Noroi: The Curse (2005)
Director: Koji Shiraishi
Main Stars: Jin Muraki, Rio Kanno, Tomono Kuga, Marika Matsumoto, Kei Matsubara, Makoto Inamori
Storyline: A filmmaker explores the supernatural and stumbles upon a series of incidents surrounding a demon known as kagutaba
Review (Spoils): I had no idea what I was about to witness when I started to watch this film. At first when the documentary started (yes this done like a documentary with a series of video) I was less impress as I was like god here we go again with the same paranormal shit. But about 15min into the film is started to pull me in with the series of events and even some wackiness of the psychics and the kids show. Then it started to gather a series of events and people and glued them together one by one. This is not for everyone as it can be a bit much with the slow motion replays (not sure why they did this as most accounts it was noticed the first time) but trust me keep watching this. It goes through a series of disappearances, deaths, pigeons, babies, ghost like feeling, a babe in yellow, nut bar people, crawling fetuses, hangings, dead dogs and the ritual of the great demon known only as kagutaba.
This film is not scary but instead it’s creepy as hell. The acting is actually really good especially the psychic in the tinfoil (he was awesome)and the woman known as Junko (Tomono Kuga) and this is way creepier then The Blair Witch Project which I can see people comparing it too. The sound effects are and so are even the grainy dark images and the final scene in the woods like messed up and well worth the wait. This film caught me right off guard as it kept getting graded higher in my head as it went.
Rating: This film is now on my list of classics. This film was for some strange reason hit the right nerves for me when it comes to horror films and classics are really hard to find of this era. The mood is spooky, it has tinfoil hats, and the special effects are actually cool. Watch this right through to the very very end as it continues right to the last second of the film even after the credit. Turn off the lights, grab some beers, get the subtitles going and watch this original messed film till the very end. You will thank me…