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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Johnson


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 in the house in time? Will she live? Well you just have to watch the movie to find out! Written by Crmn_Stvns

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 February 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuando un extraño llama  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,607,203 (USA) (3 February 2006)


$174,153 (South Africa) (7 July 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The voice of "Stacy", the unseen girl during the opening credit sequence, and victim of the killer that targets Jill, is that of director Simon West's 12 year old daughter Lillie. See more »


When Tiffany rang the Mandrakis' home phone, her name came up on the caller ID. But the Manrakis' don't know her, and therefore would not have her number in caller ID. See more »


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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Remake of When a Stranger Calls (1979) See more »


Lock It
Written by Joe Faraci
Performed by Faraci
Courtesy of Kid Gloves Music
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User Reviews

15 July 2006 | by (Yugoslavia) – See all my reviews

I was surprised that this movie is so poorly rated. I think it is excellent and so refreshing in the horror genre. The story itself is old and familiar but the director, leading actress and everybody else who participated in producing of this movie made something new. I certainly wasn't bored although the movie is slow and nobody gets killed every ten minutes like in every other horror movie. The best way to describe it is to compare it to Hitchcock movies. The tension slowly gathers and culminates in the end.I think that most people did not expect that if they were watching trailer, which would be a great mistake to make because you will almost see the ending and it just spoils the fun.Really, who makes this trailers, it is like movie-a-minute.

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