Written by: Meh
Marebito is one of many new titles coming from Tartan Extreme and in keeping with their tradition they are releasing yet another quality title for fans of the asian horror genre. Tartan has distinguished themselves as the leader in Asian Horror and Marebito continues that trend while offering something truly unique.
Masuoka is a cameraman possessed by the craving to understand fear--what it is and where it ultimately leads. He wanders the Tokyo streets, a voyeur, hungrily looking for clues. Obsessing over the haunted expressions of the faces he has captured in his daily filming, in particular a man who committed a grisly suicide on the metro.
He returns to the scene to better comprehend the dead man’s reasoning. Following his final gaze leads Masuoka to a door, an entry into a bizarre, cavernous underworld. Here among the ghosts and the subterranean robots called DEROs he finds a beautiful young girl chained to a rock. Saving her from her imprisonment he takes her home.
But watching her from his web-cam at work each day he begins to suspect there is something truly inhuman about this girl with sharp teeth and who walks on all fours. When he begins to uncover her horrifying secrets Masuoka realizes that he has found the key to gaining the terrible knowledge he so craves.
Visually the movie reminded me of a cross between White Noise and The Grudge. It utilizes excellent camera work with a combination of truly scary visual imagery. It starts off immediately showing us that this is a true horror movie with a suicide that is sure to rock you to your bones. Lets just say it involves a kinfe and an eye! Ow!
The story is very cohesive and although it is not on par with some of Tartans other fantastic titles like Old Boy or Sympathy for Mr.Vengeance it is well directed and well written with a truly unique premise. I would say this is a must see for fans of The Grude and The Ring ( The original asian horror films ) The combination of "camcorder" footage interlaced with some mind altering visuals and normal filming practices creates a truly unique experience.
This is a must see and or a must buy for those who appreciate Asian horror films. For those who need things spelled out and more "poppy" and "mainstream" I would suggest you skip it. This is not House of Wax, this is a thinking mans film.