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Close Calls (2017)

Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | 21 August 2017 (USA)
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Morgan, a troubled, drug-addled teen, must deal with her crazy grandma and a psycho caller when her father leaves her home alone. As the calls keep coming in, a paranoid Morgan is forced to... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Jordan Phipps Jordan Phipps ... Morgan MacKenzie
Greg Fallon ... Barry Cone
Carmen Patterson ... Brynn Collins
Kristof Waltermire Kristof Waltermire ... David MacKenzie
Janis Duley Janis Duley ... Gramma
Star McCann ... Diana MacKenzie
Landen Matt Landen Matt ... Robbie Layne
Alix Lindbergh ... Alixandra
Joseph Melero Joseph Melero ... The Caller (voice)
Samantha Laine Anderson Samantha Laine Anderson ... Server in Restaurant (as Samantha Anderson)
Robert Babcock ... Businessman in Restaurant
Vaughn Collar Vaughn Collar ... Businessman in Restaurant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Babcock Michael Babcock ... Restaurant extra
Sarah Alexis Barrett Sarah Alexis Barrett ... Restaurant extra
Alivea Disney-LaFavor Alivea Disney-LaFavor ... Geena Rice / Shocked patron in restaurant
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Morgan, a troubled, drug-addled teen, must deal with her crazy grandma and a psycho caller when her father leaves her home alone. As the calls keep coming in, a paranoid Morgan is forced to face some of her worst fears and inner demons when she believes everyone she knows is either plotting against her - or trying to kill her. Written by S & Drive Cinema

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Poor Morgan. Grounded and alone. With no one to talk to but herself... and the phone. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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21 August 2017 (USA) See more »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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Stereo | D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (5.1 surround)

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16:9 HD
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After gaining 20 lbs. for a role in "The Perfect Host", Greg Fallon then lost 25 lbs. in three months to play the role of Barry Cone. See more »

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Entertaining (if a little long) horror flick!
13 January 2019 | by stsingerSee all my reviews

"Close Calls" is an entertaining, if a bit long, little horror flick. The film stars Jordan Phipps as Morgan, a teenaged girl who has been grounded after her father caught her in an, ahem, "compromising position" with her boyfriend. Turns out that a year earlier, her mother died and her father is going out on another date with a woman named Brynn that Morgan hates. As he leaves, he reminds her that she needs to give Gramma her pills. Morgan whines and moans and curses and basically acts like a spoiled brat, and her father leaves for his evening. And then Morgan ends up having quite the night, to say the least.

While there is a lot of creepy goodness going on, "Close Calls" almost seems like they intended to make one movie and then changed their minds halfway through and made another one instead, but left all the footage from the first one in there. Not sure if that was intentional or not, but it gives the movie a surrealistic feel about it. In the first half of the film there are hints of the supernatural -- Gramma lives in some weird almost otherworldly part of the house, locked away with all sorts of supernatural hints about her, and Morgan's interactions with her are really unsettling. Also deeply unsettling is what happens during a visit from her boyfriend. Asi f that weren't enough, Morgan also gets some very weird and creepy phone calls. But most of that is seemingly dropped in the second half when the film moves to other events (which I won't spoil) that are not grounded in the supernatural but are, in many ways, even more disturbing.

At two hours and eight minutes, the film could definitely use some trimming. But it never really drags. Jordan Phipps is getting raves in many reviews for her performance in this film, and those raves are well deserved. It is a brave and complex performance. She spends a lot of time in skimpy outfits and is able to balance vulnerability, fear, and determination throughout. The rest of the cast also does well, and the directing and lighting is clean and professional. As is the case with many indie flicks, the sound could use some work (sometimes too soft and dialogue is spoken very quickly so hard to understand), but still pretty decent. Overall, the film packs a nice whallop and its virtues make it easy to overlook its flaws.

Overall, easy to recommend "Close Calls" as an solid way for horror movie fans to spend a couple of hours.


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