Reincarnation (Japan)

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Is the end near for Japanese horror movies? The Ring was scary; Dark Waters shivery; Ju-On okay; The rest laughable. Have we watched too much, or the quality just isn't there anymore?

Japan's foremost cinematic master of the macabre Takashi Shimizu (from Ju-On and Grudge fame) returns with this tale of a hotel haunted by its violent history. This is the 3rd of a series of 6th (The first 2 being Infection and Premonition.) They should have stopped at one.

A mass murder of 11 occurred in a hotel 35 years earlier, and people in present day find themselves haunted by the murders. That's when confusion sets in. The people who are reincarnated from the murders end up being murdered again by their spirits. Confusing? Illogical? Yes, quite. The movie should have been titled Karma instead of Reincarnation.

If you get pass that, the mystery can keep you riveted for a while. And yes, I was pleasantly surprised that there was a twist.

The movie flopped in Japan. Oversupply or over-exhaustion? Let's hope it doesn't mark the decline of this genre.

Reincarnation – At least it's not a comedy.

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