One Missed Call (2008)

Directed by Eric Valette. Written by Andrew Klaven, based on the 2004 Japanese movie of the same name. Starring Shannyn Sossamon, Edward Burns, Ana Claudia Talancon, Azura Skye, Ray Wise, Johnny Lewis, Meagan Good, Ariel Winter and Margaret Cho.

Plot: people receive calls from their future selves that tell them details of their impending doom.

Well, this movie opens with the drowning of a girl and her cat, so you know I didn’t like that. The movie was never boring though, at least I can say that. However, like the Japanese version, it all came down to the rules sucking so much that we really couldn’t enjoy it.

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Everyone dies in the same way. Well, they die in all different ways, but the aftermath is the same. A red hard candy comes spilling out of their dead mouths and their dead hands dial a number on their phone, cursing that person to die, too. In the movie, we find out that it’s the ghost of a little girl that was abused by her own sister. Everytime her sister abused her, she gave her a hard red candy to suck on. Hence the curse.

Now technically, this all makes sense, or at least, you can make sense of it, but the rules don’t get followed. There’s pretty awesome Freddy Claws in the movie, as the detective (Burns) actually believes Beth (Sossamon), but then he ends up dying AFTER they thought they had stopped the curse. Then a candy comes out of his mouth and his dead hand dials another number implying that the curse is NOT over and more people will die. But why?

Some of the ghosts are scary and the “on fire” body was nothing to laugh at, but there really should have been more back story. I did like it a little bit more than the Japanese one, but DJ didn’t.

My score: 45. DJ’s score: 31.

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