When a Stranger Calls Back (1993)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Jenz
Gene Lythgow ...
William Landis
Karen Elizabeth Austin ...
Skid Row Woman (as Karen Austin)
John B. Destry ...
Detective 1 (as John Blackwell Destry)
Club Owner
Jenn Griffin ...
Club Girl 1 (as Jennifer Griffin)
X-Ray Technician
Terence Kelly ...
Medical Examiner
Center Woman 1 (as Michele Lonsdale-Smith)
Sheelah Megill ...
Center Woman 2 (as Sheelagh Megill)
Rebecca Mullen ...
Club Girl 2


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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4 April 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

When a Stranger Calls 2  »

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


The deadbolt on the door in the beginning keeps changing from horizontal to about 45 degrees every time the camera zooms in and out. See more »


Mrs. Schifrin: How do I look?
Dr. Schifrin: You look late. Beautiful, but late
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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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Pretty creepy thriller.
23 April 2005 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

College student Juli Jenz(Jill Schoelen)underwent a traumatic incident with a psychotic killer(who uses the phone to terrorize),five years ago and now years later at college she's been getting some suspicious calls which lead her to believe the killer is back.When she contacts the police,they inform her that her original stalker is dead therefore she must be having flashbacks and refer her to a psychiatrist,instead of checking for physical evidence.Anyway,"When a Stranger Calls Back" works as TV produced remake of Fred Walton's 1979 classic "When a Stranger Calls".It has enough twists,turns and suspense to keep horror fans on the edge of their seats.The beginning is especially tense and memorable.There is no gore or strong violence and the killer's identity is kept secret through the film until the climax.The acting is great and the characters are well-developed.So if even casually enjoyed the original "When a Stranger Calls",then this film is must-see.7 out of 10.Check it out.

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