With Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Clea Duvall, Bill Pullman, Ted Raimi
Directed by Takashi Shimizu

With his Spider-Man success Sam Raimi hasn't forgotten his horror roots. Here he produces Takashi Shimizu's English remake of his own original Japanese film. With that same creeping horror style as Ringu (also remade as The Ring), he milks the most chilling of scenes with an hypnotic pace from the premise of a curse (JU-ON) befalling all who encounter the angered spirit of someone who died in the grips of an intense grudge, its slow, meticulous fury unstoppable. Gellar is a caregiver in Tokyo who has to check in on a homebound patient whose original nurse didn't seem to arrive for work. Slowly she gets sucked into a disturbing black hole of an angered ghost who does not discriminate between its victims, Shimizu's sequences, devices and techniques absolutely effective in scaring the hell out of you. A spirit or ghost that rushes at you with noise is not very terrifying for the viewer - a slow moving horror with unstoppable intent (and a spine tingling low croaking moan) is a total freak out! While modern and stylish, it seems to be the Japanese who are re-educating the world on how to manage and unleash real scares. While the apple pie demeanour of Sarah-Michele Gellar has seen her becoming a
commercial horror favourite (from the Buffy TV series to I Know What You Did Last Summer), this time round she's part of something with substance and true nail-biting terror. Pullman is great in the small role, which has a huge narrative significance. If you love a good scare, don't miss this one.

5 / B
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A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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