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Director: Simon West     Starring: Camilla Belle
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202459866
UPC: 043396145108
UPC 14: 00043396145108
Category Keywords: Remake  Stalkers  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Evil Hits Home.
During an otherwise routine babysitting gig, a high-school student is harassed by an increasingly threatening prank caller.
Editor's 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.
Features
Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, No Longer Produced
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/25/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 83 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 14510
Video UPC UPC: 00043396145108
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.78:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Brian Geraghty
Video Cast Info Camilla Belle
Video Cast Info Clark Gregg
Video Cast Info Katie Cassidy
Video Cast Info Jake Wall - Writer
Video Cast Info James Dooley - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Jeff Betancourt - Editor
Video Cast Info John Davis - Producer
Video Cast Info Jon Steele - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Marie-Sulvie Deveau - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Paddy Cullen - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Peter Menzies Jr. - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Simon West - Director

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"The new WHEN A STRANGER CALLS is enjoyable..." 05/01/2006 p.83

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 5 of 10
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.

Premiere 5 of 10
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. - Channing Joseph

New York Daily News 5 of 10
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. - Elizabeth Weitzman

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Belle,Camilla
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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