She had to turn her head and keep asking me when it was over. The film was theatrically released on February 3, 2006, and received generally negative reviews from critics. So as far as horror films go, this is in the upper echelon in my view. As the kids Arthur Young and are seen to be upstairs asleep, Jill soon begins to receive creepy anonymous phone calls from a stranger. Walton was inspired to turn the short into a feature-length film after the considerable success of 's 1978. Can they stop him before he strikes again? As Clifford comforts Jill, the last view is of the house, superimposed to the frightening eyes of Curt Duncan. It is revealed that the children Julia babysat were never found or heard from again.
When the film starts it gets right to the point. The acting here is pretty solid all the way around, and the direction is decent. Jill discovers the housemaid Rosa dead inside the pool as the attacker breaks in. Think of it, he had possession of the mask, or at least a replica, also he liked Brooke so he could he have killed Branson to protect her? Anyway, overall this episode was unexpectedly tame and unrealistic. The closet door opens a little, the phone line is dead and she hears Duncan's voice, at which point she tries to awaken Stephen—only to realize that the man lying next to her is actually Duncan. She decides to telephone to the police, to trace the phone call.
Jill decides to call the police to trace the call. She then starts upstairs toward the maid's room when the phone rings again. Jill contacts John Clifford to come to Julia's aid and help figure out who is stalking her. She claims the stalker is back haunting her. We didn't even get to see the killer die another cliché of the genre. Will Jill make it out of the house in time? They quickly escape and Jill manages to lock the man inside the greenhouse, but he finds another way out and attacks her. The device that usually holds so much promise for positive communication has become virtually her worst nightmare.
When the children are asleep, Jill receives a call from a man who asks her if she has checked the children. I found a couple of parts pretty unconvincing. She then gives the user her phone number a toll-free 877 number and asks them to call her. Further, her character has the most unreasonable attitudes, for example leaving a house protected by a security system to move to the guest house, or calling the hidden children to escape with her. . Club Girl 2 as Rebecca Mullen Julia is babysitting two young kids while a doctor and his wife are out. Jill is freaked out when she finds out that the call is coming from inside the house! Some time later Jill is recuperating in the hospital where Julia is located and is wheeled in to Julia's hospital room to discover her out of her coma, having survived the head wound.
The things I found disappointing with this year's finale was: the low main character body count, the overwhelming amount of clichés and copied scenes from scream 2, the unrealistic actions, and the crappy cliffhanger at the end. While investigating Jill and John receive news that Julia has shot herself in the head while at her apartment; Jill promises to find the stalker. The auto club never arrives, so the man returns continuously to ask for help. It goes completely downhill after the beginning. Mandrakis to let him in, and then help him. During the ensuing struggle, Jill manages to burn the man's back with the fireplace and then stab him in the hand with an iron fireplace poker, before rushing out of the house into the arms of an police officer. Patrol officer Charlie Garber explains that Jill is unharmed, but the children had been murdered by the perpetrator several hours earlier, before Jill's ordeal even started.
The film's second act involves the search for the phone caller who, we learn, killed the babysitter's charges. She lets it ring, worrying that the horrific events will reoccur. The execution of this part is a little weak. Tiffany visits but Jill, fearing in getting into further trouble, asks her to leave. So being the film nut I am, I figured it was worth a look. The secret of the original film was the claustrophobic environment associated to a realistic plot.
At first, Jill dismisses the telephone calls as a practical joke. Which is of course to give the viewer some real creepy thrills. MySpace ran an advertisement: the profile for Jill051606, in which users can add the profile as a friend, leave comments, and read Jill's blog. Clifford follows the trail to the tavern where Duncan was beaten, and from there to Tracy's residence—the same night Duncan is likely to arrive for his visit. Club Girl 1 as Jennifer Griffin. Make no mistake, this film is no masterpiece.
My advice: see Carol Kane in the original version. Finally, the cliffhanger at the end, to me, just seemed like a way of scream getting another season, which I hope they do not. Jill, frightened to extreme measures, arms herself as she receives one final call from the nefarious stalker. Principal photography took place on June 1978 and ended on August 1978. Screen Gems had plans to release both a remake of the original film and a sequel titled When a Stranger Returns. So I find it hard to give this any less than a 7.
Jill Johnson , now a counselor at the college Julia attends, offers to help with the trauma of the experience in the past and the current events taking place. The film ends with the doctors and her dad desperately trying to stop her frantic panicking, while the screen fades to black. It involves the killer well played by Tony Beckley stalking an older woman Colleen Dewhurst slumming and a police detective Charles Durning--also slumming after him. This is all part of the act as he has made his way inside and abducted the two children. The Blu-ray will include a brand new scan and restoration, plus the sequel When a Stranger Calls Back, a new scan and restoration of the original short film The Sitter, reversible sleeve with new artwork by Obviously Creative and original poster artwork, Directing A Stranger an interview with director Fred Walton , Carol Kane on When a Stranger Calls, Rutanya Alda on When a Stranger Calls, Scoring A Stranger an interview with composer Dana Kaproff.