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When a Stranger Calls (1979)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  26 October 1979 (USA)
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A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.

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High school student Jill Johnson is traumatized over an evening of babysitting by a caller who repeatedly asks, "Have you checked the children lately?" After notifying the police, Jill is told that the calls are coming from inside the house... Written by Betsy Bloomley <betsybloom@juno.com>

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Every babysitter's nightmare becomes real... See more »

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$740,000 (estimated)
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The traced call lasts approximately 1 minute and 52 seconds. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene, Jill goes to her bedroom closet to see if Curt Duncan is in there. She is about to open the door with her left hand. In the next shot, she opens it with her right hand. See more »

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Curt Duncan: [whispering, to Jill] You can't see me, but I had to come back. Don't you know why?
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Radar Secret Service (1993) See more »

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Huelga En General
Performed by El Teatro Campesino
Courtesy of Menyah Records
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"Have you checked the children?"
8 November 2001 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

When a Stranger Calls boasts the scariest opening in film history. Wes Craven completely ripped this intro off in Scream. It's that good. Too bad the rest of the film isn't. It goes completely downhill after the beginning. It's so scary and has such a tense start that you can hardly watch it without holding your breathe. My girlfriend couldn't watch it period. She had to turn her head and keep asking me when it was over. It's very subtle, slow, and deliberate, and very frightening. The rest of the film can't live up to the energy generated by the beginning. But still, I recommend this because the beginning alone is better than most fright flicks in their entirety.


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