Ratings Key



★★★★
= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
★★★
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Minaccia d'amore (1988)

...aka: Dial: Help
...aka: Love Threat
...aka: Ragno gelido

Directed by:
Ruggero Deodato

An "erotic thriller," or so says the video box, about a beautiful fashion model (Charlotte Lewis) in Rome who has the misfortune of dialing the wrong telephone number one day when she's trying to get ahold of her long-distance lover. Soon after, she's threatened by mysterious calls, then some kind of malevolent spirit starts using phones and phone cords to attack her and her friends. The storyline makes absolutely no sense, it's stupid, it's tame, the murders are unintentionally hilarious (such as a payphone firing coins at someone) and there's even a ridiculous theme song ("Baby, Don't Answer the Telephone"), but the movie at least looks decent thanks to cinematographer Renato Tafuri, has a good Claudio Simonetti score and seems to have been filmed in English, though the best special effect is undoubtedly the stunning Lewis lounging around in her lingerie or in a bathtub. With Marcello Modugno (DEMONS), Carola Stagnaro (TENEBRE) and William Berger as a paranormal expert.

Score: 3 out of 10

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