Shutter (Widescreen) (Unrated Edition)

I don’t like scary movies.  I’m a little bit of a wuss, that’s for sure.  But I don’t mind being freaked out, it’s just the whole making me jump thing that I can not stand.  I love Psycho because the freak out is all in my mind.  Most other horror movies are all about having something jump out at you and catch you off guard.  That’s not being scared, that’s theatrical bird shot.  People might jump, but it’s a reflex, not anything intrinsically notable about the story or framing of the film.  It’s a cheap trick.  Here’s a movie which doesn’t rely solely on the jump factor.

Starting this July 15th, now available on DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and the executive producers of The Ring and The Grudge comes a remake of one of the scariest films to ever make its way out of Thailand.  Shutter- Unrated will creep its way into your living room and freak you out.  Bring home this scary movie today!

Most of this story takes place in Japan, where the newlyweds from New York, Ben and Jane, have come to live for him to take a job as a photographer.  They are played by Joshua Jackson from Dawson’s Creek and Rachel Taylor who I totally don’t remember from Transformers.  Jane begins to see streaks in their photos after she hits a girl in the road who then disappears.  She decides that it is spirit photography and the spirit who is trying to contact them was Ben’s old girlfriend.  Then their friends begin to die and things get real crazy.

The special features included in the unrated edition of this DVD are Commentary with Production Executive Alex Sundell, Screenwriter Luke Dawson and actress Rachael Taylor, A Cultural Divide Featurette, The Director: Masayuki Ochiai Featurette, A Conversation With Luke Dawson Featurette, Create Your Own Phantom Photo Featurette, The Hunt For The Haunt: Tools And Tips For Ghost Hunting Featurette, Nine Deleted Scenes, Alternate Ending:  Mental Hospital, and An Exclusive First Look At The Horror Film Mirrors Starring Kiefer Sutherland.

You can definitely see the influences of The Grudge in this movie and you can certainly tell that both films come the South-East Asian horror market.  Both deal with these ideas of spirits and blood guilt that the West has found to no longer be important or relevant.  I was more impressed with this film than I was with The Grudge, although the female lead was nowhere near as good looking.  It was an interesting idea and a good meta-discussion to have, but the problem with the film is that it was so predictable.  The first guy to die was the older brother and final victim in Teeth which constantly creeped me out and the next guy to die is Pam’s old fiance from The Office.  I struggle to recommend this film, although if you like horror, this is a smart thriller and hopefully a good indicator of where this genre might be going.

This Shutter won’t block anything important.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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