When a Stranger Calls (1979)

"Every babysitter's nightmare becomes real..."Movie
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When a Stranger Calls
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A student babysitter has her evening disturbed when the phone rings. So begins a series of increasingly terrifying and threatening calls that lead to a shocking revelation.

When a Stranger Calls Collection

When a Stranger Calls is a 1979 American psychological horror film written and directed by Fred Walton and co-written by Steve Feke. It stars Carol Kane, Colleen Dewhurst, Tony Beckley and Charles Durning. The film derives its story from the classic folk legend of "the babysitter and the man upstairs." The film has developed a large cult following over time because of the first 20 minutes, now consistently regarded as one of the scariest openings in movie history. The first 12 minutes of Wes Craven's Scream is an homage to the opening of When a Stranger Calls. The film was released in the United States on October 26, 1979, by Columbia Pictures. It was commercially successful, grossing $21,411,158 at the box office. It received a mixed critical reception, with many praising the opening scene and performances, but criticism for its writing and lack of scares. It was followed by the 1993 made-for-cable sequel When a Stranger Calls Back and a remake in 2006.

Movie Details

Theatrical Release:September 28th, 1979
On DVD & Blu-ray:October 9th, 2001 - Buy DVD
Movie Budget:$1,500,000
Movie Box Office Gross:$25,000,000 (Worldwide)
Original Language:English
Executive Producers:Melvin Simon, Barry Krost
Production Companies:Melvin Simon Productions, Columbia Pictures