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.
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.
I think I have finally figured out what disturbs me the most. Found footage films with crappy editing. First, there was Megan is Missing, a terrible film that made me sleepless for two nights as it scared the crap out of me. Then Noroi: The Curse. A movie so unsettling I actually had to turn it off an hour in, get some sleep and watch the rest the day after.
I like and loathe Noroi at the same time. It is pretty unique for being a found footage film and has a surprisingly compelling, creepy and complicated story. That doesn't save it from its unnecessary length and flaws, however. Still, it is rare for me to see movies that scare…
A documentary filmmaker explores a series of paranormal events and discovers killings, possessions, a psychic encased in tin foil, and "ectoplasmic worms." J-horror meets the found footage genre; a bit slow, but there are enough scattered scares to keep you watching to the end.
A middle-aged documentarian and paranormal expert uncovers some very strange goings-on in suburban Japan (and subsequently goes missing), and his resultant film is deemed "too disturbing for public viewing"... but we're going to watch it anyway. Unsurprisingly, it's very tame really, and not especially thrilling for the most part. It's largely a free-form collage, jumping around in time and mixing investigative footage, interviews and TV clips: generally a great way of piecing together a real documentary, but for a mockumentary that needs to be scary, I'm not so convinced. And it's so in thrall to The Blair Witch Project that it can't help but suffer in comparison. If your favourite part of that film is the documentary stuff before the…
I'm a big fan of found footage films, and had heard some pretty decent things about Noroi, so I decided to give it a shot. I ended up leaving both relatively satisfied and incredibly underwhelmed.
The plot of Noroi is relatively impossible to summarize, primarily because it is a winding tale with various independent events and stories that weave together. To its credit it does mostly manage to do this effectively, but it causes the story to feel incredibly meandering at points and just make the viewer want for the movie to get to the point.
There are a few effectively creepy bits in Noroi (though also a couple that are unintentionally hilarious), but they get dragged down by how…
While definitely spooky, I felt unsatisfied. Now I'm terrified to visit the Japanese countryside...
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Documentary guy that goes around looking for supernatural stuff happens on some various incidents that seem to be connected. Some woman on a variety show freaks out when visiting a shrine, some young child displays remarkable psychic abilities, some nut that wears tinfoil both proclaims the actress doomed and becomes obsessed with the child once she disappears. Some scary looking lady freaks out at the cameraman while living next door to a family that ends up dying, and she turns up again later. Pigeons fly into doors and die. Various recordings of various people (many of whom either end up dead or have neighbors that end up dead) have creepy voices in the background that sound like they're saying "Nabuta."…
Definitely a cut above PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and its lower-than-low-rent found footage fiascoes, but its clever use of mixed media and a refreshing avoidance of jump scares doesn't redeem its glacial pace or predictable story beats. However I'm tempted to give it a lukewarm recommendation solely on the strength of its ending, one of the most ingenious and agonizing extended takes in recent memory. Dog lovers are advised to avoid this at all costs.
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