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.