When a Stranger Calls (1979)/When a Stranger Calls (2006) [DVD]

  • SKU: 26290305
  • Release Date: 02/03/2015
  • Rating: R
This double-feature pairs the 1979 horror film When a Stranger Calls with the 2006 remake of that genre classic.
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

Synopsis


When a Stranger Calls
In this thriller, a baby-sitter is terrorized by an anonymous telephone caller who turns out to be a particularly persistent serial killer. When a stranger calls to ask, "Have you checked the children lately?" teenaged sitter Jill Johnson (Carol Kane) is understandably spooked. After a series of increasingly creepy calls culminates in a request for "your blood...all over me," Jill learns from the police operator that the man is calling from inside the house. One narrow escape and two dead children later, the police capture British maniac Curt Duncan (Tony Beckley). Several years later, the killer escapes from a mental institution and plagues Tracy (Colleen Dewhurst), a hard-drinking New Yorker. Foiled by John Clifford (Charles Durning), the same cop who investigated the original case, Duncan sets his sights back on his original victim, Jill Johnson, who, now married and out to dinner with her husband, has left her own young children at home -- with a baby-sitter. When a Stranger Calls helped inspire Drew Barrymore's famous opening scene in Wes Craven's Scream. Kane, Durning, and director Fred Walton would return for 1993's TV-movie sequel, When a Stranger Calls Back. Beckley died a year after the original film's release. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

When a Stranger Calls
A teenage girl becomes a demented serial killer's prey in this big-budget remake of the 1979 thriller that became a TV late-show favorite. When a Stranger Calls takes its title and basic premise from the original, which -- for its first 15 minutes or so -- featured Carol Kane as a frazzled babysitter plagued by creepy, invasive phone calls. This time around, the doe-eyed Camilla Belle plays Jill Johnson, a high-schooler dealing with the usual set of crises: an unfaithful boyfriend, a bitchy best friend, and an over-the-limit cell phone bill. In order to pay for the latter, her father (Clark Gregg) has committed her to a babysitting gig with a wealthy family. At the isolated, palatial house, Jill settles in for a night of no-stress kid-watching. But it isn't long before someone starts anonymously calling the house with creepy, increasingly specific messages. Jill doesn't rule out anyone, but it becomes clear that whomever it is, he or she is watching her, and may be closer than she even suspects. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Carol Kane
    Carol Kane - Jill Johnson
  • Charles Durning
    Charles Durning - John Clifford
  • Colleen Dewhurst
    Colleen Dewhurst - Tracy
  • Tony Beckley
    Tony Beckley - Curt Duncan
  • Rachel Roberts
    Rachel Roberts - Dr. Monk



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The original is worth buying this DVD

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    gilly
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    The original When a Stranger Calls is a movie that will freak you out and watching it makes you think of your worst nightmare. The newer version is just okay but it is worth it to buy this DVD if you like horror movies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    dvd

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    wootieann
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    Had been looking for the original movie when a stranger calls .. Found it on a double dvd with the original and new version of the movie ..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great classic movie, very suspenseful

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    marvinjen
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    we love mysteries and this was suspenseful and kept us on the edge of our seat. Great classic movie

    I would recommend this to a friend



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