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Noroi: The Curse (2005)

Noroi: The Curse (2005)

Country: Japan

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

NoroiReview (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…

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9/10 Beers!


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Dark Water (2002)

Dark Water (2002)

Country:  Japan

Director:  Hideo Nakata

Main Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi

Storyline:  A single mother and her child move into a new apartment that is haunted by permeated water.

MV5BMzkyMzkzNDYwOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjg3MzAzMQ@@__V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_Review (Spoils):  Yoshimi (Hitomi Kuroki ) wins a custody battle over her daughter and wants to start a new beginning. She finds this small but nice little apartment that fits her budget and needs for them. Strange things start to happen such as visions of water, overflowing bathtubs, leaking on the ceiling and walls where there are no pipes and of course puddles on the floor. Yoshimi thinks she is starting to lose her mind but this is affecting her over emotional daughter also. The deadbeat landlord does not want anything to do with the issue or even the topic. Through time we find out it ties to a red kid’s bag and a ghostly little girl that keeps appearing.

This film falls under the Ringu type feel which a haunting which has a connection to a little girl and water. Hideo Nakata should have pulled away from that or maybe he was trying to better the storyline with this tale. Both tales are so closely similar it is almost like a more modern Ringu. The graphics of the little girl are pretty darn good and the elevator scene is memorable in the end.  This film might not be as creepy as Ringu but at the same time it is more straight forward and not as confusing.

Rating:  If you loved Ringu you’re going to like this one or be overly annoyed. To be honest this film is a better film then Ringu as it is not as confusing and everything does get pretty much explained and it does not leave you trying to figure out all the symbolism for years. But as being unique it fails unfortunately it comes after Ringu.

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6/10 Beers!


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