No one seems quite sure of what they should be doing at any moment, Hanson hasn’t learned where to put the camera yet, Shelley Long statutory rapes Tom Cruise. It’s a bad time, folks.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Punishes its protagonist for the horrible crime of ... exposing frauds and exploiters?
An attempt at an anthology style horror film with no sense for how to do the wrap around segments, wholly underwhelming with terrible dialogue delivered poorly even by a veteran like Martin Freeman.
I'll admit to being spooked during the night watchman sequence, but even that drops the ball in its reveal. Whereas the kid who finds a demon and the rest of the jump scare laden…
Screening at the Harvard Film Archive with Obayashi in person. Best part of the Q&A came when someone asked if Gorgeous was being punished for her treatment of her stepmother or if she was simply a victim of circumstance. Obayashi's cheerful response:
"All human beings deserve to be punished."