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.
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.
Come qualunque horror di matrice asiatica, questo film richiede elasticità mentale ed una buona dose di pazienza. Se vi aspettate film alla "Rec" o "Paranormal Activity" questo è un film da scartare, poiché per mezz'ora buona, non succede nulla. Ripeto, elasticità e pazienza. Armati di queste due doti potrete godervi quello che è uno dei più complessi film horror che sia mai stato girato, apprezzabile da chiunque.
I could probably point out a bunch of flaws or common places the movie travels, and yet, it's very effective, and one of the best "found footage"/mochumentary horror movies that has come out in recent years.