A quivering voice begs to screenwriter, Joel Brandt, to pick up the phone on a message from his answering machine. Thinking it a prank, Joel deletes the message. The caller is found dead. Another caller leaves Joel a message; there is another murder…then another…then another. The killer has Joel’s attention, and Joel has the attention of the police. Now the prime suspect in a series of murders, Joel discovers this psychotic killer has targeted him for a reason found within his body of work. Will Joel be able to re-write his ending, or be forced to pay the ultimate price? (A. Voghell)
Larry Cohen is back with yet another story revolving around a telephone. Messages Deleted is his final movie to file in his unofficial telephone-focused trilogy which includes Phone Booth and Cellular. The films stars Matthew Lillard and Deborah Kara Unger and is the directorial debut from horror producer Rob Cowan.