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.
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.
Also, this links to my Google Doc where I have been working out the myriad questions I have about the film. Input welcome!
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'd rate this as an interesting failure unfortunately. It starts as a series of 'real' video clips highlighting a variety of ghostly goings on and are realistic enough to be very effective.later on as reveals happen however it begins to push the boundaries of the found footage style which just grates, the usual 'why would they be filming this?' moments.
The premise revolves around a TV ghost hunter who realised a series of weird events could be linked to an ancient spirit, leading on a quest to see if he has or hasn't been summoned, mixed with a number of missing people who have all mysteriously vanished.
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