Jump Scares in When a Stranger Calls (1979)

When a Stranger Calls (1979) screenshot
When a Stranger Calls (1979) screenshot
When a Stranger Calls (1979) screenshot
When a Stranger Calls (1979) screenshot

See below for the exact times and descriptions of the 5 jump scares in When a Stranger Calls, which has a jump scare rating of 2.0.

Jump Scare Rating: When a Stranger Calls is notable for the first 20 minutes which is considered by many to be the scariest opening in horror history. There are a few jump scares throughout with a major one occuring at the end of the movie.

Synopsis: A psychotic killer targets babysitter Jill Johnson. Seven years later he escapes from a mental institution to terrorize her once more.

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Jump Scares: 5 (1 major, 4 minor)

Reviews: IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: R

Director: Fred Walton

Runtime: 97 minutes

Netflix (US): No

WARNING: The jump scare descriptions listed below may contain minor spoilers

Jump Scare Times

00:07:03 – Some ice cubes fall out of a refrigerator ice machine which makes a loud noise in an otherwise quiet scene.

00:21:21 – Jill opens the door and a detective is standing on the other side.

00:58:51 – Tracy almost trips over a homeless man while walking up some steps.

01:02:31 – Duncan appears from around a corner and puts his hand over Tracy’s mouth.

01:33:29 – Jill tries to wake up her husband however the man beside her in the bed is revealed to be Duncan. [Video]

(Major jump scares in bold)

Watch with subtitles that warn you about jump scares! Download the .srt file of the jump scares in When a Stranger Calls. [More info]

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