A fair-haired pixieish beauty from Canada, Angela Featherstone started out as a model, but for her chosen career was happy to downplay her delicate features to play zanier roles, emerging as an actres...
After surviving a devastating car accident following her first college party freshman Cassie (Melissa Sagemiller) falls into a coma and steps into a nightmare of otherworldly visitations. Haunted by a grim reaper of a far different kind her only hope is to cling to chance encounters with her lost love Sean (Casey Affleck) and the aid of a mysterious young priest named Father Jude (Luke Wilson). Cassie's malicious friends Matt (Wes Bentley) Annabel (Eliza Dushku) and the morose Raven (Angela Featherstone) seem intent on drawing her to the dark side but the spirit of her soul mate Sean guides her back to the world of the living.
Sagemiller (Get Over It) may be a fine actress but this film--her second full-length feature--isn't the one to prove it. Not that Sagemiller does a poor job but like most dull and stale horror movies the female lead isn't asked to do much other than look frightened and scream--a lot. Affleck (Good Will Hunting) Bentley (American Beauty) and Dushku (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) are among the more talented actors of their generation but are completely wasted especially Affleck in his one-dimensional role. Wilson as Father Jude is the only character with an interesting part but unfortunately the good Father's development is stunted and incomplete leaving Wilson little to work with.
Steve Carpenter's first turn as a director leaves much to be desired. Of course Carpenter wrote the formulaic script so why shouldn't he be the one to helm it? One major flaw (and there are plenty to choose from) is that nearly half the movie is shot tight on the characters giving the audience a very myopic view. Even if that was intentional it certainly did nothing to heighten the tension (what little of it there was) in the movie. The flick's tagline "The World of the Dead and the World of the Living... are About to Collide" conveys the message of an epic struggle between the forces of evil and the forces of good--a struggle that never materializes. And the film's final message that love conquers all is the boring hackneyed truism that breaks the cliché camel's back.
Had a featured role as the woman who leaves Adam Sandler at the altar in "The Wedding Singer"
Had a recurring role on "Friends" as Chloe the "Xerox girl" who gets between Ross and Rachel
Relocated to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career
Featured in "Takedown", a computer hacker thriller based on a true story
Featured as Ben Stiller's fed-up girlfriend in Jake Kasdan's "Zero Effect"
Appeared in the guest cast in an episode of "Northern Exposure"
Raised in the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Manitoba
Co-starred in "Soul Survivors"
Was featured in the actioner "Con Air"
Played Detective Hannah Tyler on ABC's "Cracker"
Guest starred on an episode of "Seinfeld" (NBC)
Moved to Toronto from Manitoba at age 17 (date approximate)
Had supporting role in "illtown"
Secured a talent holding deal with DreamWorks to produce and star in her own sitcom
Appeared as part of the ensemble of "200 Cigarettes"
A fair-haired pixieish beauty from Canada, Angela Featherstone started out as a model, but for her chosen career was happy to downplay her delicate features to play zanier roles, emerging as an actress with exceptional versatility. <p> An uncredited role in 1993's "Army of Darkness" marked the beginning of Featherstone's acting career. The following year she starred in the little-seen thriller "Dark Angel". While the film was largely panned or ignored by critics, the young actress emerged unscathed, having turned in a strong and inspired performance as a beautiful mistress of the underworld on a justice-serving rampage. A supporting role in 1996's drama "illtown" followed, and she increased her visibility with appearances in "Con Air" (1997) and "Half Baked" (1998). Featherstone was featured prominently as Ben Stiller's neglected and frustrated live-in girlfriend in Jake Kasdan's engaging comic mystery "Zero Effect" (1998). That same year, decked out in 1980s garb, the actress took a turn in the popular romantic comedy "The Wedding Singer" as the woman who leaves Adam Sandler at the altar. She revisited that decade as part of the ensemble of 1999's "200 Cigarettes", playing a woman determined to score a date on New Year's Eve 1981, even if it means double-crossing her friend (played by Nicole Parker). Next up was a supporting role in the computer hacker thriller "Takedown" (also 1999).<p> Having previously appeared in a guest role on a 1993 episode of the quirky CBS series "Northern Exposure", Featherstone made her television series debut as a regular as Detective Hannah Tyler on ABC's crime drama "Cracker" (1997-1998). While this US adaptation of the popular British series was short-lived, her work opposite Robert Pastorelli's criminal psychologist Gerry 'Fitz' Fitzgerald was noteworthy. She played both strong and vulnerable in a particularly interesting and multi-layered role as Fitz's insecure colleague and object of extramarital affection, proving a capable performer and compelling presence. She was additionally featured on the small screen with memorable guest appearances, including a 1997 recurring role on "Friends" as Chloe, the "Xerox girl" with whom David Schwimmer's Ross "cheated" on Jennifer Aniston's Rachel. Featherstone was also featured as the maid Jerry falls for in a 1998 episode of "Seinfeld". Her next TV role would be played out behind the scenes, as a producer for a DreamWorks sitcom picked up by NBC.
"I'm willing to play kooky or bitchy and dress myself down with wigs and wild outfits. That makes me a character actress but its also what keeps me busy.
"People in the industry can't pigeonhole me so they're willing to see me for really different roles." --Featherstone quoted in CALGARY SUN, February 27, 1999