When a Stranger CallsFebruary 3, 2006
During an otherwise routine babysitting gig, a high-school student is harassed by an increasingly threatening prank caller.
Release Year: 2006
Rating: 4.8/10 (20,816 voted)
Critic's Score: 27/100
Stars: Camilla Belle, Tommy Flanagan, Katie Cassidy
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 in the house in time? Will she live? Well you just have to watch the movie to find out!
Writers: Jake Wade Wall, Steve Feke
Derek de Lint
Kate Jennings Grant
Whatever You Do, Don't Answer The Phone.
Release Date: 3 February 2006
Filming Locations: Bellarmine-Jefferson High School, Burbank, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $21,607,203
(5 February 2006)
Did You Know?
The voice of "Stacy", the unseen girl during the opening credit sequence, and victim of the killer that targets Jill, is that of director Simon West's 12 year old daughter Lilly.
When Tiffany rang the Mandrakis' home phone, her name came up on the caller ID. But the Manrakis' don't know her, and therefore would not have her number in caller ID.
More Generic PG-13 Horror
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
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.