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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 »

Goofs

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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Follows When a Stranger Calls (1979) See more »

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I agree: Creepy & Better Than The Original
22 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The headline above seems to sum up some of the other reviewers' opinions of this film and I totally agree with them: I liked this sequel better. I will always remember this film for the first 20-25 minutes which really scared me the first time I saw it. It gave me the creeps, and always will if I don't watch it too often.

After that, the movie settles down, and the excitement leaves, but it still keeps you interested, picking back up again at the end with another suspense scene.

This is a "scare" movie - a sequel - that works although there are a few noticeable holes in the storyline. I liked the camera-work in here with the closeups of the door lock or the phone, the slowness of camera movement here and there to build suspense, etc. The ending, in which the killer blends into a wall, is very neat.

The main actors are interesting to watch and a main plus is the lack of profanity, especially surprising with Charles Durning in the film. The "R" rating had to be for a couple of topless waitress scenes.

Jill Schoelen gets third billing and she's the star of the movie. Carol Kane, the star of the first film: When A Stranger Calls, helps out on this case, too, and it's nice to see her again.


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