Cinema: Scream Scene

WHEN A STRANGER CALLS Directed by Fred Walton Screenplay by Steve Feke and Fred Walton

Some of the publicity material set out to puff this wretchedly inept creaking-door flick compares it to the work of Hitchcock. After the show is over, the viewer may wonder, "Which Hitchcock was that?" Instead of building toward a climax, Stranger strings together three awkward, vaguely related segments. The first concerns a baby sitter (Carol Kane) who is terrorized by phone calls from a homicidal maniac (Tony Beckley). The second, set seven years later, has the maniac loose again, menacing a woman (Colleen Dewhurst) in a bar....

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