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…
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.
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…
A could-have-been-brilliant horror film let down by an exposition-heavy second act.
A decent documentary-style horror film that relies on mystery and atmosphere for its scares instead of loud noises and BOO. I can't believe I'm saying this, but Noroi could've used a little more boo. There's a lot of buildup with not a lot of payoff.
However, it did manage to make me forever wary of those tree spirit kodama things from Princess Mononoke.
Not an easy film to find but well worth your time. Incredibly eerie and takes the time to explain the cultural gaps that could have easily hindered the story. Not your run of the mill jhorror!
The first time I watched Noroi I was rather underwhelmed. The second time I watched it, I was full blown terrified.
On the other side of the asian extreme horror spectrum, Noroi fits into the subtle and brooding kind of horror films that buries into your mind. It lays all the necessary clues and elements in plain view and once we feel we have everything figured out, it's terrifying conclusion uncomfortably proves our assumptions right.
I think a second viewing is essential. And much like the best horror films, Noroi only gets scarier with each consequent viewing.
Magnificent! The movie deserves all the praise it gets and MORE!
More creepy than scary, this is a found footage movie that follows a reporter as he delves into various supernatural occurrences that eventually intersect in events that may lead to the very end of mankind. Aborted fetuses, ectoplasmic worms, demon rituals, and psychic elementary school students all figure into the plot that runs a little long, but has a cool mythology behind it and the found footage angle makes sense to the story for the majority of the running time.
Having never previously seen a Kôji Shiraishi film, or any Japanese "found-footage" horror film before, Noroi's engaging, unique format employing broadcast footage alongside the main narrative was not only original, it provided a very unique structure and timeline to unfold a really solid narrative. Although the CGI felt dated in parts and some scenes felt poorly paced, the ending was really redeeming and satisfying. I often hear people complaining about the length and complexity, however neither seem to be an issue in this film as it was relatively straightforward.
¡Película de terror de "metraje encontrado" más de diez años después de la bruja de Blair! ¡Qué originales somos!
¡Pseudo-documental de sucesos paranormales y rituales demoníacos! ¡Uuuh! ¡Les va a encantar!
¡Un par de sustos malos!
Nunca comprenderé a los fans de este género. Nunca.
Scary movie. No jump scares, just a complex plot and great creepy atmosphere.
This movie seems to have gained quite a following and is rated very highly on a lot of websites. Can't say I totally agree with the reviews that claim its one of the scariest films of all time, but I can say it was fairly unsettling and somewhat original. Every time I think I'm done with the found footage genre, I get pulled right back in.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I found this on a site where Noroi was being discussed:
"Japanese speaker here, and yes, there were some translation issues. I'm sure everyone noticed the subtitles at times said "embryos" when "fetuses" would have made so much more sense. The translators chose the word "ritual" (gishiki 儀式) to describe the Kagutaba ceremony the people of Shimokage Village last performed in 1978, and, although that's also a technically correct translation, I found it a bit misleading given that the dialogue itself actually used the word that most directly translates into "festival" (matsuri 祭り).
It makes more sense to know the people of Shimokage Village had some agency here - they were, in a very real sense, celebrating Kagutaba with a…
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