When a Stranger Calls


A remake of the 1979 Columbia Pictures cult horror film, which starred Carol Kane as a high school student traumatized while babysitting by a caller who repeatedly asks, "Have you checked the children lately?"

In a remote hilltop house, high school student JILL JOHNSON (Camilla Belle) settles in for a routine night of babysitting. With the children sound asleep and a beautiful home to explore, she locks the door and sets the alarm. But when a series of eerie phone calls from a STRANGER insists that she “check the children,” Jill begins to panic. Fear escalates to terror when she has the calls traced and learns that the calls are coming from inside the house. Jill must summon all of her inner strength if she is going to fight back and make it out of the house alive.

‘When a Stranger Calls’ Makes $22 Million Dollar Bow

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Screen Gems' When a Stranger Calls dialed in to the top spot at the boxoffice during the weekend, eclipsing the rest of the field as the horror-thriller from Davis Entertainment rang up an estimated $22 million. The Simon West-directed Stranger, a PG-13 remake of the 1979 film, marked the first time any movie has grossed more than $20 million on Super Bowl weekend.

For Screen Gems, it's the third year in a row the Sony genre label debuted at the top spot during the Big Game frame. In a game of another kind, four of the five nominees for the best picture Oscar ramped up their respective theater counts in a race to spin the prestigious accolades into gold at the boxoffice. One of the best picture nominees, Lionsgate's Crash, which debuted in theaters in May, is not in theaters but is available on DVD. Focus Features' Brokeback Mountain was in the most theaters with 2,089, up 435 from a week earlier. The romantic drama from director Ang Lee placed fourth with an estimated $5.7 million, down 14% from a week ago. The per-theater average was a modest $2,729, and the cume-to-date for the film is $59.8 million.

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What Would You Do ‘When a Stranger Calls’?

The cast and crew of the new thriller speak out!

What if you were stuck in a house alone, babysitting, the noises, the creepy forest, the rustling of the trees? Oh, and did I mention a homicidal maniac calling on the phone trying to kill you. Well, that's basically what happens to Camilla Belle in the new thriller When a Stranger Calls, directed by Simon West; it's the re-make of the 1979 film, of the same name.

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Your First Look at ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ & ‘When A Stranger Calls’ Trailers

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer for the remake starring Camilla Belle and Brian Geraghty.

In addition, Fox Searchlight Pictures unleashed your first look at their upcoming horror remake, The Hills Have Eyes, starring Aaron Stanford, Ted Levine, Kathleen Quinlan, Vinessa Shaw, Emilie de Ravin, Dan Byrd, Robert Joy and Ezra Buzzington.

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