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Old 08-23-2013, 01:51 AM   #1
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Do you consider When a Stranger Calls and its sequel a slasher film?
I see it on a lot of slasher lists and it has inspired a lot of films including some slashers but really he is just a tormentor of one person.

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Old 08-23-2013, 01:59 AM   #2
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The opening scene and the last 20/30 or so minutes are pure suspense thriller, while the middle part of the film is like a detective-crime thriller.

It's hardly a slasher film honestly. It's a suspense/crime thriller if you really want to categorize it.

I haven't seen the sequel
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:02 AM   #3
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Do you consider When a Stranger Calls and its sequel a slasher film?
I see it on a lot of slasher lists and it has inspired a lot of films including some slashers but really he is just a tormentor of one person.

Your thoughts?
He murders the children in the house, so yes. That's pretty disturbing, creepy and a lot more than just tormenting. Haven't seen the sequel though.
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He murders the children in the house, so yes. That's pretty disturbing, creepy and a lot more than just tormenting. Haven't seen the sequel though.
Spoiler:
does murdering 2 children
in the first 20 mins of a film make it a slasher?
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Spoiler:
does murdering 2 children
in the first 20 mins of a film make it a slasher?
we never see the act and we don't even know
Spoiler:
they're dead
until the end of whole sequence.

To me, no it's not really a slasher film. There's no true use of any of the classic slasher tropes, no POV, no actual slashing seen on camera or implied, etc. Except maybe stalking a babysitter, and calling from inside the house, but that's about it.
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does murdering 2 children
in the first 20 mins of a film make it a slasher?
For me yes, because then he's after the babysitter just like Michael Myers was after Laurie. It can definitely be categorized under "slasher" in my eyes.
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Still one of the most suspenseful 20 minutes in all of cinema. Shame about the rest of the film, though it did pick up a bit near the end.
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Still one of the most suspenseful 20 minutes in all of cinema. Shame about the rest of the film, though it did pick up a bit near the end.
I liked the whole thing, the intensity levels are different for different parts of the story telling but I enjoyed the lot. Same with the much maligned sequel
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:23 AM   #9
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I liked the whole thing, the intensity levels are different for different parts of the story telling but I enjoyed the lot.
I'm with you on this, I too enjoy the whole movie! Sure it's not the best, and even though the middle section is slow, it's ending helps round it off as a decent thriller
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Yeah, the first 20 minutes of that film scared the ever loving shit out of me when I was a kid. I couldn't sleep for a week.
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Do you consider When a Stranger Calls and its sequel a slasher film?
I see it on a lot of slasher lists and it has inspired a lot of films including some slashers but really he is just a tormentor of one person.

Your thoughts?
Minus the opening and closing sequences, I think you'd be hard-pressed to even qualify the original as a horror film in general, much less a slasher film specifically. You don't really have to even go into what would technically be considered a slasher or not since,

Spoiler:
only two murders occur in the entire film, both having taken place several hours prior to the events in the opening sequence and both entirely offscreen. Were it not for dialogue describing the act, we wouldn't even be aware that any murders had actually taken place.


I can't comment on the sequel.
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It's lumped in with the slasher genre but I don't think it really qualifies.The first 20 minutes and the last ten are tremendously suspenceful,while the middle is a character driven Police procedural film with a hint of the vigilante film.It's more in the psychological horror vein in my opinion,more interested in building suspense than splashing blood.
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:27 AM   #13
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yeah I think its pretty much settled that its not a slasher
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Minus the opening and closing sequences, I think you'd be hard-pressed to even qualify the original as a horror film in general, much less a slasher film specifically. You don't really have to even go into what would technically be considered a slasher or not since,

Spoiler:
only two murders occur in the entire film, both having taken place several hours prior to the events in the opening sequence and both entirely offscreen. Were it not for dialogue describing the act, we wouldn't even be aware that any murders had actually taken place.


I can't comment on the sequel.
The opening and closing sequences are part of the film as a whole. You can't really say minus those bits = this. I've also seen slashers where a lot of the kills are off screen.
The film has some slasher tendencies so I don't feel uncomfortable chucking it in with that group.
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The opening and closing sequences are part of the film as a whole. You can't really say minus those bits = this. I've also seen slashers where a lot of the kills are off screen.
The film has some slasher tendencies so I don't feel uncomfortable chucking it in with that group.
Which slasher film is like those parts of When a stranger calls?
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