Today we’re talking about a classic. When A Stranger Calls, the 2006 remake not the 1979 original. I feel When A Stranger Calls is a highly underrated movie and deserves a lot more credit than it gets. I have to say a lot of remakes never live up to the original and I’m not usually for recreating a classic but this movie is one of my favourite all time movies and definitely my go to thriller/horror. It gets me Every. Damn. Time.
For those of you who don’t know When A Stranger Calls, its a movie about a high-school student who is babysitting at a very nice house in the middle of nowhere who then starts receiving and being harassed by an increasingly threatening prank caller. This movie spawned the classic line: “Have you checked the children?”.
I think one of the reasons I love the remake of When A Stranger Calls is because it is so completely different to the original. In fact the only things similar is the babysitting story line, the harassment and the sense of unease created throughout the whole movie. Don’t get me wrong, I like the original. I just like the remake more…
This movie is a classic and fabulous sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller with a lot of jump scares. The director (Simon West) did a fantastic job of creating just general feeling of unease throughout the whole movie.
I find movies with tension build up, jump scares and movies that make you feel uneasy are the freakiest and most enjoyable horrors. Blood and gore doesn’t really do anything for me. The music and the cinematography created the general feeling of unease while Camilla Belles acting made us believe we were there with her. Alone. In the house. Babysitting in the middle of nowhere. “Have you checked the children?….”
Another thing I love about this movie is that we don’t really see the ‘stranger’ until the very end of the movie. This is perfect for creating the fear and unease in the audience. Who is he? Where is he? What does he want? What is he going to do? Is it a man? Is it someone she knows? Is she going to die? Is he watching her? Is he in the house?
The questions are constantly going round and round in our heads, keeping us on the edge of our seats, and engaging us the whole way through. “Have you checked the children?….”
I’ll admit this is one of only a few movies that I can watch over and over and still get a fright or has me looking over my shoulder. It’s a rare movie to do that to me but this is definitely one of them.
I find the best time to watch this movie is at night, with the light off, zero distractions and some ice cream. (Double points if you watch it while babysitting.). Seriously, try it and tell me you don’t look over your shoulder or fear the phone ringing! “Have you checked the children?…”