When a Stranger Calls
When a Stranger Calls (1979)

In this thriller, a baby-sitter is terrorized by an anonymous telephone caller who turns out to be a particularly persistent serial killer. When a stranger calls to ask, "Have you checked the children lately?" teenaged sitter Jill… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 28, 1979
DVD Release Date: October 9, 2001
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Two movies, one sandwiched inside the other, and the two movies have completely different goals, tones, and arguably even genres.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Seus vinte minutos iniciais e finais (ou seja: as seqüências envolvendo Carol Kane) são suficientemente tensos, mas o longo segundo ato que traz a investigação feita pelo personagem de Durning jamais empolga.

Keith Breese

I dare you to try sitting through the middle 70 minutes.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the movie's absolutely enthralling opening 20 minutes is, unfortunately, followed by a narrative that couldn't possibly be more anticlimactic.

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Staci Layne Wilson

The ultimately slow-moving film is book-ended by some truly classic horror movie moments.

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Scott Weinberg

Glorified slasher flick never advances beyond a great first act.

Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Grim psychothriller with a few teen urban legends.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Aggravatingly devoid of suspense.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Effective suburban legend suspenser that becomes unintentionally funny by the end

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This was originally based off of a short, which is the first twenty minutes of the film, and it obviously shows. The creators tried to build off of it, but lost… More
Aj V
A terrifyingly realistic slasher movie, starring Carol Kane, who gives a fantastic performance. This is a great horror movie, and I recommend seeing it.
Alex roy
When a Stranger Calls is a pulse pounding horror film. This is one of those films that use suspense to build effective horror to create the tension on-screen.… More
Adam Mahler
Like two movies strangely fused together. The first is the better one, although Carol Kane has a strange accent and seems kind of distant for a teenager. It… More
Lee ?
After being locked up for seven years in an insanse asylum for murdering two children, a psychotic Englishman escapes his confines and is loose on the streets… More
Cassandra Maples
When a Stranger Calls" is a somewhat entertaining horror-suspense-thriller that starts off great, loses steam in the middle, then comes back for a good… More