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A Very Complex and Creepy Mokumentary,
This review is from: NOROI THE CURSE - Japanese Thriller Horror movie DVD (DVD)
"Noroi" is presented as an investigative documentary from a now missing television ghost hunter, so while there is some amateur shaky camera work during the more action orientated climax a majority of the movie is interestingly made up of clips from investigations, variety television shows, news reports, and interviews. There is even a subtle musical score, appropriately simple enough to pass off as a modest television presentation but also effective enough at setting the spooky mood. The narrative is fairly complex as our protagonist travels all over Tokyo interviewing a large memorable cast of TV personalities, psychics, experts, lunatics, and other witnesses to the supernatural. Gradually it becomes clear there is a common thread connecting these seemingly non-related but escalating paranormal curiosities, establishing an alluring mystery that drives the narrative in the second act.
The huge cast all give credible convincing performances, even the more amusing weirdoes are no more over the top than the average television psychic. The supernatural occurrences are creepy but fairly low key with the cameras and audio recorders not catching anything you wouldn't see on your average "true haunting" program; ultimately, it is the unbearable dread generated by the growing sense that something evil is closing in on the characters that makes this film so effectively chilling. Very subtle CGI is used maybe once or twice, but its not really noticable enough to break the suspension of believe. While this is a mostly bloodless affair, the brief violence and explicit supernatural activity that shockingly erupts in the final act is a satisfying payoff for the film's unusual lengthy build.
-Dan S of dangerdiablogik.com