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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.
Film #19 of October Horror Movie Challenge / Hoop-tober
"Noroi" is a found footage horror film in the form of a documentary, which is similar to "Blair Witch Project" - and then maybe not, "Noroi" offers a lot more than you think. It was really creepy to watch alone in the dark with its suspense, atmosphere and some creepy scenes here and there in the film. A demonic thrill and a true mystery...
But avoid at all costs to see the trailer, if you are considering to see the film.
Truth. How crazy are you to find out what truth is? Curiosity kills sometimes. Creepiness may be more observable in cheerfulness. I know it's arguable but most radiant-looking found footages in this film do not seem normal and gay. Okay, define normal? Fuck it.
Watching Noroi was a 2-hours eerie experience. This is not your regular Asian horror. Sorry Hollywood, you will have no idea how to remake this film because you simply can't. KA GU TA BA!! So, say a truth about something around you is way too scary, how crazy are you to find it out? Hope you're still alive.
The J-horror modern curse filtered through the found footage lens. Combining the “documentary” footage of a paranormal expert who’d disappeared along with clips from tv, much older footage, and (in one Paranormal Activity-predicting sequence) a night cam, we get a lot of build up to a unique and occasionally chilling supernatural mystery. At times it evokes the work of Junji Ito (or maybe they both draw from similar sources/cultural fears) in how images and patterns can be consuming, which in a way could make the film sound a lot better than it may ultimately be. Noroi is a bit overlong, or at least feels it which is worse. I dig this kind of stuff in terms of content, in terms…
If anything, laudable for its adherence to a cohesive formalism. The entire film is a Matryoshka doll in structure: a documentary within a documentary containing snippets from fake television broadcasts interspersed throughout. The actual narrative however is a series of missed opportunities astutely tied together, but never settling tonally on spectacle (dead animals, people on fire, sudden outbursts) or subtlety (unconvincingly rendered CGI ghosts, narrative ellipses, general supernatural phenomena) and in most cases, awkwardly failing at both.
Terrifying false documentary about a vanished supernatural reporter and his investigation on multiple mysterious deaths. The narrative can get a little confusing, our main source of information are TV videos and footage from the supernatural reporter's investigation. It does overstay its welcome quite a bit, I feel that you could easily cut 20 to 30 minutes and the movie would work just as fine. That said, the ending was pretty great and involved a lot of japanese folklore and witchcraft.
Pigeons. Dead dogs. A mentally-disturbed, tinfoil-clad psychic. A paranormal investigator. An angry demon. And the disconcerting sound of many babies crying out in unison in the middle of a wood. This is a film which possibly is a little TOO deliberate in building atmosphere and dread (although these are not qualities to be scorned in this particular genre) - to the extent where it could easily be accused of having "slight pacing issues". However, it manages eeriness and indeed does instil a sense of dread in the viewer - and when shit starts to go down in the last half-hour, it almost feels like a kind of reward for sticking with it. Satisfactory, but slightly overlong - much like this summary, in fact.
"No matter how terrifying, I want the truth"
Noroi: The Curse might be one of the scariest films that I've ever seen in my entire life. It's truly terrifying; relying on suspense, atmosphere and some creepy imagery. It's also unpredictable and will leave you guessing throughout.
The performances are pretty good but a few could have been better.
This film scared the shit outta me! And that's very hard to do! I'm probably gonna have nightmares tonight
Thanks to well created suspense and the fact I didn't know where the plot was going to go, The Noroi Curse is a very good horror film that is one of the best I've seen in a while.
One of my favorite horror movies and probably the best executed, most ambitious found footage movie I've ever seen 👍🏻
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