When a Stranger Calls

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

An anonymous phonecaller urges the babysitter to check the children... Two competently handled sequences of protracted suspense, featuring the killer at large in a darkened house, bracket a less effectively realised murder hunt through the city streets. However, this stab at the soft underbelly of American middle class paranoia looks increasingly contrived once the film loses direction in the daylight outside, and a realism intrudes that the film-makers just don't know how to handle. Not as atmospherically eerie as Halloween nor as mechanically effective as Black Christmas, but there's one great moment when the husband in bed turns into a stranger. Kane is the babysitter (later wife and mother), Beckley the killer, and Durning the cop.

By: CPe


Release details

97 mins

Cast and crew

Fred Walton
Steve Feke, Fred Walton
Charles Durning
Carol Kane
Colleen Dewhurst
Tony Beckley
Rachel Roberts
Ron O'Neal
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