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Like ‘Dead Silence’ and ‘Poltergeist’? Then You’ll Love ‘Making Contact’!

Not only was the 1985 Making Contact directed by Stargate, Godzilla, and Independence Day‘s Roland Emmerich, but it also carries heavy ET, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Poltergeist influences, while also having been a potential inspiration behind James Wan’s films, especially Dead Silence.

Kino Lorber is releasing the 80’s classic, also known as Joey, on Blu-ray and DVD May 9, 2017.

Following the death of his father, nine-year-old Joey finds himself at the center of a frightening series of phenomena, including telekinesis, phone calls from beyond the grave and one very sinister ventriloquist dummy with extremely homicidal instincts. But when the authorities arrive to investigate Joey’s gifts, they unknowingly unleash a horrific supernatural force that no scientist can comprehend and only one boy can hope to stop. Roland Emmerich, the director of blockbusters Independence Day, Stargate, The Day After Tomorrow and Universal Soldier, wonderfully directed this haunting shocker.

The only special features is a trailer.



  • Bart Crowe

    Roland Emmerich might be the worst mainstream director. Like worse than Michael Bay, Renny Harlan, and Chris Columbus. That said this look interesting and I’m always down for messed up horror movies from the 80’s that were aimed at children like The Gate.

    • Evan3

      I’m sorry, but I have yet to see any director worse than MichaelBay.

      • Bart Crowe

        The Rock and Pain & Gain are legitimately good movies. The first being a fun 90’s action movie and the latter being a surprisingly Coen brothers-esque dark comedy as seen through the eyes of Michael Bay.

        A lot of directors don’t get one good movie let alone two.

        • Evan3

          Haven’t seen Pain and The Rock was obviously the exception to the rule. The fact is, no director has ever been so deleterious for the entire field as Bay. He has actively lessened the entirety of moviemaking due to his influence and success. Tarnished multiple beloved franchises. Popularized weightless CGI (and CGI over story). Perpetuates sexism and racism in his films. I also genuinely believe he has lowered the IQ of a generation of movie watchers. Even if the Rock were some sort of stone cold masterpiece (it’s not), it’s completely outweighed by the sheer magnitude of his shit.

  • Christopher Perkins

    I always get this movie confused with Ghost Chase…

  • Brian VonDerahe

    I saw that this was coming out and always love a good 80’s gateway flick! And based on your equation I am confident that I will LOVE Making Contact. In the meantime, Frog Dreaming should be in the mailbox any day now…

  • marklola12 .

    its not even listed on their may release on their website :/

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