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When a Stranger Calls
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May 23, 2006 By: Quigles
When a Stranger Calls order
Director:
Simon West

Actors:
Camilla Belle
Tommy Flanagan
Katie Cassidy

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A young female babysitter keeps getting calls from some psycho. Boredom ensues.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
"Oh my god, so like, I'm soooo mad right now. I mean, like, I CANNOT believe that Bobby kissed Tiffany. Seriously, that's like, messed up. I'm never talking to him again."
*Phone Rings*
"Hello?"
(heavy breathing)
"Who is this? Is this Bobby?"
"I want your blood! LOL!"
"OH NOES!!1!"

That's what it felt like for me to watch WHEN A STRANGER CALLS. Sitting there for an hour and 15 minutes (feeling more like 2 and a half hours) as a babysitting high school girl talks about drama queen bullshit with her friends, and then starts getting calls from some weird dude. Eventually, the calls fade out the incredibly unimportant boyfriend-girlfriend "plotline", and things start focus more on the dumb bitch walking around scared for about 45 minutes. Then comes the 10-minute payoff, which is easily the most enjoyable part of the movie, but that's still saying very little. I mean, the guy practically gets his ass handed to him by a teenage chick with bushy eyebrows and lots of arm hair (sorry, I just had to bring that up - it was really distracting). I've seen some bad horror films before, but I don't think I've ever been as bored by one as this.

On the technical side of things, the movie is surprisingly well made. The look of the film is very nice, and some of the shots are incredibly slick - too bad they were wasted on this excretion of bad cinema. Nice-looking shots cannot change a movie as horrid as this, which as of this year, has only been surpassed in shittyness by DATE MOVIE. Really though, who the hell comes up with an idea to remake the first twenty minutes of a movie? I'd rank that near the top of my "Stupid Ideas" list, right below letting Michael Jackson take care of your kids. On a slightly different topic, the "twist" that everyone keeps griping gets revealed in the trailer - it's not really a twist at all. In fact, had I never seen the trailer, it still would've been so obvious that the bad guy was in the house that I probably would've had an aneurysm if it turned out otherwise. Wait a minute - this movie already gave me one.
THE EXTRAS
There aren't a whole lot of extras here, which relieved me because that meant there was less for me to review.

Audio Commentary (with director Simon West and actress Camilla Belle): As much as I didn't like the movie, this commentary does offer some enjoyable chatter. Simon West offers up some interesting information behind the production of the movie, while Camilla Belle is just there keeping things fun.

Audio Commentary (with writer Jake Wade Wall): This track really proves that this movie was doomed from the beginning. As Mr. Wall discusses all of his "good" ideas, I just kept noticing more and more how this movie sucked because of his awful ideas. For shame.

Deleted Scenes (2:39): There are two of them, both letting you see the other sides of the conversations with the police officer. Useless scenes - glad they cut them.

The Making of "When a Stranger Calls" (18:06): Much of this featurette is just the filmmakers praising what a good job they did, but luckily, there is some worthwhile information found in the interview footage. Also good is some behind-the-scenes footage at how some of the movie was made.

There are also 15 Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This movie has no gore, no nudity, no story, no thrills, and worst of all, not even a few worthwhile "boo"-scares. WHAT KIND OF HORROR FILM IS THIS??? I'll tell you what kind - the type that teenage girls will go see on a Friday night simply because the trailer looked ok and it played about 100 times on MTV which means it's so deeply ingrained in their brains that they just have to see it. Well the rest of us know better... so what should you do when a stranger calls? Just hang up on that bitch.
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