Genres: Horror

Rated:

Country: Thailand

Year: 2004

Runtime: 95 minutes

Studio: Tartan Video

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Review done by: Nightmare Child
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Starring: Ananda Everingham, Natthaweeranuch Thongmee, Achita
Sikamana, Unnop Chanpaibool, Chachchaya Chalemphol

Directed by: Banjong Pisonthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom

Story: A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows
in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not
escape your past.



Review:

I tend to believe that everyone has some sort of deep dark secret. One that
they keep from their loved ones. People lie for a good cause, I guess. A lot of
men lie about their affairs so that way their significant other won't flip out.
Some people lie about murder, so they could save themselves from a
vacation behind bars. How often do we see this in horror films? Especially
here in the US? The movie I'm reviewing for you today has to do with
deception, lies and revenge; And it's from Thailand. Shutter is a supernatural
tale about a photographer and his girl friend who are being tormented by a
vengeful spirit. Speaking of spirits, I must add that the vengeful ghost in this
movie happens to be a young woman with long dark hair. What is it with
Asian horror films about women with long hair? I guess for many it's very
amusing. Luckily, Shutter is actually a good movie.

In the movie we follow a young couple, Tun and Jane. Late one night on a
country road, Tun and Jane accidentally run down a mysterious pedestrian.
With Jane behind the wheel, she notices that she hit a woman and she's lying
bloody on the ground. Tun regains conscience nous and tells Jane to hit the
gas. Fleeing the scene, they return to their lives in Bangkok. Jane feels
horrible for what she's done and because of it she barely gets any sleep.
Both Jane and Jun soon discover that things have changed. Nightmares
haunt Jane's dreams while Tun, who is a photographer, begins to see odd
spectral figures at work. Weird spirit like images are showing up on the
recent pictures he's taken. This sends Tun and Jane on their own
investigation to find out what's going on. Returning to investigate the site of
the accident, they find neither rumor nor report of the victim. Which is
strange considering that they ran over a human being.

Why were there no reports? Did the victim simply just walk away? Soon after
that, Tun’s closest friends begin to die one by one. Each men taking their
own lives by committing suicide. Tun and Jane know they must unravel this
mystery before it unravels their very lives, and end up dead themselves.
Shutter happens to be the winner of the audience award at the Gérardmer
Film Festival in 2006. It was also nominated for the Golden Kinnaree Award
(Best Film, 2005) at the Bangkok International Film Festival. I can see why,
Shutter is a really good movie. I wouldn't go as far as to say that it's the
"best Asian horror film since The Ring." That's a bit of an overstatement.
While Shutter is an enjoyable movie, I've seen much better. Still, it's
something I would recommend watching.

In Shutter you follow a young couple who get into an accident. They run
someone over, flee the scene and end up being stalked by a ghost. The
premise is simple and not so original. Despite the fact that it's almost like
every supernatural Asian horror film out there, it's still entertaining and
creepy. If you scare easy, then Shutter will have you hiding under the covers.
I always find the Asian horror movies to be a lot scarier than the US ones.
Shutter is no different, I did enjoy the scares in the movie. It's very suttle
and quiet, which is what I love about them. Everything else is well done.
We're treated to some good performances from both our leads. My only real
complaint is that yes it's not so original. This concept has been done before
many times. Not to mention some scenes run a little slow.

The music also makes it a little more predictable. You know what's bound to
happen thanks to the musical score. Despite the little flaws and pace, it's still
a good movie. Like all the other good Asian films, this one is also going to be
remade here in the US. Luckily, Tartan Video did a smart thing in adding "The
Original" on the DVD cover. Included in the Shutter DVD are the usual Tartan
features. Original trailer, interviews, behind the scenes featurette and
previews for other Tartan releases. If you love the Tartan Asia Extreme
releases, then you have to pick up Shutter. It's an enjoyable movie with a
good story and a disturbing twist. If you're a big fan of movies like Ju-On or
The Ring, then Shutter is a must see for you.


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Overall: 7/10
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