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With Kuroneko, Shindô obscures the thin line separating the dead from the living-through which spirits, sin, and passion move freely.
Shindô's evocation of the central haunted bamboo grove is all night shadows and luminescent mist.
There's a witchy, atmospheric timelessness to the movie that extends well past the unadorned sets.
A ghost story that's more eerie than unnerving, and often hauntingly lovely.
Nippo-Gothic horror fables have a long tradition of proto-feminist outrage... Kaneto Shindô's Kuroneko may take the cake.
Kaneto Shindô may be the least namechecked of Japan's go-to Golden Age directors. This ghost story, however, proves that he's ripe for reappraisal...
Hikaru Hayashi [crafts an] endlessly unsettling score, an organic blend of seemingly discordant percussion and eerie gusts of woodwind that feels as much a part of the bamboo grove as the malevolent phantoms that lurk within.
A masterpiece of quietly creepy Japanese horror.
Kuroneko is one of the best supernatural horror tales ever made, and it has tons of spooky atmosphere to spare.
moves fluidly between the cinematic invisible and the overtly theatrical, mixing impressive tracking shots and dexterous editing with attention-grabbing devices like rear-projection
The relationship between the object of our fear and our comprehension of it might be best described as a sliding scale, and Kuroneko suggests that it is in the realm of the uncanny - of knowing yet not knowing something - that true fear lies.
Because of the film's look and feel it has developed a sort of cult status and will be greeted voraciously by those who like their films politically reactionary
Creepy old Japanese movie about a woman and her mother in law who live alone in the woods, waiting for the return of the husband/son, who has been sent to war.
One day they are attacked and raped by a group of samurai and their house burned down with them in it.
The pair return as vengeful spirits, vowing to murder all samurai they come across.
And then the husband/ son returns, and he has been made a samurai.
Genuinely creepy and disturbing.
it conjures a great spooky atmosphere but i don't like it quite as much as the director's 'onibaba'. 4 stars for evil dancing cat spirits
Part horror movie, part tragic love story, and part samurai tale, Kuroneko is a beautifully shot black and white ghost tale that any fan of foreign cinema should give a viewing. The cinematography is great and the different aspects of the story come together well. Recommended.
Kaneto Shindo combines the supernatural with socio-political commentary once more. Crisp gorgeous black and white photography, the real horror here is, once more, not what a ghost can do, but what humans beings do to each other. My favorite thing about this, and other Shindo movies, is how the man always knows how to bring the story to areas you wouldn't consider at all. This movie surprises you more than any given horror film made in the last 10 years.
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