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Messages Deleted (2010)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 2 May 2012 (Japan)
A screenwriting teacher is forced to live out the plot of a screenplay idea he stole from a student, who now seeks revenge.

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Rob Cowan

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Lillard ... Joel Brandt
Deborah Kara Unger ... Det. Lavery
Gina Holden ... Millie Councel
Serge Houde ... Det. Breedlove
Chiara Zanni ... Claire
Michael Eklund ... Adam Brickles
Xantha Radley ... Nurse Bev
Ken Kramer ... Ben Brandt
Brandon Jay McLaren ... Dude up Front
Woody Jeffreys ... Patrick
Ildiko Ferenczi ... Kathy
Paul Lazenby ... Tractor
Anna Galvin ... Lisa Kwan
Biski Gugushe ... Tech - Shrink
Parm Soor ... Limo Driver
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A quivering voice begs to screenwriter, Joel Brandt, to pick up the phone on a message from his answering machine. Thinking it a prank, Joel deletes the message. The caller is found dead. Another caller leaves Joel a message; there is another murder...then another...then another. The killer has Joel's attention, and Joel has the attention of the police. Now the prime suspect in a series of murders, Joel discovers this psychotic killer has targeted him for a reason found within his body of work. Will Joel be able to re-write his ending, or be forced to pay the ultimate price? Written by A. Voghell

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Mystery | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 2012 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

La mort au bout du fil See more »

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(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Final screenwriting credit for Larry Cohen . See more »

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At the end of the movie when the female protagonist finishes pouring gasoline all over the main character she drops the can to the ground, landing on its side. After she lights the match and is shot by the male cop, the can is placed back up-right. See more »

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Painted Faces
Written by: Rich Walters
Performed by: With The Machines
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Not Larry Cohen's finest hour
27 June 2013 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Screenwriter Larry Cohen has over the past few decades churned out a number of screenplays that are offbeat and entertaining. However, not even Cohen is always perfect, and "Messages Deleted", which he scripted, is a big disappointment. The movie goes wrong in a number of ways. The main protagonist is a big turn-off - he's annoying in ways that are not interesting, and it's hard to be on his side as his predicament gets worse. He's also stupid, doing things no person of reasonable sense would do that get him further in trouble. Though the police are also stupid as well, missing some obvious clues that would show them that the protagonist is innocent of the charges against him. The movie has passable production values for a low budget independent Canadian production, but you don't go to a movie just for that.


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