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While babysitting, a high school student is terrorized by a stranger who calls her, asking "have you checked the children lately?" The police eventually notify her, the calls are coming from inside the house.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 9%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If you've seen either Black Christmas or Halloween, there's nothing new here: the hyped-up score keeps telling us we ought to be scared, but the suspense feels mechanical and fake."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"This version is a thin, protracted study in shifting Hollywood strategies."
‑ Matt Singer, Village Voice
"It's a safe dumb film for safe dumb audiences."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"No plot, no originality, no stars -- and no reason for you to go and see this crap."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"While teen chillers tend to be exercises in extreme dullness, at least director Simon West tries to wring some suspense out of the scenes here."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"The film is not quite suspense-free, but almost. When finding a dead body underwater isn't scary, something is very wrong."
‑ Anita Gates, New York Times
"A production that never comes close to realizing its potential to tweak the viewer's primal fears."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Amateurish direction by Simon West ("Laura Croft: Tomb Raider") contributes to the utter failure of this pathetic update of the original film of the same title."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"You know a horror movie's in trouble when the fake scares outweigh the real ones."
‑ Matthew Leyland, BBC.com
"Atmospheric but generally disappointing thriller, despite a passably tense climax and an eye-catching performance by newcomer Camilla Belle."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The original should have been a short film; the new version shouldn't exist at all."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"If there's a single dead-wrong instinct in this movie that isn't pursued with the blind determination of an amorous terrier during high-scent season, darned if I can remember it."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"...just as needless a remake as one might've expected."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"I can't help feeling that this updating could have been a little more imaginative -- the only wrinkle on the basic plot is that it uses mobile phones."
‑ Robert Hanks, Independent
"Loud, noisy, flashy but too rarely chilling."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
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