Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Movie Talk
Reload this Page >

"When a stranger calls" remake

Movie Talk A Discussion area for everything movie related including films In The Theaters

"When a stranger calls" remake

Old 01-08-06, 09:10 AM
  #1  
DVD Talk Special Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Posts: 1,531
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
"When a stranger calls" remake

I did a search for this and only came up with a small discussion on the original but i thought this deserved it's own thread.
I was watching Stacked the other day and a tv spot came of a a film that had a very familiar plot. When the girl picked up the phone and the voice says the "Have you checked on the children?" i knew it had to be a remake of When a stranger calls. It said it came out in early Feb which shocked me since i have not heard a damn thing about this. The first one was one of the scariest films i saw as a kid. So i am very interested in seeing how this may turn out. Two to one it may suck, but i'll try it out anyway.
Old 01-08-06, 09:32 AM
  #2  
Needs to contact an admin about multiple accounts
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Posts: 2,730
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The trailer really walks the viewer through the film, which is a shame. They should've kept the twist quiet, since I doubt many teens today would know about the original film.

But hey, Belle is gorgeous. That should be enough.
Old 01-08-06, 10:26 AM
  #3  
DRG
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: ND
Posts: 13,420
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Based on the trailer it seems like
Spoiler:
the whole movie will revolve around the babysitter scenario
unlike the original where
Spoiler:
that was only the first half hour or so, and then it turned into an (IMO) terrible movie following the killer years later.
If so this is actually a change I can agree with.
Old 01-08-06, 10:47 AM
  #4  
DVD Talk Special Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Posts: 1,531
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Originally Posted by DRG
Based on the trailer it seems like
Spoiler:
the whole movie will revolve around the babysitter scenario
unlike the original where
Spoiler:
that was only the first half hour or so, and then it turned into an (IMO) terrible movie following the killer years later.
If so this is actually a change I can agree with.
i was actually thinking thinking the same thing.
Old 01-08-06, 10:49 AM
  #5  
DVD Talk Special Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Posts: 1,531
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Originally Posted by scott shelton
The trailer really walks the viewer through the film, which is a shame. They should've kept the twist quiet, since I doubt many teens today would know about the original film.

But hey, Belle is gorgeous. That should be enough.
I remember the comericial for the original and if i remember correctly it was very similar to the remake's trailer. It gave away a lot as well.
Old 01-08-06, 11:24 AM
  #6  
Needs to contact an admin about multiple accounts
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Posts: 2,730
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by paradicelost
I remember the comericial for the original and if i remember correctly it was very similar to the remake's trailer. It gave away a lot as well.

Well, there's progress for ya...
Old 01-08-06, 11:27 AM
  #7  
Moderator
 
Groucho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 71,049
Received 32 Likes on 24 Posts
The best version of this was the original short.

As for teens not knowing the story, it's one of the most widespread urban legends out there.
Old 01-08-06, 12:13 PM
  #8  
Needs to contact an admin about multiple accounts
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Posts: 2,730
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Groucho
As for teens not knowing the story, it's one of the most widespread urban legends out there.
What about the loose chicks in Bratslavia one?
Old 01-08-06, 12:33 PM
  #9  
DVD Talk Legend
 
GoldenJCJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Colorado
Posts: 15,195
Received 164 Likes on 123 Posts
I caught a TV spot for this and it seemed so unporfessional that I assumed it was a regular commercial spoofing When a Stranger Calls. I was waiting for someone to jump out of the upstairs bedroom with a 12 pack of Bud Light or something. Especially the fact that it walked you through the plot
Old 01-08-06, 01:27 PM
  #10  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Matthew Chmiel's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Posts: 13,263
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
I saw the trailer last night and simply, I don't think this is going to work.

It's actually remaking a film that wasn't so hot to begin with, so there's a lot of improvement there; but how can you stretch a girl getting chased by a killer in a house for 90 minutes? Especially when that sort of scenario has been played out before with the original film and other horror films from the past thirty years like Black Christmas? Then if you take the girl and the killer outside of the house, you're going to suffer complaints from the audience who will bitch and moan about how it's scarier in the house than it it somewhere else (the trailer shows clips outside of the house -- so I'm assuming the "action" will leave the house at some point during the film). Also, if you try and pad out the 90 minute runtime with backstory involving characters and their motives, people will bitch and moan that the screenwriter is trying to come up with different scenarios to fill up the time you're in the theater.

And so on and so on. I'm sure the teenage market will eat this film up and it'll be the number one movie in America the weekend it's released, but I don't see everyone else enjoying it. That is unless they kill off the babysitter and the kids in the house, then people just may enjoy it.

And to top it off, the film is directed by Simon West (the acclaimed director who brought us Tomb Raider and The General's Daughter). So odds are that this film is going to suck is at least 2:1 with that knowledge.
Old 01-08-06, 01:39 PM
  #11  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Drexl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 16,040
Likes: 0
Received 10 Likes on 8 Posts
So do they use a cell phone this time? Imagine, the stranger could call whenever, wherever.
Old 01-08-06, 10:53 PM
  #12  
DVD Talk Legend
 
dsa_shea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Posts: 20,175
Received 29 Likes on 24 Posts
Originally Posted by Drexl
So do they use a cell phone this time? Imagine, the stranger could call whenever, wherever.
As long as he doesn't go over her monthly minutes.
Old 01-08-06, 11:30 PM
  #13  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Matthew Chmiel's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Posts: 13,263
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Originally Posted by dsa_shea
As long as he doesn't go over her monthly minutes.
And as long as there is no roaming either.
Old 01-09-06, 02:56 AM
  #14  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Los Angeles and Amsterdam
Posts: 654
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I can see it now, "We've triangulated the caller's location after 6 hours, he's in the visinity of your block, possibly even next door, of course that means he could also be in your house... or not. But again he might be upstairs using the cell phone in the children's bedroom? Boy is he going to have a big bill with those roaming charges since his provider isn't in this area. By the way have you checked the children?"
Old 01-09-06, 04:01 AM
  #15  
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 91
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I caught a TV spot for this and it seemed so unporfessional that I assumed it was a regular commercial spoofing When a Stranger Calls. I was waiting for someone to jump out of the upstairs bedroom with a 12 pack of Bud Light or something. Especially the fact that it walked you through the plot



I thought the same thing...kind of like the "small house" commercial...i think theres going to be a twist on the twist...otherwise how could they get anything going for it? the original twist has already been spoofed its so well known
Old 01-09-06, 10:28 AM
  #16  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Malvern, PA
Posts: 5,010
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I actually liked "When a Stranger Calls Back" better.
Old 01-09-06, 10:49 AM
  #17  
DRG
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: ND
Posts: 13,420
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Originally Posted by Groucho
The best version of this was the original short.

As for teens not knowing the story, it's one of the most widespread urban legends out there.
Not to mention the premise of
Spoiler:
the killer calling from the house
was co-opted for Scream and the urban legend was mentioned in, well, Urban Legend. Of course, to many of today's teens THOSE are old movies.
Old 01-09-06, 11:40 AM
  #18  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Jazzbutcher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: NYC Burbs
Posts: 2,702
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
"Have you 88fbh*^^*%&^$%%^$ the children?"

"I'm sorry, you dropped out there for a second. What was that?"

"Can you hear me now?"
Old 01-09-06, 12:26 PM
  #19  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Charlie Goose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Sesame Street (the apt. next to Bob's)
Posts: 20,198
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
I hope the Killer isn't using a Nextel, because those annoying beeps will give him away.
Old 01-09-06, 01:10 PM
  #20  
DVD Talk Special Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Posts: 1,531
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Originally Posted by Goldblum
I actually liked "When a Stranger Calls Back" better.
I did to for some reason. Espicially the first 20 minutes. I liked the little twist in that.
Old 01-09-06, 08:57 PM
  #21  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 1,325
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
What if the killer is calling her, using mobile-to-mobile. Then they could talk for 90 minutes.

I have a feeling this movie will be like the Fog 2005 all over again.
Old 01-11-06, 08:18 AM
  #22  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
kurupt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Posts: 1,027
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I think "When A Stranger Calls Back" did more to hold some suspense throughout the entire runtime of the film better than "When A Stranger Calls." I have absolutely no hope for this remake.
Old 01-11-06, 08:23 AM
  #23  
Guest
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,699
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel
And as long as there is no roaming either.
The kids are 2, 4, and 6. They'll stand up and represent the service bars.
Old 01-14-06, 05:31 AM
  #24  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: San Marcos, TX
Posts: 3,137
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
When I first saw the TV spot a week or two ago, I kept waiting for the punchline. It never came. And I was confused.

-JP
Old 01-14-06, 11:54 AM
  #25  
DVD Talk Legend
 
matome's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: NY
Posts: 12,304
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Originally Posted by Goldblum
I actually liked "When a Stranger Calls Back" better.
The first half ranks among my fave scariest films.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.