Wednesday, October 10, 2012
What I'm Watching: 10/9/12
Description from Netflix:
An American in Tokyo uncovers a horrific curse that is claiming the lives of all who enter a mysterious house. A creepy spirit with a tragic past is spreading the deadly evil force in this English-language remake of the Japanese horror film Ju-On.
Notable actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Bill Pullman, Clea DuVall, Ted Raimi, Matthew Mapother
I had never seen this movie before. Combine that with my love of Sarah Michelle Gellar - and the fact that I saw The Grudge 2 in the theater - and I figured I was due.
I thought it was okay. Not great. Maybe I'm just watching it too late. Perhaps it would have been terrifying if I had seen it back in 2004. But, by this point, I've seen a lot of movies in this vein, and they're all roughly the same. There were a few unsettling moments in this movie (the girl climbing all herky-jerky down the stairs creeped me out a little bit), but, for the most part, it didn't really draw me in. I never really felt like I was on the edge of my seat.
I remember watching The Ring for the first time and being utterly terrified. Would I have felt that way about this movie when it came out? It's impossible to say. Although I do plan on rewatching The Ring in the not-too-distant future, so we'll see how I feel about that one now.
It wasn't bad, but I wouldn't rank this as a "don't miss" movie or anything like that. Of course, I don't seem to remember anyone telling me that it was a "don't miss" movie, so maybe I just thought it was going to be better than it was.
It was better than Dark Water. I don't know what that's worth, but it was definitely better than Dark Water.