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When a Stranger Calls (2006) Rating:
- Dylan = 5 / 10;
- Andrew = 4 / 10;
- IMDb = 5.1 / 10;
- Rotten Tomatoes = 0.9 / 10;
When a Stranger Calls (2006) Synopsis:
Jill Johnson is grounded from her parents and in order to make up for a jacked-up phone bill she has to work a babysitting job. However, the night goes frightfully wrong when a psychopath happens to come across the secluded mansion.
When a Stranger Calls (2006) Review:
When coming out in theatres, When a Stranger Calls was a remake I was really anticipating, especially being a fan of the original at the time. Even though I enjoyed the film more back then, I still couldn’t help but still feel disappointed after a second viewing. The writers were really trying hard to make this installment just as suspenseful as the first, but the monotonous scenes of safety alarms going off and pointless phone calls that aren’t the killer dragged this movie horribly. Also, the killer does not even say anything on the phone, so what’s scary about phone calls if you don’t hear the vulgar language, threats or even a creepy voice. The viewers see no deaths and the film starts off with a very lousy plot. One thing I do admit, the casting of Camille Belle was a smash. She had solid character development and looked like a girl who you want to play this role.
As a remake, I can’t nitpick because the movie is drastically different from the original yet pays homage to its most notorious moments. The film boiled down to not providing enough horror elements by selecting the option to target a younger audience. I’ll finish by saying that even with a short 85-minute run-time; I was consistently bored right up until the last couple of minutes of the movie.