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Otogiriso (St. John's Wort) Reviews

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Super Reviewer
January 25, 2007
A dumb, typical teenage horror movie that tries to be something different with some really shitty-looking camera effects and color filters. The plot is vaguely interesting at first, but the sham falls apart after twenty minutes and it's all downhill from there.

The ending is like a slap in the face.
Super Reviewer
½ July 3, 2008
Some creepy moments, but many plot holes.
July 5, 2009
Cheaply made, often confusing and disjointed. There are some spooky moments but the story is so muddled it doesn't really matter much. Unimpressive acting.
½ November 12, 2013
It isn't my favourite genre to begin with, but this Japanese horror film/video game adaptation is really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Featuring a completely disjointed plot which fails to generate even a smidgeon of viewer interest until it reaches it's climax, where even then the best scenes appear to have been lifted from Brian De Palma's "Carrie". Then comes some stupid alternate ending twist (again complete with Carrie rip-off) that adds nothing to the story and generally becomes confusing.

Basically, I'm giving this 1.5 stars only because I'm feeling particularly generous.
July 5, 2009
In the RT data base twice. Cheaply made, often confusing and disjointed. There are some spooky moments but the story is so muddled it doesn't really matter much. Unimpressive acting.
½ May 3, 2004
as a recent asian horror junkie i rented this film from cockbuster the other night. it's about a video game designer who goes with his ex-girlfriend, and artist, to her the house her father who she never knew lived in. she has always had dreams about a stairwell and wants to see if it's in this house. the game designer goes with her, along with his video camera and powerbook, to get the layout for his new game. they find that her dad was a painter, famous outside of japan. they uncover she had a twin sister, and a dark secret is revealed when they find mummified remains of several children.


this movie wasn't too bad, but it's not without it's faults. it was shot mainly on digital which is always a little awkward to get used to for me, but no reason to diss the movie. the acting was pretty good and the rooms in the house were a nice creepy atmosphere. there were a few computer effects, like exteriors of the house, that were a little cheesy, and some things that i found a little stupid, script wise. i thought that the end of the movie left a little bit that wasn't explained that i didn't understand, and if it were me i would have ended it different. all in all, it wasn't a bad watch.
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