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Obscure J-horror gem.,
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This review is from: Snake Woman's Curse [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
An evil landlord runs one of his peasant tennants to an early grave and takes his wife and beutiful daughter as unpaid labor to work off debts. The mother is killed by the head of the household trying to protect a snake that has got into the house, this sets of the curse that kicks into full affect after landlords son rapes the daughter causing her to kill herself... soon members of the family begin to die in strange circumstances.
Like more famous entries in the sub genre like kwaidan, onibaba, and kureneko this film takes it's story from japanese folk lore, unlike those movies this film is less formal, foregoing the tradition of long takes and mannered performances, and ends up feeling like a japanese variation on a classic hammer horror movie. That said it's still very good, a well direted and often creepy ghost story with a great ending.
Synapse disc does the film a load of justice, and is as easily as good as releases like criterion and masters of cinema with an immaculate print with vivid colour scheme presented in the correct widescreen ratio. Liner notes and film historian commentary are also provided.
Overall this is a disc I'm more than happy to reccomend to fans of japanese cinema!