NIGHT CALLER (2021) Reviews of Chad Ferrin’s serial killer thriller

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Night Caller is a 2021 American serial killer thriller about a telephone psychic who can predict when the deranged murderer will strike next.

Written and directed by Chad Ferrin (The Deep Ones; Exorcism at 60,000 FeetThe ChairSomeone’s Knocking at the DoorEaster Bunny Kill! Kill!). Produced by Chad Ferrin, Robert Miano and John Santos.

The Crappy World Films-Girls and Corpses Films co-production stars Steve Railsback, Bai Ling, Lew Temple, Robert Rhine, Susan Priver, Silvia Spross and Robert Miano.

The soundtrack score was composed by Richard Band.

Telephone psychic Clementine Carter (Susan Priver) is pulled into a complex web of mystery when she receives a call from a serial killer. Predicting his murders before he commits them puts her into a terrifying game of cat and mouse.

Enlisting the aid of her invalid father and clairvoyant co-worker, the trio must use their unique abilities to stay one step ahead of a maniac whose unspeakable acts in the present are nothing compared to his past and future…

“The main problem […] is a definite sense you’ve seen just about everything here before. Lubitz, in particular, comes over as someone who has seen Silence of the Lambs too often, not much more than a Buffalo Bill wannabe […] There is still enough substance in the other areas to make for a decently grubby experience, one will potentially have you reaching for the hand-sanitiser afterwards.” C+ Film Blitz

“This paean to grindhouse gorefests oozes a 1970s vibe from practically every frame. The film is lurid in both senses of that word, from its color palette to its graphic violence. It pays obvious homage to Maniac (1980) with its killer’s method of murdering and scalping victims as it name-checks — with video clips — psychic horror of the past such as Patrick (1978) and some public domain fear fare…” Horror Fuel

“A throwback to 1970s TV movies like Visions, Mind over Murder and Baffled, but with an ‘80s sense of grot, including a few scalping licks from Maniac and a general air of grim nastiness from Eyes of a Stranger or Don’t Answer the Phone.  Knives plunge into flesh or peel back scalps with some regularity, and there’s a free-floating sense of hostility on the streets and in the garages of the big city that evokes bygone exploitation films but also catches the mood of the moment.” The Kim Newman Web Site

” …when it comes to the whole psychic aspect of the story, this movie demands quite a bit of suspension of disbelief – which is totally worth it though, as with the psychic link a given, the film’s plot is diligently constructed, makes total sense in itself, and is nicely structured on top of that.” Search My Trash

In the US, 123 Go Films will release Night Caller On-Demand (VOD) and Digital platforms on Friday, May 13, 2022.


Steve Railsback … Andrew Lubitz
Susan Priver … Clementine Carter
Bai Ling … Jade Mei
Robert Miano … Charles Carter
Silvia Spross … Jenny Tarkovskiy
Kelli Maroney … Emily Carter
Lew Temple … Dick Lubitz
Robert Rhine … Detective Fuller
James MacPherson … Detective Simms
Holden Kopman … Young Andrew Lubitz
Kristi McHugh … Ann Jennings
Scott Vogel … Bob Tarkovskiy
Kyle McConaghy … Patrolman Fuller
Cheryl Cipriano … Holly Medak
Joe Castro … Fake Scalper, plus special makeup effects artist
Talia Asseraf … Lily Amirpour
Michael Cambridge … Doug Lang
Robert Genesis Cortez … Proud American
Brandon Kirk … Kotto
Robert Weinstein … Fake Scalper

Filming locations:
Los Angeles, California



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