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When A Stranger Calls

2

As anaemic, anodyne horror remakes go, this isn't as bad as The Fog. And that's all the praise that can be heaped on Simon West's 'update' (cellphones!) of the Carol Kane-starring 1979 shocker, in which a nubile babysitter (is there another kind?) finds herself terrorised by a raspy stalker who asks, "Have you checked the children?"

The original is an effective little shocker that leaves plenty of room for improvement - perfect fodder for a remake. Here, however, we have the icy first act thawed out over 87 tepid minutes, as Camilla Belle's sprog-watcher creeps around a ludicrously over-designed house.

Saved from one-star ignominy by a reasonably suspenseful final reel that finally adds a little slash to the stalk, this remains a routine, bland, sanitised chiller. Approach with caution.

 

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: May 12th 2006

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