Friday, October 25, 2013

31 Days of Horror 4: Originals vs. Remakes DAY 25

When a Stranger Calls (1979) vs. When a Stranger Calls (2006)
In this film we have a babysitter being terrorized by an anonymous telephone caller who turns out to be a serial killer. When a stranger calls to ask, "Have you checked the children lately?" teenaged sitter Jill Johnson (Carol Kane) becomes in danger.
This is a great movie that came out of the 1970s.
Is it a masterpiece, no, but it’s a classic in its own right.
The biggest problem I have with the film is that it never seems to top its first act. After the first act the movie seems to move along at a slow pace and it starts to lose interested half way through the movie.
Not even worth a watch even if it comes on cable.
The 2006 remake fails to scare or entertain. It’s a tedious film that you just want to be over and it just seems to keep going.
The film is relatively short, clocking in at 1 hr and 27 minutes but I still feel like I’m watching that 1 hr and 27 minutes.
So, which is better?
The original, it might be slow and the rest of the film never lives up to the first act but it’s still watchable.

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