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When A Stranger Calls (1979) Review


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There's this urban legend chestnut about a babysitter getting menacing phone calls from an escaped lunatic or hook handed psycho or drug-addled sociopath or whatever you like. The caller tells her to "check on the kids." And if you've grown up in the United States you know the rest. It's the punch line that matters and it's always, the killer's in the house! He's calling from upstairs! And it's usually followed - around campfires - by screams.

The story is about as old as babysitting and it is always scary, even in it's countless variations. Today, with the advent of cell phones and the internet it's taken on new life in the innumerable post-post-modern slasher films of the last decade.

Continue reading: When A Stranger Calls (1979) Review

When A Stranger Calls Review


OK
There's this urban legend chestnut about a babysitter getting menacing phone calls from an escaped lunatic or hook handed psycho or drug-addled sociopath or whatever you like. The caller tells her to "check on the kids." And if you've grown up in the United States you know the rest. It's the punch line that matters and it's always, the killer's in the house! He's calling from upstairs! And it's usually followed - around campfires - by screams.

The story is about as old as babysitting and it is always scary, even in it's countless variations. Today, with the advent of cell phones and the internet it's taken on new life in the innumerable post-post-modern slasher films of the last decade.

Continue reading: When A Stranger Calls Review

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