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When a Stranger Calls (2006)

PG-13 | | Horror, Thriller | 3 February 2006 (USA)
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During a babysitting gig, a high-school student is harassed by an increasingly threatening prank caller.

Director:

Simon West

Writers:

Jake Wade Wall (screenplay), Steve Feke | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Camilla Belle ... Jill Johnson
Tommy Flanagan ... Stranger
Katie Cassidy ... Tiffany
Tessa Thompson ... Scarlet
Brian Geraghty ... Bobby
Clark Gregg ... Ben Johnson
Derek de Lint ... Dr. Mandrakis
Kate Jennings Grant ... Kelly Mandrakis
David Denman ... Officer Burroughs
Arthur Young ... Will Mandrakis
Madeline Carroll ... Allison Mandrakis
Steve Eastin ... Detective Hines
John Bobek ... Officer Lewis
Brad Surosky ... Boom Boom
Karina Logue ... Track Coach
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Storyline

Jill Johnson is being forced to babysit at a BIG house all by herself for exceeding her telephone minutes. Then all of a sudden a stranger calls making these weird remarks. Jill decides to call the police to trace the call. Jill is freaked out when she finds out that the call is coming from inside the house! Jill runs in a hurry trying to get the children and leave. Will Jill make it out of the house in time? Will she live? Well you just have to watch the movie to find out! Written by Crmn_Stvns

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Whatever You Do, Don't Answer The Phone. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense terror, violence and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When a Stranger Calls See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,607,203, 5 February 2006

Gross USA:

$47,860,214

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$66,966,987
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Tiffany (Katie Cassidy) first appears in the movie, she's stirring a jar of red paint while standing next to Scarlet - behind them are several jars of red tinted paints. The name for a woman who is promiscuous or loose is is often referred to as "a scarlet woman", a subtle reference to what Tiffany has done to betray Jill. See more »

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When Jill is trying on Mrs Mandrakis' jewelry she puts on a gold necklace. When she goes to the closet the necklace disappears and reappears when she leaves. See more »

Quotes

Jill Johnson: He can see me!
Officer Burroughs: Sorry?
Jill Johnson: It's Jill, the girl who called before about the man who keeps on calling.
Officer Burroughs: What's going on?
Jill Johnson: He called me again.
Officer Burroughs: What did he say?
Jill Johnson: He's out there, he's outside, he's watching me through the windows.
Officer Burroughs: Did you see him?
Jill Johnson: No, but I know he can see me, because I went upstairs...
Officer Burroughs: Okay, take a deep breath, where's the house keeper?
[...]
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Referenced in When a Killer Calls (2006) See more »

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A little bit better than mediocre.
18 June 2019 | by helencmmSee all my reviews

A suspenseful thriller that does not keep you still until 20-25 minutes in the film. At first, I think that it was building tension. But the "action" was not that intense until the last 15 minutes I guess.

I want to mention that I watched this film about 5 times, of whom the first time was when I was a lot younger than now.

Back then, I really liked the film. It was intense for my then standards and creepy as well, because I could imagine how scary could be If I would live a similar situation. It really touched my naïve psychology.

Now, being a little bit older, and of course watching it for the fifth time, I can tell for sure that it's a little bit boring. This argument is not fair, because since I've watched it so many times, I knew every detail of the film, so definitely it wouldn't surprise me.

I also want to mention that this is a remake of a 1970s film that I've not watched yet, so obviously I can not compare these two films.

(+) Pros

*Very beautiful photography and directing.

*The house was big, isolated and lost in the mist. Absolutely perfect for these type of films, although it can be some times a little bit cliché.

*The protagonist was not perfect, but cute.

*The reveal 20 minutes before the ending, at least the first time I watched this, was very cool and scary as well and since I haven't been watching horror films back then, it wasn't predictable to me at least.

Note: By today's standards, and with all the horror films that keep releasing one after another, maybe for a person that has not watched the film, can be again predictable. I'm not sure anyways.

*Although it's a remake and its plot isn't original (there is no parthenogenesis in art), I personally like these type of films. When it has to do with a stalker that suffer from psychological problems, and harrasses a girl. Very typical plot, but still, I'm into it.

*I like that this story actually, with the babysitter, is an urban legend, and it is portrayed pretty good.

*I liked the scene in the greenhouse. Maybe the second most intense scene in the whole film.

*I personally liked the fact that there wasn't so much talking. I mean, of course there is talking, but I enjoyed more the silent scenes. It gave an alternative creepy tone.

(-) Cons

*I would prefer to not see the face of the killer.

*I think that the part with protagonist's friend was a little bit unnecessary. I know that there was a background, but the conclusion was not important I think. I feel that they just wanted to put something extra. This is not neccessarily bad, but I was kinda thinking of it. I do not consider it bad, technically.

*In the beginning the flow of the plot was very slow, and I had in my mind that "It builds tension". In reality, the tension would come and go.

*There were a lot of jump scares that made on purpose. They were very cliché. The one with fire, the one with music, the one with mannequin... they were very basic jump scares, that they felt that they had to put them into the film, so it could be labelled "horror" by force. Basically, there wasn't creativity...

*Conclusion*

To be honest, it's not a bad film, and I feel that it is very misunderstood. I think that my rating and my review are basically of my thoughts now. Good or not, I've watched it a lot of times, like I cited, so there wasn't surprise to me. If I would watch today the film for the first time, it could get a 7/10. I personally recommend it, because it's one of my childhood horror films since I'm millenial.


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