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April 1, 2009


If you like horror then this is a must see.
I had some mixed emotions after watching this movie. I liked it a lot, but there was one part I didn’t like. The reason I liked it is because it’s a horror movie that you just don’t seem to find in the USA anymore. Dripping with atmosphere and character and story it reminded me of the best of the Twilight Zone or Outer Limits episodes where the horror is real, where it comes from the mind and where it’s not so very far away from might very well be your own reality. It’s human. I loved how the movie switched from what seemed like a romance to a nightmare with the swiftness of a guillotine. In fact, in a way, it was almost like watching two movies. The movie’s first half was very slowly paced and I don’t know if that was intentional or not, but I’m thinking it had to be because of the impact of the second half. The only reason I didn’t like the movie was because the heroine’s motivation was a little disturbing to me.

The story is this: Seven years after his wife’s death, a widower decides to find a new wife. His partner suggests holding an audition for eligible women under the guise of casting for a new TV show. During the audition the widower is attracted to one of the applicants and begins seeing her socially. He finds himself falling in love with her and despite the fact that her audition application has some strange holes and contradictions, and despite the warnings of his partner and his secretary, he continues the relationship and falls deeper and deeper in love. Love blooms, life is good. Then BOOM.

I mentioned above that I thought the heroine’s motivation was disturbing and this might be considered a spoiler by some, so if you plan on seeing the movie and don’t wanna know anything then you should skip to the next paragraph. During the dating scenes it’s revealed that the heroine was physically abused as a child and it’s that abuse, and the years she’s lived with that trauma, which has brought her to where she is now. Her mental illness was unsettling and I found myself feeling really sorry for her and I’m not sure that I was supposed to be feeling that. If I was then the movie is even better than I think.

If you like movies like Scream and the crap put out by Eli Roth and Rob Zombie don’t bother with this movie. However, if you like horror then this is a must see. If you’re looking for a reason to not date this is an absolute must see! This movie actually disturbed me I honestly think it’s one that could cause nightmares. I rate this movie a 9 out of 10 and recommend it highly.

© 2009 by Michael Fishman

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  1. April 1, 2009 7:59 am

    yes this movie is pretty awesome. I was going to write a review of this on my site but I’ve already reviewed quite a bit of Miike’s movies, I think i need a break from him lol


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