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Shutter (The Original) (2004/Tartan/DTS/Thailand)


Picture: C     Sound: B-     Extras: C-     Film: C-



Zombies with long hair, long white clothes and blood all over their deranged expressions, people who cannot awake from their nightmares, preoccupations with self-mutilation and even sex and rape.  These are the tired elements of a cycle of Asian Horror films from Thailand, Japan, China and Korea long since played out, even in Hollywood remakes.  The Banjong Pisanthanakun/Parkpoom Wongpoom thriller Shutter (2004) has all these familiar elements and they go nowhere fast with them.


The twist here is that instead of videotape or computers capturing the killer ghosts, it is back to old photochemical still photos and even Polaroids at one point.  That was a welcome twist, but the rest of the film might as well have captured the ghosts on Fisher Price toys.  A couple (Ananda Everingham as photographer Tun and Natthaweeranch Thongmee as Jane) accidentally kill someone by running them over and abandon the scene.  They must pay, but unfortunately, so do we.


Had all the new clichés and predictability been abandoned, this could have been really good and the actors are not bad, but this is a very long 95 minutes of every single thing we have seen before, no mater how graphic it gets.  For extreme genre diehards only, if that, the rest can try something else from Tartan.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image has color that seems strained and limits any natural look intended despite stylization.  Detail and depth are a constant issue as well.  The DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes are decent, but dialogue is constantly weaker than the rest of the mix.  Sometimes it is because it was recorded with a certain echo that needed looped.  Extras include interviews, the original trailer, a behind the scenes piece and Tartan trailer when the DVD starts you cannot forward.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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