When a Stranger Calls

  • 15
  • Simon West (2006)
  • US
  • 83 min
When a Stranger Calls
Film Review
Reviewed By
1 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Horror thriller starring Camilla Belle as a babysitter whose life becomes threatened after she answers an anonymous phone call.

Cast and crew


Jill Johnson
Camilla Belle
Tommy Flanagan
Tessa Thompson
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


Simon West

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Sony Pictures
Violence, swearing.
Available on DVD
Released 12 May 2006
Certificate 15