High school student Jill Johnson is traumatized over an evening of babysitting by a caller who repeatedly asks, "Have you checked the children lately?" After notifying the police, Jill is told that the calls are coming from inside the house...Written by
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The character of the disturbed killer Curt Duncan was based on a college acquaintance of director Fred Walton who somehow could just enter a room and automatically make others in the room uncomfortable. Yet Walton felt enough sympathy for this person that the character of Duncan is treated with a fair amount of sensitivity. See more »
When Jill has a drink at the wet bar, the grandfather clock is visible in the shot, about a foot to the right of the bar. In all other shots the clock is about four to five feet from the bar, much closer to the hallway. See more »
When A Stranger Calls has received a lot of hype for having the scariest opening in horror movie history. I will admit it was tense and chilling and it set up the movie perfectly. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie is not scary. The 50 or so minutes turns into a crime/drama about the cop (Charles Durning) chasing the psychopath (Tony Beckley) who has escaped after being locked up for seven years. The last 15 or so minutes focuses on Jill (Carol Kane) who was the babysitter that was terrified seven years earlier and her reunion with the psychopath. Unfortunately, the climax is somewhat disappointing.
The acting is fairly average and the music is the typical "dread" music. The movie had so much potential to be one of the scariest horror movies made, sadly, it descends into a crime/drama that never really gets any better.
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