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    Posted: March 17 2008 at 2:55am

THE LACK of ORIGINALITY CONTINUES...

THE 317th QUICK 'n' CHEAP REMAKE of a SUCCESSFUL ASIAN HORROR MOVIE (and NOT EVEN the FIRST ONE of 2008) SHUTTER "FOCUSES" on a MARRIED COUPLE WHOSE CAMERA STARTS CAPTURING HORRIFYING IMAGES...KINDA LIKE the CAMERAS THAT SHOT THIS SILLY-LOOKING MOVIE!

SLAMMING SHUTTER OUGHTA BE LIKE SHOOTING FISH in a BARREL (with a NIKON) SO...GENTLEMEN (and GENTLE-LADIES) START YOUR LENSES!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Berrynoia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 17 2008 at 8:20am

They remake Japanese horror flicks, then one from China, and now this from Thailand.  Are they (hopefully) going to run out of these soon?

Also, I heard they were releasing the trailer for the live action Dragonball movie...then again, that film was pushed back from August 15th of this year (sounds like a more suitable month for both films!) to April 3 of 2009, so I don't know now.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote tomsmobr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 17 2008 at 4:00pm

How come Hollywood keeps remaking Asian Horror Films?

RESPONSE from Head RAZZberry: It's just another indicator of how devoid of original thought 94% of what gets made these daze is -- It's much easier to commandeer an existant story from a not-too-expensive-to-license source than it is to put in the effort to actually create something new.

Sadly, this is not a recent trend. When I worked for Fox Movie Channel, I created promos for hundreds of Fox films, every third one of which (some dating all the way back to 1930!) were blatant variations, reworkings and/or out-and-out rip-offs of previously made Fox films. Formulaic film-making actually began during the silent era in Hollywood! 

 

 

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That guy is Joshua Jackson. According to him, he was considered for the lead role in "Batman Begins". Thank god they choose Christian Bale.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote tomsmobr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 20 2008 at 10:11am

Yeah, I could not see Pacey playing Batman! I'm happy with the choice they made of Christian Bale...  

Originally posted by SchumacherH8ter

That guy is Joshua Jackson. According to him, he was considered for the lead role in "Batman Begins". Thank god they choose Christian Bale.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote moat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 22 2008 at 8:40am
So does the little girl crawl out of the camera lens this time?

Also, how am I supposed to distinguish this film from THE RING if the lead actress looks this much like Naomi Watts? It's bad enough trying to keep my Hollywood blonds in order without them appearing in identical pieces of film making.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SchumacherH8ter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 05 2008 at 8:18am

Definite Worst Remake/Rip-Off contender...they should replace the "u" in the title with an "i"!

There were many goofs (when our lead actress takes off her top, she's not wearing a bra; a minute later, she's got on one.), lame scare scenes (the nadir being a darkroom attack, that was done better in "The Grudge 2"!), and semi-retarded twists (like why Pacey's neck hurts).

 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote movieman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 15 2008 at 3:59am
One critic on Rotten Tomatoes said the movie started bugging them when
they spelled the title wrong; the first vowel should be an "I".
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So you're saying the critic wanted to make a "vowel movement" on this film??
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As a remake of the original 2004 Thai horror film, newlywed Ben and Jane Shaw have traveled to Tokyo, where photographer Ben is investigating a potentially lucrative job opportunity. While driving on a dark road at night, the couple runs over a mysterious woman who seems to appear out of nowhere and can't be found after the accident. Over the next few days, Jane goes sightseeing while Ben works, only to see strange apparitions that also appear on the photos she takes. After Ben's photos show the same ghostly forms, he confesses that he knows something about the woman they ran over, but it may be too late to stop her trail of terror.

I was surprised. I really was. Well, the idea of me liking this movie isn't a bit improbable, because I always seem to never loathe the new surge of Asian horror remakes that have been coming out the last few years. In fact, I seem to be enjoying most of them, but I was still surprised. Throughout the film, I found myself entertained and intrigued. Scared? When are they ever? Nevertheless, the film was entertaining. Do I keep my standards low? You can answer that yourself.

I have never seen the original film (whoever does?), but I found the premise very interesting. I was hooked and never found a boring moment in the film...ever. Now that says a lot. Maybe the idea of spirits trying to contact humans from photographs is interesting. It sounds plausible too. It's not as if a tape is going to kill you in seven days, right? Just look at the infamous photo of Abraham Lincoln standing behind his wife after he died.

The scares are kept at a minimum here, which is no surprise. After all, it's PG-13, geared towards a certain young demographic. However, there are still some moments of suspense and scenes I found disturbing, probably due to the extra five minutes in the unrated version I've seen. Also, the movie doesn't try to scare the audience with pop out moments. Doesn't that just annoy you? Thankfully, there aren't any here, or at least any major ones that I can remember. There is one fantastic scene that is pretty memorable and can get underneath one's skin. I'll not spoil it but I'll just say it involves a camera (duh). The scene is really well done which then leads me to the technical aspects of the film.

I've got to say, I was impressed by the overall look of the film, most of it shot in Japan. I found the scenery just beautiful and gorgeous. The cinematography was great along with an actual score that I found stunning. I also liked the fact that there were little uses of CGI and big set pieces. The movie feels contained in its own world and it doesn't depend on CGI to make audiences feel uncomfortable. What made this movie not linger in the "bad area" were the leads. Joshua Jackson and Rachael Taylor were both great in the film. I really liked them.

In the end, the movie also managed to trick me in one or two plot twists I didn't predict. Sure, the scares are mostly nonexistent, save two or three scenes, but what can I say? I found myself thoroughly entertained and intrigued from beginning to end. The leads were also pretty good. Overall, if you usually enjoy these PG-13 Asian horror remakes, movies like THE RING and THE GRUDGE, there's no doubt that you'll enjoy this too. For others, if you loathe these remakes, well, you know what to do. 6/10
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It's my fault for being stupid enough to go back a few years in old Razzie sub-forums, but the rating above ... uh, no comment.
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