When a Stranger Calls: Suzanne Tenner
Lisa Schwarzbaum
February 08, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

When a Stranger Calls

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
100 minutes
Wide Release Date
02/03/06
performer
Camilla Belle, Tommy Flanagan
director
Simon West
distributor
Screen Gems Inc.
author
Jake Wade Wall
genre
Horror

We gave it a D

It began, in 1979, as a Terrorized Teen flick, with Carol Kane as the freaked-out babysitter at the wrong end of a telephone call. It continued, parodied, in 1996, with Scream. And now When a Stranger Calls is ba-a-a-a-c-k, in frightless form, updated for the age of anytime minutes and caller ID. Pulpy director Simon West appears much more excited about the Zen-ish architecture of the house in which Jill Johnson (Camilla Belle) is babysitting two sleeping lumps than about creating a useful sense of anxiety; perhaps he figures everyone has seen Scream anyhow. This leaves young Belle (The Ballad of Jack and Rose) to wander rooms aimlessly, and for the musicians and Foley artists to work feverishly pretending there’s reason for suspense.

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