Last week I saw a press screening of One Missed Call. And by press screening, I mean a screening at 10:00pm pt the day before the film was released nationally. I’m not entirely sure why studios offer such last minute screenings, as most publications have a deadline earlier in the week. I think they basically hold these type of screenings as a way to say “see, we screened it for you, you just didn’t come.” Because not many press show up at these last minute showings, and they know that will be the case. That’s probably why they dump the worst of the worst movies on Thursday nights, hoping that no press will actually show up.
One Missed Call was worse than I ever imagined it could be. Even the audiencing was laughing throughout at moments that were intended to be scary, but instead came off as stupid or over-the-top. I told my local publicist while exiting the theater that it was “The Worst movie of the year,” adding “but it’s only been three days.” But truth is, I racked my brain, trying to think of the last movie I had seen which may have been worse. Last year’s Joel Schumacher thriller The Number 23 starring Jim Carrey quickly entered my mind, but even that was more enjoyable. So I brought my quest to the one website that makes movie reviews their business – Rotten Tomatoes.
It came to no surprise that One Missed Call is officially “The Worst Reviewed Film of the year (So Far)” according to the numbers laid out. The film is currently getting a dismal 0% tomatoemeter rating with 48 reviews. But truth is, only six other films in history have gotten over 40 reviews and currently hold strong (or should it be weak?) at a 0% positive critic rating:
- Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
- Roberto Benigni’s Pinocchio
- King’s Ransom
- Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
- National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers
The last of which is a teen streetball craptackular called Crossover, which was released in September of 2006. So the answer is:
One Missed Call is the Worst Reviewed Movie of the last 16 Months.
Trivia: Daddy Day Camp might have earned the highly coveted 0% tomatoemeter rating if it wasn’t for Fred Topel, a movie critic who wrote that the “story actually provides a strong moral center about fathers and sons communicating.”
Thanks to the Rotten Tomatoes team of Jen Yamato, Alex Vo, and Tim Ryan for their help with this report.
A bunch of new posters were released today on the interwebs. Let’s take a look at some of the good and bad marketing ideas after the jump.
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The movie trailer for the American remake of Takashi Miike’s 2004 J-Horror film One Missed Call is now online. Interesting concept, but it looks like just another bad horror remake (ala Pulse). Here’s the plot synopsis, followed with the trailer after the jump.
In One Missed Call, a chain of people receive terrifying cell phone messages of their own final fatal moments. Though the messages can be deleted, their number is up. Beth Raymond (Shannyn Sossamon) is traumatized when she witnesses the gruesome deaths of two friends just days apart. Even more disturbing, she knows that both of them had received chilling cell phone messages-actual recordings of their own horrifying last moments. Impossibly, the calls were received days before they died, but each death occurred precisely when and how the messages foretold. The police think Beth is delusional-except for Detective Jack Andrews (Edward Burns) whose own sister Jean was killed in a freak accident that bears a strange similarity to the deaths of Beth’s friends, Leann (Azura Skye) and Taylor (Ana Claudia TalancÃ³n). Together, Jack and Beth work feverishly to unravel the mystery behind the ominous calls. But even as they get closer to the truth, Beth’s cell phone begins to ring with an eerie tune, and the readout says One Missed Call…
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Mark Steven Johnson explains why Ghost Rider sucks so bad: “It was a hard R and bleak in my opinion, Johnson says of David Goyer’s early script. “But then the studio says to you, ‘I’m going to let you make your movie, your vision, but you’ve got to make sure it’s a PG-13. We’ve got to make money.’ Which is fair.” So don’t expect the unrated directors cut on DVD: “There’s not an R-rated version, We didn’t shoot that.”
Possitive early reviews of Evan Almighty are streaming in. The Bruce Almighty sequel starring Steve Carell is “funny, heart warming and impactful film – it is a close encounters of the almighty kind,” according to one audience member.
DreamWorks has hired Carter B. Smith (Love Rome) to direct the big screen adaption of Scott Smith’s novel The Ruins. The horror thriller follows four American friends on vacation in Cancún who find themselves lost in the jungle. A Simple Plan author/screenwriter Scott Smith is writing the script.
Night at the Museum helmer Shawn Levy is getting handed everything now-a-days. Next up will be an adaptation of the canine bestseller Marley & Me. This sounds more Levy’s speed than Flash. I hope he has to drop out of The Hardy Men, because that film has potential. Shooting will start in late April in Los Angeles.
Pop Quiz: How much does it cost to buy an advertisement during the Academy Awards?
Answer: $1.6 million, up from $700,000 in 1995.
New Star Wars video game will hit stores in November. The game allows players to become Darth Vader’s “secret apprentice” and promises to reveal new secrets about the Star Wars galaxy. George Lucas has no shame.
Zooey Deschanel (Elf) has been cast as the Tin Man in SCI FI Channel’s miniseries retelling of The Wizard of Oz. Alan Cumming is playing the Scarecrow-like character of Glitch. Sounds interesting.
Forest Whitaker, Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning will star in the ensemble drama Winged Creatures, about “survivors of a brutal restaurant murder who are left to divine their own individual paths to understanding their mortality and connection to society.”
Warner Bros. are moving back the remake of Takashi Miike’s One Missed Call from August 2007 to January 4, 2008. The movie follows a bunch of people who receive terrifying cell phone messages of their own final fatal moments. The film is directed by Eric Valette, and stars Ed Burns, Shannyn Sossamon, Ana Claudia Talancon, Ray Wise, Azura Skye, Johnny Lewis, Jason Beghe and Margaret Cho.