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The focus is on the twins, Alicia and Barbara (both played by Frances Raines) who become involved with the ominous Franklin (Mark Walker) and a series of murders. Alicia works at the local video store and has been getting odd phone calls after she broke up with her boyfriend. The police suspect that Franklin is involved in a series of gruesome murders.

Also Known As: Disconnected, Disconnected: Ligação Mortal, Teléfono mortal, Telephone Killer

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  • paola-lorena-nunez-melgar
    paola lorena nunez melgar

    DISCONNECTED is a trashy, zero budget cult horror oddity of 1984, made on an indie budget which means that the locations are limited to a street or two and mostly bedroom shots. It was recently put out by Vinegar Syndrome but like a lot of the obscurities they’ve unearthed, you wonder why they made the effort. This is an oddball, confusing flick about a random series of murders in which women are generally butchered in their beds by a psycho. There’s a little bloodshed and nudity but nothing too graphic considering the era. Later, the film’s heroine finds herself menaced by sinister telephone calls and it turns out there’s a twist in store. Sadly, none of this makes much sense at all and it certainly isn’t entertaining; sleep inducing, more like.

  • john-colon
    john colon

    OK, I don’t normally like to trash filmmakers and this director seems to want to make something way beyond his abilities. But seriously anyone who gave this film high marks needs to have their Thorazine doses lowered. This director makes Ed Wood look like a genius. I had never heard of this film (and for good reason). The plot is non-existent. The editing appears to have been done by throwing all the film into a Veggiematic and then randomly splicing it together. There are numerous “wall reaction” shots (seriously) that go on for literally 30 seconds. The sound is terrible. The photography aspires to good but fails miserably. There is one whole sequence that is shot directly into the sun where you can’t make out at all what’s going on. In a climatic scene (as though it would really exist in this movie) the entire action happens off-screen. This is a train wreck of movie. It just doesn’t get worse than this.I can only imagine the director apparently went to the the Xavier Cogat School of film and failed. The only redeeming thing in this is Frances Raines who is great to look at. I am stunned by the IMDb info that this filmmaker went on to make more films. I have to think he must be a rich kid whose parents indulged his every whim.

  • kristi-maripuu
    kristi maripuu

    I’d like somebody to explain exactly how this movie was made. It starts as a (bad) psychokiller where basically nothing makes sense : it’s just one scene after another without reason nor logic. Then we witness the killer’s demise (do we ? I’m not even sure) and then, the heroine suddenly gets persecuted by her phone in a flood of weird, “arty” shots. The movie ends because they ran out of time, or somebody yelled “cut !”, or everybody fell asleep, I still don’t know?. In a way, it is a movie to be experienced : your latest dream had more logic in it than this attempt. What were they on ? Who made this ? Who released this ? What will become of the world ? What time is it ? What are you reading ?

  • katherine-morgan
    katherine morgan

    Disconnected is the perfect word to describe the style of this very bizarre ’80s obscurity, which is executed in such an off-kilter manner, with disparate scenes edited together in a seemingly random manner, that it actually proves quite mesmerising.Frances Raines stars as pretty video store clerk Alicia, who begins dating a guy called Franklin (Mark Walker) unaware that he is the serial killer who has been butchering local women. Meanwhile, the poor girl is also having to contend with a series of bizarre, unsettling phone calls that are pushing her to the brink of insanity. While this sounds pretty straightforward, writer/producer/director/editor/tea-boy Gorman Bechard’s unique creative approach makes for an unusual viewing experience to say the least.From the get go, this is one weird movie, the first ten minutes or so making very little sense: Alicia helps an old man to her apartment, where he uses her phone and promptly disappears; Alicia and her friends dance to a really bad band; a man entertains a woman at a bar by doing the same magic trick twice; Alicia accuses her boyfriend of sleeping with her twin sister; Franklin visits the video shop despite not owning a player; a cop talks directly to camera about the murders: all of this is edited together in such a strange fashion that it beggars belief (throughout the film, Bechard chucks in random shots of everyday objects for good measure).The film then trundles along in a relatively logical manner until midway, when Franklin is shot dead by the police, after which Alicia’s scary phone calls become more and more frequent. No explanation is ever given for these occurrences, the film ending with Alicia smashing her phone (after the earpiece bleeds!?!), and with the reappearance of the old man from the beginning, whose relevance is also a complete mystery.Go into this one expecting to not understand what is happening, and you might just find yourself entertained by its sheer craziness; if not, then there’s always the lovely Miss Raines to hold your attention, the actress spending much of the film wandering around in her underwear and taking off her top to provide the obligatory nudity (she also plays Alicia’s twin sister Barbara Ann, giving us twice the opportunity to appreciate her charms).4.5 out of 10, rounded up to 5 for IMDb.

  • theo-fernandes
    theo fernandes

    Disconnected is quite a strange movie. It is half slasher film, a quarter crime thriller, and a quarter art film. It is, surprisingly, quite unpredictable, and even a little bit shocking at times. Unfortunately, the movie is brought down drastically by a low budget, making the film sleazy and unrealistic. The film itself kind of brings this feeling of “What the hell just happened?” at the end of each scene, not because of twists in the plot, but because the film is confusing.After coming home from work one day, Alicia (the beautiful, yet sadly unknown Frances Raines) finds an old man at her apartment, wanting to use the telephone. She lets him use her phone while she leaves the room to make some tea. When she comes back, the man is gone. She begins to receive obscene phone calls, which consist of a loud, electronic voice screaming at her. Meanwhile, Alicia begins dating a man named Franklin (Mark Walter) after her twin sister, Barbara Ann (Also played by Frances Raines), steals her boyfriend, Mike (Carl Koch). Little does Alicia know that Franklin is a serial killer who kills women after he sleeps with them…Made in 1983 (A golden age for slasher films), Disconnected is probably one of the rarest and most original slasher made for it’s time. However, like mentioned before, the budget is so small that the film is basically a porn film without all the sex (Even though there is a ton of T&A in the film). Despite the low budget, the acting is actually not that bad for such a bad movie. Frances Raines is pretty good in her role as a damsel in distress, especially towards the end of the movie, which leads to her nearly having a breakdown from the phone calls. One of the things I didn’t entirely like about the movie is why there are scenes that consist of the director of the film (Gorman Bechard) and a policeman who is trying to solve the case (Ben Page). There really isn’t much explanation as to what these scenes are completely about. The policeman usually talks more about himself than the actual case, and ends up just disappearing from the film entirely towards the end.Overall, the idea the writers had wasn’t a bad idea at all, the plot isn’t bad at all. The actual movie, however, was bad. The budget, the confusing scenes, the music, and the strange artsy scenes made the film bad.

  • erik-ola-dahl
    erik ola dahl

    Disconnected (2017) * 1/2 (out of 4)Women are being brutally murdered by a psychopath. At the same time, video store worker Alicia (Frances Raines) begins dating a new guy but she’s constantly worried that her slut sister Barbara Ann (also played by Raines) might be trying to do something wrong.Gorman Bechard made DISCONNECTED before doing PSYCHOS IN LOVE and I must say that the title of this movie perfectly summed up my feelings on it. I really did feel disconnected throughout the entire film and I had a really hard time trying to connect with anything going on. To say the film struggled to hold my attention would be an understatement. This film has quite a bit going on with it as you’ve got the entire story dealing with the sisters. You’ve also got the story dealing with the good sister and her new relationship. You’ve also got a detective (Carmine Capobianco) talking directly to the camera as he tries to solve the killings. All of this is going on in a film that runs 84-minutes and to say it’s very fair to say that the overall movie is very uneven and it seems like they weren’t quite sure how to handle everything.For the most part the performances are good enough for this type of film. There’s some sleaze elements with some nudity and some mildly gory scenes but consider this is a slasher film, neither are really up there among the genre’s more memorable moments. With that said, fans of the director might want to check this out but others can certainly stay clear of it. I will add that it was fun seeing a video store like they used to be.

  • janet-briggs
    janet briggs

    Not very good, but somewhat watchable. Someone is killing young women in a small town; we don’t see the killings or bodies until the killer is identified. Meanwhile, an odd but polite young man tries to date Alicia, a young woman who is working at a video store. She has a slutty identical twin sister. Alicia is getting strange phone calls: nobody there, or horrible sounds, or overhearing other people’s phone calls. The calls may or may not be related to the killer.The movie gets a little odd after the killer is dealt with by the police. A restless night Alicia has is depicted through a series of black & white photographs. An old man in a black hat and black coat who was seen at the beginning of the movie shows up again at the end. I’m not sure if he is significant or not.As in Gorman Bechard’s other movies, Carmine Capobianco talks to the camera. Here, he’s a cop talking to someone, a journalist? Oddly, he’s shot against a white wall, and wears the same shirt in scenes supposed to be taking place on different days.Lots of pop/rock songs on the soundtrack. Sometimes scenes play without dialogue or environmental sound, serving as little more than music video montage scenes. There’s some good music by XTC and Hunters & Gatherers.If this was Bechard’s first film as a director, as it seems to be, it’s not bad considering that.

  • noemi-gosselin
    noemi gosselin

    This 1984 horror film tells about a young woman, Alicia (Frances Raines) who breaks up with her boyfriend and starts dating a seemingly, nice guy who turns out to be a serial killer targeting women. This isn’t that bad, except for a couple amateur, camera shots and there’s a raw 70’s student or porn film vibe at times. Raines is pretty good and the film sort of resembles “Maniac.” If you’re into psychological horror or slasher flicks, give this a try.

  • nagy-peter
    nagy peter

    Both the (extremely) low budget production values and the bad acting helped to create a film that was reminiscent of giallo, which brought a sense of nostalgia to the table for me- however, Disconnected has characters that are the ‘every day’ american type, and this, alongside the graininess of the cheap film stock, makes the film seem much more like a 70’s film than an 80’s one. The more real violence contributes to the 70s feel- other than the acting, there is no cheese to be found here. The first 3/4 of this film were absolutely fantastic. A real sense of tension and a blend of realistic, sleazy subplot alongside a more surreal main plot made Disconnected an absolutely unique and interesting piece. After the subplot culminates however, the film falls off, and begins to wear out its welcome. Overall this film is actually really cool as long as you can stand the super low budget feel.

  • sig-ra-max-benedetti
    sig ra max benedetti

    Lovely young Alicia (luscious brunette Frances Raines, who’s very good in a challenging dual role) starts receiving bizarre and disturbing phone calls after breaking up with her boyfriend Mike (a solid performance by Carl Koch) who she suspects is cheating on her with her twin sister Barbara Ann). Alicia meets and befriends amiable, but awkward film nerd Franklin (a sound and likeable portrayal by Mark Walker), who alas turns out to be a total psycho with a penchant for carving up nubile ladies. But is Franklin the nutter responsible for those distressing phone calls? Director Gorman Bechard, who also co-wrote the idiosyncratic script with Virginia Gilroy, grounds the compelling premise in a believable workaday reality (the scenes with Alicia at the video rental place she has a job as a clerk at are especially cool and enjoyable), ably crafts an out of whack disorienting atmosphere, and further spruces things up with assorted artsy stylistic flourishes along with nice touches of quirky humor. Moreover, it’s the clever way that Bechard plays around with basic slice’n’dice movie conventions that gives this picture its own highly distinctive outre identity. Carmine Capobianco lends amusing support as wisecracking goofball detective Tremaglio. As a tasty bonus, the delectable Mrs. Raines bares her beautiful body several times. The soundtrack of groovy rock songs hits the right-on funky spot. The rough cinematography provides a raw grainy look. The surprise downbeat ending packs a startling punch. Recommended viewing for fans of obscure low-budget oddities.

  • julian-krzysztoszek
    julian krzysztoszek

    I enjoy weird low budget horror from the early 80’s more than most. Disconnected is weirder and lower budgeted than most early 80’s horror. We were meant to be together…Here we have the lovely Alicia for a heroine, cracking up as her identical twin Barbara-Anne screws around with her boyfriends. Tormented by hallucinations and noisy psyche freak-out phone calls (which succeed in being genuinely creepy) she happily sets to it with a geeky new beau. But what does all this have to do with a crazed killer icing his way through the ladies of the area…? While other no-budget horror of the era was content with aping popular slashers of the time, Disconnected has more on its mind. References to older films, notably Shadow of a Doubt (which a character spoils) as well as various posters, and the heroines video rental job (where at one stage she comes across an obnoxious porno patron) give the impression of the film riffing on its own milieu even as it inhabits it, its an approach that can come off awfully obnoxious but here it works because everything is so damned strange that its tough to unpick any meaning. The joy is that the construction is as strange as the plotting, so the strangeness becomes inescapable, it curls out of just about every frame in a captivating web of strange and if you can succumb, well its a good experience. There are strange things that seem a result of ineptitude, like the main character referencing the lateness of the hour while sun clearly shines in her window, or one bit where the brightness through her window makes a scene near impossible to make out. Then there are strange things that seem deliberate and beautiful, like editing that shuns plot rhythm so the audience can never settle into a scene in case it cuts away without discernible point (a pivotal moment of the film takes place off screen in this way), but really likes cutting to weird background objects in scenes where the action is of interest. Occasionally the wacky technique comes up unsettling trumps (a couple of interesting kills) but mostly it’s bewildering, and I sure like bewilderment. There are bar scenes that skip dialogue and environmental sound so we can see mouths move but hear only disco pop, there’s even a cop talking straight to camera against a white backdrop for some kind of documentary touch. There’s more of course, but I could carry on a long way on it and I haven’t got all day. It is worth mentioning that the ending explains virtually nothing and summons suspicions of a lost script (or final scenes dreamt up on the fly), which may be a problem for some. Acting-wise this is about what you’d expect. Frances Raines is pretty solid as Alicia/Barbara-Anne, effectively frayed as the former and sexy and combative as the latter. Helps that she’s a lovely looking lady as well (and shows her boobs). Mark Walker is convincingly awkward and strange as new boyfriend Franklin, and to be honest I can barely remember anybody else worth mentioning. Most people are going to hate this one, but I had a grand old time, its mixture of unabashed strangeness and cold sincerity with trash art musing aesthetics place it as one of the most unusual of its era, giving perhaps even Horror House on Highway 5 a run for its acid burn out money. I give it a 7/10, but suspect this is more like a 4 for the majority.

  • francisco-javier-rafael-resendez
    francisco javier rafael resendez

    This is one of those films that needs to be seen. It’s a moody, intense character study a bout a young woman being tormented by bizarre phone calls. It’s an example of 1980s regional filmmaking (in this case, Waterbury, CT), with two strong leads in the cast. Frances Raines (THE MUTILATOR) enjoyed a very brief career (7 films in 5 years) and this is her shining star. The film spends a lot of time on her emotional journey. Mark Walker give an outstanding performance as Franklin. Gorman (“I don’t remember”) Bechard’s first feature and best film.

  • anu-raud
    anu raud

    Once again we’re in the realms of slasher movies that just about fit the guidelines of the category. As with Dead Kids and Murderlust, Disconnected attempts to branch away from the hackneyed likes of The Prowler and Edge of the Axe without straying too far from the stalk and slash rulebook.After the credits have rolled we meet Alicia (Francis Raines) the protagonist of the feature. On her way home from work one day she finds an elderly man hanging around mysteriously beside her apartment. Sympathetically she allows the stranger to come inside and use her phone, but whilst she’s making a cup of tea, he vanishes from her living room without trace. Later that night, Alicia tells her twin sister Barbara Ann (also Francis Raines) about the mysterious visitor, but she laughs it off telling her sibling that he probably just made a call and left suddenly. We soon learn that these twins don’t exactly see eye to eye, mainly because Barbara Ann keeps sleeping with Alicia’s boyfriends behind her back. Mike (Carl Koch) is the latest in the line of unfaithful partners to get the chop, not only for the aforementioned cheating, but presumably also because he has the worst case of ‘bad mullet syndrome’ that I have ever seen! Imagine a mid-eighties geek with a poodle on his head and you may be able to conjure up your own visual image.Down in the dumps and on the rebound, Alicia meets up with a guy named Franklin (Mike Walker) and agrees to go out on a date with him. Franklin comes across as a polite fellow and he hides pretty well the fact that he loves nothing more than picking up promiscuous women, taking them back to his flat and then slaughtering them with the handy switch blade that he keeps in his bedside cabinet. Around the same time that Alicia meets this undercover maniac, she begins receiving bizarre and frankly quite credibly eerie persistent anonymous phone calls. As the bodies pile up around the city the Police get more and more baffled. Is Franklin the mysterious caller or is the petrified female just a little disconnected? Disconnected is certainly an oddity of a feature. Almost as intriguing as it is bemusing, it will at times leave you staring at the screen in confusion. After the killer is revealed and dealt with half way through the runtime, the mystery is still un-resolved and to be honest the conclusion remains inconclusive to the viewer. Gorman Bechard’s direction will have you as baffled as the illogical plot line. 88 of the 90-minute runtime looks to have been shot and edited by a retarded gibbon, but then every once in a while he manages to pull off a standout shock sequence that feels out of place amongst the rest of the point and shoot mediocrity. The director’s obsession with wide, spacious and eminently tedious backdrops is as tedious as a HBO documentary and the chapters look to have been sewn together using a chainsaw and a tub of wallpaper paste.The dramatics from the supporting actors are generally non-existent, but Francis Raines showed flashes of potential. OK, so she’s certainly no Merryl Streep; in fact come to think of it, she’s no Sharon Stone either; but for a breakout performance, I’ve certainly seen worse. One thing that is worth mentioning is the cheesy but still rather enjoyable soundtrack, which must have soaked up the majority of the minuscule budget. Look out for the hilarious nightclub scene, which in true slasher cheese on toast tradition shows us why the early eighties will always remain a bad disco memory to those that were alive and kicking at the time.Bechard didn’t attempt to hide the fact that he was making a shlock-a-lock feature. One character says, “I feel like I’m stuck in a low budget horror film, because some man is going round killing young women!” Another mentions something about nudity and violence and you can tell that the director knew exactly which audience he was aiming to satisfy. I guess in a way he succeeded, because for all its nonsensical and off the wall ramblings, Disconnected remains worth a watch. Yes it’s confusing, and yes it makes very little common sense; but as an authentic take on the slasher formula, there are worse attempts floating about. Track it down if you can find it.