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When a Stranger Calls

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22nd December 2005 22:30  #1

Fernando G. Banned Join Date: February 2005 Location: United States Posts: 347
When a Stranger Calls
Omg! This Movie looks scary!Heres the trailer what do you think?\
http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/whenastrangerca...

22nd December 2005 23:20  #2

GRZA Member Join Date: December 2005 Location: United States Posts: 89
This is actually a remake from a movie from the 70/80's.  I never saw the original, but this looks like it might have potential.  

22nd December 2005 23:33  #3

Adam K Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 247
Well, it should be packed full of tension. Look at the rating: "INTENSE TERROR" Anyways, I can't wait to see it. However, it's PG-13...should be R in my opinion, but you know studios these days. GRR

When A Stranger Calls
PG-13 for intense terror, violence, and brief language
Releases February 3, 2006
Directed By Simon West
Stars Camilla Belle

22nd December 2005 23:52  #4

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,441 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
The original had an outstanding opening reel, but the rest wasn't really too good. This is just another in the long line of horror movie remakes nobody asked for. Though I will say I'm excited about Alexander Aja's remake of The Hills Have Eyes, but that's only because I think he's a fine director and Wes Craven is activly producing.

23rd December 2005 0:12  #5

Je Ff Member Join Date: February 2005 Location: United States Posts: 438
The Hills Have Eyes has gotten slapped with the NC-17 for the attack of the family in their trailer.  CAN'T WAIT!  But, on topic, this movie seems like it may just be the beginning of the original.  The original went on to when she grows up and leaves her own children with the babysitter.  And if I remember correctly, didn't they make a When A Stranger Returns, or was it When A Stranger Calls Back?  I dunno, but I'm sure there was a sequel.

23rd December 2005 0:31  #6

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,441 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
yep, there was a sequel. I didn't see it, the original was boring enough after the initial "phone" sequence.

23rd December 2005 0:52  #7

Fernando G. Banned Join Date: February 2005 Location: United States Posts: 347
Gabe Powers wrote: yep, there was a sequel. I didn't see it, the original was boring enough after the initial "phone" sequence.

Yeah I think it was called "When A Stranger Calls Back"/

23rd December 2005 2:35  #8

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
The Hills Have Eyes looks great, too bad that this one looks poor.

23rd December 2005 15:38  #9

GRZA Member Join Date: December 2005 Location: United States Posts: 89
Fernando G. wrote: Gabe Powers wrote: yep, there was a sequel. I didn't see it, the original was boring enough after the initial "phone" sequence.

Yeah I think it was called "When A Stranger Calls Back"/


Total.  That's where the whole 'the call is coming from inside the house' thing started.

23rd December 2005 22:56  #10

Je Ff Member Join Date: February 2005 Location: United States Posts: 438
GRZA wrote: Total.  That's where the whole 'the call is coming from inside the house' thing started.

That didn't come from the sequel.

24th December 2005 5:32  #11

Tigerclaw Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: Canada Posts: 493 Send a message via MSN to Tigerclaw
I don't like when telemarketing agents calls at my house.

24th December 2005 19:36  #12

GRZA Member Join Date: December 2005 Location: United States Posts: 89
Total.  It came from the original, sorry.  Thats what I meant Embarrassed

30th December 2005 0:56  #13

MMP Member Join Date: December 2005 Location: United States Posts: 53
both WHen A STranger Calls and The Hills Have EYes are on my most anticipated of next year list.  those 2 and Poseidon are my top 3.

i know some in the Hills Have EYes remake and after I saw the trailer I was BEGGING her to tell me what happens in the film but she said she's under contract not to say a word.  She assured me the script was phenominal though, so I'll trust her... CAN'T WAIT!

30th December 2005 1:32  #14

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
I just wish they'd stop remaking all of these movies, horror films in particular, and come up with something original.

On a side note, I've never understood the appeal of The Hills Have Eyes, or Wes Craven as a director for that matter. The Hills Have Eyes is a terrible movie that just seems to have the reputation of being a good one attached to it for some reason, and Craven has directed only two films that I would call good or above average over the past 30+ years.

30th December 2005 21:11  #15

Darren Russell Member Join Date: June 2004 Location: United States Posts: 208
Matt wrote: I just wish they'd stop remaking all of these movies, horror films in particular, and come up with something original.

On a side note, I've never understood the appeal of The Hills Have Eyes, or Wes Craven as a director for that matter. The Hills Have Eyes is a terrible movie that just seems to have the reputation of being a good one attached to it for some reason, and Craven has directed only two films that I would call good or above average over the past 30+ years.


OUCH!!  Tell us how you really feel!  LOL
Waht are you going to do when and if they remake the Halloween and Friday the 13th franchises?!  There's been talk of a remake of the first Halloween and Friday the 13th movies.

30th December 2005 22:15  #16

MMP Member Join Date: December 2005 Location: United States Posts: 53
i don't think the original was all that great either, but the premise is very good.  I think the remake could make it very scary, especially with this NC-17 slapped onto it!

30th December 2005 22:41  #17

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
MMP wrote: i don't think the original was all that great either, but the premise is very good.  I think the remake could make it very scary, especially with this NC-17 slapped onto it!It was edited for an R rated, but I don't see what's the point of editing when you have the R rating for stong gruesome violence and terror throughout and for language.

31st December 2005 0:20  #18

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
Darren Russell wrote: What are you going to do when and if they remake the Halloween and Friday the 13th franchises?!
Not watch them, or at least not pay good money to see them out of curiosity.

Halloween is perfect the way it is and still holds up today, remaking it is as bad an idea as Gus Van Sant's idea to remake Psycho as few years back.

The Friday The 13th movies on the other hand have never been high on my list since I graduated to an age where I could easily tell the bad movies from the good ones, and the movies now stand as guilty pleasures of mine with a bit of nostalgia thrown in more than anything else. Each progressive sequel in the series was just more of the same anyway, so I don't see the point in calling any new Friday The 13th a remake anyways.

31st December 2005 1:14  #19

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,441 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
Now Matt, Hills Have Eyes is really all about IDEAS rather than execution, just like Last House on the Left. This is why I have no problem with the remake. Craven did make Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, two of the most influential horror films in history, so his talents have never really been in question. Seems like just about the brightest guy in the world. That said, I don't have a single one of his films in my horror heavy collection, so obviously I admire him more than I actually like him.

31st December 2005 1:31  #20

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
Gabe Powers wrote: Craven did make Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, two of the most influential horror films in history, so his talents have never really been in question.
Like I said, only two good or above average films in 30+ years, with some real turkeys thrown in for good measure-- Deadly Friend, THHE 2, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Deadly Blessing (Oooo...the Amish are so scary!), and more recently Cursed, which now that I am reminded of it, supplants Stealth in getting my vote as the worst film I was suckered into seeing theatrically this year. I could rattle on some more, but in the end the fact that you, of all people, own none of his movies on DVD really proves my point, Gabe.
Wink

31st December 2005 4:53  #21

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
thinks "I wonder if they will remake 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'"
:shudders:

31st December 2005 21:33  #22

Darren Russell Member Join Date: June 2004 Location: United States Posts: 208
Worst Nightmare wrote: thinks "I wonder if they will remake 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'"
:shudders:

I would hope not, but it would also be interesting to see what they could do with it, with today's technology added to it.  I looked at the first one just last week, and I could see so many "mistakes" regarding some of the effects.
Ex. Heather running up the stairs and her feet falling into the holes, the fake face mask when Freddy pokes his head through the door hole, etc.  
I still love the movie, but as I've gotten older I find myself picking my favorite movies apart now. LOL
Anyone else do that?

3rd January 2006 8:35  #23

MMP Member Join Date: December 2005 Location: United States Posts: 53
Tony DeFrancisco wrote: MMP wrote: i don't think the original was all that great either, but the premise is very good.  I think the remake could make it very scary, especially with this NC-17 slapped onto it!It was edited for an are rated, but I don't see what's the point of editing when you have the are rating for stong gruesome violence and terror throughout and for language.


i know it's being edited, but still... when a rough cut gets an NC-17 you know it's scary as hell!  and this only has a PG-13 so it could be suspenseful.

3rd January 2006 16:16  #24

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
MMP wrote:
i know it's being edited, but still... when a rough cut gets an NC-17 you know it's scary as hell!  and this only has a PG-13 so it could be suspenseful.


Actually, I wouldn't read too much into the NC17.  Typically, stuff that gets an NC17 neither adds or subtracts from the scare factor.  It is just gore or nudity, often added in to the rough cuts to see what they can slip past the ratings board.  Quite often they will add these parts that they know will have to be cut so that they can get other things into the movie that might have called more attention to the ratings board if the more titillating bits weren't there.

After all, the distributor could actually decide to release it NC17.  There have been a few movies released that way.

3rd January 2006 17:22  #25

GRZA Member Join Date: December 2005 Location: United States Posts: 89
Darren Russell wrote: There's been talk of a remake of the first Halloween and Friday the 13th movies.
Sure worked for Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

4th January 2006 6:38  #26

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
I have a crazy idea - how about they make movies with an ORIGINAL story line???

4th January 2006 15:29  #27

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Worst Nightmare wrote: I have a crazy idea - how about they make movies with an ORIGINAL story line???

No way that would ever make any money!  Very Happy

5th January 2006 17:22  #28

666Digits Member Join Date: December 2005 Location: United States Posts: 9
remake.......
Hollywood is getting tired and lazy.


6th January 2006 1:19  #29

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
Matt's points are dead-on. I agree. Remakes are an indication of an industry void of ideas. Halloween is as perfect a horror film as I have ever seen. Re-release the original in theaters rather than remaking it you idiots.

6th January 2006 17:12  #30

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Actually, I disagree.  Remakes aren't always about a void of ideas.  There have been a few decent remakes, most noteably recently Ocean's Eleven which was much better than the original.  King Kong stands as another great remake, though I wouldn't say it exceeds the original.

Remember, even movies like The Maltese Falcon were remakes.
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