When a Stranger Calls (1979)

R   |    |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller


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A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.


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  • Tony Beckley and Colleen Dewhurst in When a Stranger Calls (1979)
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11 May 2013 | Wizard-8
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| Not problem-free, but effective at times
"When A Stranger Calls" is a thriller that, while not perfect, does overall deliver a lot of chills. The opening sequence is the most memorable part - while you will guess the surprise twist in this segment long before it happens, the sequence is masterfully directed so it comes across as creepy all the same. The climatic scene, while a little short, also delivers a jolt.

While the opening and closing are well done, the middle portion of the movie has a problem. It's not only very slow, not much happens to advance the plot. Still, this middle segment often has a moody feeling that fits well with the rest of the movie, and Tony Beckley's performance as the psycho is a good one.

By the way, while the movie was rated "R" when it was first released, most viewers in this day and age will find that rating a little harsh. By today's standards, the movie deserves a PG-13 rating. Maybe even a PG rating.

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