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When a Stranger Calls (2006)

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1/10: A Dark House and Sharp, Harrowing Music only go so far
Sunday, February 5, 2006

The concept of experience, and how it works for and against us is something of a misnomer. By logic, having the foresight to see how a course of action works, we are able to improve upon the decision making which led up to it, ultimately culminating in a better decision.Or at least, that is the way these types of things are supposed to work. Indeed, in the realm of theater and movies, that concept has never functioned on a consistent basis to produce better movies that work in more effective ways. The next example of this is 2006's "When a Stranger Calls," which itself is a remake of the 1979 film of the same name that, according to the IMDb page, was originally planned to be a sequel to Black Christmas.Like the original, we meet a young woman (the very lovely Camilla Belle) who will be babysitting the children of the wealthy Dr. and Mrs. Mandrakis (the...

6/10: Slightly better the original...though thats not saying much
Monday, June 26, 2006

When A Stranger Calls got a bit of a critical bashing when it was released back in February. I guess it was to be expected since most critics are a little hard on the horror genre in general but I was a bit surprised by the bashing it got from regular movie goers like you and I. It has a rather low 4.2 rating at IMDb and if you go to the message board on the site for this film the comments aren't too pretty. Despite this bashing it didn't stop the film from opening at number one and grossing almost 50 million dollars.I may be the minority, but I really think that most people were wrong about this one. It is by no means a perfect film but as a remake to an already flawed production i think it succeeds by being better than the original. Again I may be in the minority on that...

2/10: When a Stranger Calls
Sunday, February 5, 2012

From director Simon West (Con Air, The General's Daughter, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider), from the clips or trailer I saw I thought like it sounded like a good concept, and obviously I didn't know it was a remake, I was curious as well to see if I'd agree with the critics opinions. Basically Jill Johnson (10,000 BC's Camilla Belle) is the freshman student and track team running teenager, and she is being forced to be a babysitter for the rich Mandrakis family, as punishment for going over cell phone minutes that her father Ben (Clark Gregg) pays for. The family's large mansion house is located almost in the middle of nowhere next to a lake, the parents Dr. Mandrakis (Derek De Lint) and Kelly (Kate Jennings Grant) show her most of the place and say she can help herself to food, and they say they won't be back until midnight, the two children...

5/10: I quite liked this
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

When a Stranger Calls starts as teenager Jill Johnson (Camilla Belle) has been told by her father (Clark Gregg) she has to babysit two children instead of being allowed to go to a big party after running up an enormous cell-phone bill, he drives her to the home of the Mandrakis' who are rich & their house is very nice if nothing else. Left alone in the hi-tech house with the two kids asleep in bed the phone rings & Jill answers it only to hear heavy breathing on the other end. The calls continue & become increasingly scary as Jill is trapped inside the house alone. Or is she alone?Directed by Simon West this was probably made because of a spate of successful remakes of 70's & 80's horror films, a remake of When a Stranger Calls (1979) this updated modern version is actually quite good & I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. First...

1/10: The perfect cure for insomnia
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Now, I'm all for a good slasher flick, and I don't even mind the modern day ones that flooded the market since the success of Wes Craven's SCREAM in 1996, even though a lot of them are poor. Okay, so I usually wait until they show up on television rather than spend money to see them, but I'm the first person willing to give a film a chance despite negative reviews and the like. I was the perfect demographic for this film: I'm young, I haven't seen the original '70s movie on which this film is based, and I'm easily pleased when it comes to horror. Sadly, I was in for a shock: this is one of the all-time worst movies I've ever sat through, on a par with the similarly execrable BOOGEYMAN.For starters, WHEN A STRANGER CALLS has NO story, no plot line. A girl spends a night babysitting...

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