It tells the story of a journalist gathering tapes that touch on a supernatural phenomenon and a string of disappearances. They also inspire us to contemplate whether or not falling victim to our worst fears is something that can be avoided, and if so, at what cost. Not long after this Ishii and her son move away, and the neighbor happily reports that the crying has ceased. All of the Modern Experts’ well-intentioned attempts eventually get trumped by the old curse again. I can’t praise this film enough. I am no fan of found footage horror films. The film is also very slow moving, which, in this case, is a good thing. The ending is perfect, and be warned that you might have nightmares afterwards.

I could get behind the idea of this completely mediocre idiot stumbling into a truly horrifying situation and having no idea how to deal with it. To say that he finds more than he bargained for would be an understatement. This was probably the most boring, uneventful, and excruciatingly dull film that I’ve seen in a really long time. It worked fine here, but I kept picturing snow and parkas. Noroi succeeded for me where a most found footage horror movies fail – the footage was pretty believable as being from some dumb no-budget straight to video documentary. Articles needing additional references from August All articles needing additional references Articles containing Japanese-language text Articles to be expanded from March All articles to be expanded Articles using small message boxes All articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases Articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases from March And I say that as a Lynch fan who will defend both Mulholland Dr. What starts off as a scary TV show spook gradually grows to become a full grown terror as the story progresses.

While the vast majority of the film is raw footage, one of the characters is introduced via a segment on a Japanese game show, a major plot point is revealed through an old home video and the conclusion comes from straight-up found footage with no documentary angle.

I disagree, it flew by for me. While the story might not curss that original in itself, what really hooked me with Noroi was the incredibly eerie atmosphere. At first he is investigating a mysterious case of disembodied voices surrounding a woman named Junko Ishii Maria Takagi and her son but he soon gets involved in a number of cases that are seemingly unrelated.

I don’t know if that’s a Blair Witch thing naming the character after the actor just for the sake of realismor if they’re well-enough known overseas noroj it’s more like a Ghostwatch thing real known celebrities participating in a “hoax” ghost hunt. It reminded me of the similarly great movie “Forbidden Siren”. Watch this one alone in the dark, don’t expect anything and you’ll have fun.


This review contains some small, yet significant, spoilers. Read More It Follows Horror films at their very best successfully tap into the primal fears and apprehensions of its audience. None of her neighbors at least in the city would have thought there was anything supernatural there. Start With a Classic Cult.

Condom-full-of-Hatred 19 February I would describe synopeis movie as ‘really creepy’. So how come I think Noroi stands out from most of the pack? Ishii’s neighbor and her daughter die in a mysterious car crash a week later. I was sure she was going to jump from the balcony, and that honestly was terrifying. It’s not a Ju-on curse where the least brush against it may doom you. An error has occured. They also inspire synipsis to contemplate synopssis or not falling victim to our worst fears is something that can be avoided, and if so, at what cost.

The haunted temple TV segment also hit home for me because I may have done something similar myself, poking around a supposedly haunted temple in the middle of the night with a couple norou friends who found out I was into ghost movies and decided to take me to various “haunted” places. Second, by being a ‘documentary’, the movie already dismisses the usual complaint of “stop filming and run, you idiot”.

Please help improve this article by introducing citations to additional sources. Six other people died too, including Osawa.

Noroi: The Curse ノロイ (2005)

In a small house that’s in close proximity to others? I can’t say I liked much the first half of the flick, either. Simply put, Noroi is probably one of the best horror movies I have ever seen and I have seen a lot! He tries really, really hard to milk some of it found footage, the weird neighbor, actresses pushed into it by their agency again with Culttrailer but, despite one or two good ideas, and actresses that try their damnedest, I think Cult falls very flat.

The documentary style filming just makes it farm more believable. Why do the neighbors die? After interviewing a woman who claims to hear loud baby’s cries coming from the house next door where there is no babyKobayashi heads over to talk to the neighbor. I still found it creepy and OMG that night view shot.

Noroi: The Curse ノロイ () – Genkinahito

Kobayashi and Miyajima track the blue building to a nearby apartment block where they witness a man, Osawa, taking pigeons into his house. Kobayashi tracks the daughter down, discovering she is Junko Ishii. Rinse and repeat until finally everyone is killed off because otherwise it wouldn’t be found footage.


I don’t know that I would have found an American version with western celebrities playing themselves less scary, necessarily — there’s something kind of Lynchian about it — but I’m sure it would give me a different feeling than the one I had watching Noroi ; less horror, more metafiction.

There’s something about this film that leaves you uncertain and confused, and to me that’s what truly makes it scary. OK, so I watched this at 1am with all the lights off and my headphones on and all alone in my apartment. It is perhaps THE creepiest film I have ever watched.

I get that J-horror is different from Western horror in that sometimes evil just happens and doesn’t always get a thorough explanation, but even given that, a lot of the story felt kind of inexplicable and loosely-strung-together to me. How did crazy, slovenly, yelling demon-addled lady hold down a job that long? It feels like a real documentary film even if it’s not. While I too thought parts of the story were ridiculous — okay, wait.

Firstly do not compare this to Blair Witch, this movie deserves far better than that! I have watched tons of horror movies, so this doesn’t come lightly: Not since my first viewing of Ringu ten years ago have I been so delightfully creeped out watching a horror film.

Noroi The Curse / Synopsis – TV Tropes

This is also a common theme of Western zombie fare. Maybe someone can clear some of that stuff up, but I dunno. I got Noroi through Play Asia.

Without spoiling to much about the plot, I can say it that it starts with Kobayashi doing research on a series of seemingly unrelated events, that turns out to be connected to something far more darker and sinister.

Junko could not pacify The Kagutaba alone. The reviews all seemed to say that the reviewer thought it was super creepy but could understand how other people thought that it was boring The film ends noting Kobayashi and the boy are still missing.