Phone (2002)


A journalist hiding out from a paedophile ring she exposed changes her number and begins receiving disturbing calls that seem to affect her young niece.

Phone is basically Ringu with a mobile and that’s all you really need to know. It lifts elements directly from that film, Ju On and Dark Water and does little to add to the mixture in its own right. Girl gets phone call, she tentatively answers it, there’s screaming, a ghostly apparition of a girl appears in mirrors yadda yadda yadda. There is literally nothing here you won’t have seen before. The direction is clumsy and patronising and I was frankly bored for the majority of its running time. It did pique my interest a little for the final scenes which finally explained what happened to Teen Ghost, but some of the absurd plot contrivances in getting there were just too hard to swallow.

I was impressed by the performance of the young girl, but as a whole Phone is just J Horror by numbers.



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