Cure (1997)
Film / Horror

Cure (1997)

Somewhat lost on the shadow of its near contemporary, Ringu (1998), the prolific Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Cure was nevertheless a huge global hit when it began to make the rounds of the international film festivals, leading to a belated Stateside theatrical release in 2001. Though Cure and Ringu share many similarities (leading some to erroneously dismiss … Continue reading

Rasen (1998)
Film / Horror

Rasen (1998)

For many years, Rasen was akin to the Holy Grail among Ringu fans in the West, the “lost” sequel made by Joji Iida for simultaneous theatrical release alongside Hideo Nakata’s classic. Derided by those who had seen it, the film remained elusive for non-Japanese speakers as it got side-lined by Nakata’s own sequel, Ringu 2 … Continue reading

Marebito (2004)
Film / Horror

Marebito (2004)

Takashi Shimizu shot the extraordinarily weird Marebito in just eight days before heading off to the States for his lacklustre remake of his own international hit Ju-on (2003), The Grudge (2004). Fellow “J-horror” icon Shinya Tsukamoto (director of the Tetsuo films) stars as Masuoka, a lonely, isolated video cameraman obsessed with experiencing genuine terror after … Continue reading

Ringu 2 (1999)
Film / Horror

Ringu 2 (1999)

The box office failure of JojiIida’s Rasen (1998), shot at the same time as and as a sequel to Hideo Nakata’s Ringu (1998) led to Nakata returning to the haunted world of Sadako for this second sequel that ignores everything that happened in Rasen and picks up a couple of weeks after the first film … Continue reading

Ringu (1998)
Film / Horror

Ringu (1998)

1999 was something of a red letter year for the horror film. Three years earlier, Wes Craven’s Scream had taken the first steps towards rescuing the genre from the doldrums into which it had fallen during the 1990s but it wasn’t until the very end of the decade – and the millennium – that horror … Continue reading