Topic: Has anyone seen "Occult" ("Okaruto") by Kôji Shiraishi?
This is one of the most powerful horror films I have ever experienced (Hell, its one of the most powerful examples of the film/video medium I have ever seen, in any context). Its not hugely entertaining in the conventional sense (parts of it are rather slow, and for a while it doesn't seem like its going anywhere...although it most definitely is), but the total impact it had on me was tremendous. I mean, this is the sort of movie I would say you probably shouldn't watch if you're depressed, because it might increase the likelihood of your committing suicide, LOL. It was made on a very low budget, and some of the special effects scenes make that fact painfully clear...but this really isn't a movie one watches for the special effects. Its just an amazing story. Its rather loosely based on the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft (it seems very loosely based, but by the end, I thought it was the most authentically Lovecraftian, modern-style film ever made...although its not based on any of his stories in particular, but rather his general milieu).
Has anyone else seen this?
It was never released on an English-language DVD (as far as I know), but you can watch it on YouTube, where for some reason, its called "The Unearthly." You have to turn on the English text captioning (and be prepared to read subtitles, obviously).