When A Stranger Calls (2006)

I want to preface this by saying the producers made the right move in remaking this film. Outside of genre purists, next generation teens were unlikely to ever reproach the original, and the 'scared babysitter receiving menacing phone calls' theme is universally scary to all teens, making it an instant money maker in theaters with a PG-13 rating. The problem is that the new film extends the fast-paced and thrilling opening of the original into a slow, uneventful hour and a half. There are some clever scares generated by every day household noises put into the right context, but there are way too many red herrings, and the plot never really goes anywhere. The PG-13 crowd may have jumped at a few pre-determined moments, but there is nothing worth reproaching on DVD for the seasoned horror vet. Good settings, good camera work, but the production just isnt enough to salvage the generic, bland plot and minimal dialogue. A babysitter is stalked by an unseen intruder in a secluded mansion.

Rating: 6/10.

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  1. The original is fantastic and I appreciate the fact that this movie sort of put a new spin on it, but I still hated it. I do like Camilla Belle though.

  2. Im a fan of the original but a bigger fan of the first 20m of the original lol.. This remake took the right idea of extending the first 20m into a feature, but then again it also proved that there is a reason why the original kept the scene as short as it did, since it doesnt end up carrying a feature length.