When Evil Calls (2006)

TV Mini-Series  |  R  |  Comedy, Horror
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When Evil Calls centres around the mysterious appearance of a text message that grants the students of at Wilburn High School their wildest desires.

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In the Willburn Hall, a Sixth Form College, the janitor tells the story of the geek Samantha Neil, the outcast Headmaster's daughter, in twenty episodes. Episode 1: The Wish - An evil Djinn dressed like a clown offers a wish to Samantha. In return, Samantha should indicate two schoolmates to receive a phone call offering a wish. She wishes to be popular and her wish comes true and she dates Daniel. Episode 2: Bad Trip - A girl wishes to be prettier than the gorgeous Victoria, and she is accidentally deformed by acid in the laboratory. Episode 3: Passed Away - The unpopular Neville has acne on his face and wishes to have no spot. He is locked in a garbage can by the bully Kirsty and rats eat his face. Episode 4: Die-T - The fat boy Kenny wishes to be thin and he is pressed against a wall by a van. Episode 5: Beauty and the Geek - The alcoholic detective Ringwald comes to the college with his partner Detective Nelson to interview the Headmaster. Meanwhile, a nerd wishes to kiss the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for violence/gore, sexual content/nudity and language

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I wish, I wish...that Evil calls someone else.
16 November 2008 | by (An English Shire.) – See all my reviews

Jennifer Lim stars in this flat-liner of a horror, cast too, in films such as Rogue Trader (1999), Hostel (2005) and 27 Dresses (2008) she, amongst others, is seen parading around school in what seems to be, literally, the bear essentials. Put together by Gatlin Pictures (Darkhunters (2004) and Forest of the Damned (2005), to date), Pure Grass Films (Beyond the Rave (2008 video)) and directed by Johannes Roberts, this was first released as a mini-series that was broadcast originally via mobile (cell) phones, and then ultimately released on 18 Certificate DVD with full extended footage.

Now in its entirety, and with stars as Dominique Pinon (Diva (1981), Delicatessen (1991), The City of Lost Children (1995), Alien: Resurrection (1997) and Amélie (2001)), Sean "Dog Soldiers" Pertwee and Chris Barrie (Red Dwarf's Arnold Rimmer) one would have hoped for a great film in tow, but alas, no. We can certainly see the target audience here, with the main attraction being these older teens to early twenty something's carrying their uniforms to maximum effect, with so little interest in production value, script and imagination, what merit is there for anything else? A bigger budget may have helped, after all and in all fairness, this is the two fledgling Production companies at their genesis, with hope and hindsight it may improve and no doubt, the overall experience for everyone may not have been a total waste.

The narrative isn't that new, a nondescript girl (Jennifer Lim) wishes only to be more popular in school, her wish comes true via an extremely evil looking clown (not a bad effort too) who has the ability to transform peoples wishes into reality via mobile phones, hence, when evil calls. This, of course, does not go according to plan; the butterfly effect has some pretty nasty (budget allowing) consequences.

The main cast here seems just as hyped, as too the short lengths of the girls skirts, then used to little effect but to add a name to the credits, then again, with only a running time of 75 minutes, it had to go one way or the other, and tails, the boys lost. It does have its moments, both of humour and fright, but they seem too dry, too fleeting and too far apart. Dominique Pinon's screen time here is tantamount to scandalous and Sean Pertwee's straight out of the rulebook script looked more inarticulate and uninspiring to say the least.

We know, or should have more sense to see, that this is more than straight-to-video; this is film-making on-the-knock. We can only hope that, in time, the two companies involved and their future projects will make a handsome return. If this were not to be the case, then the unfortunate evil Clown should stay behind after school and write out a hundred times: This tried its best, but it just wasn't good enough.


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