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When a Stranger Calls
When a Stranger Calls
Actors: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Colleen Dewhurst, Tony Beckley, Ron O'Neal
Director: Fred Walton
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
R     2001     1hr 37min

Released a year after John Carpenter's 1978 Halloween, this thriller by longtime actor-turned-director Fred Walton has held a strong following of its own. In an exemplary piece of suspense, the film begins with a babysitte...  more »


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Actors: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Colleen Dewhurst, Tony Beckley, Ron O'Neal
Director: Fred Walton
Creators: Barry Krost, Doug Chapin, Larry Kostroff, Melvin Simon, Steve Feke
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/09/2001
Original Release Date: 10/26/1979
Theatrical Release Date: 10/26/1979
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 37min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Movie Reviews

"Great Suspense"
Terry Richard | Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada | 04/30/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I remember seeing "When A Stranger Calls" one fateful Friday night on television way back in 1981. I was 14 years old and babysitting to make some pocket money. I had never heard of the film, but since this was the era of people having only two or three channels to view and there was nothing else on I watched this movie. To say I was a wreck after the film is an understatement. This is one of those films that doesn't have blood, guts, and gore, which are the usual gimmicks for horror movies. The movie is pure suspense and is best defined as one of those films as being a psychological thriller. The movie's thrills and rides are in the imagination of the audience as we watch a babysitter being terrorized by a crazed pschopath making obscene phone calls to the home in which she is babysitting. To make matters worse she soons discovers the phone calls are being made from the same house where she is taking care of two children. Carol Kane is heartbreaking as the babysitter, and although the movie is well over 30 years old, it still holds a special place in my heart as being one of the scariest films I have ever viewed. A remake was made in 2006, but that pales in comparison to this classic. If your babysitting some night do not watch this...believe me it will freighten you!"