When a Stranger Calls (1979) Reviewed

The wildly overrated thriller that had babysitters everywhere checking homes for second phone lines starts strong but quickly turns into a boring cop movie starring Charles Durning who huffs and puffs his pudgy butt all over the city. Carol Kane is effective and believably terrified as the tormented babysitter, but Black Christmas already used the phone gag and far more effectively years earlier. A few moments of genuine suspense barely add up to enough to justify a rental. The belated, creatively titled When a Stranger Calls Back, also starring Kane, arrived on the straight-to-video circuit in 1993. It’s earned its fair share of fans also. A widely despised re-make was released in 2006.

~ by Number5ive on February 11, 2010.

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