When a Stranger Calls (2006) Set Visit


It's been over 25 years since that phone call (from inside the house) to "Check the children" was heard, but pretty soon the phones going to be ringing again and you better make sure your kids are safe.

MTV was lucky enough to get on the set of Simon West's, updated version of the 1979 classic and here are some of the highlights (as well as a cool pic from the filming):

"We're trying to keep that 15 minutes going for the whole film," Belle says of the original movie's urban-myth-inducing first few scenes. Since those scenes are the only part of the original "Stranger" that most viewers recall, a recent tour of the film set left little doubt that this time around, it's all about the babysitter, the caller and one unrelentingly ringing phone."

"The scariest thing about the phone is who's on the other end of it," insists director Simon West ("Lara Croft: Tomb Raider"). "Even though the technology's moved on [in the last quarter-century], we're still sticking to, 'Who is on the end of that phone?' Obviously, we also use some of the things that we all know about, like caller ID, cell phones, picture phones and things like that. We're incorporating some of the newer technology [into the movie]."

"For this remake, tough-guy Tommy Flanagan — Maximus' loyal, hard-as-nails servant Cicero in "Gladiator" and the sewer-bomber psycho in "Sin City" — has been tapped to provide the homicidal voice on the other end of the line."

You can read the full set report here.

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