DMWs Exclusive Review of Scary True Storiesdeadmanwalkin
I recently had a chance to review this film and since we are currently updating the HM database, this film is currently not in the system and I could not attach a review to it (like we do with all our other reviews).
So I thought of something else that might work and TAA DAA a news article.. cause I know your dying to read what I have to say.. plus it beat's watching "From Justin to Kelly" with MacReady for the millionth time.. but it won't be quite as fun as hitting Meh with a whiffle ball bat.
Anyways.. here's my review.
Scary True Stories: Ten Haunting Tales from the Japanese Underground.
Everything has a beginning, and "Scary True Stories: Ten Haunting Tales from the Japanese Underground" is said to be the "Godfather" of the Japanese horror movement. What we are seeing today (Ringu, Ju-On, The Eye) is supposedly from the direct influence from what was originally a three-part series.
It’s very interesting to see the claim "Scary True Stories" has, in concern to the Asian Horror genre and Takashi Shimizu is even quoted as saying that "Scary True Stories is the beginning of all modern Japanese horror. Absolutely extraordinary."
Wow.. what was he watching? I found "Scary True Stories" to be anything "but" extraordinary. What I did find was 138 minutes worth of ghost stories with the same production value as one would find on your local cable show, plus dramatizations don’t really work for me.
None of the ten stories that you get on this DVD compilation are scary.. well maybe to a 3-year-old or MacReady – but for the ones who would actually rent this film, you’d find more horror in the bottom of Meh’s toilet than on this DVD.
Here’s what was written on the back of the DVD cover:
In the early 1990s, film director Norio Tsuruta (Ring 0: Birthday, Premonition) and screenwriter Chiaki Konaka (Marebito) collaborated on a three-part series of programs based on actual paranormal events. Collectively known as Honto Ki Atta Kowai Hanahsi (Scary True Stories), it was an immediate hit.
Not only did it mark Noriao Tsuruta’s directorial debut, it also became a pioneering work which lit the flame of the Japanese horror boom, shedding it’s influence on such films as Ringu, Ju-On: The Grudge and The Pulse. Highlighted by creepy visuals and sound effects, these chilling dramatizations of supernatural horror are presented for the first time in the US.
SCARY TRUE STORIES
The Lonely Girl
Mystery of the Red Earring
SCARY TRUE STORIES: NIGHT TWO
The Gymnasium in Summer
The Hospital at Midnight
SCARY TRUE STORIES: REALM OF SPECTERS
Be Gone Crone
My Friend at the Stairwell
The Black Hair in the Abandoned Building
With a synopsis like that, you would actually think you’d be getting something - NOT! So in the end, if you want Scary True Stories.. read them in a book. And if you happen to see this film on the DVD shelf.. just leave it there. Once you watch the film, you will not be satisfied and you’ll wish you had your 138 mins of wasted life back. I’ve lost mine.. don’t be dumb and lose yours too.
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