Pretty teenage Casey (
Breslin and Berry are nervy and convincing, and as the plot intensifies, so does our anxiety. Briskly paced, "The Call" is as scary as
An eerie 'Silence'
Two men out for a drive in the German countryside pass a girl riding her bike. Slowly, the car backs up and follows her through a wheat field, and we are filled with dread.
Twenty-three years after that poor girl was found raped and murdered, another girl goes missing under eerily similar circumstances. We think we know the culprit (
This is a haunting, well-acted mystery and study of grief, guilt and the smiling evils that lurk among us.
'Stoker' worthy of Bram
At the funeral, India is intrigued yet suspicious of a handsome stranger who shows up as her Uncle Charles (
The Stokers are every bit as creepy as the Addams Family, but with definitely more violent, twisted natures as unnerving as their perfectly placid faces.
Renowned director Chan-wook Park, in his first English language film, gives "Stoker" a '60s retro vibe, so I was startled to learn it's set in present-day Connecticut. The story doesn't always make sense, but Wasikowska is oddly compelling in this lurid, gothic tale.
John Depko is off this week.