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Saturday, June 30, 2007

When a Stranger Calls (2006)

A so-so remake of a classic. Jill Johnson (Camilla Belle) is being punished by her parents for going over her cell phone minutes. They make her babysit for Mr and Mrs Mandrakis (Derek de Lint and Kate Jennings Grant), a wealthy doctor and his second wife. While at the huge deserted mansion she starts to receive phone calls. At first she thinks it is her ex-boyfriend playing a prank on her. Soon though the calls become menacing in nature. The caller keeps asking her if the children are ok and if she has checked them recently. To make matters worse the maid and her friend who came to visit have seemingly disappeared. Soon the police trace the calls and they are coming from inside the house. Now she must try to take the children and escape from the maniac who is stalking her.

This movie was alright but probably not as good as the original. There were no moments that made me jump which is unusual for me. Most of the "scares" were manufactured horror movie stereotypes. However, the last 15 minutes of the the film were very intense and enjoyable. Belle was slightly annoying as the girl who is being stalked but did an alright job overall. This is the remake of the 1979 film of the same name starring Carol Kane and Charles Durning. I think your time would be better spent watching the original than this so-so remake.



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