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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)


$47,860,214 (USA) (17 March 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jill's high school is "Fernhill". Director Simon West went to a "Fernhill High School" in his native Herfordshire, England. See more »


In the scene where Jill is in the Guest House and answers the phone, when she hangs it up we get a look at the screen on it. You can clearly see that the battery is almost empty, but she just picked it up off the charging station a minute ago. See more »


Officer Burroughs: Has he been using threatening language?
Jill Johnson: No, sometimes he doesn't even say anything, he just keeps on calling.
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Lock It
Written by Joe Faraci
Performed by Faraci
Courtesy of Kid Gloves Music
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Man oh man, am I in the minority on this one!
23 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Critics and audiences both pretty much panned this movie, but I actually didn't think it was too bad! Even the critics I normally agree with thought it was crap, and I normally despise PG-13 "horror films." So this means one of two things: either (1) I'm too easily pleased, and my taste in movies has dwindled over the years, or (2) 'When a Stranger Calls' isn't nearly as horrible as it's made out to be. Now, to be fair, some of the criticisms of the movie are true--there's not much character development, and not much happens in the story. But man alive folks, how much were you expecting from a movie about a babysitter being stalked? Cut them some slack! As a former babysitter who was watching this flick late at night with the lights out, I can safely say the stalker dude was one creepy mofo! Who knows? I guess stuff like this just gives me the willies.

Yes, I admit I had fun watching this, and I don't care how big of a minority that puts me in. ;)

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