One Missed Call (2008)

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  • IMDb page: One Missed Call (2008)
  • Rate: 3.7/10 total 16,824 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 4 January 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 87 min
  • Filming Location: 191 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Gross: $26,876,529(USA)(9 March 2008)
  • Director: Eric Valette
  • Stars: Edward Burns, Shannyn Sossamon and Ana Claudia Talancón
  • Original Music By: Reinhold Heil  Johnny Klimek   
  • Soundtrack: Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Death | Voice Mail | Remake | Sister Sister Relationship | Nanny Cam

Writing Credits By:

  • Andrew Klavan (screenplay)
  • Yasushi Akimoto (novel "Chakushin ari")
  • Minako Daira (screenplay Chakushin ari) (as Miwako Daira)

Known Trivia

  • While in preparation for the film, director Eric Valette never watched the original Japanese version One Missed Call, and asked the actors not to watch it either.
  • Not screened for critics.
  • Guillermo del Toro was offered the chance to direct, but turned it down to work on Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
  • 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.
  • The 508 area code is from Brockton, Massachusetts.
  • Laura Harring plays Beth (Shannyn Sossamon)’s mother, despite being just fourteen years older than her.

Goofs: Continuity: When Ed Burns character finds the video disk of the kids room he holds it up and it clearly has 'KIDS ROOM' written on the disk. When he puts it in the computer the writing is gone.

Plot: In this remake of the Japanese horror film "Chakushin Ari" (2003), several people start receiving voice-mails from their future selves — messages which include the date, time, and some of the details of their deaths. Full summary »  »

Story: 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  

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Synopsis: The film begins with a fire at a hospital, with a young girl named Laurel being rescued. When asked where her mother is, Laurel just looks at the burning hospital. A few days later, a girl named Shelley (Meagan Good) is talking to her friend Leann (Azura Skye) on the phone, when she is scared by her pet cat. She looks over and it is gone. She walks over to the pond to see if it has fallen in, when it appears on the other side. She goes over to pet it, when a hand grabs her and pulls her into the pond, before pulling the cat in as well. After this, a hard candy floats to the top, and her phone begins to scroll through various numbers.

After the credits roll, we are introduced to Beth Raymond (Shannyn Sossamon), who is having a party with her friends Brian (Johnny Lewis), and Taylor (Ana Claudia Talancon). She goes to the door, and looks through the peephole, where she has a flashback to when she was a girl. She answers the door, and Leann is there.

Beth and Leann go upstairs and Leann mentions that she was at Shelley’s funeral, and that Shelley’s parents were convinced she committed suicide. Beth tells Leann that Shelley went strange before she died. Suddenly, Leann’s phone rings with an eerie ringtone. Leann tells Beth that it is not her ringtone, and delays in answering, because she sees it is from Shelley’s phone, so the call goes to voicemail. She listens to it, and it horrified. Beth asks to listen to it, and it plays a recording of Leann talking about seeing things before screaming. Leann tells Beth that it is from 2 days in the future.

Meanwhile, Detective Jack Andrews (Edward Burns) gets a call from the mortuary, asking them to come and identify a body. They tell him it has been in the water for a couple of days. He pulls the cover off and confirms it is his sister. He is left alone with the body, and finds that there is something in her mouth. He pulls it out and reveals it to be a hard candy.

Fast forward two days, and Leann is at college with Beth. She hallucinates seeing a centipede crawling along Beth’s arm, and sees strange faces. When the class finishes, Beth asks her if she wants to go somewhere, but Leann blows her off, telling her she needs to go to the library.

Later, Leann leaves the library, and continues to hallucinate strange faces. She phones Beth and tells her that she is sorry for blowing her off, and that she keeps seeing the faces. She tells Beth that the call happens in a few minutes, and Beth arranges to meet her at a nearby footbridge. Leann then repeats the voicemail, just as the bridge gives way and she plummets in front of a train. Beth arrives just in time to see this, and hears a hissing sound. When she turns around, no one is there. She looks over, and a hard candy rolls out of Leann’s mouth, with Leann’s phone skipping through her phonebook.

2 days later, Taylor is talking to her friend about Leann’s and Shelley’s deaths, and about how they got the phone calls. Brian arrives and shouts at them for talking about it, and hallucinates a centipede crawling up the wall. He goes to a cafe, where Beth approaches him, and he shows her his message, which was dated for a few minutes later. He gets up and walks away, narrowly avoiding being run over, and Beth calls out to him to get his phone. He repeats the voicemail, just as an explosion occurs, sending a pole straight through him. Beth again hears a hissing sound, and no one is there, just as a hard candy falls out of Brian’s mouth.

She goes to the police, but they do nothing to help her, until Jack hears her story and tells her that his sister died in the same way. He promises her that he will do some digging because he can trace the calls back. Beth goes home, and she and Taylor take the batteries from their phones. Later that night, Beth awakens after hearing the ringtone, and goes downstairs. Taylor asks her whose phone is ringing, and she picks it up to find out it is Taylor’s, even though the battery is missing. Taylor answers and hears herself screaming, dated for 2 days afterwards. The next day, they smash Taylor’s phone, but they are approached by a man called Ted Summers (Ray Wise) who wants to perform an exorcism on Taylor. He gives her a new phone, and she gets the call again.

The next morning, Taylor leaves Beth a note telling her she has gone to her parents’ house. Beth leaves them a message asking to speak to her. Jack arrives and tells Beth he has traced the call to a woman called Marie Layton. They arrive at her apartment and a neighbour tells them that she hasn’t been seen for a week. They break in and find that there should be a nanny cam in the room, but it is missing. This leaves them determined to find Marie because they believe that she has been abusing her daughter, Laurel and is responsible for the murders. They later find out that her other daughter Ellie died of an asthma attack.

Beth sees Taylor on Ted’s TV programme, and they head to the studio in a church in order to find her. A priest begins to exorcise Taylor, and as Beth and Jack arrive, it all goes wrong. The lights go out, and Taylor begins to scream. When they come back on, she is dead, and a hard candy rolls out of her mouth. Beth then gets a call from Taylor of her own message, dated the next day.

The next day, Jack arrives at her house, and she delays in answering the door, with another flashback. He asks her about some burns on her arms, and she tells him that she was abused by her mother, and her father committed suicide. He tells her they have managed to track Laurel down, and they go to see her. At her foster home, Laurel refuses to answer any questions, but instead lets her teddy play a noise, which is the same as the ringtone. Beth shouts at Laurel, and they are thrown out of the house.

They split up to investigate further, and Beth sees a doctor that treated Laurel during the fire. He tells her that Marie never left the hospital. Beth goes to St. Luke’s, where the fire took place, and breaks in, where she is attacked and dragged down a corridor, but is rescued by Jack. She tells him that she believes Marie is still in the hospital, and they decide to look for her. A force splits them up, and Beth crawls into an air vent, as Jack decides to break down the door.

In the vent, she finds Marie’s body, but it comes to life and crawls on top of her. She asks it why (echoing the message), just as Jack arrives to find her unharmed. Outside, Beth tells him that she believes Marie brought her there to keep her safe. Jack goes to tell Laurel her mother is dead, and finds the nanny cam hidden in the back of her bear.

He watches it, and finds out that Ellie was abusing Laurel, not Marie, but Marie caught her, and she had an asthma attack, and called her mother, which started the curse. The hissing sound came from her inhaler, the people were her dolls, and the centipede was her pet. Jack asks Laurel if Ellie abused her, and she replies "But she always gave me candy after."

He arrives back at Beth’s house, and tells her about Ellie. Just then, there is a knock at the door. Beth tells Jack not to answer it, but he looks through the peephole and is stabbed in the eye. Ellie enters the house and attempts to attack Beth, but she is pulled into the phone by her mother’s ghost. Beth stares in shock as Jack’s phone begins to cycle through its contact list and the film ends.

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Produced By:

  • Timothy M. Bourne known as executive producer
  • Shinya Egawa known as executive producer
  • Alison Haskovec known as co-producer
  • Manfred D. Heid known as co-producer (as Manfred Heid)
  • Broderick Johnson known as producer
  • Avram 'Butch' Kaplan known as line producer: Los Angeles
  • Gerd Koechlin known as co-producer
  • Andrew A. Kosove known as producer
  • Scott Kroopf known as producer
  • Elizabeth Kushman known as co-producer
  • Josef Lautenschlager known as executive producer
  • Jennie Lew Tugend known as producer
  • Martin Schuermann known as executive producer
  • Andreas Thiesmeyer known as executive producer
  • Steven P. Wegner known as co-producer
  • Lauren Weissman known as producer (as Lauren C. Weissman)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Shannyn Sossamon known as Beth Raymond
  • Edward Burns known as Det. Jack Andrews
  • Ana Claudia Talancón known as Taylor Anthony
  • Ray Wise known as Ted Summers
  • Azura Skye known as Leann Cole
  • Johnny Lewis known as Brian Sousa
  • Jason Beghe known as Ray Purvis
  • Margaret Cho known as Det. Mickey Lee
  • Meagan Good known as Shelley Baum
  • Rhoda Griffis known as Marie Layton
  • Dawn Dininger known as Monster Marie
  • Ariel Winter known as Ellie Layton
  • Sarah Jean Kubik known as Monster Ellie (as Sarah Kubik)
  • Raegan Lamb known as Laurel Layton (as Regan Lamb)
  • Karen Beyer known as Mrs. Ford
  • Alana Locke known as Child Beth
  • Dave Spector known as Gary
  • Mary Lynn Owen known as Dr. Julie Cohn
  • Roy McCrerey known as Dr. Painter
  • Lauren Peyton known as Reception Nurse
  • Greg Corbett known as John
  • Donna Biscoe known as Coroner
  • Edith Ivey known as Old Lady
  • Wilbur Fitzgerald known as Lieutenant
  • Bart Hansard known as Howie
  • Randy McDowell known as Boost Mobile Clerk (as Randy MacDowell)
  • Jody Thompson known as EMS Aide
  • Geoff McKnight known as Fire Captain
  • Katie Kneeland known as Maddie
  • Bob Seel known as Taxi Driver
  • Jason Horgan known as Dr. Brown
  • Rona Nix known as Production Assistant
  • Kaira Akita known as Jewel (as Kaira Whitehead)
  • Jeff Portell known as Patrolman
  • Luke Williams known as Artiste
  • Brian Beegle known as Player Guy
  • Kendal McCray known as Freshman Girl
  • DeMontrez "Dez" Spears known as Student #1 (as Demontrez Spears)
  • Amber Wallace known as Student #2
  • Dana Abercrombie known as Extra (uncredited)
  • John Bailey known as Grip Demon (uncredited)
  • Matthew Browning known as Man on the Bus (uncredited)
  • Frances Cobb known as Burn Victim (uncredited)
  • J. Colby Doler known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Kelly Finley known as Mom (uncredited)
  • Laura Harring known as Beth's Mom (uncredited)
  • Anthony B. Harris known as Paramedic (uncredited)
  • Blake Hester known as Student (uncredited)
  • Daisy Jade known as Burn Victim (uncredited)
  • Jason H. Karniol known as College Student (uncredited)
  • Kasia Kowalczyk known as Nanny Ghost (uncredited)
  • Shaun Lynch known as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Faye Yvette McQueen known as Doctor (uncredited)
  • Kelly Natividade known as Witness (uncredited)
  • Joe O'Shea known as EMT (uncredited)
  • Joe Przedwiecki known as Student (uncredited)
  • Anthony Singleton known as Ghostly Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Brian Spencer known as Doctor (uncredited)
  • Stacey Turner known as Family Member (uncredited)

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  • Roland Blancaflor known as foam department supervisor
  • Andrea C. Brotherton known as hair stylist
  • Char Coats known as makeup artist
  • Mike Elizalde known as special makeup effects designer and creator
  • Thomas Floutz known as key prosthetics makeup artist
  • André Freitas known as special makeup effects artist
  • T.A. Henderson known as hair stylist
  • Carlene Kearns known as makeup artist: Meagan Good, Los Angeles
  • Taylor Knight known as hair department head
  • Tim Larsen known as special makeup effects artist
  • Sarah Mays known as makeup department head
  • Cass McClure known as prosthetic technician: Spectral Motion
  • Susan Ransom known as key makeup artist
  • Thomas Real known as hair department head: Los Angeles
  • Yoichi Art Sakamoto known as special makeup effects artist: teeth
  • Randy Stodghill known as hair stylist: Meagan Good, Los Angeles
  • Linda Thompson known as key hair stylist (as Linda Clark-Thompson)
  • Mario Torres Jr. known as makeup artist
  • Brian Walsh known as makeup effects production supervisor
  • Jill Warner known as production assistant: Spectral Motion
  • Jay Wejebe known as makeup department head: Los Angeles (as Jay A. Wejebe)

Art Department:

  • Kat Allen known as art department assistant
  • Dwight Benjamin-Creel known as property master
  • Taylor Bennett known as scenic foreman (as Franklin T. Bennett)
  • James Brothers known as on-set dresser
  • Chris Bush known as props
  • Carrie Cantwell Gale known as graphic designer (as Carrie A. Cantwell)
  • Nelson Dewey known as storyboard artist
  • Dan Fraga known as visual consultant
  • Patrick Fuhrman known as set dresser
  • Shawn M. Gray known as assistant property master
  • Laurel Hahlen known as scenic artist
  • Sammy Ray Hill known as greens person
  • Rich Koll known as gang boss
  • Tony Kupersmith known as construction coordinator
  • Johnny Land known as scenic artist
  • Konrad Lewis known as construction
  • Sedrick Livingston known as welder foreman
  • Megan Malley known as set decorator: reshoots
  • E. Cedar McClure known as art department coordinator
  • Drew Meyers known as set dresser
  • David H. Nash known as general foreman
  • Mark Nave known as carpenter
  • Robert Tate Nichols known as swing gang
  • Allan Norico known as illustrator
  • Dan Post known as lead man
  • Eric Reichardt known as lead painter: Los Angeles
  • Richard Salinas known as scenic charge
  • Aaron Sims known as character designer
  • Ann Stacy known as camera scenic
  • Greg Waddle known as set dresser

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Production Companies:

  • Alcon Entertainment
  • Missed Call Productions
  • Kadokawa Pictures
  • Equity Pictures Medienfonds GmbH & Co. KG IV
  • Intermedia Films
  • Kadokawa Pictures

Other Companies:

  • 424 Post  sound post-production
  • Aaron Sims Company, The  character design
  • Act One Script Clearance  script clearance
  • Arsenal  consultant
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
  • Hollywood-DI  HD screening services
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
  • Soundtrack  ADR Facility
  • Technicolor  release printing
  • Tomkats Catering  catering

Distributors:

  • Warner Bros. Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2008) (Malaysia) (theatrical)
  • Fox-Warner (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Garsu pasaulio irasai (2008) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Karo Premiere (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Roadshow Films (2008) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2008) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Film1 (2009) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Kadokawa Herald Pictures (2008) (Japan) (all media)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Argentina) (all media)
  • Warner Home Video (2008) (Belgium) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2008) (Switzerland) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Special Effects:

  • Spectral Motion (prosthetic makeup effects)
  • Zoic Studios (visual effects and animation)
  • Pacific Title and Art Studio (additional visual effects and opticals)

Visual Effects by:

  • Jon Anastasiades known as digital compositor
  • Kristen Branan known as head of production
  • Aaron Brown known as digital compositor
  • Adam de Bosch Kemper known as digital artist
  • Ben Funk known as digital compositor
  • Patti Gannon known as visual effects
  • Randy Goux known as visual effects supervisor
  • Rick Grayson known as visual effects editor
  • Greg Hansen known as visual effects artist
  • Graham Houston known as visual effects artist
  • Alicia Johnson known as digital intermediate
  • Chris John Jones known as creative director: Zoic Studios
  • David Langtry known as visual effects coordinator: Zoic Studios
  • Darren MacKay known as digital compositor
  • Chad Meire known as digital compositor
  • Ricardo Quintero known as digital compositor
  • Abe Saleh known as digital artist
  • Jerry Tung known as visual effects
  • Chris Van Dyck known as digital compositor: Zoic Studios
  • Dmitry Vinnik known as visual effects artist
  • Bob White known as visual effects

Release Date:

  • Canada 4 January 2008
  • USA 4 January 2008
  • Singapore 10 January 2008
  • Bulgaria 25 January 2008
  • Philippines 30 January 2008
  • Egypt 6 February 2008
  • Croatia 7 February 2008
  • Malaysia 7 February 2008
  • Estonia 8 February 2008
  • Latvia 8 February 2008
  • Kuwait 21 February 2008
  • Lithuania 22 February 2008
  • Russia 28 February 2008
  • Slovakia 28 February 2008
  • Uruguay 29 February 2008
  • Venezuela 7 March 2008
  • Hong Kong 13 March 2008
  • Spain 19 March 2008
  • Germany 20 March 2008
  • Mexico 20 March 2008
  • Panama 20 March 2008
  • Ireland 4 April 2008
  • UK 4 April 2008
  • Poland 11 April 2008
  • Brazil 18 April 2008
  • Colombia 25 April 2008
  • Turkey 25 April 2008
  • Greece 21 May 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 27 May 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Italy 4 June 2008
  • Argentina 16 July 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 19 July 2008
  • Iceland 7 August 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Australia 3 September 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 14 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden 13 January 2012 (TV premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and terror, frightening images, some sexual material and thematic elements

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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