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THE MOVIE: One Missed Call

Shannyn Sossaman • Ed Burns
DIRECTOR: Eric Valette

Edward Burns and Shannyn Sossamon THE CONCEPT:
Remake of the Japanese Supernatural thriller, Chakushin ari. Beth Raymond (Sossamon) is traumatized when she witnesses the gruesome deaths of two of her friends. She knows that both of them, days before, had received chilling phone messages, recordings of their own horrifying last moments. The police think Beth is delusional, except for Detective Jack Andrews (Burns), whose own sister was killed in a freak accident that bears a strange similarity to the deaths.

U.S. RELEASE: January 4th 2008, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13


“Eric [Valette] asked me not to look at the original film until after I’d seen his version of the film. I guess he didn’t want us comparing notes or questioning some of the changes that he’d made. I know my character doesn’t play a big part in the original, so I respected that.”

“Eric also told me not to watch the original film. I think it’s a director’s decision in the case of a remake to handle it in [one of two ways]; let’s watch it and really be passionate about the first one and try to remake it, or, let’s act like it doesn’t exist and do it our way. And I think there’s something to be said about treating it like it’s brand new.”

“I think this is the fourth cop I’ve played, but in this kind of film the investigative work that Detective Andrews is doing isn’t very sophisticated, how do you prep for investigating a cellular killer? I’m definitely more cynical than my character. In these films, whether it’s a horror film or not, there’s always the one believer who will help out the damsel in distress, and that’s who I think Jack Andrews is.”

“Ed and I totally hit it off, same sense of humor, he was great. But there were times where I had to go, ‘You need to go over there,’ and I asked them to put duct tape on the camera box for an eye line, because I would look in his eyes and I was just like, ‘Oh shit, I’m going to laugh.’ And it would be a take where I had to be freaking out and terrified, it was horrible.”

“Shannyn and I had a lot of fun. I discovered very early on that it was very easy to get her to laugh, so it was fun to toy with her when she had to do tough screaming work, and really have to be terrified. I don’t know that Eric always appreciated it.”

SOSSAMON about the eerie scene in the hospital where her character encounters a ghost:
“That was a real woman lying on top of me with beautiful special effects make-up, it was creepy. That was a really interesting scene to do. It was intense because I had her energy, as well as a person on me, and it was very strange the way she was caressing my face. But I think for [my character] Beth, it was an out-of-body experience. She’d had too much terror already, so it wasn’t about the terror. It was about this otherworldly thing with this woman.”

“I believe in ghosts a little bit. I had a weird experience once, I was on the highway coming into Manhattan, and there was a rise up in the highway before it dipped down into the mid-town tunnel. Coming up, there was an old couple on the side of the road, the woman was sitting in the car and the old guy was looking under the hood of his stalled car. I’m listening to the radio, and I just glanced at them, and then I come up over the rise and as I’m coming down [the hill I saw] the same car, and the same two people were in it. Could they possibly have gotten the car started, and stalled it again while I wasn’t paying attention? That’s my only weird occurrence.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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