If you liked titles such as the creepy 'Dark Water', 'The Grudge', 'Phone' or even some of the haunting work of Kim Ji Woon, such as 'A Tale of Two Sisters', you'll simply adore this!
'Shutter' perhaps isn't the best known of the crop but for me is up there with the best. If it's an atmospheric, unsettling ghost story you're after, look no further.
The 'basics' are all there early on - the acting is fine, the characters/plot well developed and the scares frequent enough to grab the attention and not let it go.
As with so many Asian horror films (this one is Thai which is a different take on things), 'Shutter' is shot superbly and the chilly, bleak tones used throughout all adds to the atmosphere, as does the musical score.
You don't need me to go over the storyline but what did please me was the ending. I find Asian filmakers approach film as an art form still (unlike Hollywood) and as such demand a beginning, middle and an end....and boy does 'Shutter' end well! With a really haunting final 5-10 minutes and a very unique twist/take on the topic of haunting I was left feeling a little freaked out...but very satisfied indeed!
'Shutter' is horror in the true form - tension, atmosphere, a sense of unease and some excellently timed and executed frights (if like me, you find 'ghost photos' particularly creepy, have a cushion at the ready!).
'Shutter' is yet another example of the east ruling the modern horror genre - like many before and since this is an absolute gem that I can't rate highly enough.