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A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba."
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.
Taking the form of a paranormal mockumentary, Noroi: The Curse spends its first hour doling out a creepy homespun mythology in terse, journalistic increments. Everything unfurls with a slow, deliberate menace as the film invites us to pour over its seemingly inexhaustible archive of footage: news broadcasts, variety show excerpts, home videos, faux-vérité shock-doc investigations. And as we parse through this stockpile of material, spooked-out curiosity gradually turns into raw-nerved panic. In the process, Koji Shiraishi also welcomes us into a close-knit community of ghost chasers, TV psychics, and paranormal investigators, a sort of disreputable lunatic fringe that operates in the margins. Noroi immerses us into their half-cracked universe, draws us into a web of ineffable mysteries, and—yes, with a…
Very interesting and creepy.Few discrepancies in the last 30 mins.Well structured,few pacing issues but nothing significant.The film purposefully keeps the reason behind the mysteries in the movie incomplete.This gives the audience the scope to speculate and therefore indulge in the movie,which could backfire with few dismissing it as logically defunct and unrefined. Is it only me who thinks that there are at at least few similarities with Haneke's Cache?
Differing stories aside, Noroi: The Curse mostly resembles a Japanese cousin of The Last Broadcast. It's a found footage horror that takes the form of a mockumentary. Here, Mr. Kobayashi attempts to unravel the mystery surrounding various paranormal incidents which may or may not be connected by a demonic ritual. He also gets helped, if that's what you want to call it, by a deranged psychic who lives inside a tin foil house.
Like The Last Broadcast, proceedings are interesting, if somewhat creepier in this Japanese take. Unlike its American relative though, Noroi's ending is scrappy, and it fails somehow to ratchet up enough tension or any kind of pay-off to make it a great watch.
The tin foil man is really great, though.
I enjoyed this movie. I didn't think it was amazing but I enjoyed the concept and the layout of the film. I was a bit thrown off by how long the movie was but I did feel that it made good use of the time. I did not find it to be particularly scary but it did manage to be disturbing.
La bruja de Blair en su versión mas cochina.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I watch it, not knowing it was a mokumentary style found-footage film, and almost 2 hours long as well!
It almost feel like the Blair Witch Project film, but better. It is much creepier, and scarier.
Der letzte Tag unseres Horror-Monats ist gekommen: Halloween! 21 Filme haben wir insgesamt gesehen, und es hat mir richtig Spaß gemacht mit Bobo und spa zusammen diese Aktion durchzuziehen. Auch wenn wir mit den letzten Texten auf spa-zone.de noch hinterherhinken. Ganz besonders freuen wir uns über die Unterstützer, die uns DVDs gesponsort haben. Zu Halloween besuchten und Alex (a.k.a. Alenny) und Sandra (a.k.a. Schramme), und was die beiden mitbrachten, war ein hervorragendes Finale.
Bei "Noroi - The Curse" handelt es sich um einen japanischen Found Footage Film aus dem Jahr 2005. Produziert wurde er von Takashige Ichise, der auch die berühmten "Ring" und "Ju-on: The Grudge" Reihen produzierte. In diese Richtung geht hier ebenfalls der Horror, denn wir haben es…
A surprisingly good found footage film about a Japanese paranormal investigation. The film slowly unravels a complicated web of events and connections seemingly centered on an old religious ceremony and a mysterious unknown word, "Kagutaba". The slow plot builds up to a genuinely chaotic and disturbing conclusion.
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