YMMV / When a Stranger Calls

  • Complete Monster: The 2006 remake's version of the Stranger is a Serial Killer who stalks, terrifies and eventually murders young women for the joy of it. He prefers to target babysitters, having no compunction about killing the children that they are watching over either. He murders a babysitter and her two charges on the other side of town, and then preys on Jill for the rest of the film, killing her best friend Tiffany and a housekeeper in the process. He is eventually stopped and arrested, but the ordeal proves so traumatic for Jill that she suffers a psychotic break, dreaming that the Stranger is still there to torment her.
  • Cry for the Devil: Most people forget that the original continued beyond the twenty-two minute mark, and was just gushing with this.
  • It Was His Sled: The fact that The Calls Are Coming from Inside the House was originally a shocking twist. The trailer for the remake completely spoils this, as well.
  • Older Than They Think: The "The Calls Are Coming from Inside the House" trope did not originate with this film, but Black Christmas. And it was an urban legend before that, too.
  • Paranoia Fuel: These films basically play on the fear of a) being alone in someone else's house, and b) unusual noises inside said house.