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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.

Director:

Rob Cowan

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Cast

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 »

Goofs

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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Un bel di vedremo
From "Madama Butterfly"
By Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Ana María Martinez
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source Q
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What a disappointment...
21 June 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

I thought that MESSAGES DELETED was a very poor thriller. It's a Canadian film that looks and feels like a television movie, so stilted is the dialogue and watered-down are the thrills. The director, Rob Cowan, only ever shot this one film and for the rest of his career has worked as a producer, so I guess this was a case of him dipping his toes into the water and finding it too cold.

I've always liked Matthew Lillard as an actor - I remember him back in SERIAL MOM - but he can do little with his underwritten character here. Deborah Kara Unger (THE GAME) is on hand as a cop investigating a rather preposterous case, but she's a bore as well; this is a film where it feels like everybody left their talent at the door before the shoot.

It's doubly disappointing as the script was written by Larry Cohen, who once had a fine career as a director of quirky, low budget horror pictures like IT'S ALIVE. More recently Cohen has enjoyed some success with his scripts for PHONE BOOTH (which was great) and CELLULAR (which wasn't), but MESSAGES DELETED is bottom of the barrel stuff for him.


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