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When a Stranger Calls (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  3 February 2006 (USA)
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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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Rated PG-13 for intense terror, violence and some language | See all certifications »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$174,153 (South Africa) (7 July 2006)
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Jill's locker at school has a mini-white board on the inside door with the words "That's Hot!" written upon it; she also has Polaroid of Tiffany (Katie Cassidy), who she has been betrayed by. See more »

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When the Mandrakises were about to leave for dinner, Dr Mandrakis opens the door then goes back to activate the alarm system behind the door. In between shots, the door goes from open to closed magically. See more »

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Guy: Hi... What are you wearing?
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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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