25 April 2008


I'll admit it, I checked out this film because I heard about the remake starring Joshua Jackson of "Pacey from Dawson's Creek" fame. I thought, hm, that sounds cool, what's the dill? And IMDB informed me it was a remake of an Asian horror film, (remaking Asian horror is all the rage these days). Well the purist that I am was like, well, if I'm gonna see the remake with Pacey I'll have to watch the original first.

Glad I did. It was awesome. Shutter is the story about a young couple, a photographer and his girlfriend, who get in a hit and run accident and begin to see strange things in photos and in life.

My knowledge of Asian horror is pretty limited... to like, Chan-wook Park films (if those can be considered horror?) and Ju-on. But one thing I've noticed, and I don't want to make a blanket statement here... but I guess I will. Asian horror films (vs. their American counterparts) seem to have a lot more in the ol' style department.

Which I love. Shutter was full of style. It was pretty, from the color palette to the cinematography. And I didn't find it particularly scary, but I have to say that it was one of the best horror films I've watched of late. Maybe horror films don't have to scare you to the point of not wanting to ever turn the lights off and go to sleep to be considered good horror films. But that's just me.

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