My girlfriend Jessica does not like gory stuff. She doesn’t seem to like to see people break things or hear things crack or see people get smashed.
So, the question is: why did she make me wait to watch it with her? Lets rank the reasons.
4. She’s lying to herself
I think secretly she loves it. Just like when all of us watch movies like this, we have to be masochists to even bother watching these. It’s self-torture, but we like it. This movie is super crazy and doesn’t have any real philosophical reason for being crazy. That’s most of J-Horror, but that’s what we seem to like about it.
3. It’s a well respected movie
I don’t know how it’s come to be, but this movie gets a lot of respect. It did do some really crazy things, I suppose. It breaks the rules in that the bad guy never even comes close to being caught, sorta. It’s both an interesting detective story and a gory murder horror thingy. They made 2 sequels of it and the director works a lot. It’s a hit.
2. People seem to like it
I swear I hear about this movie all the time. It’s this and Battle Royal that get all of the attention nowadays. Used to be Ringu and Ju-On, but not any more. These movies are doing something different that people seem to be into right now. More gory, lets ghosty. I think I like the ghost stuff more, but thats neither here nor there.
1. She likes me
I’m a sucker for this type of movie. Actually, I went out of my way to watch this movie. On my Watch Instant Queue, a movie called Nokito’s Dinner Table made it to the top of the queue. I started watching it and had no idea what was going on. I looked it up on Wikipedia and, whoops, it was this movie’s sequel. Welp, i went and rented this movie immediately and watched it.
Overall, I wouldn’t call this my favorite J-Horror. I think I’m more into the more surreal or ghost related ones. These gore, but somewhat realistic movies sit in an unsatisfying place for me. I’d rather be completely blown away scared or grossed out, but this lands somewhere short of both.
But thanks to Jessica for watching it with me, despite her fears.