I rented it on VHS back in the day, and I saw it long before I ever viewed the original. I remember it terrifying me in the extreme - I was just dipping my toes in the horror genre in those days - and it left an impression on me. Years later, it has definitely lost some of its bite. I'm not as easily terrified as I once was. I've seen it all now, and so this one is relatively tame - but it is also tons of fun.
Carol Kane and Charles Durning return in their roles from the first film, as they help a young college student (played by Jill Schoelen) who has recently had an encounter with 'the stranger' - a sinister ventriloquist who uses his unnatural talent to carry out his evil deeds.
When A Stranger Calls Back arrives from Shout Factory on Blu-ray in both full frame and widescreen versions from a new 2K scan of the original film elements. There are new interviews with Fred Walton, Carol Kane, and Jill Schoelen). Included is the short film that inspired both films, entitled "The Sitter".
Highly recommended to horror fans!