WASTE OF TIME - UNIMAGINATIVE.

By MOVIES REVIEWER
Written March 25, 2008
I SAW THE FREE PRESS PREVIEW LAST NIGHT. AND IT IS TIME BETTER SPENT DOING SOMETHING ELSE. NOT EVEN WORTH RENTING. JUST ANOTHER RUN-OF-THE-MILL 'JAPANESE-TYPE' SCARY FLICK THAT HAS LOTS OF FALSE SCARES - AND FEW REAL CREEPINESS. THERE IS A LACK OF IMAGINATION IN SHORING UP THE SCARES FOR THE AUDIENCE - MOST PEOPLE WERE LAUGHING AND GIGGLING THEMSELVES SILLY DURING THIS MOVIE. WEAK PLOT - I AM NOT EVEN GOING TO DIGNIFY THIS MOVIE BY GOING INTO 'PLOT' DETAILS. THE GHOST (AND MAKE-UP EFFECTS) LACKS 'SCARE'. A GRITTY UNWASHED HOMELESS PERSON WITH NO MAKE-UP IS SCARIER. AND YES, WE GET TO SEE YET ANOTHER SCENE OF A FEMALE GHOST SITTING BY THE DRESSER COMBING HER HAIR. CLICHE!! DUH! MY SUGGESTION FOR GOOD JAPANESE (OR 'JAPANESE-TYPE') HORROR FLICKS - YOU ARE BETTER OFF RENTING THE JAPANESE VERSIONS OF 'THE GRUDGE' AND 'THE RING' (RINGU). THE LACK-LUSTER MEDIOCRE ACTING (AND OVER-ACTING) BY THE CAST IS SHEER TORTURE. 'SHUTTER' IS A DEFINITE NON-STARTER.
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Missed The Mark

By stinkipopkorn
Written April 08, 2008
Could have been a lot scarier. Seemed like a good premise for a movie. A couple of scenes could generate some jumpiness from viewers who are easily scared. The pacing of the movie started out slow and the remainder of the film seemed rushed, which was probably due to poor editing. Poor special effects too---for one thing, Megumi's skull looked more simian than human. The ending was meant to shock and disturb people, but it ended up being kind of laughable.
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If you like Japanese horror films

By gloryb2u
Written April 20, 2008
This one is definitely for you! It had the perfect balance of storyline and suspence. There was a good amount of twist in the story line. I'm normally pretty good at having everything figured out and this one still threw me for a loop. I even got a bit emotional! I thought it was perfect for the type of film it is.
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Surprisingly good!

By babygirl32
Written April 22, 2008
This movie was unpredictable and had several unexpected twists. It kept me on my seat with suspense and I loved that! This movie was far better than I expected it to be. I would recommend highly to those who LOVE suspense movies!
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Shutter

By chailmintz
Written April 20, 2008
Like the Grudge - lots of suspense.
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