Summary: Rotten Tomatoes

As winter break begins, a group of sorority sisters, including Jess and the often inebriated Barb, begin to receive anonymous, lascivious phone calls. Initially, Barb eggs the caller on, but stops when he responds threateningly. Soon, Barb’s friend Claire goes missing from the sorority house, and a local adolescent girl is murdered, leading the girls to suspect a serial killer is on the loose. But no one realizes just how near the culprit is.




Nerd Corner:

Urban legends -> contemporary folklore

The babysitter and the stranger on the phone

Morality tales vs. cautionary tales 




Kate Notes:

Standard creepy attic fare.

The curly haired one obviously flirting with the long haired one who always answers the phones. 

Clare finds a good cat.

Jess is very sweet. Jess and the obvious lesbian who I’m in love with.

That balding man witht he glasses outside looks suspiciously like my Greek prof. 

Suddenly she can talk clearly when it’s not about turtle fucking.

The masculine urge to break thing when something doesn’t go your way. 

Suuuuure break the piano, that will solve your inadequacy 

Her scream is the phone ring- we saw this in An American Werewolf in London too

“I thought you wanted to talk so why don’t you talk to me and we have an adult conversation” I love her.

Phyl is so sweet and kind and I love her. I would date the shit out of Phyl

So far this movie is about the dangers men pose to women. Mostly through outright violence but also emotional abuse and neglect. 

If you lock the doors and windows you’ll be safe! LOL RIGHT. The killer has been inside the whole fucking time.

THE CALLS ARE COMING FROM THE HOUSE

Watching the cops on their way there is painful, like you’ve  been waiting by the door for you friend and then they text you “okay about to leave now!”

There’s no way he can see anything through those glazed and dirty windows. Oh, glazed and dirty sounds like the worst doughnut or a so-so sex position. 




Tropes:

We All Live in America

Canada Doesn’t Exist

Twisted Christmas

Unbuilt Trope




Scale:

Calls coming from inside the house




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