Comedian-turned-actor Margaret Cho told SCI FI Wire that she recently completed work on One Missed Call, an English-language remake of the 2003 Japanese horror film Chakushin Ari. "It's in the vein of The Grudge," Cho said in an interview while promoting her upcoming project, the SCI FI Channel original miniseries The Lost Room. "It's a really quiet, really sort of scary, very thoughtful and intelligent horror film, which is kind of what's happening a lot in horror nowadays."
The original movie, from controversial Japanese horror auteur Takashi Miike, begins with a college student who fails to answer her cell phone because she doesn't recognize the caller ID. When she replays the message later, she realizes the time stamp is three days in the future, with her own voice as she's being killed. In the remake, Cho will play a detective.
"It's really creepy stuff," Cho said. "It was very exciting to work on and really scary. I play a very cynical policewoman who doesn't believe anybody is getting voice mails from ghosts. People hear themselves dying, and they have a couple of days to save themselves, to stop it from happening for real. They're getting voice mails from their ghostly selves. I've seen the original film, and it's terrifying. It's really creepy, and I think they’ve done a great job with this one. In J-horror a lot of things are very mysterious, and this one sort of illuminates the story a little more, but it's still very scary." One Missed Call, which also stars Edward Burns (A Sound of Thunder) and Shannyn Sossamon (The Order), will be released next summer.