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Dial: Help (1988)

Minaccia d'amore (original title)
A psychic finds herself tapping into the "energy" of a deceased phone operator. She also finds that her friends soon begin dying mysteriously. An investigator determines to track down the cause.

Director:

Ruggero Deodato
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Lewis ... Jenny Cooper
Marcello Modugno Marcello Modugno ... Riccardo
Mattia Sbragia ... Mole
Carola Stagnaro Carola Stagnaro ... Carmen
Victor Cavallo Victor Cavallo
Carlo Monni ... Fireman
William Berger ... Prof. Irving Klein
Giorgio Tirabassi Giorgio Tirabassi
Jole Silvani Jole Silvani ... Cleaning woman
Cesare Di Vito Cesare Di Vito
Antonietta Di Vizia Antonietta Di Vizia
Emanuela Fuin Emanuela Fuin
Cyrus Elias Cyrus Elias ... Bar owner
Fausto Lombardi ... Cafe bartender
Monica Dorigatti Monica Dorigatti ... One of Caps' women
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Storyline

A psychic finds herself tapping into the "energy" of a deceased phone operator. She also finds that her friends soon begin dying mysteriously. An investigator determines to track down the cause.

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She's got what someone wants, and will kill to get.

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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

10 November 1988 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Dial: Help See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

DIRECTOR CAMEO: [Ruggero Deodato] Man in phone booth. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Prism VHS release is cut by 3 minutes. The Japanese VHS of the film has the full uncut 97 minute version. See more »

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Featured in Deodato Holocaust (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby Don't Answer
(A. Focolari - C. Simonetti)
Published by BMG Ariola / Drums Ed. Mus.
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Tedious and boring! What happened Mr Deodato?!
18 February 2007 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Well, I was hoping I'd heard wrong about this film as I'm a big fan of Ruggero Deodato and really didn't want to see him slip up; but unfortunately, this Giallo-styled supernatural load of nonsense is just as bad as I'd been lead to believe it would be - and that's pretty terrible! The plot doesn't work at all, as the film attempts to blend murders and a supernatural theme through a telephone and it all feels very forced and silly. Furthermore, the plot doesn't make much sense at all, and you have to ask yourself "what's the point" numerous times throughout the movie. The plot focuses on a young woman living in an apartment block and being terrorised by a telephone. The best thing about the movie is undoubtedly the presence of the beautiful English actress Charlotte Lewis, and unfortunately the good points pretty much stop there. There are a handful of deaths scenes, some of which are gory; but all of which are incredibly stupid, the one that sees someone get killed by coins sticks out especially in that respect. Overall, I really can't recommend this to anyone; non-Deodato fans are unlikely to impressed, and Deodato fans are likely to find the film depressing. Avoid!


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