When a Stranger Calls

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2006

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Director:
Simon West
Released:
2006
Rating:
PG-13
When a Stranger Calls is the 2006 remake of the Fred Walton horror classic that gave babysitters everywhere nightmares for over a generation. Jill Johnson (Camilla Bell) is a track star, with a cheating boyfriend. Jill is forced to babysit the Mandrakis' kids to pay her parents back for the dent she has left in their cash flow. After a rather sour confrontation between Jill and her best friend Tiffany, Jill drives away with her father, into the middle of nowhere, where upon a small lake, the Mandrakis' house sits. After the Mandrakis' leave, all is well, Rosa (the live-in housekeeper) is doing her chores, the children are asleep after just beginning to get over the flu and Jill gets right to her studies. Things begin to go awry however, when Jill begins receiving prank phone calls from an unknown caller, Rosa disappears, and strange noises are heard from every niche within this house's construction. Jill soon realizes that this is no prank caller, and she'll have to fight for her life to survive this night.moreless

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  • 50

    The New York Times Anita Gates

    Jake Wade Wall's screenplay does deserve a word of praise. It has managed to incorporate the advent of cellphones, the *69 command and caller ID, which could have easily made the e...

  • 50

    Variety Joe Leydon

    A modestly clever concept gets indifferent execution in When a Stranger Calls, another bigger-yet-blander remake of an allegedly "classic" '70s shocker.

  • 30

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