Dial: Help


by Tuna

Minaccia d'amore (1988), which translates directly as Love Threat, but is known in English as Dial:Help, is a horror offering from Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust, The House on the Edge of the Park, The Barbarian Brothers).

Charlotte Lewis plays a model working in Rome, trying to reach a boyfriend by phone. She is attacked by every phone she comes near. It is bad enough when the phones drive her crazy with hundreds of voices, try to strangle her, and kill all her tropical fish, but when they start killing her friends as well, something has to change. Luckily, her neighbor rides to the rescue. Although much of his motivation is a desire to bed her, he does help her solve the mystery.

I found nothing to like about it. Probably the highlight of the film is a phone change machine in a subway that kills someone by firing coins from the coin return. So help me, I am not making this up.

And it is a horror film, not a comedy.

Fans of the writer/director find this his worst by far.

Scoop's note: and that's saying something, because he never made a watchable film!! In a career filled with crap featuring bodybuilders in sandals, his best two movies are Italian cannibal extravaganzas! After cannibals, his #2 genre is murderous appliance films, with this killer phone film taking a back seat to his legendary killer washing machine flick.


Our Grade:

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Not recommended.


  • One of Charlotte Lewis's breasts fell out of a wet top.




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Dial: Help

It is available on a Region 2 PAL from RLDVDs.com with both a German and English soundtrack. It includes numerous special features.

The DVD does include numerous special features, but there is no feature special enough to make this worth owning, except maybe if it were delivered to your house by Charlotte Lewis. And even then she'd have to do a lot more nudity than she did in this film.