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…
Very Strong entry in Found Footage/ Psuedo Doc Genre. Really demonstrates how much story/mythology can still be delivered in FF style. Might be a little long- but a great find
Esto es a lo que yo llamo una muy buena película de terror (y sí, es japonesa). Sin los benditos "jumpscares", sin fantasmas super elaborados con super efectos especiales. Noroi The Curse cambia todo esto por una gran inmersión y dedicación a la trama, que poco a poco te envuelve de una forma un poco perturbadora, como debería ser toda película de terror.
PD: Esos 5 ultimos minutos... DAAAAMN!!
I'm not quite sure why this movie has the notoriety it does. With the exception of a few brief scenes there is little atmosphere or "creep" factor here. Additionally, the film is way too long and drawn out, especially for a "found footage" film.
As an autist myself, I appreciate seeing my kind accurately portrayed in movies.
10/10 Thank you based Japan
I wanted to like you but emmm yeah, maybe you're not my type of movie, or who knows? Maybe I was too tired when watching you.
Arriving late to something like this hurts the experience quite a bit. It's the Beatles thing--I enjoy their music, really I do. But I also am consciously aware that I don't understand why it is regarded as some of the most important music in rock and roll history, and that despite liking a few songs, it is impossible for me to conceive of a pre-Beatles music landscape because everything is so indebted to what they did.
Reading self-professed burnt-out and grizzled horror vets describe this film as the one that shook them back to their core after years of horror oversaturation certainly excited me. And while it would be far-fetched to claim this film invented or popularized the now ridiculous…
This probably traumatised me for life. I loved it.
I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little let down with this after hearing all of the praise and constant dick riding of this movie whenever found-footage gets brought up but despite being a tad disappointed I can see why Noroi is so highly touted in horror circles. There's a very heavy sense of dread and misery (which Asian filmmakers seem to be able to construct on a whim) and as with most Japanese films that play a lot on the culture of the country and its people, I experienced heavy confusion and uneasiness at various points during the more quiet moments that seemingly didn't have any connection to the paranormal. The various settings and lack of…
"this will make you scream and maybe pee" almost but not quite
Pretty bland IMO.
- 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
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…