When a Stranger Calls parents guide

When a Stranger Calls

Overall C-

Shortly after Jill Johnson (Camilla Belle) takes up her post as babysitter in an isolated country residence, she begins receiving strange phone calls. The prank is annoying at first, but escalates to sheer terror when the police trace the line and discover it is coming from inside the house.

Release date February 2, 2006

Violence C-
Sexual Content A
Profanity C+
Substance Use B-

Why is When a Stranger Calls rated PG-13? The MPAA rated When a Stranger Calls PG-13 for intense terror, violence and some language.

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When a Stranger Calls
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Why is When a Stranger Calls rated PG-13? When a Stranger Calls is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense terror, violence and some language.

The film opens with the gruesome discovery of a multiple murder. Although nothing is shown other than bloody body bags and two dead bodies, the crime scene leaves a veteran police officer visibly disturbed. For the most part, the script relies heavily on suspense and horror techniques to carry the storyline. However, there are depictions of violent struggles. A character attempts to drown and strangle another. Alcohol is thrown on a character and then ignited by fire. A girl’s hair is forcibly pulled from her head. A character’s hand is impaled and nailed to the floor with a fire poker. Two teenagers discuss drinking alcohol to the point of being drunk. Profanities from the moderate and mild category are included.

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When a Stranger Calls
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Frightening Scenes. Violence
Alberta 14A Frightening Scenes.
Manitoba 14A Not Recommended For Children. Disturbing Content.-----
Quebec 13+ Violence.
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video 14A

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Cast and Crew

When a Stranger Calls is directed by and stars Camilla Belle, Derek de Lint, Kate Jennings Grant.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of When a Stranger Calls movie is May 15, 2006. Here are some details…

It may take most of the movie to find out who’s on the other end of the phone, but you can discover practically everything you ever wanted to know about When a Stranger Calls from the bonus features on the DVD. These include a featurette that takes you behind the scenes, deleted scenes, a commentary by the director and cast, as well as comments from the scriptwriters. Presented in anamorphic widescreen, the audio track is available in English, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.

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Babysitting jobs don’t always go so wrong. Seven girls take on a group project to provide a daycare service for desperate families in The Babysitters Club. If things that go bump-in-the-night make you nervous, you might want to settle for a milder scare in Monsters Inc..

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