A very scary film. Its lo-fi formalism is brilliant. That being said, I like Ju-on: The Grudge more, it's a better story. This film felt oddly truncated and feels more like a dry run for the films to follow in the series.
The video nasty made for television (!!) that kickstarted the long running series. Shimizu even with a limited budget and a minimalist story provided some fresh air to a stagnant genre with these initial films.