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During an otherwise routine 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

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

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

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3 February 2006 (USA)  »

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Cuando un extraño llama  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$80,566 (South Africa) (7 July 2006)

Gross:

$174,153 (South Africa) (7 July 2006)
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When Tiffany (Katie Cassidy) first appears in the movie, she's stirring a jar of red paint while standing next to Scarlet - behind them are several jars of red tinted paints. The name for a woman who is promiscuous or loose is is often referred to as "a scarlet woman", a subtle reference to what Tiffany has done to betray Jill. See more »

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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 »

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Jill Johnson: Where is he?
Officer Burroughs: We got him. He's in that police car right over there. In ankle cuffs, handcuffs. Enought sedatives to kill a horse. We're gonna take him to the hospital. We'll have four cops guarding him around the clock.
Jill Johnson: That's not enough.
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Good stab at remake.
23 March 2007 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

Im a big horror fan and I quite enjoyed this remake. With all these horror remakes floating about I think this is one of the better attempts.

I watched it with my two little sisters and I think it made it even better as they were quite scared. Also with the shouting at the screen "Dont do that!", "Not that way!", etc. I thought there were some good little jumpy moments and it built the tension well.

Camilla Belle is absolutely stunning in the lead role and a very good actress - So she holds your attention well.

Overall a decent film.


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