Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Ky˘ko Akiba, Yumeaki Hirayama, Takaaki Iwao, Etsuyo Mitani, Hiroko Sat˘
Director: Yoshihiro Hoshino
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror
Experience a new fear. Prepare for the unknown? You will see something you will never forget?Nao Shingaki has a part-time job at a mini-mart. Outwardly, it looks like any other mini-mart, but there is something unmistakabl... more »
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Not taking itself altogether seriously....
Liolania | Hippyville USA | 05/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I watched this film over the course of 2 nights, so I had time to ruminate over the things I'd watched... And I have to say this.... That after sleeping on it after watching 2/3 of the film, it occured to me that it is msking a play on conventional supernatural thrillers.
First, the plot: Nao has a part-time job at Mitsuya Mart, a store that is run by a whacked-out middle-age married couple, and has one other part-timer(forget his name), whom works at night. There isn't much of an actual plot, basically, the store is joining a chain of convenience stores called "Cosmo Mart", and a lady is taking inventory on their stock while Nao is repeatedly freaked out by the going-ons at Mitsuya Mart. Whether it be the creepy hooded dude or the crows crashing into the window, Nao is thouroughly freaked out.! And rightly so...
Although Cursed could've taken itself seriously,it doesn't, its always winking back at you, going "Haha!!!".! But its not self-indulgent, it just plays on a lot of this typical horror conventions, universal or strictly Asian conventions. For instence it plays on the whole "Scary" music trend. Only the "scary" music in this is REALLY BAD!!! The characters whom are posessed are soooo OVER the top!!! There is also a ghost whom "tries" to resemble the ghost from Ju-on as well(The fridge scene).
So overall, not a serious film, although it "appears" to be serious, there are some obvious clues to the contrary, such as: The laugh of the hooded character, the cartoonish eyeball effects of Nao's co-worker shortly after posession, and the overzealous insanity of a couple characters.
I would say, go in keeping in mind that this IS a horror film, so it has some good gore moments, and even some good scares, and is creepy, as long as you DON'T take it seriously.
God Bless & *enjoy* ~Amy"
Suree Snyder | Recluse, Hermosa Beach | 05/22/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Anyone has to admit that a haunted 7/11 type store is a unique concept. The movie has a simpleton's plot, you don't need to have Tesla's IQ to figure this. You only have a few characters to deal with. The morbid couple who owns the store. The day shift clerk, and the night shift clerk. And last, the pretty lady from the Corporate Office doing an inventory of the store. I think this woman should have been the protagonist. And of course the innocent customers who get killed for committing the act of buying from the cursed store.
This movie is a fusion of what makes a horror movie. This includes the register ringing up totals of 666, 696, etc, a man chasing a lady customer (this was actually a good suspense part that left me breath taken and laughing for the sheer pleasure of being scared), the usual possession, and the couples maniacal laughter. You can actually slice these scenes out and figure, they'd all been borrowed from other horror movies. But you find these in one movie called the Curse.
They of course reveal the reason why that darn store is Cursed. And the explanation is very much like another movie, titled Poltergeist.
Yeah, it's entertaining. Enjoy."
Love this movie
Thomas Porter | St Louis, MO | 10/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the gems of receint horror movies. 95% of the ones I see, especially the American ones are over the top in gore, but not actually scary at all. This one, you only actually see one death. Every thing else is done with music, mood, or shot. Completely love this flick. Pays hommage to many other movies, but mostly feels Hitchcock to me.
Shots are completely georgous, music fits the mood completely.
Can't recommend this flick any more. Origional, fun, funny, tension building...
Want to shout at the dude in the ball scene every single time I see it, "Don't go down that freaking hall!!!!"... and have watched the movie like 30+ times now. Most other movies I buy, I think I might watch them like 5-10 times, but this one is the one I throw in when anyone is over... "Hey, have you heard of this one.. you have to see it!!!""
Bizarre horror movie that never takes itself to seriously. T
WEATHERS | 04/03/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A lot about this movie is bizarre. I'm not sure if it's purely from the cultural divide or what, but it's very refreshing. Most films in this genre fail miserably by either trying solely to gross you out or are just boring carbon copies of the many other horror films out there. A great quirky horror flick, don't miss this one."