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Discussion in 'Reader Polls' started by the.wicked.one, Jan 26, 2003.
When A Stranger Calls by an edge over Black Christmas.
When a Stranger Calls is a total rip-off. Even Audrey II's phone call in Little Shop of Horrors is scarier than WASC.
(Actually, Audrey II's call is scarier than almost any phone terror scene in the history of cinema. I should really think of another example...)
I've gotta disagree with you there. I love WASC. Carol Kane really sells the beginning of that film.
No "Dial Help"?
It is a rip-off. You saw Black Christmas. Right?
I thought LOST HIGHWAY had a rather good telephone sequence.
Yes. I have the upcoming blu-ray preordered as well. The first part of WASC is stil iconic.
Yep..I agree. She is marvelous. By the time she calls the police, she played the part of being scared and rattled very well. Overall, an outstanding film.
I don't think so. The guy in Black Christmas is vulgar. The caller in When a Stranger Calls never resorts to that. His calls are unsettling to say the least. There is an aura of intelligence when he speaks. It's like he knows what will scare you and yet you can tell he seems deranged as well. The caller in Black Christmas, although unintentionally funny at times, just seems like some crackpot messing around with a bunch of sorority sisters whom seem to enjoy his antics. I really don't see a comparison between the two. Carol Kane is never amused by the phone calls she receives. Her portrayal of a young teenage babysitter who becomes increasingly unnerved by the phone calls is terrific. I do see the comparison to the "killer" is inside the house theme, but that is really only the first 30-40 minutes of When a Stranger Calls. The fact that he comes for her year's later really separates both films. Black Christmas is over the course a few days. When a Stranger Calls documents a much larger time span. Also, I actually saw When a Stranger Calls first, so the "killer" in the house theme was more shocking to me with that film than Black Christmas due to the order in which I saw them.
Carol Kane played a babysitter- which wasn't even original in 1979, that was a rip-off from Halloween. Then you have the line "the calls are coming from inside the house." That is a direct rip-off.
The killer comes back for her years later...
Gee... that sounds nothing like Halloween.
Also, the 1978 babysitter terror stalker film- Are You in the House Alone.
Sorry, but it's a complete rip-off. Regardless of how many films it's ripping off.