- I was very impressed with the film aside from some awful scenes of attempted broad comedy (in otherwise a pretty straight horror) with Marian Waldman as Mrs. Mac
- Great POV opening that could’ve been in a De Palma film—there are hands coming out of the camera
- The two young beauties in lead: Olivia Hussey (from romeo and Juliet who is excellent here) and Margot Kidder whose character is drunk in every scene
- It’s both a who-done-it and horror with real suspense at the end about who the killer is (and it’s open-ended which works)
- Great tracking shot thru the house
- It’s a slasher template and a good one at that. Again, it’s not Halloween from Carpenter in 1978 or Deep Red from Argento in 1975 but still
- Influenced by Psycho (we, as the killer), are male gazing on a sorority house and sorry wrong number (Great moment when the chief of police realizes the calls have been traced back to the house) for sure
- The editing during the Kidder stabbing/killing is influenced by Psycho and Hitch in particular. It’s a really strong editing montage
- The voice in the prank call is quite horrifying—as are the eyes of the killer
- Great moment when the chief of police realizes the calls have been traced back to the house
- Recommend but not in the top 10 of 1974
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What is the grade for this film?
@James Trapp- Recommend
Is it a straight Recommend?