I Loved this movie and I don't understand why this movie isn't more well known.The movie was very well directed and i thought the writing was pretty solid too. The movie may have a crazy idea about a person who kills people through phones but I thought the idea was handled well.some mystery Madman has created some kind of device that allows him to shoot waves of electricity through The phone wires and kill whoever answers The phone on The other end.so The key to surviving is Never answer The phone.The movie never came across as ridiculous to me, it always seemed very serious to me and I never found it dumb like some people did and I never found it boring either.The movie held my attention all the way through because of its intriguing mystery and Dark moody atmosphere.i also enjoyed watching the attack scenes i thought they were very over the top and crazy. whenever someone answered the phone it looked like lightening was flying out of the phone and it would send whoever answered the phone flying across the room.Its a crazy idea but it's Fun to watch.This movie was different from most other Horror mystery movies and That's mainly because it did something totally different.I personally think the idea of killing people through a phone is pretty cool and highly original.I have never seen an idea like this done in any other movie before. This movie should be considered a Classic for its originality alone and I think it's miles better than those slumber party massacre movies.those movies are okay but they have None of the originality or creepiness that this movie has. I'm a horror fan and I've heard a lot of people praise the slumber party massacre movies yet hardly anyone ever praises this movie and I think More Horror fans should praise Murder by phone instead.
The movie has a great performance by Richard Chamberlain and I thought he was very likable as the lead character. He was a very smart and interesting character and I pretty much liked him right away because he seemed like a blue collar guy and I tend to like horror movies about blue collar people that find themselves in crazy situations, those types of stories just seem to appeal to me more than your typical by the numbers Slasher movie.
Murder by phone is similar to a slasher movie but it Isn't one in my opinion, it's more of a mystery horror movie with a bizarre story.the lead character investigates and tries to figure out what's going on and how all these people are dying.The police thinks all of the people that died died by heart attacks but one of the victims was only nineteen years old and the lead guy played by Richard Chamberlain finds it odd that someone could have a heart attack at such a young age and he does not believe that's what happened so he spends the entire movie investigating and trying to convince people that something more sinister is going on and his theories are met with scepticism which is understandable. however because the viewer knows how people are being murdered that makes us cheer for the main character to find and stop the bad guy and prove to everyone what is going on.I won't give away the ending but I will say this, I had a lot of Fun watching this movie and I Loved the Dark Moody atmosphere the movie had and I thought it was very interesting and suspenseful.This is definitely one of the better Horror mystery movies of the 80s and This classic should be on DVD and blu-ray.The movie is also a whodunit and trying to figure out who the killer is makes the movie Fun.
Thanks for reading my review and I hope you watch the movie!.
Review by HorrorFanForever from the Internet Movie Database.