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Marebito (2004)


Picture: C     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Feature: D



Original Grudge director Takashi Shimizu returned in 2004 with the supernatural thriller Marebito, about a cameraman who becomes obsessed when he captures a sad, sick suicide.  He becomes obsessed with fear, death and self-destruction that lead to unexpected consequences.  Will he discover a deeper truth and will it destroy him?


Well, to say the film cannot begin to deliver on this premise is an understatement, thinking that being haunted by “the other” in a shallow way is sufficient for the Horror to work.  Shimizu is one of those directors who got lucky once and does not seem to know where to go from there.  The quick editing that adds up to nothing, the degraded images and other lame flashes of light are lame and annoying.  There is nothing we have not seen here before and nothing scary about any of it.  The actors either have the “shocked” or “possessed” face and if this were remade and/or had been a big U.S. hit, a fifth Scary Movie installment would have tore this one apart.  A disappointing curio at best.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is weak, in part because of the video used, then add the degraded and color-drained images and you have a total disaster.  The DTS 5.1 is not so great either, with the Dolby Digital being even weaker.  Extras include trailers and three separate interviews with Shimizu, actor Shinya Tsukamoto and producer Hiroshi Takahashi.  A dud all around.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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