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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Whatever You Do, Don't Answer The Phone. See more »


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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A poster on the wall in the hospital in the final scene reads "No shame, no blame, no names". The stranger's name is never revealed in the movie. See more »


About mid-way through the picture, Jill calls her friend at the bonfire, but the static on the cellphone is nothing like the sounds one would expect from a real cell phone, when reception is poor. Also, the intercept she receives in subsequent attempts to call her friend, includes, initially, chimes initiated by the old Bell system decades ago for land line phones. Cell phone companies don't use those chimes, nor do they use the wording used in this movie. The recording wouldn't say: "I'm sorry, the person you're trying to reach is out of range," not since the nineties anyway. See more »


Jill Johnson: Tiffany, I know it's you. I can see your name on Caller ID, genius.
Voice of the Stranger: This isn't Tiffany.
Jill Johnson: Who is this?
Voice of the Stranger: [pause] Who is this?
Jill Johnson: Cody?
Voice of the Stranger: Who's Cody?
Jill Johnson: You better cut this out!
[stranger hangs up]
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Referenced in Mom: Broken Dreams and Blocked Arteries (2014) See more »


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Written by Joe Faraci
Performed by Faraci
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This stranger shouldn't have called again.
4 March 2009 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

While babysitting at an isolated Colorado house, a teen girl is terrorized by an elusive murderer on the telephone.

Remake of the 1979 semi-classic horror film basically takes the opening 20 minutes of the original film and stretches it out to fit an 87 minute time span! So it's pretty needless to say that the plot of this remake is pretty thin. There's little in the way of originality or interest in this movie. There's a lot of Camilla Belle wondering around a dark house wondering who's calling her and encountering all kinds of false scares. It all gets repetitious and routine after the first 30 minutes and never manages to muster up much in the way of suspense or chills. It certainly never reaches the intensity of the original film, especially since it wimps-out and changes one important plot point from the original. I guess we have the PG-13 rating to thank for that.

On the plus side there's an impressive set design and some dark atmosphere, unfortunately there's not much going on around it to save this remake from being sub-par. Belle's performance is pretty mediocre too.

It's just another unimpressive remake.

* 1/2 out of ****

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