When you hear the title “When A Stranger Calls”, you probably think about a Lifetime movie or something that you’d catch on the Oxygen network, but you couldn’t be more wrong.
40 years ago today a film with that very name was released and forever changed the way stories were told in just the first 20 minutes!
“When A Stranger Calls” is a psychological horror film written by Steve Feke and Fred Walton and direction by Walton. It starred Charles Durning and Carol Kane. The story is taken from the “Babysitter and the man upstairs” folklore and the 1974 Bob Clark film, Black Christmas.
It was so successful that it had a made for tv sequel called “When A Stranger Calls Back” and a remake in 2006.
It’s gained a cult following because of the first 20 minutes of the film while it is now considered the scariest opening to a film ever and even went on to influence the first 12 minutes of Wes Craven’s Scream.
The film was also a commercial success gaining a $20,149, 106 domestic gross on a budget of $1.5 million.
So during this Halloween season, be sure to check on the children and be ready to run because the calls may be coming from inside the house!