripped out or worse, and filmcritic.com favorite Alice Krige is a welcome addition to the cast (though sadly underutilized here). Harris, cast as the put-upon mom, is the weak link, obviously chosen for her looks and little else. She's as convincing a mom as Gwyneth Paltrow was in Hush. Yes, I'm still trying to forget that one.



The Calling

Facts and Figures

Run time: 108 mins

In Theaters: Tuesday 5th August 2014

Distributed by: Vertical Entertainment

Production compaines: Breaking Ball Films, Stage 6 Films, Manis Film

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 52%
Fresh: 22 Rotten: 20

IMDB: 5.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Richard Caesar

Starring: as Hazel Micallef, as Detective Ray Green, as Emily Micallef, as Ben Wingate, as Father Price, as Simon, Ella Ballentine as Rose Batten, Kristin Booth as Grace Batten, Katy Breier as Melanie Cartright, as Dale Varney, Shane Daly as Dale Varney, Darren Josephs as Police Officer, Courtney Lyons as Jolene, Jane Moffat as Jane Buck, Paulino Nunes as Officer Mathieson, Kevin Parent as Spere, Janine Parkinson as Mason's Secretary, Jonathan Watton as Father Glendinning

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