THR - Babycall: Film Review

THR - Any parent who’s ever heard strange noises emanating from their baby monitor should appreciate the premise of Norwegian filmmaker Pal Seltaune’s psychological thriller, Babycall. Starring Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo­) as a mother trying to protect her son from an allegedly abusive father, the film offers up fine performances and some low-key scares, but never quite satisfies as either a B-level chiller or as a phantasmagorical study of one woman’s gradual unraveling. Still the pitch is pure horror fodder, and one could envision a Hollywood remake that ratchets up the tension while cutting away the arty excess. Worldwide ancillary should outweigh limited Euro theatrical.

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