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The Night Caller (1998)

R | | Thriller | 14 July 1998 (USA)
A woman goes to desperate measures to meet a successful radio psychologist, even if it means killing in order to do so.

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Beth Needham
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Nikki Rogers
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Marge Hampton
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Lee Dixon
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Mr. Brill
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Matt Roland (as Zack Hopkins)
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Andy Saden
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A woman goes to desperate measures to meet a successful radio psychologist, even if it means killing in order to do so.

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Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Az éjszakai telefonáló  »

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When Mama is just learning about Beth quitting her job, Mama is squeezing medicine into her left nostril. In the next shot, it is under her right nostril. See more »

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[after killing a woman]
Beth Needham: Say hi to my parents!
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Underrated, unknown little gem
31 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was listed On Demand as a serial killer story set in Paris, so a few minutes in I realized it was the wrong movie. However, I was already so captivated by Tracy Nelson's performance as the mentally unbalanced wallflower, I watched it all the way through. I was mesmerized by the way Nelson applied just the right blend of childlike psychosis and pitiable innocence. Shanna Reed is an excellent co-star as the unwittingly influential radio therapist.

The script is reminiscent of films like "The Little girl Who Lives Down the Lane," with a hint of "Misery" thrown in. You find yourself at times rooting for the villain, again due in no small part to the exemplary acting. The action sequences are creatively staged, shot and choreographed, and the production values are excellent.

I was also pleasantly surprised to see celebrity cameos by JJ Cohen (Back to the Future) and Rance Howard. I recommend this forgotten mini-classic for a quick, eerie treat!


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