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Contest: Win When A Stranger Calls Back on Blu-ray

While many modern-day viewers know Carol Kane as Lillian from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, horror fans perhaps know her better as Jill Johnson from When a Stranger Calls and its 1993 sequel, When a Stranger Calls Back, the lattermost of which is coming to Blu-ray from Scream Factory on May 28th, and we've been provided with three copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers!

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of When a Stranger Calls Back.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

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2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “When a Stranger Calls Back Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
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Full Release Details for Scream Factory’s When A Stranger Calls Back Blu-ray

While many modern-day viewers know Carol Kane as Lillian from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, horror fans perhaps know her better as Jill Johnson from When a Stranger Calls and its 1993 sequel, When a Stranger Calls Back, which will be released on Blu-ray this May from Scream Factory, complete with a fresh "2K scan of the original film elements" and a new interview with Kane.

We have the official press release with the full list of special features below, and in case you missed it, read Scott Drebit's It Came From the Tube column on When a Stranger Calls Back.

Press Release: The Stranger is watching you … again. The chilling sequel to When A Stranger Calls, this suspenseful thriller makes its North American Blu-ray debut May 28th, 2019 from Scream Factory. 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
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When A Stranger Calls Back Coming to Blu-ray This May from Scream Factory

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While many modern-day viewers know Carol Kane as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, horror fans perhaps know her better as Jill Johnson from When a Stranger Calls and its 1993 sequel, When a Stranger Calls Back, and Scream Factory just announced that the latter of the films is getting the Blu-ray treatment this May.

You can view Scream Factory's announcement and cover art for When a Stranger Calls Back Blu-ray below, and in case you missed it, read Scott Drebit's It Came From the Tube entry on the sequel.

From Scream Factory: "We’re dialing in more terror on Blu-ray this Summer with When A Stranger Calls Back—the often-requested sequel to the classic original babysitter chiller. Street date is planned for May 28th.

Five years after her own terrifying baby-sitting ordeal, Julia Jenz is trying to put her life together when the past comes back to haunt her. Someone is breaking into her apartment,
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Katie Cassidy

Katie Cassidy is an actress who is best known for her appearance in the series Arrow, but prior to that she appeared in the horror film “When a Stranger Calls.” She played the part of Kelli Presley in the “Supernatural” television series during its third season. Although most people recognize her for playing in scary or otherworldly movies and television shows, there is much more to her than most people are not aware of. To help you get to know her a little better, here are 10 things about Katie Cassidy that you didn’t know. 1. She has four names

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Katie Cassidy
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Drive-In Dust Offs: When A Stranger Calls (1979)

Join me as we take a trip down memory lane, before cell phones and instant notifications and Dm’s and everything else that makes me sound like an informational paranoid and crotchety old man. Let’s take a look at an urban legend stretched out to feature length with Fred Walton’s When a Stranger Calls (1979), a mesmerizing-then-decent-then-gripping suspense thriller.

Released by Columbia Pictures stateside in late October, When a Stranger Calls was a big hit with audiences, returning over $21 million against a $1.5 million budget. Critics were quicker to hang up, however; although nearly all praised the opening 20 minute set up, filled as it is with a promise impossible to match. That’s okay though, because I still think When a Stranger Calls is ultimately worth staying on the line for.

Babysitter Jill Johnson (Carol KaneAddams Family Values) arrives at the Mandrakis household to look after their two children
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‘Halloween’ Magic: How a Slasher Flick Redefined a Genre and Became One of the Decade’s Most Important Films

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‘Halloween’ Magic: How a Slasher Flick Redefined a Genre and Became One of the Decade’s Most Important Films
Exactly 40 years after John Carpenter’s “Halloween” was released in 1978, David Gordon Green released his modern-day sequel to an estimated $75 million opening weekend. It has the benefit of strong reviews, original star Jamie Lee Curtis’ return to the lead role, and its placement as this year’s holiday horror film release — but it was never just a horror film. This ultra low-budget slasher flick was one of the most important movies to be released in the 1970s.

Among the top-grossing films released in 1978, “Halloween” was no. 10. However, those that did better — “Grease,” “Superman,” “Animal House,” “Every Which Way You Can,” “Heaven Can Wait,” “Hooper,” “Jaws 2,” “Revenge of the Pink Panther,” and “The Deer Hunter” — may be unfamiliar to anyone 40 or younger. Even last weekend, which would be week 2,036 of release, “Halloween” remains vital in the public consciousness: It grossed $9,553 last weekend.

Adjusted to 2018 prices, the 1978 independent film made $184 million
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Will Smith’s Telepool, Kodiak Pictures Invest in Genre Slate at Eric B. Fleischman’s Defiant

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Will Smith’s Telepool, Kodiak Pictures Invest in Genre Slate at Eric B. Fleischman’s Defiant
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s international distribution company Telepool is investing in a genre slate from indie producer Eric B. Fleischman, along with Maurice Fadida’s Kodiak Pictures, Variety has learned exclusively.

Fleischman was a Sundance Film Festival breakout star in 2016, when at age 26, he made a strong showing with “Sleight” and “Carnage Park.” His company, Defiant Studios, will receive a cash infusion for several horror-thrillers, beginning with the film “Phobias,” which is currently in production.

The Smiths acquired Telepool in late June, with Marc Forster and his shop Elysian Fields. This marks the first significant investment and U.S. expansion for Telepool, a standalone theatrical and multi-platform distribution entity with a big presence in Europe. Kodiak is a producer on David Ayer’s upcoming “The Tax Collector,” starring Shia Labeouf, as well as Gerard Butler’s “Keepers.”

Defiant’s slate is currently unknown, though “Phobias” is an ambitious
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Unsettling ‘Annihilation’ Clip Is Super Gross [Exclusive]

Unsettling ‘Annihilation’ Clip Is Super Gross [Exclusive]
Now in theaters everywhere is Alex Garland‘s (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later) sci-fi thriller Annihilation, which stars Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Amityville: The Awakening, The Hateful Eight, “Twin Peaks”),Tessa Thompson (Creed, When a Stranger Calls), Gina Rodriguez, and Tuva Novotny. Portman stars as Lena, a biologist and former soldier, who […]
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Netflix Streaming ‘Annihilation’ In the UK This March

Netflix Streaming ‘Annihilation’ In the UK This March
Now in theaters everywhere is Alex Garland‘s (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later) sci-fi thriller Annihilation, which stars Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Amityville: The Awakening, The Hateful Eight, “Twin Peaks”),Tessa Thompson (Creed, When a Stranger Calls), Gina Rodriguez, and Tuva Novotny. While it’s in theaters here in the States, the UK […]
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Horror-On-Sea 2018 Interview: Mike McMurran talks ‘Secret Santa’

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Secret Santa is a new horror comedy from writer and director Mike McMurran, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on Sunday 28th January. I got chance to ask Mike a few questions about why he chose to write a Christmas horror, his favorite scene and getting the film made on a small budget.

What can we expect from Secret Santa?

You can expect to have a fun ride! We really wanted to capture the nostalgia of the late 70’s and early 80’s slasher films but also put our own personal touch on the film. You can expect some great kills thanks to our SFX artist Carlos Henriques from The Butcher Shop. The movie is funny as well. There’s a big comedic aspect to the film that I think viewers will enjoy and find refreshing. When writing the script, I really tried to make the
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The fascinating prescience of Tomorrow Never Dies

Mark Allison Dec 12, 2017

It's 20 years today that Tomorrow Never DIes first landed in UK cinemas. But was it, in its own way, ahead of its time?

Imagine a world in which deceitful news reporters and mysterious computer hackers are conspiring to destabilise the geopolitical status quo. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom has developed delusions of grandeur about its place in the world, and begun to embark upon an effort to restore itself to former imperial greatness. All this might seem a little familiar to anyone who has glanced at a newspaper recently, but it’s not a summary of recent events – this is a synopsis for the seventeenth James Bond film, Roger Spottiswoode’s Tomorrow Never Dies, which has just turned 20 years old.

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Riverdale season 2 episode 6 review: Death Proof

Chris Cummins Nov 16, 2017

A timely episode of Riverdale mixes the serious with the supremely goofy. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

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2.6 Death Proof

Tonight's episode began with another obvious yet still true observation from Jughead - that we often wear masks that cover who we really are. Although this episode was written and filmed before the Harvey Weinstein/Louis Ck/et al stories broke, its impossible to view it outside of the context of that news cycle and how it gave rise to the #metoo movement. There's a lot going on in this week's episode but the most important element here is far and away the Cheryl/Nick/Veronica storyline. Last week we saw Nick St. Clair go transform from New York City-based textbook case
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Riverdale S2E5 Review: “When a Stranger Calls”

Riverdale has been putting together a really great season that continues to up the level of intensity each week. “When A Stranger Calls,” really dove into what might have been the show’s darkest point since it came to television last year. The episode’s in season two have been taking the town of Riverdale and its characters to a place viewers have never seen before, but the fifth episode started to tackle different styles of abuse and how they can hurt people. With everything going on in the entertainment industry right now, it feels like an appropriate time for Riverdale to tackle

Riverdale S2E5 Review: “When a Stranger Calls
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How Long Will the Bughead Break-Up Last on 'Riverdale'?

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How Long Will the Bughead Break-Up Last on 'Riverdale'?
It didn't come as much of a surprise but the Riverdale episode "When a Stranger Calls" delivered a "twist" that many fans figured was coming. Bughead is no more, as Betty (through Archie) broke up with Jughead. It was all done in an effort to protect Jughead from the Black Hood, but it still tore Riverdale's "own Holden Caulfield" apart and drove him into the arms of new character Toni Topaz. It's not exactly a natural break-up but according to a TVLine interview with actors Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart it's one that might last a reasonably long time.
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Is Betty Really Talking to the Black Hood on 'Riverdale'?

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Is Betty Really Talking to the Black Hood on 'Riverdale'?
The Riverdale episode "When a Stranger Calls" capitalized on the previous episode's cliffhanger by having Betty continue a relationship with the Black Hood, albeit over the telephone. Even though it was through just a disembodied voice, "When a Stranger Calls" was the biggest spotlight yet for Riverdale's new killer. Still, there's a very real chance that Betty wasn't speaking to the Black Hood at all but an impostor, otherwise the slight clues that were dropped in "When a Stranger Calls" were far too obvious.
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‘Riverdale’ Goes Full-On ‘Men Are Evil’ for the Best Episode of the Series So Far (Commentary)

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‘Riverdale’ Goes Full-On ‘Men Are Evil’ for the Best Episode of the Series So Far (Commentary)
(Spoilers ahead for the Nov. 8 episode of “Riverdale,” “When a Stranger Calls.”) When I try to convince my friends to watch “Riverdale” I have a tendency to refer to it as “trash TV” — it’s my way of trying to ease folks into a show that nobody takes seriously until they watch it. And while, yeah, “Riverdale” is definitely trashy, that label does a disservice to a show full of great, layered characters and really effective storytelling that really just cuts right through the heart sometimes. This week felt like a peak in that regard — the show’s 18th episode,
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Riverdale season 2 episode 5 review: When A Stranger Calls

Chris Cummins Nov 9, 2017

The darkness fully envelops Riverdale in a jaw-dropping episode full of risks and surprises. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

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2.5 When A Stranger Calls

"I told you we were the same."

Okay, pick your jaw off of the floor and breathe, because that was one, exhilarting, eventful hour of television.

We are only five episodes in to this 22-episode season and the glacial pace that marked Riverdale's first season is but a memory at this point, because there's a lot that went down tonight. Before we get into the meat and potatoes of tonight's installment, a brief recap: The Black Hood tortures Betty by making her cut her friends out of her life unless he will murder them
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As Riverdale grows more divided, the stakes grow even higher

The first thing to note about “Chapter Eighteen: When A Stranger Calls” is that there’s no Jughead voiceover. And why would there be? As the episode progresses, Jughead becomes more and more out of the loop about what’s going on in the Northside. He’s not the typical observer here, getting his news about the rumble…

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'Riverdale' Star Madelaine Petsch Cried When She Learned About Cheryl's 'Brutal' Moment With Nick St. Clair

'Riverdale' Star Madelaine Petsch Cried When She Learned About Cheryl's 'Brutal' Moment With Nick St. Clair
Warning: We're about to discuss the most harrowing moment from this week's all-new episode of Riverdale. If you have not watched the episode or do not want to be spoiled, leave now – but stay the hell away from Nick St. Clair! For everyone else, grab a box of tissues and read on…

Will Cheryl Blossom ever catch a break?

That the question on all of our minds after this week's terrifyingly timely episode of Riverdale, "Chapter 18: When a Stranger Calls," when Cheryl was roofied and nearly date-raped by Veronica's ex-boyfriend, Nick St. Clair. Thankfully, Veronica and The Pussycats stopped Nick just before he was about to sexually abuse Cheryl in his hotel room, but the haunting moment will certainly have lasting consequences for Riverdale's ill-fated cheer queen.

Et sat down with star Madelaine Petsch for ourRiverdale-themed YouTube series, Sweetwater Secrets, and the 23-year-old actress revealed her initial reaction when she first read about Cheryl's "brutal
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'Riverdale' Recap: Betty Gets Drawn Into the Black Hood's Web of Lies

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'Riverdale' Recap: Betty Gets Drawn Into the Black Hood's Web of Lies
Riverdale has not been kind to his characters in season 2. However this episode, entitled "When a Stranger Calls," takes matters to frightening new lows. Riverdale piles a lot of material into the episode and almost all of it is depressing. This isn't a bad thing, not in the slightest, because "When a Stranger Calls" manages to pull of the delicate balance of being very heavy and melodramatic but still having that tinge of believability to the soapy proceedings that puts sympathy for the characters at the forefront. The characters suffer but it's not needless or cheap suffering.
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