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Cinematic Hell: When A Stranger Calls (2006)

Updated on August 20, 2016
Poster of When a Stranger Calls (2006 remake). Property of Screen Gems and Sony Pictures.
Poster of When a Stranger Calls (2006 remake). Property of Screen Gems and Sony Pictures. | Source

Honestly guys, I don't really want to waste too much time on this particular title. It's one of those stock horror remakes that came out during the 2000's. As usual, this remake sucks big balls. On the surface, When a Stranger Calls is a mundane horror remake. Almost no different than Friday the 13th (2009) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010). However, When A Stranger Calls (2006) is kind of special in it's own stupid way. But we'll get to the whole special bit in awhile. Let's take a look at the Original 1979 When A Stranger Calls.

When A Stranger Calls (1979)

People who remember the original film usually remember a quarter of it. Yes, the first 15 or 20 minutes of this film is quite Impressive. There's great suspense and of course Carol Kane is always a pleasure to watch. You can also tell that this movie heavily inspired the Scream movies just with that one scene. As for the rest of the movie it's pretty... blah. I mean it's not bad or anything, but after that one great scene ends this movie is kind of just a murder/mystery with some detective tracking the deranged killer down. Again, the middle of the film is just kind of mundane and not much to talk about. The last 20 minutes of the movie is pretty cool too, but again nothing really special. So I will say The Original "When A Stranger Calls" is an okay movie with a few great moments in it. Check it out if you want. Score: 6/10.

When A Stranger Calls (2006)

I still have no idea why any Hollywood producer or filmmaker would want to remake When A Stranger Calls. Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street and even Texas Chainsaw Massacre I understand remaking. But why this movie? Yes, the original film made a profit (it only cost 1.5 Million Dollars and grossed 21 Million Dollars) but still I don't see how a remake of a movie that not a lot of people know about or honestly care about would make any money for any studio. I guess Sony didn't give a shit on that front and apparently they didn't even care about the quality of the new film. Needless to say, this remake sucks big balls. But how does this movie blow? Well... let's get this over with.

Jill Johnson (Camilla Belle) is grounded for running up her cellphone bill and her punishment is to basically be in this movie. Ok fine, her real punishment is babysitting for an entire night. She thinks she'll spend a nice, quiet evening in a modern house with electric lights and 5 remote controls to different gadgets around the house. Suddenly, Jill starts getting anonymous calls and... THAT'S IT. I'm not kidding, that's the entire movie! The entire running time of this film is some girl walking from one room to another answering the phone while the caller more than half the time says NOTHING. Yeah this job is made a whole lot easier when the film just gives you one reason to hate it's guts .

You know, this movie would be kind of bearable if there was a lot more going on like in the original And yes, I know I just kind of criticized the first film for being kind of mundane but hell, even when the film was slow it was decent. This movie is just so life sucking and boring. Maybe if Camilla Belle was able to carry this film on her own then it would be at least watchable. Now I'm not saying Camilla Belle is the worst actress ever, but obviously she can't carry an entire film on her own and she doesn't have a lot of range as an actress.

Guys, I'm sorry but I don't want to talk about this movie anymore. It offers nothing as a remake and it doesn't work as a stand alone film. It's way too boring and dim witted to even get mad at. Just stay way from it, hang up on this stupid ass movie. 0/10.


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      Pat Mills 

      3 years ago from East Chicago, Indiana

      I was never really on board with the horror genre in the 1980s wave. There were some decent pictures, but most were about the gore than anything else. If it's gore that somebody wants, those fans should seek out the movies of Herschell Gordon Lewis. At least there's a campy comic element to those films.


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