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The Shining meets The Grudge J-Horror style,
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This review is from: Reincarnation [DVD]  (DVD)
A very good addition to the J-Horror catalogue. A young actress chosen to portray a victim in a film of an actual massacre of staff and guests at a hotel some years ago becomes convinced she is seeing apparitions of the murdered victims; she especially feels a strong affinity to one victim in particular. The director poses the question could she be the reincarnation of this murder victim?
The film within the film is being made at the same hotel in which the massacre took place. A lot of emphasis is placed on atmosphere building and there are many genuinely creepy images and set pieces within this story. For me Reincarnation had strong elements of both 'The Shining' and The Grudge in both set pieces as well as spookiness. For a lot of the film, whilst enjoying it, I did feel it was re-treading familiar ground in staying true to its asian horror roots but it all built to a very good climatic last third. A very good horror in its own right regardless of cultural associations, J-Horror traditions etc.
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Initial post: 29 Apr 2009 10:46:34 BDT
Doc Benway says:
Hi GP, glad you liked this one. Thought it was great too, but then I'm a big fan of The Shining and Shimuzu.
Have you seen Marebito yet? I thought it was excellent.
And it appears that another surreal jester is back posting extremely silly reviews. Wonder who it could be. Follow the link from my Cannibal holocaust review if you haven't already.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2009 09:27:22 BDT
All of them Witches says:
Hey epmax, no I haven't seen Marebito I think I might order it now it looks really interesting. It can happily jump the queue of the drivel I am endeavouring to wade thru and consign to the 'bury or burn' shiny metal disc pile.
I'll take a look now.....
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