One Missed Call

Release Date: January 4, 2008

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It seems silly that he would call another chick when he has Shannyn sitting right there.

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60/98 David Mumpower Novel idea for a horror movie has decent performances but not enough in terms of chill-inducing oomph.

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When I was a child, my sister instilled a great fear of the horror film genre in me. When I was very young, she was babysitting me one night and decided it would be a good idea to watch a certain horror film with me (mostly hiding under my blankie). The hiding did not work, because horror films are like car accidents – despite the knowledge that you really should not look, you can’t help it. In recent years I have overcome this fear to become a horror film junkie. I cannot seem to get enough of them now. I have great hopes for the horror film releases planned for 2007, including One Missed Call. The question is, will I be disappointed?

Similar to the plot of The Ring (where viewing a video informed victims of their impending death), this film similarly has people discovering that their days on earth are limited. The soon-to-be victim realizes they have one missed call on their cell phone, but when they listen to the message an eerie thing happens – the message is their own voice from the future revealing the date and time as well as some of the details of their death. One Missed Call stars Edward Burns (She’s the One, Saving Private Ryan, Sidewalks of New York), Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight’s Tale, 40 Days and 40 Nights, The Order, Chasing Ghosts, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), Azura Skye (Dementia, 28 Days, and Red Dragon), Ana Claudia Talancon, Ray Wise, Rhoda Griffis, Margaret Cho, and Jessica Brown.

Recent remakes of Japanese horror films have enjoyed success; however – like all good things – this must eventually come to an end. Will One Missed Call bring the Japanese horror remakes to their knees? First there were the video tapes of The Ring, now we have One Missed Call. This remake of the Japanese horror film Chakushin Ari (2003) will either be the next of a series of great psychological thrillers or another predictable horror wannabe. (Meghan Peel/BOP)

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Main Cast Ed Burns, Shannyn Sossamon, Ana Claudia Talancon
Supporting Cast Ray Wise, Azura Skye, Johnny Lewis, Jason Beghe, Margaret Cho
Director Eric Valette
Screenwriter Andrew Klavan
Distributor Warner Bros.
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