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The Calling (2000)

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A woman is used as a pawn to bring to fruition the rule of the Antichrist.

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Richard Caesar
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Harris ... Kristie St. Clair
Richard Lintern ... Marc St. Clair
Francis Magee ... Carmac
Alex Roe ... Dylan St. Clair (as Alex Roe-Brown)
Alice Krige ... Elizabeth Plummer
John Standing ... Jack Plummer
Peter Waddington ... Father Mullin
Nick Brimble ... Police Inspector Oliver Morton
Rachel Shelley ... Shelly Woodcock
Camilla Power ... Lynette Peterson
Deborah Baxter ... Receptionist
Jack McKenzie ... Norman (as Jack MacKenzie)
Christine Moore Christine Moore ... Little Girl's Mother
Danielle Green Danielle Green ... Little Girl
Roger Brierley Roger Brierley ... Reverend
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Storyline

On her wedding night, a young woman conceives a child during a hallucinatory encounter. Several years later, as her friends and family begin to behave strangely, she pieces together clues that lead to one conclusion, her son is the Antichrist. Written by mista005

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Das Böse ist tot. Am 3. Tag wird es wieder auferstehen. (Evil is dead. On 3rd day it shall rise again.)

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2000 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

666 - The Number of the Beast See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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A similar, almost identical, story on a woman protecting her child from Satanists was also used in the horror movie Bless the Child (2000) starring Kim Basinger and Rufus Sewell, only that time, a little girl was the central figure, not a little boy, like in this movie. See more »

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When Kristie St. Clair carries her son into the church the mike moves along the top of the screen. See more »

Quotes

[last lines, Kristie escapes the hospital and Antichrists from Father Mullin]
Kristie St. Clair: [darkly] It's a new time, Greg Mullin.
[Father Mullin rips off his collar tab and tosses it out the window]
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Crazy Credits

Beginning movie title card: And the angel said unto me, wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which has the seven heads and ten horns. - The Holy Bible, Book of Revelations, 17(7) See more »

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Spoofs Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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N' Love N' Love
Written by Dean Landon, Anika Paris and Chris Landon
Performed by Anika Paris
Courtesy Edel America Records
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Mediocre at best
3 March 2006 | by jluis1984See all my reviews

A young American woman gets married with a famous British newscaster, and apparently lives a perfect life in the Isle of Man until she discovers that his husband is part of a satanic cult trying to start the Antichritst's reign over Earth.

Sounds familiar? This movie gives more than a nod to horror classics "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Omen"; as its plot is like a mixture of both story lines with not even a quarter of the magnificence of those movies.

Richard Caesar's debut is a low-budget movie that puts Laura Harris in Mia Farrow's role as Kristie, the woman trapped in a blasphemous conspiracy by her husband Marc St. Claire (Richard Lintern). Betrayed by everyone, it is up to her to save the soul of her son Dylan (Alex Roe) who plays the role of hateful evil kid perfectly.

The movie's main problem is the lack of originality and poor development of the script, nothing really outstanding happens and it is quite formulaic; the characters' actions are unrealistic, and the dialogs are uninspired. However, the ending is particularly good, and it is a shame that one has to endure more than 70 boring and tedious minutes to arrive to the only good part of the movie.

The acting is nothing special and while Laura Harris makes a good lead, her character has some of the worst lines in the movie. It is a shame to see her waste her talent like that. On the other hand, Francis Magee has the best part in the movie as the mysterious taxi driver Carmac, and he easily steals every scene he is in.

The movie has a nice photography considering the low-budget, and the Isle of Man serves as a beautiful and different location. Caesar's direction is quite typical for modern day suspense thrillers but it works and the movie flows at good pace.

It is definitely not a bad movie, as even with its flaws it still manages to entertain and has a few good things to offer (specially the ending); however, there are similar movies that are far superior than "The Calling" as it stays in a mediocre level. 5/10


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