One Missed Call
Runtime: 1h 52m
Director: Takashi Miike
Writers: Yasushi Akimoto, Minako Daira
Stars: Ko Shibasaki, Shin’ichi Tsutsumi, Kazue Fukiishi
Double Feature Fodder:
Basic choices, I think this would be a great middle film of a triple feature with Ring (1998) and Ju-On (2002).
Initial: I decided to watch One Missed Call on recommendation from Possessed by Horror’s Top Ten Tech Horror Movies. I’m always a little leery of J-horror since it really does get under my skin.
Production Notes: There is of course an American remake One Missed Call (2008).
What Did I Think:
Aw, the days of flip phones . . .
Tech horror is kind of an odd sub-genre because technology can so rapidly change. If I came across the VHS tape from The Ring, for example, I’d be pretty safe because I don’t think my VHS player is even hooked up to my TV. Anyone a decade younger than me probably hasn’t even encountered a VHS tape.
(Related: I was recently listening to a podcast about Poltergeist (1982) and the hosts were confused about the whole American anthem/channel going to snow late at night. They had never encountered TV stations without 24-hour content.)
But tech horror does offer such delightful ways for people to become accidentally cursed. You watched a weird, unlabeled video cassette? Now you’re cursed. You’re a contact on someone’s phone? Now you’re cursed. There can be so many ways to become haunted in the modern world . . .
One Missed Call isn’t the scariest J-horror I’ve watched, but it has it’s moments. I’m not sure everything about the plot entirely matches up. The ending seems to perhaps play fast and loose with the “rules” and motivations, but it was a fine Sunday evening diversion.