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When a Stranger Calls (1979)

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Carol Kane Carol Kane
Jill Johnson
Rutanya Alda Rutanya Alda
Mrs. Mandrakis
Carmen Argenziano Carmen Argenziano
Dr. Mandrakis
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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9 years, 4 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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7 years, 8 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
Tags: Horror (9), Thriller (7), Drama (5), Slasher (5), 1979 (5), Revenge (4), Murder (4), 1970s (4), Babysitter (3), Paranoia (3), Teen (3), Independent Film (2), Blood (2), Surprise Ending (2), Babysitting (2), (2), Crime (2), Phone Call (1), Horror Film (1), Male Rear Nudity (1)
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" Revisit Viewing Date: July 22nd Via: Blu-ray Plot: A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again. Rating: 6.9/10"


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"First viewing - March 12th Ok, so first off this wasn't quite what I was anticipating. What I expected to be the entire film plays out in the first 20-ish minutes, and so I had to reset my expectations a little so I could hang with it. It wasn't really a problem though because the film remains entertaining through the end thanks largely to Charles Durning's performance and a tight pace. The ending gets a little too tough to swallow and I really struggled to maintain my suspense of disbelief, bu"


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