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When A Stranger Calls (1979)
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When A Stranger Calls (1979) High School student Jill Johnson agrees to baby sit while the Dr. and Mrs. enjoy a night on the town. After she tucks the children snuggly into bed, upstairs, telephone calls from a stranger begin to disrupt what she had planned as a quiet evening of study. At first, the unidentified caller says nothing which leads Jill to believe that an acquaintance is playing a joke. After several similar calls, she becomes unnerved and calls the police when the silent stranger still offers no clue to his identity. The phone calls continue... Finally, an eery voice on the other end of the line asks ominously "Have you checked the children, lately?" It appears that the stranger can see her and is aware of her movements. She closes all the curtains and turns out the lights believing that the darkness is her only hiding place. By this time, the police are tracing the origin of the calls. Jill is told she must stall for time, the next time he calls, so that the trace can be completed. More calls... "Why haven't you checked the children?" the caller asks. Jill, by now frightened nearly out of her wits, screams into the receiver "Leave me alone!" and slams the phone down onto it's cradle. Again, the phone rings, but this time it's the police who have successfully traced the call. "Jill," the detective says, "we've traced the calls... They're coming from inside the house!"

Movie Tagline:
...Fear is the Message!

Title: When A Stranger Calls
Release Date: October 12, 1979
Runtime: 97 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Buried.com Rating: 7.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With W

MPAA Rating: R

Fred Walton

Charles Durning ...John Clifford
Carol Kane ...Jill Johnson
Colleen Dewhurst ...Tracy
Tony Beckley ...Curt Duncan
Ron O'Neal ...Lt. Charlie Garber
Steven Anderson ...Stephen Lockart
Rachel Roberts ...Dr. Monk
Rutanya Alda ...Mrs. Mandrakis
Carmen Argenziano ...Dr. Mandrakis
Sara Damman ...Bianca Lockart
Richard Bail ...Stevie Lockart
William Boyett ...Sgt. Sacker
Kirsten Larkin ...Nancy
Carol O'Neal ...Mrs. Garber
Ed Wright ...Retired man
Louise Wright ...Retired woman
Joseph Reale ...Bartender
Heetu ...Houseboy
Michael Champion ...Bill
Dennis McMullen ...Maintenance man
Wally Taylor ...Cheater
John Tobyansen ...Bar customer
Lenora May ...Sharon
Randy Holland ...Maitre D'
Trent Dolan ...Policeman #1
Frank DiElsi ...Policeman #2
Arell Blanton ...Policeman #3
DeForest Covan ...Officer #1
Charles Boswell ...Officer #2
Cheryl Wilson ...Mrs. Shifrin

» [more cast members]

Doug Chapin
Steve Feke
Larry Kostroff
Barry Krost
Melvin Simon

Steve Feke
Fred Walton

Dana Kaproff

Movie Soundtrack(s):

More Movie Taglines:
  • ...Fear is the Message!
  • Every babysitter's nightmare becomes real...
  • A Terrifying Classic!
Movie Quote(s):
  • [repeated line] Curt Duncan: Have you checked the children?
  • Jill Johnson: [on the phone, after Curt calls her at the restaurant] Sharon? Please, do me a favor. Just tell me truthfully, when was the last time you CHECKED MY CHILDREN?
  • Jill Johnson: [after Curt calls her at the restaurant] Curt Duncan! He's back! He has my BABIES!
  • Stevie Lockart: Hi Mom! Bianca Lockart: Hi Mommy! Jill Johnson: Hi guys, look what the wind blew in. Play hard? Stevie Lockart: Yeah. Jill Johnson: Yeah? You hungry? Stevie Lockart: Yeah. Jill Johnson: What do you want for dinner? Stevie Lockart: Hamburgers. Jill Johnson: Hamburgers? [to Bianca] Jill Johnson: I never knew we liked hamburgers, did you?
  • Jill Johnson: [thinking it's Curt again] Leave me alone! Sgt. Sacker: Jill, this is sergeant Sacker. Listen to me. We've traced the call... it's coming from inside the house. Now a squad car's coming over there right now, just get out of that house!
Movie Trivia:
  • Number 28 on Bravo Channel's 100 Scariest Movie Moments.
  • Tony Beckley's last film.
  • The traced call lasts approximately 1 minute and 52 seconds.
  • The film is based on the infamous babysitter-and-the-man-upstairs urban legend, which has been an element in several horror films but is most closely associated with this film.
  • This film would land Fred Walton the directors chair for the similarly-themed TV thriller 'I Saw What You Did' (1988). Both films are about young women menaced by a killer on the phone.
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