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One Missed Call (2008)

PG-13 | | Horror, Mystery | 4 January 2008 (USA)
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Several people start receiving voice-mails from their future selves - messages which include the date, time, and some of the details of their deaths.


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Andrew Klavan (screenplay), Yasushi Akimoto (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shannyn Sossamon ... Beth Raymond
Edward Burns ... Jack Andrews
Ana Claudia Talancón ... Taylor Anthony
Ray Wise ... Ted Summers
Azura Skye ... Leann Cole
Johnny Lewis ... Brian Sousa
Jason Beghe ... Ray Purvis
Margaret Cho ... Mickey Lee
Meagan Good ... Shelley Baum
Rhoda Griffis ... Marie Layton
Dawn Dininger Dawn Dininger ... Monster Marie
Ariel Winter ... Ellie Layton
Sarah Jean Kubik Sarah Jean Kubik ... Monster Ellie (as Sarah Kubik)
Raegan Lamb ... Laurel Layton (as Regan Lamb)
Karen Beyer ... Mrs. Ford


After the death of their friend Shelley, Leann Cole receives a voice mail from the future of the date and time when she would die. On the scheduled day, Leann sees weird things and in the precise informed hour, Leann is attacked by a supernatural force on a footbridge over a train station while talking to her friend Beth Raymond. Beth meets Leann's boyfriend Brian, who also received a call, and witnesses his death on the street. When her roommate Taylor Anthony receives a call, Beth befriends Det. Jack Andrews, who tells her that his sister was the first victim of the phone call. They decide to investigate the connections of Jack's sister and find the name of Marie Layton, who apparently abused of her daughters. Jack and Beth run against time trying to save Beth from her fate. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


What will it sound like when you die?


Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and terror, frightening images, some sexual material and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una llamada perdida See more »


Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,511,473, 6 January 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,876,529, 9 March 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jason Horgan was originally considered for the part of Ray Purvis, but the producers felt that he was too young. The part went to Jason Beghe, and Horgan was cast as Dr. Ken Brown. See more »


(at around 22 mins) When Brian gets up from his chair at the café, his cellphone is behind his coffee cup, then the camera focuses on him, the next shot the cellphone is in front of the cup and Beth's hand. See more »


Beth Raymond: [to Leann] Are you ok?
Leann Cole: I haven't been sleeping to well.
Beth Raymond: Call me tonight. I'll read you my paper on developmental perspectives in abuse cases. It's better than Ambien.
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You Illiterate Lemmings are Avoiding Subtitles for THIS?
16 December 2008 | by ebossertSee all my reviews

"I read books, not movies."

This is the motto of your typical American moviegoer, who would rather jump out a window than watch a film in any language other than English. To be frank (as I always am in my IMDb comments), this motto makes about as much sense as someone choosing to eat a McDonald's hamburger instead of a filet mignon in an attempt to avoid the additional effort of eating with a fork and knife. That's right – it makes no sense whatsoever.

"One Missed Call" is a perfect example of a cinematic experience that is essentially equivalent to eating a burger at Micky D's. It's low quality, stale, soggy, and loaded with unnecessary condiments. Yes, all of the clichés are here. Within 5 minutes we're introduced to a group of immature college kids talking about sex, which seems to be THE obligatory cliché in American horror films (going back decades). I think it's time to move on to different types of characters. There are also loads of "false" jump scares. Overuse of jump scares is bad enough (being an inherently cheap tactic), but overuse of "false" jump scares is even worse, because "false" jump scares are used when no real danger exists. That happens a lot in "One Missed Call", as Sossamon gets shocked by her friends throughout the entire film. At one point Ed Burns scares her stiff with an asthma inhaler – I kid you not.

Now, some badly made films are boring to watch, but this one has some gut-busting scenes that are totally laughable. It starts off with a funny cat killing (why would a ghost kill a cat?), but the most hilarious moment occurs when a television evangelist attempts to exorcise a cell phone. He even goes so far as to say, "Spiritual energy exists in the same electromagnetic spectrum as light or microwaves. It's no surprise it can travel through cellular phones. And it grows there." I was practically on the floor. Then there are the riotous ghouls that hang around the city and smile at the protagonists while going about their business with construction work or walking in the rain. This is the kind of unintentional comedy that Hollywood horror has produced consistently over the past few decades.

Which brings me to the ultimate point of this review: this is the kind of movie you get when you restrict yourself solely to English language films. Sure, there are some really bad non-English horror movies out there, but the success percentages are way better outside of the western hemisphere. If you insist on ignoring all of these non-English movies, it's a simple fact that you're severely limiting your cinematic enjoyment. There's no logical reason whatsoever for torturing yourself with horror movies from Hollywood, unless you're a masochist.

Even worse, you'll start deluding yourself into thinking that "horror is dead." Only in a world of illiterate lemmings can a statement this dreadfully wrong and ignorant be feigned. My friend, the horror genre is perhaps at its highest point in its entire history. In fact, it's at a higher point than any genre of film in the world. (See my user profile for a supporting list.) Then again, if you choose to be an ignorant xenophobe and refuse to watch films with subtitles, how the hell are you ever going to know that movies like "REC" (2007), "Kontroll" (2003), "Diary" (2006), and "Noroi: The Curse" (2005) exist? That's right – you won't. What a miserable cinematic existence you must have.

If that weren't pathetic enough, you'll eventually lower your standards to the point where badly made tripe like "Hostel" (2005), "The Hills Have Eyes" (2006), and "Rob Zombie's Halloween" (2007) no longer seem so awful. In fact, you might become so hopelessly desperate and disillusioned that you may begin to actually enjoy them. Welcome to the horrific world of xenoglossophobia (the fear of foreign languages), where American horror movies don't seem all that bad because there's really nothing of adequate quality to compare them to. Heck, a Wendy's hamburger looks great compared to a Big Mac, but neither is even remotely close to a tenderloin. You'll never know any better if you're scared of utensils.

So let me get this straight. You flock like a sheep to see this movie instead of renting a DVD of "High Tension" (2003) or "In A Glass Cage" (1987) because you "read books, not movies"? Ooh, how clever of you. Let me guess, you'll end up watching "Quarantine", the "Shutter" remake, and "The Eye" remake to spare yourself all of that additional "effort." Would you like a bib and a change of diapers too?

Listen, it's incredibly easy to read subtitles. All you need to do is find a few enjoyable movies and you won't even notice that you're reading subs anymore because it becomes a natural reflex (like breathing). I'm so sick and tired of hearing people trash horror movies just because they've self-imposed completely illogical limitations on their viewing experiences. You poor souls. I fear when thinking that the future of planet Earth is in the hands of closed-minded people like yourselves.

Ask yourself this: Why live by the motto "I read books, not movies" when it's so much more rewarding to live by the motto "I watch good movies, not bad ones"?

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