We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
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…
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.
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…
I'm not really a fan of 'found footage' horrors but had read good things about this and decided to give it a try. It begins well and Jin Muraki is so good as the documentary film maker out to explore some paranormal activity that we are fully engaged for at least the first half. Interest is maintained by mixing in TV footage where appropriate and a real sense of something terrible going on is established. However, the psycho psychic is very much overplayed and brings an unwelcome element of farce. The as our attention wavers it becomes clear that this ultimately has nowhere to go. it is a shame because it was a good, if not particularly original, idea and…
“I want the truth. No matter how terrifying, I want the truth.”
-Masafumi Kobayashi (Jin Muraki)
Film 30 of 35 of The Found Footage/Mockumentary Project.
Right, this is probably going to be long-winded and generally baffling. You’ve been warned.
Noroi really seems to be one that divides audiences. You’ll either stoically love it, or find it so utterly boring you resent it. I most certainly consider myself a resident of the first camp, since I absolutely adore Noroi. This is now the third time I’ve seen what I would consider Shiraishi’s magnum opus, and it’s just as scary now as ever it has been. Whilst I’m not going to proclaim to being fearless, it does take a fair bit to…
One of the better found-footage films I've seen - which I realise is akin to saying "one of the fresher turds I've smelled", but yes. It definitely takes far too long to get to the point and the first hour or so could have done with some serious editing (2 hours for a movie of this kind just ain't right) but the pay-off is more or less worth it. Well made and mostly well acted, I'm not sure it would really appeal to a casual horror fan due to the pace, but it's a cut above the majority of what you see in this sub-genre.
I'm not really into mock documentaries. I knew what this was going in and I watched it anyway, but generally I avoid them, and I can't say watching this was a very pleasant experience all in all. Something about this type of film just sets me off.
It was also very long. My interest in the proceedings came and went a few times. The last 30 minutes definitely gripped me, but I have to say the film ended on a low note with the revelation that Kobayashi did something so ridiculously stupid that you just have to admit he had his fate coming to him. I can't stand it when characters are dumb to an unrealistic degree.
Furthermore, even if…
This is the best found-footage horror film I have seen so far. The Blair Witch Project is extremely boring compared to this. I didn't like blair witch project, almost nothing happened in that movie and the scary parts wasn't scary at all. This film however is very scary and very creepy, it is a well made horror film. What makes this film rely creepy is how much it looks like a real documentary. The only thing I disliked, was that the shaky camera moments, lasted too long. I felt they gave the scenes where they are attacked/possessed too much time, it would be better if they had shortened down those scenes. I prefer to see what is going on, but…
I had high expectations and it didn't met them. I thought it was boring and I kept hoping for something to happen and freak me out but nothing I saw make me jump or feel anything at all. People kept telling me I was gonna be scared shitless and given it's an asian horror movie I knew that they were going to be right but this was the exception. I just don't know how to take this... I mean, it didn't felt like it was serious and I was hoping it would blow my mind. I'm so pissed off :(. And I love found footage, I love it even when it sucks but I didn't loved this one.
Interesting plot, good scenery, and acceptable cameras.
Good film. I like the found footage style and I thought this had a nice vibe. Wasn't particularly creepy though, lacked subtlety and I never fully got into it, but it was worth a watch.
Very creepy and cool!
This is how "found-footage" horror is done. Doesn't resort to jump scares to provide the thrills. Instead goes for a documentary-like precision making it an eerie, unsettling and all the more scary watch.
- Whistle and I'll Come to You
- The Woman in Black
- The House of the Laughing Windows
- Who Can Kill a Child?
- A Tale of Two Sisters
- A Page of Madness
- The Burmese Harp
- Fires on the Plain
- The Makioka Sisters
When you have watched films seriously for as long as I have, you may start to see trends in your…