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When a Stranger Calls

When a Stranger Calls

Simon West (2006)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Fred Walton's 1979 movie about a babysitter terrorised by crank phone calls from inside the house here gets an ill-advised remake, courtesy of Con Air director Simon West. This time it's colourless Camilla Belle who is forced to babysit in a remote lakeside house as punishment for mobile phone misuse. Her terror increases when the deranged caller starts insisting that she check on the children. But suspense and interest hit rock bottom fast as the film cranks up the sound effects while lowering the gore factor to the point where there's no sense of real dread. So it's a relief when the psycho (scarred-for-real Tommy Flanagan, voiced by Lance Henriksen) makes his sudden appearance, because something actually starts happening. A few mildly diverting thrills aren't enough, though, to breathe life into a plot that's been rendered tired - and tame - through countless imitations.


A teenager babysitting for a family living in a remote lakeside house is terrorised by mysterious threatening phone calls. She soon discovers the caller is ringing from inside the house and realises her and the children's lives are in danger. Horror, with Camilla Belle, Katie Cassidy and Tessa Thompson.

Cast & Crew

Jill Johnson Camilla Belle
Stranger Tommy Flanagan
Scarlet Tessa Thompson
Bobby Brian Geraghty
Mr Johnson Clark Gregg
Dr Mandrakis Derek De Lint
Mrs Mandrakis Kate Jennings Grant
Officer Burroughs David Denman
Will Mandrakis Arthur Young (2)
Allison Mandrakis Madeline Carroll
Director Simon West
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Sony Pictures Guidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 12 May 2006


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