Noroi – The Curse [Review]

What I’ve learned from the japanese film industry til now is that if you have a good idea and inspiration while writing a script, this fact could lead to a very impressive production.

Horror movies! Who doesn’t like them? Probably many because are scared, but also many love to found themselves lost into an intriguing and exceptional plot, [mentally] fighting along with the good guys in order to solve the mysteries and bring peace into the story. But this articles will not help you start a debate on how good guys should act to overcome the bad elements…simply because evil is more powerful in this movie.

Noroi – The curse is a japanese production which will make you wonder if those things could happen in real life. Presented as a documentary – a man searching information about some strange happenings and shot mostly in a “Blair Witch Project” style – the movie deals with an ancient demon who can be summoned and used for doing bad things.

In a strange location – existed a very dark ritual which was used to summon the demon Kagubata. One day – this demon [who supposedly must obey the summoner’s orders] – get a chance to become an independent entity and do evil stuff for it’s own pleasure. A priest dealt with this mythical creature and stopped it from ruining this world – but he had to pay with his life for this.

Now, the demon is about to be summoned again.

In the ritual – flesh is involved. The flesh can help the demon to use it’s powers. One of the pieces of this puzzle is about the medium’s strange meals – dead fetuses – that can be used for building a spiritual path – for the demon to come into this world.

Animals are also sacrificed to appease this evil. Pigeons – the element of air and dogs – representing earth are [possibly] linked to the path of this demon. In mythology, dark forces often invade both of them because this thing can lead to total annihilation – a symbol of the Apocalypse.

It’s funny also how the image of ghosts/spirits or whatever those are – are invisible for the human eye but are visible on cameras. Almost all japanese horror products [movies/books] depict similar cases. If you read the Ring or seen Shutter you know what I’m talking about.

It is a good movie though. Really great characters – the journalist equipped with patience and curiosity, the madman able to solve mysteries easier than anyone else, the cutie who has to suffer and the single mother seen as desperate to recreate her own life.


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