Japan's answer to the "The Blair Witch Project" is easily one of the best found footage movies of the last 15 years. That might sound like a case of damning with faint praise, but "Noroi" is truly exceptional in its ability to balance multiple, seemingly unrelated narrative threads, only for each of them to organically dovetail into a disturbing climax. A memorable cast of characters is an added boon.
Loved how this used an ‘epistolary’ structure -amateur footage, documentary, ethnography, investigative journalism, news broadcasts, talk shows, etc.- and how it took ESP/psychic phenomena as a given in its world. But...it’s overlong and the use of music undermines a lot of it.
definitely shiraishi's best, and a very thorough take on the found-footage-horror genre. the plot slowly builds, impressively (as mentioned in another review) fitting together multiple plot points into something that ends up surprising you by forming a cohesive whole at the end. great delivery, with a mix of interviews, variety shows, and good old exploration. not very scary, but definitely interesting.
How had such an effective horror film miss inclusion in the Extreme Asian Horror movement? Both thankfully so, if it would had faced into the same treatment as countless other great films in being lobotomized(remade) for western audiences. Here is a smart, remarkably scary, boiler pot horror film that doesn't reinvent the genre but nonetheless uses the genres best elements to terrify. Essential.
The slow burn really works to the movie's advantage, allowing individual bits of atmosphere (like the scene in the park) to really soak in, as the overall picture of what's happening gradually becomes clear. That being said, I could have done without the movie slowing down to expound on smaller details (like a ghost someone might not have noticed, etc.); but it's a nitpick. Very solid, overall.
(Vukekparsurleweb) Film found-footage s'inspirant directement (voire parodiant) le "projet Blair Witch" de 1999, cette enquête paranormale, mêlant caméra à l'épaule et extraits d'émissions télévisuelles nippones, s'avère extrêmement fun à suivre. Ms une fois n'est pas coutume, le film est peut-être trop dans la suggestion, au détriment de l'horreur pure. Et la nature de la malédiction demeure in fine assez confuse...