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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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3 February 2006 (USA)  »

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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 Jill arrives at the house and Mrs. Mandrakis shows her the phone list on the refrigerator Rosa Ramirez is misspelled, it has extra letters about 10 minutes later Jill dials Rosa's number and then the correct spelling is shown. See more »

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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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More Generic PG-13 Horror
13 February 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I'm starting to wonder if all these PG-13 horror movies are just glorified screen tests for young and emerging talent. Get a first-time screenwriter, an inexperienced director, a few TV actors looking for their bigscreen break and see what they can do. 'When a Stranger Calls' is a little better than most such recent offerings, but is still completely by-the-book; riddled with plot holes and genre clichés.

The story is unbelievably simplistic. The slim 87 minute running time is heavily padded with inconsequential friends and a pointless cheating boyfriend. The killer is devoid of even the token motivation of Jason or Michael or even the original movie's killer, and as a result is never particularly frightening. The police behave in such an unbelievably ineffectual and lazy manner as to verge on professional misconduct. Simon West brings the same attractive banality to proceedings that he managed with Lara Croft, but his style of directing is decidedly generic, possessing no indicators of real talent or vision. The performances are routine, dark hallways replace genuine horror, and the scares are of the tired cat-in-the-closet variety.

The cinematography and production design, however, are above average for this kind of film. The house is beautifully designed, all dark wood and glassy reflections, and there are a few moments that are of visual interest.

Though lacking an ounce of dramatic originality, it acts as a reasonably satisfying 'dark house' thriller, and maintains interest longer than most of its ilk.


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