Joey (1985 film)

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Joey movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Produced by Willi Segler
Alena Rimbach
James Melkonian
Executive producer
Klaus Dittrich
Written by Roland Emmerich
Hans J. Haller
Thomas Lechner
Starring Joshua Morrell
Eva Kryll
Music by Paul Gilreath
Cinematography Egon Werdin
Edited by Carl Colpaert
Alan Toomayan
Tomy Wigand
Distributed by New World Pictures
Release date
  • November 21, 1985 (1985-11-21) (West Germany)
  • December 27, 1985 (1985-12-27) (United States)
Running time
98 minutes
Country West Germany
Language German (Shot in English)

Joey, also known as Making Contact, is a 1985 West German horror-fantasy film from Centropolis Film Productions (now Centropolis Entertainment). The film was co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich. The plot concerns a boy (Joshua Morell) who loses his father, but makes contact with what he believes is his deceased parent via a small phone and is terrorized by a ventriloquist dummy named Fletcher who is possessed by a demon and summons other demons and evil forces to threaten his friends/mother/enemies/city as only the boy must go into the spirit world to destroy this evil in a battle of good vs. evil.[1] The boy develops the power of telekinesis, which soon gets out of hand.[2]


Joey was released in North America as Making Contact. The North American version was heavily cut and ran 79 minutes. Joey was subsequently released as a 2 disc DVD set featuring the original 98 minutes version along with the edited North American cut. In 2016, Kino Lorber has announced a Blu-ray with extras to be announced and new high definition transfer.


  1. ^ Haase, Christine (2007). When Heimat Meets Hollywood: German Filmmakers and America, 1985-2005. Boydell & Brewer. p. 107. ISBN 1-57113-279-1. 
  2. ^ Mannikka, Eleanor. "Joey (1985)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 

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