Another reboot of a 1979 classic by the same name When A Stranger calls takes a new generation of film goings into the urban legend of The Babysitter and the man upstairs. We start a random scene of a fair while listening to repeated calls placed by a yet unknown male to a young girl inside a house. The scene ends hearing the same girl scream as she is murdered off-screen supposably to set up what we are about to see, but the scene doesn’t add much to the film.
Meet Jill (Camilla Belle) the jilted teen who finds out who boyfriend kissed one of her best friends but still ends up using all her cell phone minutes (Remember when plans had a specific block of minutes?) Listening to him explain how I guess kissing another girl isn’t really cheating in any severe way plus, she kissed him first. Jill will be our main character while she sits for a Doctor and his wife. Somehow while sitting, she only has to interact with the kids for the final 20 minutes of the film
In terms of the movie itself, it’s ok-ish at best. The drama that is the teenage years when your boyfriend cheats on you feels cheap and tacked on as a way to draw people in, but I can live with that. What bothers me most is there is absolutely no back story for the killer. The movie is a series of murders that for the most part, take place off-camera (Which is refreshing in today’s film making). So many of today’s directors want that blood and guts feel, but that’s not the way Simon West went, which I found somewhat refreshing. Sometimes what you can imagine happening can be scarier then what you can see.
Although the film has little to keep it going and few moving parts to keep you interested, our heroine carries the story cause lets face it. Over an hour of her and a phone, not easy to do, I’m sure. Lets put this film solidly in the 3.5/5 category.
Also as an interesting side note the film I’m sure you know is based on the urban legend The Babysitter and the man upstairs. What I bet you didn’t realize is the urban legend is based on a true story Based On A True Crime Podcast click for the story!