I love found-footage horrors! They are some of my favorites! I am going to include Fictional Documentaries/Reality TV/Broadcast TV Horrors…
Noroi: The Curse
A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba."
Noroi: The Curse constructs a whole world to inhabit out of paranormal vhs documentaries, psychick children, tabloid news, the remnants of drowned witch villages, and the powerful demonologies which animate the central mythos. It is best to watch Noroi: The Curse by knowing little or nothing about it save that it is a fake paranormal vhs doc, the last of its line, as the researcher responsible has disappeared after uncovering a story too vast to be fit onto vhs cassettes. The only other logical comparison to this movie in scope and folkloric jolt would be The Blair Witch Project, yet where that movie felt impressionist, ambient and sketchy (in the best possible way), Noroi: The Curse brings the weight of…
I think all these creepy Japanese horror films are made as an effort by the Japanese Government to keep tourists out. I think the Japanese Government is also behind Lost in Translation, Enter the Void, The Ring, and all those classic Samurai movies.
"Come to Japan!"
"Get your heart broken, get yourself shot by a drug dealer, cursed by a dead girl, and then finished off by a vengeful samurai."
"Enjoy your stay!"
Gee, sounds like a great place to go....
But for real. Noroi or, The Curse is a little horror flick that released in 2005 but has seen a steady increase in popularity in the West since its release. The increase in popularity is earned because Noroi is…
Listen, if you love this movie you can blame my husband for the low rating.
If you don't love this movie, yeah, I agree, it was pretty fucking boring, overly long and really silly in the end when he was basically struggling, pulling himself along after losing the mobility in his legs to get to his smokin' hot wife, but made sure to pick up the camera along the way (lol).
Noroi has wonderful poster art though.
Ok, I've done it. I've finally posted my last review from Halloween... Hoop-Tober is a lot of work. I don't know how, but you guys make it look so easy...
Although re-watched recently, this review was originally posted in the Hidden Horrors You Must See Blog.
As fitting a phrase it may be for a website dealing with such subject matter as this, “done to death” may be the first and foremost reaction some horror aficionados may have toward the found footage sub-genre(up to this point at least). Well, even the darkest and dingiest caverns sometimes have a light at the end of their menacing tunnels, and in this case, that light happens to shine brighter…
Part of my Horror Marathon .
I can't get the final scene of this out of my head, and my thoughts are still jumbled. Will review when I can distance myself from it.
Noroi is a startlingly scary entry in the Japanese "demon curse" sub-genre. In it, an investigative journalist/documentary filmmaker looks into events related to a long-flooded town and its patron-demon "Kagutaba".
One thing I really appreciated about this movie was it's commitment to style. In an age of "found-footage" films, a real (fake) documentary almost feels like a throwback of sorts, but one where the additional effort is very clear. It isn't just the (very effective) style that works here though. This is a genuinely scary movie, and that comes from someone who's seen plenty of devil-movies in his time. I don't want to wreck this one by getting into too many details as I recommend you try and seek this one out. I found it on YouTube, but I'm sure there must be some physical media out there. Look for it.
Great A-Horror found footage. Done in the spirit of The Last Broadcast and Poughkipse Tapes, this found footage gem is top shelf genre film making.
Week 39: Sep. 23-Sep. 29
J Horror Week
Originally, I planned to watch Dead Sushi this week, but decided I was more in the mood for some straight up horror rather than horror comedy. And oh boy was this horror, thoroughly spooked the shit out of me in a way no other found footage film has ever been able to. Loved it.
Very uneven acting, ultimately pointless story, too many cop-out moments, BUT....!
Still a pretty good example of the what the benefits of found footage can look like; how it can be used to tell a story by outlining information and not allow the viewer full access to the story or full control over what's going on. It amazes me how so many found footage-movies insist on covering as much footage as possible, when the very opposite (lack of complete coverage) is one of the things that can make them exciting in the first place.
Interesting form, middling execution. Can't deny there's some genuinely creepy stuff here; Kôji Shiraishi's curious take on found-footage horror features enough spooky atmosphere and slow-burn weirdness to keep you good and tense during its bloated runtime (115 minutes!), and the general premise—an investigative journalist looks into a potential case of demonic possession—mostly lingers in the sweet spot between mockumentary verisimilitude and J-horror fatalism. Several clever touches add to the authenticity—clips from an oddball Japanese game show, the video production company framing device, the cheapo fringe-media vibe of the titles and music—yet The Curse ultimately falls victim to a lack of faith in its audience; Shiraishi eschews the ambiguity of the first half for straight-up supernatural scares in the second, a…
that was pretty intense
It's got some decent scary moments, an enthusiastic mixed media approach and it's nice to see the pieces come together but, like a lot of Japanese horror, it's far too much about the plot, the mythology and the moments and not nearly enough about the characters
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is about a man that cannot open doors.
Then he learns how to open a door.
Then he forgets.
There's a fundamental flaw with the found footage genre, relating specifically to the production of them; they are cheap and relatively easy to produce, which in turn means that the genre is over-saturated with mediocre films which would be considered abysmal if they were filmed normally. Fortunately, "Noroi: The Curse" is not one of these films; in fact, as far as found footage films go, it is a clever, suspenseful film which uses its position to seamlessly blend raw footage, interviews and TV show recordings together to create a genuinely disturbing and uncomfortable viewing experience.
At the beginning of the film, we are told that its subject, Masafumi Kobayashi (Jin Muraki), has disappeared. Kobayashi, a paranormal investigator, had been producing…
The September Movie Challenge of Dan Henderson! Film #1. Task #24 Watch a movie of your choice whilst drunk and write the review unedited whilst drunk.
It's still August and I don't give a fuck. So, yeah!
I was intoxicated when I saw this and it really captured me into thinking how weird japanese people are. I dig their lack of emotions, besides terror and paranoia. Really. I'm a sucker for found footage horror films. To me there's always an atmosphere. I create it around what I see. I live for it. The majority of the scenes felt rarely funny and very distant. Everything was cordinated to lead through those last twenty minutes of the movie, and I love me a good storyline in my horrors.
The whole movie was an ambitious project. Did it paid off? I don't fucking know.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
With a list of…