IMDb Rating
When a Stranger Calls
Directed By
Produced By
Doug Chapin
Steve Feke
Written By
Steve Feke
Fred Walton
Music By
Dana Kaproff
Editing By
Sam Vitale

Produced By
Distributed By
Release Date(s)
October 26, 1979
97 minutes
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Followed by
[[Category:Columbia Pictures]]

When a Stranger Calls is a 1979 American psychological horror film It was directed by Fred Walton and stars Carol Kane and Charles Durning The film derives its story from the classic folk legend of The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs and the 1974 horror classic Black Christmas The film was commercially successful grossing $21 411 158 at the box office though it received a mixed critical reception It was followed by the 1993 television film sequel When a Stranger Calls Back and a remake in 2006.                                                                               

Plot Edit

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  • Charles Durning - John Clifford
  • Carol Kane - Jill Johnson
  • Colleen Dewhurst - Tracy Fuller
  • Tony Beckley - Curt Duncan
  • Carmen Argenziano - Dr. Mandrakis
  • Rutanya Alda - Mrs. Mandrakis
  • William Boyett - Sgt. Sacker
  • Kirsten Larkin - Nancy
  • Ron O'Neal - Lt. Charlie Garber
  • Michael Champion - Bill
  • Rachel Roberts - Dr. Monk



When a Stranger Calls is an expanded remake of Fred Walton's $12,000 short film for Columbia Pictures, The Sitter, which comprised the first 20 minutes of this film. Walton was inspired to turn the short into a feature-film after the considerable success of John Carpenter's Halloween (1978).

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