The 10 Worst English-Language Movies Made By Good Foreign Directors

2. One Missed Call (2008)

Director: Eric Valette
Country of origin: France

With his 2002 French-language debut, Malefique, director Eric Valette worked wonders in a confined, mostly single-location setting. The film takes place predominantly inside a tight, uninviting prison cell, where four inmates dig up a dead prisoner's diary and unleash all kinds of paranormal activity upon themselves and the entire jail. It's equal parts Alfred Hitchcock (think the limited space of Lifeboat and Dial M for Murder) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (outlandish visuals used to frightening degrees).

The suits working for Warner Bros. Pictures certainly agreed, hiring Valette to direct the latest entry in Hollywood's then-rampant succession of Asian horror remakes, One Missed Call. The original—made by Japanese genre titan Takashi Miike—is derivative of films like Ringu and The Grudge, sure, but it's still equipped with tons of nightmarish imagery; Valette's One Missed Call, on the other hand, is simply nightmarish.

A catastrophic bomb marked by robotic acting and cliches, it's notable only for the rare feat it achieved on the Rotten Tomatoes: Out of 78 critics' reviews, One Missed Call received zero positive ones, giving it the ever-dreaded, shameful 0% rating. Which puts it in the same league as, gasp, Nick Swardson's Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star. The horror!

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