When a Stranger Calls Back
Riffed by RiffTrax
Riffers Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett
Series None
Date Released February 7, 2013

When a Stranger Calls Back is a 1993 made-for-television psychological horror film directed by Fred Walton. It is the sequel to the 1979 classic When a Stranger Calls. RiffTrax released their riff in February 2013.

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The film opens as Julia Jenz (Jill Schoelen) arrives at Dr. Schifrin's house for a routine baby-sitting gig. Soon after Dr. Schifrin leaves, a mysterious man knocks on the door. The man tells Julia that his car is broken down and asks to come inside to use the phone. Julia refuses but agrees to call his auto club. The phone is dead. Afraid to divulge that the phone is dead, Julia lies and says that she called the auto club. Of course, the auto club never comes, so the man returns continuously. Hoping he goes away, Julia continues to lie, but the conversations become increasingly sinister. Meanwhile, around the house, Julia vaguely notices things turning up out of place. Soon, however, it becomes obvious that someone is moving in and out of the house, at which time Julia discovers the children have been abducted. The intruder eventually comes after her; she narrowly escapes. It is never revealed what became of the children Julia babysat.

Five years later, Julia is an introverted college student, still traumatized by the incident. To make matters worse, strange things are happening from time to time in her apartment, and Julia believes that the intruder is once again stalking her. Jill Johnson (Carol Kane), now a counselor, and John Clifford (Charles Durning) come to Julia's aid. Having been through a similar situation years before, Jill and a reluctant John investigate and eventually track down the stalker in a surprise ending that revolves around who he is and how he can seemingly 'disappear' from sight.

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Cast and Crew

Carol Kane as Jill Johnson Charles Durning as John Clifford Jill Schoelen as Julia Jenz Gene Lythgow as William Landis Karen Elizabeth Austin as Skid Row Woman Babs Chula as Agent John B. Destry as Detective Duncan Fraser as Club Owner Jenn Griffin as Club Girl Gary Jones as X-Ray Technician Terence Kelly as Medical Examiner Michèle Lonsdale Smith as Center Woman Kevin McNulty as Dr. Schifrin



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