A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo.
The poster for this film is really quite misleading. It looks like standard lank-haired Japanese girl fare, and as it is from Takeshi Shimizu, the director of The Grudge that is probably a fair assumption.
Instead Marebito is a strange concoction that takes us below the streets of Tokyo to catacombs that teem with the dead and other, stranger denizens. This is seen through the eyes and camera of Masuoka (Shinya Tsukamoto) as he seeks to discover the terror that he saw in the eyes of a man whom he witnessed commit suicide.
Not only does it bear little relation to the standard J-Horror template, Marebito, in its willful strangeness and disregard for coherent narrative has more in common with…
I think this movie might be a mini-masterpiece on the state of technology, voyeurism and a quest to see "beyond" one's limitations. There is also a possibility that it is complete garbage. That being said, the optimist in me is going for the former.
a total garbage
I didn't like this at all. Marebito was slow, boring, uneventful, ugly, terribly shot and way too long for its own good.
This is some movie. At first deceptively simple and later maybe deceptively involved. Such was the confident manner of the director, Takashi Shimizu, I just went along despite everything and whilst it is difficult to associate with the lead character, the mighty, actor/director (Tetsuo) Shinya Tsuramoto, eventually persuades. Not an easy film to watch with its flashing and even blank screen moments, not to mention the horrific violence, but once this has you hooked, it is difficult to escape. Everything is unbelievable and yet there is a niggling doubt that just maybe things are this bad. Tsuramoto gives a towering performance as a completely lost soul searching it seems for almost anything to justify his existence. What he finds is not a pretty sight but this movie remains with you, for good or bad, long after viewing. Bold and original film making.
Strange & Beautiful. Soundtrack and sound design made me squirm.
*Nominated for best "Mark me down as scared, AND horny," kiss in a foreign film.
Amazingly director Takashi Shimizu filmed Marebito in just eight days between making The Grudge and its American remake, and like those films its steeped in atmosphere, although leans towards the more bizarre side of J-horror.
Marebito follows Masuoka (played by Tetsuo’s star and director Shinya Tsukamoto), a cameraman whose obsession with a ghoulish suicide he captured on Tokyo’s subway leads him to discover strange ghostly spectres moving unseen among us. Following them into the tunnels underneath Tokyo, he finds a naked girl chained to a rock. Taking her back to his apartment, he soon realises that she make not be human.
In many ways tame compared to some of the grisly offerings that have been coming out of the US, Marebito is nevertheless unsettling, creepy stuff. It doesn’t quite match the spooky intensity of The Grudge, but the slow-burning pace and sense of creeping dread mean that it's still a worthy watch
a total garbage
From my old Netflix reviews:
This is another Japanese flick, like Premonition (Yogen) that I wanted to give four stars, but just missed it by that much. The premise of the film is very compelling and most of the movie has that unsettling sensation (like when someone is staring at you from just outside your peripheral vision). There was one part in the movie where I had to rewind it several times just to check to see if I really saw what I was just looking at (if you've seen it already, you probably know what I'm talking about). When the voyeuristic main character enters into the underworld, he has a compelling conversation with a strange passerby and then after that he brings a cannibal chick back to his apartment to eat him in sessions. Got all that? I'm not giving anything away, so watch and enjoy!
This is a weird one, It's bizarre and intriguing but also slightly boring at the same time. I'm never really sure what the hell is going on and I can't relate or identify with the main character which for a film like this is a necessity. I can't help but think that this was some insane manga that didn't quite make the transition to the "Big Screen" or straight to video as the case maybe. If you like this "Gozu" and "ID" are similar but better.
japan's specialty in providing a weird narration. then, they'll throw you in an off-tangent direction providing an uneasy rewarding ending.
In order to make it eerie, spooky and suspenseful the movie ends up being sleepy and slow. Great ending and good plot. Painfully anemic score and no budget.
I don't even know how to review this movie. It's so bizarre, yet cool. I really, really liked it just based on the originality of the premise. I haven't seen anything like this before, certainly not from the Japanese horror genre (although this isn't really a straightforward horror). I've heard some people say this borrows heavily from H.P. Lovecraft, but I've never read any Lovecraft, so it was all new to me. It explores some really cool ideas. Probably worth a rewatch.
a bizarre horror feeding, confusions you'll ever be likely to see -what's not bizarre in Japan anyway. They put on creepy and interesting.. um romance that reminded me of Swedish horror "Let The Right One In", starts off pretty slow, but somewhere along the way it will give them chills about fear of unknown. After all it was an original classic
A weird, creepy yet oddly...romantic?
Thats the feeling I got. I was both creeped out by this, but also I found it to be very heartwarming. Without giving anything away, its a great movie if you are into the more subtle spooks and the oddities of the human mind.
Also features possibly the most erotic kiss scenes I have ever witnessed. Its wonderful.
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