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Shutter (2004)

Asian horror is known mostly for it’s use of black haired women as the threat of the story. Movies like ‘The Ring’ and ‘Dark Water’ have all inspired American remakes, and Shutter is no different in that regard.

Remade into a PG13 movie, the original which is reviewed here, stands tall above it’s infinitely inferior remake.

The story is simple in it’s execution: we follow Tun and Jane, a couple heading back from a evening in the town that accidentally hit a young woman who dies on impact. Only to find that the spirit of the woman is goin after them.
Yes, a very tried and tired concept indeed, however: you’ll be hardpressed to find a movie that’s more scary than this devil.

The clue lies in the way the ghost is presented, she is glimpsed through the photo’s that Tun  (a photographer) makes after the fatal accident, and slowly but steadily we witness her becoming more and more powerful.

Ofcourse there are the obligatory jump scares which will have you startled, but the real power lies in it’s clever ways of pulling you into a setting. Whether it’s developing photo’s in a closed (and tiny) room, or lying in bed waiting to fall asleep, you get the feeling Tun is never safe from her, because of the way the music and images work together to create that eerie feeling.

On top of it all, ‘Shutter’ has a decent cast, a good slim 97 minute running time and on the contrary to what we are used too, our lead characters aren’t picture perfect people as well.
Many scenes are noteworthy for it’s clever ways of making you feel uncomfortable, and it tries to do something new with the most cliché’d scenes we are used to have lurking around in horror.

The best way to go into this is by preparing for the fact that you’ll be reading subtitles because of the Thai origin of this movie and simultaneously will be crapping your pants as well, let ‘Shutter’ take you along on a thrillride that promises to be memorable.

8/10 stars!



5 thoughts on “Shutter (2004)

  1. If you have trouble finding this movie: look on this link: it features the entire movie WITH English subtitles!

    Posted by That Dutch Filmlover | May 16, 2012, 01:27
  2. I have not seen the original Asian SHUTTER…but liked the “american” remake. Another great review by that Dutch Film Lover!!! Thanks Paul!!! *Neil

    Posted by Last Road Reviews | May 16, 2012, 02:54
  3. I really enjoyed watching this on netflix. thanks for turning me on to it. I have the american remake and will be soon watching that too. but this one was scary, creepy and has great mood and atmosphere. the story, though a bit routine, was executed with great menace and the performances were top notch. great review.

    Posted by Victor De Leon | May 18, 2012, 00:38
  4. I agree – that’s all!

    Posted by click | June 22, 2012, 03:34

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