When A Stranger Calls (D: Simon West, 85 min)
"Have you checked the children?" remains one of the most enduring and effective horror movie lines - something you could whisper any time in the 1980s to freak out babysitters. The original, released in 1979, starred Carol Kane as a traumatized babysitter who survived one attack only to find the killer haunting her own family years later.
Camilla Belle , the girl in The Ballad Of Jack And Rose, plays the Kane role in this remake, and judging from the trailers, the house and phone equipment are a lot more upscale. Interesting tidbit: Lance Henriksen - the android Bishop in Aliens - provides the voice of the stranger. But why didn't director Simon West hire Kane for a cameo? At any rate, probably not the best movie for your friendly neighbourhood babysitter.
Opens Friday (February 3). Screened after press time - see review February 2 at www.nowtoronto.com/film.