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One Missed Call (DVD)




One Missed Call DVD review (click for larger imageReviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Shannyn Sossamon, Edward Burns, Ray Wise, Margaret Cho

Directed by Eric Valette

Distributed by Warner Home Entertainment

Since remakes are a trend that will not go away, we’re going to have to deal with them. That’s just the cold hard reality of the situation. Yet, I’ve often wondered — Why don’t people remake movies that suck? Leave the classics alone, man; there are plenty of duds out there that could use another shot! Here we have the results of just such an experiment. The original One Missed Call was for all intents and purposes a really awful flick that made little to no sense at all. Could this tale finally be done some justice in an American remake?

To get the answer, another trend would have to come to light first. J-horror has pretty much run its course, and now France is where the really promising horror flicks are coming from. So I guess Hollywood has decided that they need to cull this French talent and have them make American remakes of Japanese films. *blank stare* In any event, the next guy up to bat? Maléfique (review here) director Eric Valette! Before we get into how everything turned out (and BOY is this one a doozy), let’s dig on the plot, shall we?

One Missed Call DVD review (click for larger imageBeth (Sossamon) is your ordinary twenty-something with everyday problems. That is until one by one her friends start getting phone calls from dead people. Once a person dies, an evil entity somehow manages to call someone in said victim’s cell phone address book. The call is stamped with the date and time of the next person’s demise, which is usually a couple of days into the future. Even spookier, the upcoming victims get to hear what it will sound like when they croak. This goes on in a chain until it finally gets to our heroine. Luckily for Beth, one of the victims happened to be the sister of a detective (Burns), and together the two of them set out to solve this ensuing mystery.

So! Is it worth watching? Let me put it like this … One Missed Call is the break-away comedy hit of 2008! There were parts of this flick that were so overtly absurd I had tears rolling down my face from laughing too hard! Prepare to be shocked by the near indescribable “Exorcism Performed on a Cell Phone” scene! Gaze in horror as ethnicity itself is defied as Beth’s character goes from little Latina girl to grown-up white chick! Steady! Steady yourself! Do you think that your nerves can handle an asthma inhaler jump-scare? This stuff really has to be seen to be believed! Most of the flick’s fright factor comes right out of the R.L. Stein playbook! It’s as if Valette just wanted to make a movie about filling the screen with strange grinning creatures that are only there to say “Boo!” In fact, I’d hazard to say that if R.L. Stein ever made a movie, this would have been his Raiders of the Lost Ark!

One Missed Call DVD review (click for larger imageAnd there’s more than just ridiculous visuals to feast upon as One Missed Call‘s script delivers some of the biggest guffaws of the decade! I’m talking stuff like Ray Wise pleading for his film crew to “Make sure Jesus is centered”! Stuff like detective Andrews wondering aloud “There’s no way she could have given Ellie asthma, is there?” Ponder that last bit of writing for a moment, will you? This dude’s a detective. On what planet is asthma a communicable disease? But we’re still not done! There is one other important lesson to be learned here, guys, and that is if you’re in a building and it’s burning down, you need to go and hide in a crawlspace! Remember, kids — Fire can’t burn you if it can’t find you! You just have to laugh, and laugh you will!

That’s it! I cannot stand it! Surely there is a treasure trove of supplemental material to dive into! What could the folks behind this slice of cinematic brilliance have to say for themselves? Sadly, we’ll never find out as this DVD is as barebones as barebones releases get. There’s not even a trailer! I’m willing to bet they made this a flipper disc (widescreen on one side, fullscreen on the other) just so no one would have to come up with artwork for the DVD itself! Oh well!

I have to say it. This flick sucks, but wow, was it fun to watch. Riddled with scares that only a ten-year-old may find effective, One Missed Call is proof positive that even a remake of a bad film can turn out to be just as totally pointless … yet strangely amusing!

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    American Psycho Meets Creep – Strawberry Flavored Plastic Review



    Starring Aidan Bristow, Nicholas Urda, Andres Montejo

    Directed by Colin Bemis

    Recently I wrote up an article here on Dread Central which was basically an open letter to anyone who was listening called “I Miss Found Footage.” Well, it seems like someone WAS listening, as I was then sent the link to an all-new found footage film called Strawberry Flavored Plastic from first-time writer-director Colin Bemis.

    The film follows the “still-at-large crimes of Noel, a repentant, classy and charming serial killer loose in the suburbs of New York.” Basically, you could think of the flick as American Psycho meets Mark Duplass and Partick Brice’s Creep. That, or you could think of it as “Man Bites Dog in color!” However you choose to label Colin Bemis’ psychological thriller, just make sure you check out the film once it hits in the future.

    As I alluded to above, the film is basically a found footage version of American Psycho. But that said, the film sports a twist on the charming serial killer subgenre that I have yet to see play out in any of the above-mentioned classics. I’m not going to go into spoiler territory here, but I will say that the film introduces an element to the tale that spins it into much more of a character drama than a straight horror film. Not that there is anything wrong with that!

    Truth be told, the film’s turn from serial killer flick into a layered character study might have been its kiss of death, but this slight genre switch is rendered a minor issue as the film’s central narcissistic antagonist is played by Aidan Bristow. Bristow is an actor you may not have heard of before this review, but you will hear his name more and more over the years to come, I promise. The guy gives (no pun intended) a killer performance as the film’s resident serial killer Noel Rose, and time after time surprised me with how chilling, charming, or downright vulnerable he chose to play any given scene.

    Bristow’s performance is, in the end, the major element the film has going for it. But that said, as a fan of found footage, I was smiling ear to ear at first-time director Colin Bemis’ understanding of what makes a found footage suspense sequence work.

    In Strawberry Flavored Plastic director Colin Bemis is confident and content to allow full emotional scenes to play out with the camera directed at nothing more than a character’s knees. Why is this so important? Because it keeps the reality of the film going. Too many found footage directors would focus on the actors’ faces during such emotional scenes – no matter how contrived the camera angle was. In this film, however, Bemis favors the reality that says, “If you were really in this emotional state and holding a camera, you would let it drop to your side.” I agree, and it is small touches like that which make the film feel authentic and thus – once the shite hits the fan – all the scarier.

    On the dull side of the kitchen knife, the film does feel a bit long even given it’s short running time, and there doesn’t seem too much in the way of visceral horror to be found within. Again, graphic blood and gore aren’t a must in a fright flick, but a tad more of the old ultra-violence would have gone a long way in selling our main psychopath’s insanity and unpredictability. But all the same, the film does feature a rather shocking sequence where our main baddie performs a brutal home invasion/murder that puts this film firmly in the realm of horror. In fact, the particular POV home invasion scene I’m talking about holds about as much horror as you’ll ever wish to witness.

    In the end, Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic is a must-see for fans of found footage and serial killer studies such as American Pyscho, Creep, and Man Bites Dog. I recommend giving it a watch once it premieres. If only to be able to point to Aidan Bristow in the near future and tell all your friends that you watched (one of) his first movies.

    Until then, check out the film’s trailer HERE, and follow the movie on Facebook.

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    Lead actor Aidan Bristow turns in a star-making performance in Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic, a found footage film that plays out like Man Bites Dog in Color before introducing a new element to the charming-serial-killer subgenre and becoming more character study than a straight horror. Think American Psycho meets Creep.

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    Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 148 – Inside (2017 Remake)



    We’ve all heard the old saying, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Well, I’m here to tell you that’s only partially true. It seems there is a third certainty that had been omitted from the original quote, “It is certain, if you enjoy a movie, at some point someone will remake that movie.” Now is the time when one of my favorite movies gets reimagined, “for an American audience”.

    In the late 2000’s an explosion of “French extreme” horror films was released. Martyrs and or High Tension can often be found on any number of lists of the “most fucked up horror movies ever”. Unfortunately, the vastly superior Inside is often forgotten (as well as Frontier(s), but that’s a whole ‘nother rant). Now, ten years after it’s initial release, Inside has been Americanized. Don’t worry, we watched it so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.

    Mommy says you’re not dead. Is that true? It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 148!

    If you like what you hear, please consider joining our Patreon subscribers. For less than the cost of a beer, you get bonus content, exclusive merchandise, special giveaways, and you get to help us continue doing what we love.

    The Who Goes There Podcast is available to subscribe to on iTunes right here. Not an iTunes user? You can listen on our Dread Central page. Can’t get enough? We also do that social media shit. You’ll find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramTwitch, and YouTube.

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    Totem Review – It’s Not Always A Bad Thing To Look Up From The Bottom Level, If You Like That View



    Starring Kerris Dorsey, James Tupper, Ahna O’Reilly

    Directed by Marcel Sarmiento

    Following the untimely death of a family’s matriarchal figure, a young woman finds out that managing to hold all of the pieces in place becomes increasingly more difficult when otherworldly infiltrators make their presence felt. We’re going to have to work our way up this Totem, as

    17 year old Kellie is the leading lady of the home following the passing of her mother Lexy, and with a needy father and tiny tot of a baby sister, she still keeps things in working order, regardless of the rather large hole that’s been left in the dynamic due to the death. Kellie’s dad after a while decides to ask his lady-friend to move in with the family, so that everyone can move onto a more peaceful existence…yeah, because those types of instances always seem to work seamlessly. As fate would have it, Kellie’s sense of pride is now taking a beating with the new woman in the mix, and her little sister’s new “visitor” is even more disturbed by this intruder – only question is, exactly who is this supernatural pal of sorts? Is it the spirit of their dead mother standing by to keep watch over the family, or is it something that’s found its way to this group, and has much more evil intentions at hand?

    What works here is the context of something innately malicious that has found its way into the home – there are only a couple moments that come off as unsettling, but the notion of having to weave through more than half the film acting as a sullen-teen drama is rather painful. The presentation of the “broken family” is one that’s been done to death, and with better results overall, and that’s not to say that the movie is a complete loss, it just takes far too much weeding through at times stale performances and even more stagnant pacing to get to a moderately decent late-stage conclusion to the film. Under the direction of Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), I’d truly hoped for something a bit more along the lines of a disturbing project such as that one, but the only thing disturbing was the time I’d invested in checking this one out. My best advice is to tune into the Lifetime channel if you want a sulky teen-melodrama with a tinge of horror, or you could simply jump into this one and work your way up…but it’s a LONG way to the top.

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    Sulky, moody, and ridden with teen-angst buried in the middle of a supernatural mystery – SOUNDS like a decent premise, doesn’t it?

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