Shutter (Unrated) [Blu-ray]
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After reading said reviews, I was somewhat discouraged and thought renting might be a better idea. Since I knew I would at least enjoy the location shots in Japan, renting wouldn't be a waste.
Well, I was pleasantly surprised! I really enjoyed this movie. It may well have some minor plot flaws, but what movie doesn't? All in all, I found it intriguing and pretty well-paced. To me it was as much a mystery as a horror flick. Having both those elements is what maintained my interest.
I've never seen the original Thai movie; however, now I intend to buy both versions. Even my husband and daughter liked it!
Maybe this movie isn't one everyone enjoyed, but sometimes it's a good idea to check it out for yourself.
I really didn't have high hopes for this, but it turned out better than I thought. Its biggest weakness was that it took quite a while to get going, quite a while to start distinguishing itself from movies like the "Grudge" series, but once it did, it became highly effective.
It focuses on a newly married American couple (played by Joshua Jackson and Rachel Taylor) who move to Japan, where the husband has landed a job with a high-profile photography agency. It's actually a return for him, having worked there previously, and the first time for Taylor. Shortly after arriving they're in a car accident in which Jane (Taylor) thinks they've struck a woman, who Ben (Jackson) has no recollection of seeing; police and paramedics who arrive on the scene can find no trace that this woman ever existed either. Jane reluctantly accepts the theory that maybe she imagined the woman, but shortly thereafter, images begin to turn up in photographs Ben takes, and Jane becomes convinced the woman is haunting them. This leads into the whole world of spirit photography, a phenomena by where ghosts and glimpses of other worlds are said to be occasionally (and often inadvertently) captured on film.
The movie manages to tap into a different kind of scariness, in that it's one of the few examples of a successful 'melancholy' horror film.Read more ›
SHUTTER is another one of those films set in Japan with creepy spirits in the form of young Japanese girls. (see THE GRUDGE, original RING movies, etc.) At least in this case, the ghost is modern and specific. It doesn't change forms or appear to be various other spooky things. (Remember how in THE GRUDGE, there were many different manifestations to confuse things?)
The story follows a newly married couple who move to Japan so the husband (Joshua Jackson) can continue his work as a commercial photographer. They do take a couple of days to have a brief honeymoon, and on the drive to their cabin, the young wife (played by Rachel Taylor, whose only previous work with which I'm familiar was a small part in TRANSFORMERS) crashes into a young woman standing in the middle of the road in her nightgown. From this point on, "unexplainable" things begin to happen...though most of them revolve around strange images of this girl appearing on every photo the couple takes (or has taken). It's a "spirit photograph" we're told. (Apparently these are a fascinating subject in Japan, with entire magazines dedicated to their depiction and discussion. At least, that's what SHUTTER wants us to believe...I have no idea if it is true, but I am skeptical of anything this film offers about Japanese culture.Read more ›
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A newly married couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident. Read more
Rented it as part of my annual Horror Movie Madness for Halloween. Love the suspense but I love most Japanese horror remakes.Published 3 months ago by anastacia legare
Amazin Prime was so easy to use to watch this movie. I added a bunch of movies to my watch list, through prime and logged in through my Xbox and paid and watched. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tristen Jones
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