When a Stranger Calls

Directed By: Simon West Starring: Camilla Belle

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During an otherwise routine babysitting gig, a high-school student is harassed by an increasingly threatening prank caller.


Studio Sony
SKU 202459866
UPC 043396145108
UPC 14 00043396145108
Format DVD
Release Date 10/25/2011
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A slick remake of the 1979 original, Simon West's WHEN A STRANGER CALLS is a contemporary update of a well-known suburban legend. When 16-year-old Jill (newcomer Camilla Belle in the part originally played by Carol Kane) exceeds her cell phone minutes, her parents force her to spend the night babysitting instead of attending a huge bonfire bash. As Jill's father drives her to Dr. Mandrakis's house for the evening, we are given the sense from the long drive, spooky music, and winding roads, that the home is literally at the end of the Earth. Perched over the edge of a steamy lake, the mansion-like structure is made entirely of dark wood and glass. With an arboretum built into its center, the palatial home feels both Zen-like and forbidding. With the children already asleep, Jill spends the first hour indulging in secret babysitter pleasures like snooping and trying on Mrs. Mandrakis's jewelry. Without a cell phone or car, and all her friends' phones out of range, Jill is particularly isolated--the perfect victim for a psychopath on the loose. As she begins to get calls from a heavy-breathing stranger, what at first seems like a prank slowly becomes a real threat, creating a panic-filled evening that's any babysitter's nightmare. Using modern-day luxuries like caller ID, security alarm systems, and motion-sensor lights to its advantage, the film plays with themes of technology and wealth, pondering how much protection they actually provide. Clearly targeted at a teenage audience, the PG-13-rated film contains relatively little violence (lacking some of the graphic scenes that most people remember the original by), and instead uses unfamiliar spaces and a sense of the unknown to keep audiences scared.
Sight and Sound "The new WHEN A STRANGER CALLS is enjoyable..." 05/01/2006 p.83
Simon West
Camilla Belle
Cast & Crew
Brian Geraghty - Actor
Camilla Belle - Actor
Clark Gregg - Actor
Jake Wall - Writer
James Dooley - Original Music By
Jeff Betancourt - Editor
John Davis - Producer
Jon Steele - Production Designer
Katie Cassidy - Actor
Marie-Sulvie Deveau - Costume Designer
Paddy Cullen - Executive Producer
Peter Menzies Jr. - Cinematographer
Simon West - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 14510
UPC 00043396145108
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 83 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.78:1
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review I suppose someone thought it was clever, but it doesn't work. It's another of the film's many missteps but, by the time it comes, we have become accustomed to them. They define When a Stranger Calls, a production that never comes close to realizing its potential to tweak the viewer's primal fears.
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Premiere
Review Ironically, for all of Stranger's faults, director Simon West has probably made a perfect date movie: just suspenseful enough to keep you arm-in-arm with your beau or belle; but silly enough that you'll both laugh about it afterwards.
Reviewer Channing Joseph
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource New York Daily News
Review After an hour of red herrings, in which Jill investigates creepy corridors or opens rattling closet doors with no results, the only real danger is that we'll become bored to death. For real thrills, rent the original, turn down the lights and scare yourself silly.
Reviewer Elizabeth Weitzman
ReviewRating 5
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Belle,Camilla
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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