The Horror Asylum

Sign Up   Forgot Password? 
11,710 horror articles & features | 6,992 horror movies | 1,590 horror reviews | 1,683 giveaways hosted | 228 delicious interviews Established in 2001  
The Horror Asylum
  Horror News   Reviews   Giveaways   Interviews
Movies | TV | DVDs | Books | Games Movies | DVD | Books | Games Just Added | Ending Soon Just Added | Archives
Home About Enquiries Submissions Advertising Premium Feeds Cookies

LATEST HORROR HEADLINES

The First Trailer for Occurrence at Mills Creek Unveiled Top 5 Horror Games Betsy Lynn George Returns for Don Swanson's 'Occurrence at Mills Creek' REVIEW: Thomas Crane's HALLOWEEN PARTY
CryptTV's Sunny Family Cult Season 3 Now Available The Chilling 'Whispers' Lands on DVD and VOD in the UK Eullenia Ė The First Ever Genre Television Series from Thailand New Horror/Comedy Feature Film 'The Tome' To Be Released 2019!

WIN The Secret of Marrowbone on DVD
WIN The Secret of Marrowbone on DVD
WIN Robin Hood: The Rebellion on DVD
WIN Robin Hood: The Rebellion on DVD
WIN Secret Santa on DVD
WIN Secret Santa on DVD


One Missed Call
Buy from Play.com Buy from Zavvi.com

One Missed Call (2003)

movie | Movie Details
Images, Posters, News
| Comments
Have your say

Plot Summary:
"People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths."


Review by
Phil Davies Brown
Follow me:
@horrorasylum
Review Date: 21 April 2008 My Rating: out of 5

 

Takashi Miikeís Japanese horror effort (which is based on the novel of the same name) has so far spawned two sequels and a TV show in its native Japan, as well as an American remake (the recent One Missed Call).

I watched the remake before this original film so that I would view it on itís own merits and be able to review it fairly without comparison (everyone else seems to have done it the other way around). Having now seen the original, I felt that both versions of this story were about equally as good as each other, with both having strengths and weaknesses.

The film starts slightly differently here but essentially follows the same path more or less throughout. The odd narrative structure remains and most of the deaths are similar, but there are less well accomplished effects here and an even more confusing ending.

The cast do good jobs, the scares are creepier, some parts make better sense (the glowing aura around potential victims in OMC was never really explained, here itís the manifestation of the killer and is used sparingly, itís almost as though a translation problem occurred causing the Americans to mess that up) and we get to see more in the death scenes.

I should point out that whilst One Missed Call is essentially a straightforward re-tread of this film, I was pleased to see that the Americans did not incorporate the now done to death long black hair part, which popped up here and angered me.

Overall, Chakushin Ari is creepier than One Missed Call as it used a rapidly changing technology to great effect and demonstrates on a grand scale (via aerial shots of a bustling City full of cell phone users) just how many people use cell phones in Japan and that the possibilities for the curse are endless. Miike demonstrates here that using social commentary can give horror films more depth.

OVERALL SUMMARY
Chakushin Ari is not the best Japanese horror film Iíve ever seen and is not nearly as frightening as Ringu or Ju:on, but itís still worth seeing.




Blood and Guts: Comments

Username:
Password:

Not Registered?
Sign up for FREE >>




 
There are currently no comments.
Why not have your say!?



LATEST REVIEWS

Get Out Movie Review

Get Out

Cellar Dweller Movie Review

Cellar Dweller

Pyewacket Movie Review

Pyewacket

Quiet Place, A Movie Review

Quiet Place, A

Blair Witch Movie Review

Blair Witch

Dont Breathe Movie Review

Dont Breathe

All Through The House Movie Review

All Through The House

Ghoulies Movie Review

Ghoulies

Night of Fear Movie Review

Night of Fear

Happy Death Day Movie Review

Happy Death Day

The Ritual Movie Review

The Ritual

Mercy Christmas Movie Review

Mercy Christmas

The Unraveling Movie Review

The Unraveling

The Witch Movie Review

The Witch

The Other Side of the Door Movie Review

The Other Side of the Door

LATEST GIVEAWAYS

WIN The Secret of Marrowbone on DVD WIN Robin Hood: The Rebellion on DVD
WIN Secret Santa on DVD
Now you can Watch your favorite Horror Movies using the Official ShowBox App

AN INTERVIEW WITH

An Interview with Doug Hawley
Doug Hawley







Vampires.com Werewolves.com