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When a Stranger Calls (1979)

When a Stranger Calls
6.3 Rating
(80 ratings)
6.6 IMDB rating

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Carol Kane

Carol Kane

Jill Johnson
Rutanya Alda

Rutanya Alda

Mrs. Mandrakis
Carmen Argenziano

Carmen Argenziano

Dr. Mandrakis
Kirsten Larkin

Kirsten Larkin

Nancy
William Boyett

William Boyett

Sgt. Sacker
Charles Durning

Charles Durning

John Clifford
Ron O

Ron O'Neal

Lt. Charlie Garber
Heetu

Heetu

Houseboy


Written by
Steve Feke

Steve Feke

(written by) and
Fred Walton

Fred Walton

(written by)


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3 years, 3 months ago at Oct 12 20:04
When this film was first releases back in the 70s it was considered scary, and maybe there are some creepy parts, but I mostly found it boring, the remake was better and that's saying something. I watched this after a friend of a friend referred it, and the way they built it up, lead me to believe this film was going to be epic. Turns out, not so much! Not a film I would watch a second time.

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1 year, 7 months ago at Jun 14 3:00
this is a feels like a short and a movie all made to stretch out to 90 minutes.

good
1 theirs some great acting in this movie especially tony beckley in his last role
2 the first 20- 22 minutes are perfect
bad
1 the editting is doesnt flow. some shot feel like they have been cut off to early and some shot start random
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High school student Jill Johnson is traumatized over an evening of babysitting by a caller who repeatedly asks, "Have you checked the children lately?" After notifying the police, Jill is told that the calls are coming from inside the house.
Release date: 26 October 1979
UPC: 043396065512
Horror (7), Thriller (6), Slasher (5), Murder (4), Drama (4), 1979 (4), Revenge (4), Babysitter (3), Teen (3), 1970s (3), Paranoia (3), Independent Film (2), Surprise Ending (2), Babysitting (2), Blood (2), (2), Low Budget Film (1), Carol Kane (1), Spit In The Face (1), Classic Thriller (1)
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MysteriousWolf posted a review 1 year, 7 months ago

“this is a feels like a short and a movie all made to stretch out to 90 minutes.

good

1 theirs some great acting in this movie especially tony beckley in his last role

2 the first 20- 22 minutes are perfect

bad

1 the editting is doesnt flow. some shot feel like they have been cut off to early and some shot start random

2 it feel alittle to much like Halloween

3. the middle of the movie is really padded” read more

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"Film Director - Fred Walton Rotten Tomatoes - 40% A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again. "


Bad☆Alice posted a review 3 years, 3 months ago

“When this film was first releases back in the 70s it was considered scary, and maybe there are some creepy parts, but I mostly found it boring, the remake was better and that's saying something. I watched this after a friend of a friend referred it, and the way they built it up, lead me to believe this film was going to be epic. Turns out, not so much! Not a film I would watch a second time.” read more

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"Episode 111: Mortgages and Marbles Brendon tells Melissa that “The call is coming from inside the house” about McGuirk. This is from the movie “When a Stranger Calls”."


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