When A Stranger Calls Back (1993) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

When A Stranger Calls Back (1993) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

When A Stranger Calls Back (1993) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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When A Stranger Calls Back (1993) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Fred Walton
STARRING: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Jill Schoelen
RATED: R/REGION A/1:78 & 1:33/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Scream Factory

Five years after her own terrifying baby-sitting ordeal, Julia Jenz (Jill Schoelen, The Stepfather) is trying to put her life together when the past comes back to haunt her. Someone is breaking into her apartment, moving objects around and toying with her. The police think she’s just a hysterical coed, but student advisor Jill Johnson (Carol Kane), similarly victimized thirteen years earlier, is determined to nail Julia’s stalker. Retired detective John Clifford (Charles Durning), who saved Jill’s life before, must find and outwit the culprit before it’s too late in this riveting sequel that reunites writer/director Fred Walton with the stars of the original When A Stranger Calls.

Ah yes, When a Stranger Calls Back! A TV movie that follows the cult classic When a Stranger Calls but seems to try to be different despite sort of having to keep the title in reference. This one isn’t about a stranger calling a babysitter like before. Instead, we have a babysitter being stalked by someone at the door that just won’t go away and when things get ugly sometime later we have to call in the main characters from the original movie to solve things. I don’t hate this movie by any means, but you can tell it’s a TV movie. It also seems to drag its feet a time or two despite a few legit creepy moments. Those moments, of course, are few and far in between. When we finally get to who this stranger is its kind of cool and what he does it noteworthy from time to time, but the plot kind of gets silly and things seem to jump the rails a bit from time to time. I guess you could boil it all down to saying that When a Stranger Calls Back is a mixed bag.

I did like seeing the characters of Jill and John tossed back in here even if Jill being here seems to be a little forced. I think just taking Jill Schoelen new character of Julia (the new babysitter being stalked) and making her the focus overall of the movie might have made things work a little better. Still, taken as is, the movie never reaches an unwatchable level. It just seems to sort of just being there with a few cool scenes and spots in between. You might also be happy to know that this Blu-ray offers this one up in a widescreen form as well as the original 1:33 TV format. I think both look pretty darn good. We also have some brand new interviews and a short film from Fred Walton called The Sitter. I find the movie about average but the disc is pretty solid and gets kudos for having both ratios to choose from.

Extras

– NEW 2019 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements – In Two Aspect Ratios – 1.33:1 (Original TV Broadcast) And An Alternate 1.78:1 Version
– NEW Directing A Stranger – An Interview With Director Fred Walton
– NEW Process Is Everything – An Interview With Actress Carol Kane
– NEW A Stranger’s Prey – An Interview With Actress Jill Schoelen
– Fred Walton’s Original Short Film The Sitter
– TV Spot

Quality of Transfer: 93%

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