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When a Stranger Calls Back (1993)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror | Thriller  -  4 April 1993 (USA)
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A young babysitter, all alone in the house with two children asleep above, is bothered by a stranger. Unfortunately, the phone's dead...

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Julia Jenz
Gene Lythgow ...
William Landis
Karen Elizabeth Austin ...
Skid Row Woman (as Karen Austin)
Babs Chula ...
Agent
John B. Destry ...
Detective 1 (as John Blackwell Destry)
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Club Owner
Jenn Griffin ...
Club Girl 1 (as Jennifer Griffin)
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X-Ray Technician
Terence Kelly ...
Medical Examiner
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Center Woman 1 (as Michele Lonsdale-Smith)
Kevin McNulty ...
Sheelah Megill ...
Center Woman 2 (as Sheelagh Megill)
Rebecca Mullen ...
Club Girl 2
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Storyline

Julia is babysitting two young kids while a doctor and his wife are out. During the evening, a stranger knocks on the door asking Julia if she can call the auto club so he can get a tow. The phone line is dead though. This is all part of the act as he has made his way inside and abducted the two children. Years later, Julia has become an introvertive college student. She claims the stalker is back haunting her. Enter Jill Johnson and now retired cop John Clifford, who have reunited to help Julia find the stalker. Can they stop him before he strikes again? Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Before there was "Scream," there was... the stranger.

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Rated R for terror/violence, and for some nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film was dedicated to actor Tony Beckley who played the villain in the original When a Stranger Calls (1979). See more »

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When John and Jill go back to Julia's apartment after she had been shot, there is fingerprint powder on the door and door locks. But when they go into the apartment, there are no more signs of fingerprint powder on any surface. Standard procedure would dictate checking the entire apartment for fingerprints. See more »

Quotes

William Landis: I am not the reflection of anything. I am not an illusion. I am the truth. I'm invisible. Unknowable. You people are the real illusionists. You people are the real illusionists!
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"No one can see me now. No one hears me. I am invisible." For Tony Beckley See more »

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27 May 2008 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Just like its modest predecessor it's a moodily atmospheric on-edge thriller that's just as good, if not better than its inspiration. Basically the same-setup and story structure (it's ringing off the hook), but writer / director Fred Walton (who directed and co-penned the original) competently pulls it off again. Lucky Walton illustrates another blindingly chilling and unbearably taut opening that drips with intensity and intrigue. Simple, but unquestionably effective. Something about the tone is creepier and dark, and it never lets the viewer get comfortable because it seems to stay there. Even then it really plays more like an open-wound, slow-burn mystery, but none of that lingering dread evaporates after the terrific opening. It's much more persistent, and the killer is kept in the shadows and emit's a disturbingly unnerving awe. He's a weirdo (a perfectly eerie Gene Lythgow), but there's no real reasoning for his obsessive tormenting of the traumatised girl (a beautifully sensitive performance by Jill Schoelen). This leaves some logic holes in the plot, but there's a little more novelty to it and it doesn't feel as loose. Coming back for seconds (returning from the original) are splendid turns by Carol Kane and Charles Dunning. Walton's exceptional direction is well drilled and it's passively shot with proficient positioning. The score stays strong, by inducing a spooky and suspenseful essence. This can be appreciated with its beautifully constructed nerve-wrecking conclusion.


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