Posted on 3/28/11 10:44 PM
Why bother remaking J-Horror and instead accept the truth: it'll never work. The Ring is the only exception to the rule that the American remakes of J-Horror are so lame, and utter disasters. It was also a fluke. For that film, it all came together, good casting, a good director in Verbinski, and most important a good director. This film is the total opposite. Admittedly OK cast, that doesn't deliver, horrendous script, first time director. This made the mistake of catering solely to the summer teenage audience looking for a scary movie, and by trying to please them, they've killed any hope for the movie. Whereas the original movie was left very ambiguous, this film's big mistake is making sure everyting ties up in the end and no loose ends are left hanging. A fatal flaw, as it provides nothing to ponder over long after the credits have finished, and instead leaves you dumbfounded that anyone thought this would be a good idea. The original was filmed with an eerie grainy glow, sort of to reflect the ongoing events as to what was happening. Here all we get is an eyesore, filmed in a way where there is almost no light anywhere, and everywhere is dark and shadowy, complete with an ugly blue overtone. Its a cheap attempt to recreate the atmosphere of the original. If you can see past the ugly filming method, the acting is third-rate, I don't doubt these actors are talented, they have good careers in other movies and TV, but here they're given nothing to work with, and consequently we don't care about them. I'm not even going to mention the relentlessly cheap "ghost" effects in detail, except they look like people who painted their face either white or gray, can't tell due to the cinematography, and put a black robe over them and ran after our "heroes" on cue. This leads to an unintentionally funny revelation about elevator doors. I'd probably go out on a limb and say its easily one of the worst horror films to be made, and possibly worst film of 2006. Just a skip on all levels.
*I only watched because it was group majority pick. Needless to say I got to deliver plenty of "I told you so's" when it was finished*