Camp of Terror 2016

This book includes 150 dark movies so bad they’re good.

Sorted in order of preference and reviewed, each film description contains a synopsis, a list of genres it belongs to, a list of ambiances involved, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!

When a Stranger Calls

A babysitter receives harassing phone calls.

 

United States
2006
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
5.04
Good call!
3.04
3.04
7.04
8
2
3
2
Photography
Pace
Dialog
It took three times to come up with a film that lives up to its title. When a Stranger Calls 2006 is everything the 1979 and 1993 versions should’ve been, but it doesn’t make it great. To fill the shoes of a feature film, it needs to create distraction. It needs to take place, for instance, in a house so big it is ridiculously impersonal. It is so big we forget there are kids sleeping in there.
There are many reasons to complain about this film, but it isn’t terrible. The cinematography is dead on. The image is crisp. The main actress carries this film on her shoulders. She has around eighty minutes to juggle with and it’s a good thing the camera loves her. She’s pretty and we thank her for it because not much happens. She makes every mysterious phone call and strange noise creepy.
The last thing you need in a horror movie is a bunch of fake jump scares. We’re got a teenage girl, her sneaky friend, a phone, a giant house, a maid, a cat, birds... yes birds. They live in a giant bio dome, of all things. All these elements exist to shamelessly make us jump at one time or another. The writers are obviously not comfortable with this slow burn and it is a shame.
Alternate Titles: 
When a Stranger Calls Remake
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