|05.13.06||Netflix|| so where to start with this...Negatives... the trailer is spoilerific... and i guess the moral of this story is remember you have an attic. OK now that that's out of the way, this movie is really great... probably the best Slasher film I've seen to date.I say it's the best because it's the first one to really draw me in and get me going. I usually judge these on the quality and originality of the inevitable one-by-one killings but this one, man... it's genuinely creepy! In fact, I think the death scenes are the weakest part of this movie, the strongest by far being the eerie-ass obscene phone calls and the chase scene that happens near the end. man that is intense (and completely spoiled by the trailer)... Bob Clark is a scary dude, man... IMDb tells me he plays the psycho dude and if that's true I've gotta hand it to him. He's got some real problems. Those phone calls creep me out.|
The rest of the movie is good too though... I did find myself saying "open the pod bay doors, HAL" whenever Keir Dullea was on-screen and the ultra-canadian hockey-playing fur pelt-wearing boyfriend that the Strange Brew girl has is pretty funny too... the house mother is great, John Saxon is great, Margot Kidder... who I usually can give or take, is actually pretty effective here as a cynical drunk, and they found the most awesome dude to play Strange Brew girl's dad... his head... is awesome. Plus it's just a really creepy thought to picture someone hanging out in your attic for days, watching you while you sleep, living like ten feet away from you and you not knowing it. still, you'd think the bodies would start to smell after a while, but maybe the canadian winter cold preserves them who knows... All I know is this was pretty awesome and I got a huge kick out of it.
And I always thought When A Stranger Calls was the movie that made the whole "he's calling from inside the house!" shock famous... and I guess it may be but this movie kicks its ass and it was made like 5 years earlier. I guess it's the THX cue that really sells Stranger...