Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Marebito (2004) aka The Stranger From Afar

3 / 5 Nov '10
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: Takashi Shimizu
Written by: Chiaki Konaka
Actors include: Shinya Tsukamoto, Tomomi Miyashita, Kazuhiro Nakahara
Genre: Horror
Length: 92 minutes
Banned: Nope

Considering it has a reasonable reputation I was a rather disappointed in this J-horror offering. Granted it's not your typical long black haired Asian ghost story...well not really, and there is some creativity that went into this but the execution was weak. The story is about a cameraman who is obsessed with capturing the moment of fear on someone's retina. He ends up filming a fellow who stabs himself in the head and then tries to seek what might have scared him into the suicide. This leads him to the subway into a strange area where he sees a young naked girl chained up. He somehow gets her home and keeps her as a pet calling her F., but the story gets more unusual from there (it reminded me of The Little Shop of Horrors in a way) as she feeds on blood. It's bloody yes, but silly most definitely plus the story although somewhat mysterious is kind of obvious a little sooner than I think they meant for it to be. It's also ridiculously ponderous and so far from scary that it's nearly laughable. I must admit as the film went on it got a little better but the first half was pretty insufferably boring. Points for trying and heck you might want to give this a whirl but it's not something I'll ever watch again.

Availability:  On DVD

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