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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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Simon West

Writers:

Jake Wade Wall (screenplay), Steve Feke | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Camilla Belle ... Jill Johnson
Tommy Flanagan ... Stranger
Katie Cassidy ... Tiffany
Tessa Thompson ... Scarlet
Brian Geraghty ... Bobby
Clark Gregg ... Ben Johnson
Derek de Lint ... Dr. Mandrakis
Kate Jennings Grant ... Kelly Mandrakis
David Denman ... Officer Burroughs
Arthur Young ... Will Mandrakis
Madeline Carroll ... Allison Mandrakis
Steve Eastin ... Detective Hines
John Bobek ... Officer Lewis
Brad Surosky ... Boom Boom
Karina Logue ... Track Coach
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Storyline

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 out of 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando un extraño llama See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,607,203, 5 February 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$47,860,214, 19 March 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,106,773
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The front of the Mandrakis' house was built at an unused reservoir, while the interior was in a studio. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jill Johnson: He can see me!
Officer Burroughs: Sorry?
Jill Johnson: It's Jill, the girl who called before about the man who keeps on calling.
Officer Burroughs: What's going on?
Jill Johnson: He called me again.
Officer Burroughs: What did he say?
Jill Johnson: He's out there, he's outside, he's watching me through the windows.
Officer Burroughs: Did you see him?
Jill Johnson: No, but I know he can see me, because I went upstairs...
Officer Burroughs: Okay, take a deep breath, where's the house keeper?
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Lock It
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More Generic PG-13 Horror
13 February 2006 | by RathkoSee 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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