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When A Stranger Calls

When A Stranger Calls
Starring:
Camilla Belle


Rated: PG-13 
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: February 3, 2006 Released by: Screen Gems

The original 1979 thriller starring Carol Kane and Charles Durning was so good, when I heard there was a remake, it wondered why? The story here is changed a bit and updated, but some of the thrills are in this film.

Camilla Belle plays a teenage baby-sitter who sits for a doctor's family for the first time. When her dad drives her up to the lakefront house, you just know that the modern, glass-walled home is going to be a big part of the storyline.

Once the parents leave for the night, Camilla begins getting calls from a heavy breather, who eventually asks if she "had checked the children?" Since she hadn't, because she was told the kids were not feeling well and to let them sleep. Camilla also begins to believe someone might be watching her as well.

The house is filled with gadgets like a fireplace that ignites with the press of a button, remote controls that manage music and a huge multimedia system and automatic lighting that comes on and off as one enters or leaves a room. All of the technologies are used to enhance the tension, including the ever-present scary music.

With called ID and security alarms systems now in use, modern day killers have to be a little more resourceful. Thank goodness the teenager has a couple of tricks up her sleeve in order to save not only the two kids but herself as well.

New comer Belle is a capable actress and even though I was very familiar with the plot, I enjoyed a couple of good frights.

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