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Dial: Help (1988)

Minaccia d'amore (original title)
A psychic finds herself tapping into the "energy" of a deceased phone operator. She also finds that her friends soon begin dying mysteriously. An investigator determines to track down the cause.

Director:

Ruggero Deodato
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Lewis ... Jenny Cooper
Marcello Modugno Marcello Modugno ... Riccardo
Mattia Sbragia ... Mole
Carola Stagnaro Carola Stagnaro ... Carmen
Victor Cavallo Victor Cavallo
Carlo Monni ... Fireman
William Berger ... Prof. Irving Klein
Giorgio Tirabassi Giorgio Tirabassi
Jole Silvani Jole Silvani ... Cleaning woman
Cesare Di Vito Cesare Di Vito
Antonietta Di Vizia Antonietta Di Vizia
Emanuela Fuin Emanuela Fuin
Cyrus Elias Cyrus Elias ... Bar owner
Fausto Lombardi ... Cafe bartender
Monica Dorigatti Monica Dorigatti ... One of Caps' women
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A psychic finds herself tapping into the "energy" of a deceased phone operator. She also finds that her friends soon begin dying mysteriously. An investigator determines to track down the cause.

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Taglines:

¡El número que usted marcó está en suspenso! (Mexico) See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

DIRECTOR CAMEO: [Ruggero Deodato] Man in phone booth. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Prism VHS release is cut by 3 minutes. The Japanese VHS of the film has the full uncut 97 minute version. See more »

Connections

Featured in Deodato Holocaust (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby Don't Answer
(A. Focolari - C. Simonetti)
Published by BMG Ariola / Drums Ed. Mus.
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A dud from Deodato.
24 March 2017 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Jenny Cooper (Charlotte Lewis), a beautiful English model living in Italy, dials a wrong number, connecting to a long-unmanned hotline for the lonely and suicidal; in doing so, she unleashes a reservoir of negative energy that follows her via the telephone and kills those around her.

As the above synopsis suggests, Dial: Help is a decidedly silly '80s Italian horror, full of ridiculous death scenes in which victims are choked by telephone cords (one woman is literally hanging on the telephone!), struck by coins ejected from a payphone, electrocuted by switchboard, and killed by exploding pacemaker. Even the fish in Jenny's aquarium aren't safe, the telephone in her apartment emitted a high pitched tone that sends them all floating to the surface.

Director Ruggero Deodato (of Cannibal Holocaust infamy) handles the craziness with style, using wind machines, lots of coloured light, an excess of smoke and plenty of neon (there is even one of those horrible '80s neon phones that tries to zap Jenny in the bath), but realising just how daft and consequently unscary the film's premise is, he resorts to getting Lewis into some sexy lingerie for the final act. Not that I'm complaining, of course: Lewis in black basque, stockings and suspenders just about makes up for her horrible wooden performance.

4.5 out of 10, which I might have rounded up to 5 if the character playing the jazz flute had died.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

10 November 1988 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Dial: Help See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Mono

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