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Foreign Bodies #2: Noroi: The Curse (2005)


In this (If I can get around to it) weekly series, we take a look at a(n) movie/anime/import game that is either good, interesting or just plain bad, but will either way be a product that represents the great country of Japan.

Today, we look at a film that reeealy fuckin' creeps me out. Hell, I'm not sure I even want to talk about it. But I sure would regret recommending the fuck (totally a cohesive sentence) out of this awesome, awesome slice of horror/japanese/found footage cinema.

Masafumi Kobayahshi is an investigative reporter who is deeply obsessed with the paranormal. He is well known for his tv documentaries about local spiritual encounters, but on what seems to be his final case, he is deemed missing not too long after his last tv special aired.

The film basically follows every minute detail of Kobayashi's last appearance, and tries to figure out what the hell happened to him and his crew.

What 'Noroi' does so right is that it gets the found footage genre and knows exactly what film it's trying to be. It never takes you out of the experience by (mistakenly) bringing up plot holes commonly found in these types of films. (such examples include: "Why don't they put the fucking camera down, they're in extreme danger!" or the classic "Why don't they just get help and this would all be over with!") Instead it focuses on making you care about the characters, giving the film surreal concepts whilst still keeping one foot firmly placed in reality and best of all (or worst of all, depending on where you're coming from) it focuses on being one of the creepiest movies you'll probably ever see in your life. And funnily enough, it exceeds amazingly at all three.

The only factor of Noroi that I can see turning people off is it's running time. The film is five minutes shy of 2 hours. While that may not sound like a whole lot to most of you, but be warned, the film does take it's time. Not that that's a bad thing, quite the contrary actually, but I would be lying if I said that everyone would find a reporter walking around in dialogue less scenes absolutely engaging.

So, would I recommend Noroi? Well, it has since become one of my absolute favorite horror films, so, yeah, absolutely. Is it for everyone? No, but even if you are a little apprehensive toward watching it due to it's run time and premise, I would still more than anything else recommend giving it a decent shot.. hell, even if you don't like it, you still get to see creepy japanese children! I mean honestly, it's not like you can find creepy japanese children anywhere else..... at all..... like... literally nowhere else.....
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About Blancheone of us since 4:34 AM on 12.10.2012

Hello! :)
My name is James and my single goal in life is to be as awesome as the guy playing pop'n music in this video:


Pretty low bar, I know, but, you gotta start somewhere! :)

In terms of liking things, well, I will most likely clamber to anything geeky related. I mean, I would list said geeky things off, but that would make this bio as long as the do-do list that the cop from the 1958 version of "the blob" would have. And it would include just as many grammatical errors. Hurrah!