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WHEN A STRANGER CALLS
USA: Sony Pictures / Screen Gems
UK: Sony Pictures Releasing
Cast: Camilla Belle, Tommy Flanagan, Tessa Thompson, Brian Geraghty, Katie Cassidy, Clark Gregg, Derek de Lint, Kate Jennings Grant, David Denman Arthur Young, Madeline Carroll, Steve Eastin, John Bobek, Brad Surosky, Karina Logue, Rosine 'Ace' Hatem, Escher Holloway, Clement B Blake, Carson Elrod, Molly Bryant, John Waugh, Owen Smith, Jessica Faye Helmer, Lance Henriksen
Director: Simon West
UK: 87 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for intense terror, violence and some language
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong menace, threat and violence
USA Release Date: 3 February 2006
UK Release Date: 12 May 2006
In a remote hilltop house, 16 year-old high school student Jill Johnson (Camilla Belle) settles in for a routine night of babysitting. With the children sound asleep and a beautiful home to explore, she locks the door and sets the alarm. But when a series of eerie phone calls from a stranger (Tommy Flanagan) insists that she "check the children," Jill begins to panic. Fear escalates to terror when she has the calls traced and learns that the calls are coming from inside the house. Jill must summon all of her inner strength if she is going to fight back and make it out of the house alive.
WHEN A STRANGER CALLS, stars Camilla Belle (THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE, THE CHUMSCRUBBER), Brian Geraghty (JARHEAD), Katie Cassidy (CLICK) and Clark Gregg (IN GOOD COMPANY). Simon West (LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER, CON AIR) directs from a script written by Jake Wade Wall (HALLOWEEN RETRIBUTION), based on the film written by Steve Feke and Fred Walton.
In 1978, one of the scariest movies of its time took to the big screen and sent babysitters around the world into a frenzied panic. Often imitated (SCREAM), but never duplicated, WHEN A STRANGER CALLS starred a terrified young baby-sitter.... an incessantly ringing phone.... and whispered threats which set the stage for one of the most suspenseful chillers ever filmed. Carol Kane starred as the baby-sitter tormented by a series of ominous phone calls from a faceless man asking her over and over "Have you checked the children?" This movie, which has since maintained a cult status, would raise the bar for psycho-thrillers and set the tone for future films of its kind.