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WHEN A STRANGER CALLS BACK on Blu-ray for the First Time in North America from Scream Factory

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In 1979, a “stranger” called Jill Johnson. In 1993, he called back!

The iconic babysitter horror When a Stranger Calls sent shockwaves through our collective conciousness, imortalizing the query, “Have you checked the children?” In 1993, the film’s original writer/director Fred Walton reunited with stars Carol Kane and Charles Durning for a made-for-TV sequel, When a Stranger Calls Back.

If you’ve never been able to find a copy of When a Stranger Calls Back, you’re in luck! Scream Factory, the horror distribution arm of Shout! Factory, is releasing the film on Blu-ray for the very first time ever in North America! Look for it online and in brick and mortar retailers beginning May 28th. Here’s the skinny from today’s press release:

“Featuring a new 2k scan of the original film elements in both 1.33:1 (original TV broadcast) and an alternate 1.78:1 version, When A Stranger Calls Back also includes a new interview with director Fred Walton, new interviews with actress Carol Kane and actress Jill Schoelen, as well as Fred Walton’s short film The Sitter as bonus features. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com.”

Check out the film’s synopsis and trailer, followed by the Blu-ray special features below.

Synopsis:
Five years after her own terrifying baby-sitting ordeal, Julia Jenz (Jill Schoelen, The Stepfather) is trying to put her life together when the past comes back to haunt her. Someone is breaking into her apartment, moving objects around and toying with her. The police think she’s just a hysterical coed, but student advisor Jill Johnson (Carol Kane), similarly victimized thirteen years earlier, is determined to nail Julia’s stalker. Retired detective John Clifford (Charles Durning), who saved Jill’s life before, must find and outwit the culprit before it’s too late in this riveting sequel that reunites writer/director Fred Walton and the stars of the original When A Stranger Calls.

When A Stranger Calls Back Bonus Features

  • NEW 2019 2K scan of the original film elements – in two aspect rations – 1.33:1 (original TV broadcast) and an alternate 1.78:1 version
  • NEW Directing A Stranger – an interview with director Fred Walton
  • NEW Process is Everything  – an interview with actress Carol Kane
  • NEW A Stranger’s Prey – an interview with actress Jill Schoelen
  • Fred Walton’s original short film The Sitter
  • TV Spot

Are you a fan of When a Stranger Calls and/or When a Stranger Calls Back? Are you looking forwad to this Blu-ray reissue from Scream Factory? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

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Written by Josh Millican

Josh Millican is the Editor in Cheif at Dread Central.

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