The Caller (1987 film)

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The Caller
Video release poster
Directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman
Produced by Frank Yablans
Charles Band (exec.)
Written by Michael Sloane
Starring Malcolm McDowell
Madolyn Smith
Music by Richard Band
Cinematography Daniele Nannuzzi
Edited by Bert Glatstein
Distributed by Empire Pictures
Release date
France May 1987
United States December 27, 1989 (home video release)
Running time
97 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Caller is a 1987 mystery thriller film starring Malcolm McDowell and Madolyn Smith, distributed independently by Empire Pictures.

The special effects were done by FX engineer John Carl Beuchler, known for his long list of film credits including Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, and Re-Animator.[1]


A mysterious man joins a woman in her forest cabin. He initially claims that his car had broken down and he needs her assistance. Soon things become suspect. The two examine each other's stories for inconsistencies. The woman claims she caused the accident to lure the man up so she can kill him. The man claims he is a police officer, investigating the possibility the woman has killed her own family.

Neither claim stands up well to scrutiny. The movie then ends with a genre-bending twist.


Originally intended for a theatrical release, the film was only shown at the 1987 Cannes Film Market and at the 1987 MystiFest in Italy.[citation needed] On December 27, 1989, the film was finally released in the United States on videocassette by Trans World Entertainment.[citation needed] MGM released a manufactured-on-demand DVD-R of the film on March 15, 2011.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Films/Television Listing - Special FX

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