Alexandra Holden stars in this cheap horror movie about an investigative reporter (arenít they all) who moves home after a personal loss, only to stumble upon something even more terrifying awaiting her in the town she grew up in.
The film starts out routine and sadly continues in this fashion throughout and itís all a matter of ghosts and spook houses, with a little bit of grisly corporeal murder thrown in for good measure.
Holden proves that she is a talented and capable actress here, which is more than can be said for some of the (ahem) stars. Low budget films obviously do not hide bad acting as well as those bigger budget pictures do. Still, the presence of Sid Haig, Leslie Easterbrook and Bill Moseley is a welcome addition to the proceedings, and the trio seem to have fun hamming it up hereÖespecially Haig.
The film looks pale and washed out, the sets and locations are bland, there are a number of glaring technical errors and itís just all incredibly repetitive. I wouldnít have minded so much if I didnít get the feeling that the director is incredibly smug about the whole thing.
A Dead Calling is not a terrible film but itís unfortunately all been done before. Itís like theyíre not even trying to make good movies anymore. I donít mean to attack the filmmakers, itís not the worst film Iíve ever seen, but when you watch as many films as I do, the lazy repetitive ones sometimes have to take it in the neck.