When a Killer Calls – USA, 2006 – reviews and free to watch online

 
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‘The stranger on the phone… is in your house!’

When a Killer Calls is a 2006 American horror-thriller feature film about a babysitter that begins receiving threatening phone calls from a man.

Directed by Peter Mervis (Snakes on a Train; Dead Men Walking) from a screenplay written by Steve Bevilacqua (War of the Worlds 2: The Next WaveSupercroc; Hillside Cannibals), The Asylum production stars Rebekah Kochan, Robert Buckley, Mark Irvingsen and Sarah Hall.

The movie is a mockbuster take on When a Stranger Calls (2006), itself a remake of the 1979 chiller of the same name.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Do not, under any circumstances, rent this abomination of film making. I’m giving it my highest condemnation: it makes Manos: The Hands of Fate seem tolerable. I’ll have to go through my previous 200 plus posts, but I believe that’s a first for The DTVC.” Direct to Video Connoisseur

“it’s better than the movie it was created to cash in on, so that’s gotta be worth something. It’s pointless to say “If they had just done this or that then it would be a good movie” because it’s pretty obvious that any merit an Asylum film has is purely by either accident and if they were really interested in making good movies they probably could have made one by now.” Horror Movie a Day

“The only daring instance that occurs here is that there are two on-screen murders of young children, a taboo usually not crossed even in the pits of exploitation horror, but that doesn’t make it a good film. As it is, it’s backed into a corner by the number of cliches it depends on. Let’s see a babysitter film where it’s a guy looking after the kids for a change.” Vegan Voorhees

” …the finale feels like it’s trying much too hard for that ‘disturbing and unsettling’ feel […] Plus the entire explanation for the killer is pretty ridiculous with us not getting enough back story for it to make any sort of impact. When A Killer Calls isn’t great, but it is watchable…” The Video Graveyard

Cast and characters:

  • Rebekah Kochan … Trisha
  • Robert Buckley … Matt
  • Mark Irvingsen … The Madman
  • Sarah Hall … Chrissy
  • Christian Hutcherson … Ryan Hewitt
  • Derek Osedach … Frank
  • Carissa Bodner … Molly
  • John Rasile … Gianluca
  • Chriss Anglin … Mr Walker
  • Tara Clark … Mrs Walker
  • Louis Graham … Charlie
  • Isabella Bodnar … Mrs Hewitt
  • Cheyenne Watts … Girl Victim
  • Peter Mervis … Police Officer
  • Leigh Scott … Police Officer

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Filming locations:

  • Lake Arrowhead, San Bernardino National Forest, California

Technical details:

  • 91 minutes
  • Audio: Dolby Digital
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35: 1

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