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nayr`
01-31-2006, 06:12 PM
Genre: Horror / Thriller (more)

Tagline: Every babysitter's nightmare becomes real... (more)

Plot Summary: High school student Jill Johnson is traumatized over an evening of babysitting by a caller who repeatedly asks... (more) (view trailer)

User Comments: Shame about the middle part. (more)

User Rating: *******___ 6.3/10 (844 votes) Vote Here

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Durning .... John Clifford
Carol Kane .... Jill Johnson
Colleen Dewhurst .... Tracy
Tony Beckley .... Curt Duncan
Ron O'Neal .... Lt. Charlie Garber
Steven Anderson .... Stephen Lockart
Rachel Roberts .... Dr. Monk
Rutanya Alda .... Mrs. Mandrakis
Carmen Argenziano .... Dr. Mandrakis
Sara Damman .... Bianca Lockart
Richard Bail .... Stevie Lockart
William Boyett .... Sgt. Sacker
Kirsten Larkin .... Nancy
Carol O'Neal .... Mrs. Garber
Ed Wright .... Retired man
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Runtime: 97 min
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color (Eastmancolor)
Sound Mix: Mono
Certification: Australia:M / Finland:K-16 / Norway:18 / UK:15 / USA:R / Canada:A (Ontario)

Trivia: Number 28 on Bravo Channel's 100 Scariest Movie Moments. (more)

Quotes:
John Clifford: Lets get something straight here, Doctor. I've been 33 years in the business of tracking people down and putting them away... spent almost a year alone on the case of Curt Duncan with the trial and the testimonies and the background investigations. Now, I didn't come here today to look in your God damn folders, in fact I probably wouldn't be here at all if you had done your job right.
Dr. Monk: This is a hospital, Mr. Clifford, not a penitentiary. Everything appertaining to one of our patients is meticulously recorded in that patient's folder, whether you can make sense of it or not.
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6 out of 6 people found the following comment useful:-
Shame about the middle part., 6 August 2005
6/10
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Going into When a Stranger Calls, I was expecting something alone the same lines as Black Christmas and Halloween, due to the film's relationship with those movies. I'm not a massive fan of either of those films, but I recognise Black Christmas as an important film for the genre, and if When a Stranger Calls turned out to be as good as that; I wouldn't be disappointed. It didn't turn out to be as good, however, as despite a great opening; the film never reaches any kind of high, and on the whole; this is just another slasher. The film starts out with a babysitter looking after someone's house. It isn't long after her employers have left that she starts receiving odd anonymous calls, and it isn't long after that before she discovers that the calls are coming from inside the house! It's the classic babysitter story, and if the film had stuck to this story for it's entire running time; I would have liked it a lot more. I realise that it would have been difficult to make a feature length film with just a girl, a house and a madman upstairs...but films have been made with less.

Instead of following the babysitter story, we are presented with a story taking place seven years later. The killer has escaped from a mental hospital and is now roaming the streets, with the detective from the original case on his tail. While this film never actually becomes boring, the chase plot never gives the audience enough tension or intrigue to keep interest levels high, and if it wasn't for the smart, but abrupt, ending; it would have been hard for me to write this review without calling the film a failure. In the beginning, the film has all the elements needed for a successful horror movie in place. It's got atmosphere, suspense and a plausible plot line, which is why I cant understand why the filmmakers would ditch this for the plot that they decided the movie should take. There is very little (if any) gore in the film, as it's obvious that the director preferred the 'Halloween' approach; but this doesn't work in the film's favour as this film isn't interesting enough to not have any gory sequences. On the whole; When a Stranger Calls has a good beginning and a good end. The middle part is wholly forgettable.

I highly recomend this movie. Its SCARY! :o

Blazeman
01-31-2006, 06:15 PM
Great review this movie was a good thriller and a nice scare here and there :)

nayr`
01-31-2006, 06:17 PM
Dont remind me. I closed my eyes most of the time. XD

MonsterLishis
01-31-2006, 06:36 PM
I remeber hearing this story this Halloween. Scary stuff. I am definitly gonna go see the movie. Thx for the review.

nayr`
01-31-2006, 06:50 PM
no problem.

Vergico
02-01-2006, 12:12 AM
I want to watch this soo bad.

Thanks for the review.

Phaze_
02-03-2006, 02:43 AM
i wanna see this movie, mostly becuase of dane cook's (hes a comdeian if u dont know) litttle review about it... if u havent heard any of dane cooks comedy i woulc get some, he has a ton of funny audio clips including one that he moks this movie.

MisterMike
02-03-2006, 11:55 PM
I saw it today and Might I saw worst attempt to make a scary movie, this sucks really badly. Everything is repeated in a different way for 1 hour of the movie, the last 20 minutes are good and just a bit scary............Ovearall this movie sucked....

3.4/10

I was sitting alone and never once was I scared....

lllAE86lll
02-04-2006, 12:04 AM
Wow i really love this video ... I want it very badly >.<

Common
02-04-2006, 02:44 AM
i heard this story like a looong time ago...like on are you afraid of the dark or goosebumps show or something like that :P


anyways i might just get it when it comes out on dvd

Echuu
02-04-2006, 08:51 AM
What Cinema rating is it? Is it 15 - 18? If so i can't get in :(

Z-mighty
02-04-2006, 01:13 PM
Originally posted by Echuu@Feb 4 2006, 07:51 AM
What Cinema rating is it? Is it 15 -* 18? If so i can't get in :(
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I'm pretty sure it's rated M.

I've been thinking of seeing it, it seems kind of interesting, not expecting too much out of it though.

Enzyme
02-04-2006, 01:21 PM
Oh no I'm baby sitting tonight.
Ya I personally didn't like this movie..
It wasn't that scary about a 6.

Aiden
02-04-2006, 01:22 PM
Don't you mean rated R? lol.... hey Junk: You gota have a small line saying where you got review from. And I think its imdb.com

Greedy
02-06-2006, 08:27 PM
Yet another film I can't wait to see. :)

Radium
02-07-2006, 10:43 PM
This seems to be copy and pasted. >_>

LTPyro
02-09-2006, 12:01 AM
I wanna see this movie too.

And the girl is pretty good-looking too. :D

Brewha002
02-10-2006, 11:34 PM
Originally posted by Phaze_@Feb 3 2006, 12:43 AM
i wanna see this movie, mostly becuase of dane cook's (hes a comdeian if u dont know) litttle review about it... if u havent heard any of dane cooks comedy i woulc get some, he has a ton of funny audio clips including one that he moks this movie.
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Can you post the link to that review?