Otoshimono (Ghost Tunnel)(Ghost Train) (2007)
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Critic Reviews for Otoshimono (Ghost Tunnel)(Ghost Train)
In Takeshi Furusawa's Ghost Train, a group of high school students tries to unravel a mystery that leads the teenagers into the bowels of their city.
The occasional eerie moment can't elevate this routine piece of by-the-numbers J-horror above the pack.
Audience Reviews for Otoshimono (Ghost Tunnel)(Ghost Train)
Absolutely unterrifying. Ghost train is a disappointing J-Horror about a mysterious railway pass where people have gone missing. The plot was confusing and acting was even worse.
This train never quite leaves the station. It's slow, occasionally internally inconsistent, and laced with teenage melodrama about friendship and the ever-present Japanese cell phone. In a nutshell, a woman got run over by a train and gave birth to a baby in the process. The woman is now haunting other train passengers who find one of her two cursed objects, a railway pass and a bracelet. They're proxies for her lost baby, or something... Really, though, this is entirely by-the-numbers J-horror about yet another vengeful ghost stalking yet another bunch of high school girls. There's a single passing allusion to Lovecraft (the heroine is applying for college at Miskatonic University in one scene), but there are no real Lovecraftian elements to be found here. For some reason, the construction workers who built this particular tunnel started cutting through "something dangerous." What that something is, although the film's climactic scene makes it seem like it was a cemetery. The woman who got killed on the tracks here somehow tapped into that cemetery and bodies come back to life, and the dead return home as ghosts because they want what's theirs... well, it's kind of a mish-mash, really. Ghost Train is Red Eye meets The Ring. The viewer is likely to spend this trip in the sleeper car. There are a couple of effective horror scenes, but the story stretches on forever. Add a star if you're into teen melodrama.
Though it might not excite horror fans, I liked the characters and the idea of a haunting train tunnel.
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