Sadako 3D 2 to Utilize Smartphones During Screenings

Chris Savage

Sadako 3D 2 PosterWe have all been there. You’re trying to watch a film in the theatre but there is someone on their smartphone ruining the experience for everyone else. You ask them politely to turn it off, when suddenly all hell breaks loose. But, it appears as if cellphone use in theatres may become a thing of the future if this latest trend takes off.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sadako 3D 2 is said to be shown in a “smartphone 4D” version in Japan, with a free app delivering vibration, flash and sound special effects as well as extra visuals on mobile handset screens.

It appears the usual “turn your phone off” reminder may be a thing of the past as Sadako 3D 2 is said to be the first film ever that will utilize these smartphone 4D effects during the films screenings. At this time this it is unknown if this will be used in screenings overseas.

Also, Sadako won’t just be haunting you in the theatre as the app will be active outside of the screenings and users may receive ghostly calls from Sadako herself.

Sadako 3D 2 is set five years after Sadako 3D and stars Miori Takimoto as a clinical psychologist raising her four-year-old niece, whose mother died in childbirth. The cursed online video clip reappears, and strange things begin to occur around the young girl.

At the moment I’m at a cross-roads with the idea, so I will just have to see how this one plays out in Japan, but I have to say that I am intrigued. What do you guys say?

Sadako 3D 2 opens in Japan this August 30th.


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      1. Levi July 2, 2013 at 4:27 pm

        This is not the first time smartphones are being used as a second-screen thing in cinemas. The Netherlands first used this technique last year with a thriller called APP.

        • Chris Savage July 2, 2013 at 4:52 pm

          Thanks for letting us know. I’m just going by the source material.