Plot: Alicia (Frances Raines) has been getting some prank phone calls, but not ones that are just rude or even profane. These calls seem almost otherworldly, with loud, eerie noises coming through the phone, the kind of horrific, unnatural sounds that refuse to leave her mind. At first, she suspects her ex boyfriend Mike (Carl Koch), who she also thinks might have been sleeping with her twin sister Barbara Ann (also Frances Raines), but now she isn’t so sure. At work, she encounters a strange man named Franklin (Mark Walker) and while he has an awkward social presence, the two strike up a friendship and even more as time passes. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose in the area and young women are being butchered by this maniac. Are the phone calls connected to the murders and if not, what is the true nature of the calls?
Entertainment Value: Disconnected isn’t the wildest slasher curio from the 80s, but it is a strange movie with quite a unique texture. If you like to see telephones in shouting matches with people, Disconnected has your number, as there’s a lot of landline anger on showcase here. The narrative is odd, but covers the basics needed to progress the movie, though little else. I don’t think that counts as a knock however, as the story is not what makes this one stand out. I can see how those looking for a more traditional movie might be baffled here however, especially when the movie loops certain elements, giving off a repetitive, trippy atmosphere. But that approach is on point, as the ever diminishing sanity of some of the characters is a narrative focus, so making us feel as though our own sanity is threatened makes sense. The unusual style and slow pace are bound to scare some off, but I loved the weird vibes of Disconnected, the film’s unsettling tone was more than enough to keep me reeled in. I appreciate creative risks or even straight up chaos, so I found a lot of value in this. I’d give Disconnected a solid recommendation, provided you have a taste for the stranger side of cinema.
The movie has several not so erotic sex scenes, which happen include a few topless women, so there is some skin here. The awkward love scenes add more creepiness to the atmosphere, which is a plus in this case. Disconnected also has some minor instances of bloodshed, none that are graphic or feature active gore, however. Some aftermath blood can be seen, as well as some light, cheap special effects in a few scenes. I don’t mind the cheap effects at all, as it seems in line with the rest of the production elements, not to mention the b movie appeal involved. The dialogue is odd to say the least, with stilted, awkward performances that make even basic conversations seem off the wall. Not much as far as quotable or big, home run lines, just an off putting set of performances and a lot of loud, harsh one sided phone conversations. The craziness scale has similar slants, as things never spiral into just total chaos, but there is a consistent, unsettling vibe and some weird moments, to be sure. The phone calls are enough to make you question your sanity, that awful sound and the yelling that results, while the repetition and general strangeness add points as well.
Overall Insanity: 5/10