When A Stranger Calls (2006)
A hundred miles away from the scene of a grizzly murder in small town America, 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 panics. Fear escalates to terror when she has the calls traced. And what the police find turns the perfect babysitting job into a 16-year-old’s worst nightmare…
Suspense is the name of the game in this tense film about every babysitter’s worst nightmare. Unfortunately, while the topic is scary so is the acting. The characters are transparently written and the music is overdone. There is one scene of a caring father and daughter moment where they discuss responsibility and the consequences of not following the rules. However, that is the only moment worth while out of the 88 minutes wasted on the rest of the film. Due to the violent nature of the killings in this movie, Dove cannot approve it for family viewing. And, by the way, will the phone ever stop ringing?