One Missed Call

Rated 1.0

Well, this isn’t very good now, is it? Released with no critic’s screenings, this is the type of crap we can rely on during the dumping month that is January. A remake of a Japanese horror film, it involves terror and cell phones. The complicated premise has a group of people receiving phone calls from a mysterious source and dying soon thereafter. Strange thing is, the phone calls contain their final moments before their future deaths. I’ll give director Eric Valette credit for creating a couple of scary visual moments, and casting decent actors (Shannyn Sossamon and Edward Burns), but the narrative is a mess. I got the impression that this one was cut up in the editing room in order to secure a PG-13 rating, which constitutes the worst of studio offenses when it comes to how they treat their horror films. Still, I’m not sure a re-edit would save this one.