Shutter (2004)

Posted: January 18, 2015 in Movie Review
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Directed By: Banjong Pisanthanakun & Parkpoom Wongpoom

Starring: Ananda Everingham, Natthaweeranuch Thongmee, Achita Sikamana

Synopsis: Mysterious images in Tun’s photographs lead him to believe he is being haunted, but is it by the victim of a hit and run, or something else?

Thoughts: Ghosts often play a major part in Asian horror movies, so much so that they are often lampooned for it. I’ve seen countless parodies of pale ghosts with long black hair. Sadly, I think that there are some really good movies that get overlooked because they are all lumped together. Shutter happens to be one of those movies.

The scripts and storyline is better than most and I find that the pace of Shutter is fantastic. You get fed information little by little as the tension continues to build, and the scenes with the ghost are very creepy. The finale is by far the best of the movie, as all of the pieces come together and it becomes clear just why Tun is being haunted.

Shutter was one of the many Asian horror movies to earn an American remake. Just like any other trend, the initial success of Asian remakes in the United States resulted in a flood of remakes hitting theatres and video. Although there were several that were obvious cash grabs, it was the American remakes of Ringu (The Ring) and Ju-On (The Grudge) that led me on an odyssey of Asian horror that lasted many years. This also happened to be my first foray into foreign cinema, which led me to classics from Akira Kurosawa and Bergman, as well as the world of Italian horror. The Ring is a big part of who I am as a film and horror fan today.

While I haven’t made my way through the entirety of the Tartan Asian Extreme library, I have seen a good portion of them and would easily place Shutter in the better half of their offerings. It isn’t quite as good as The Vengeance Trilogy or A Tale of Two Sisters, but it an entertaining watch.


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