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|St John's Wort|
Actors: Reiko Matsuo, Megumi Okina, Yoichiro Saito, Koji Ookura, Minoru
Director: Ten Shimoyama
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
A game designer, and his girlfriend Nami, drive out to a decrepit mansion she just inherited, to film backgrounds for a new video game called St. John's Wort. As they search through the dark halls, a series of chilling pai... more »
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Robert B. (rbrown) from STARKVILLE, MS
Reviewed on 3/6/2016...
Okay but certainly unremarkable J-Horror film that draws inspiration and plot points from horror video games. Nami works as an artist for a video game company. When she finds out that she’s inherited a mansion in the middle of nowhere, she and another employee go to investigate and get ideas for a new game they’re working on. At first, I thought that I was really, really going to hate this film, but once I settled into its groove, I found it to be passable entertainment. I DID hate that the version that I saw had been dubbed into English, with no original Japanese language option. Still, the film wasn’t awful, and the sound design was top-notch. Worth a watch on a slow night if you can find the original Japanese-language version.
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I am a big fan of Japanese Horror films.............
(Mr.) N. Sean Wright | Whiteville, NC USA | 02/14/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"But is this even considered a horror film?
This movie is hard to like and trust me, I tried,
but I just didn't get it. This film is an incomprehensible
mess that brings down the creative curve of a nation.
The only thing "St. John's Wort" has to its credit
is that familiar air of creepiness that makes
Japanese Horror films so great. But even with
this sense of mystery and suspense, the movie
fails to deliver.
I repeatedly found myself annoyed.
Even the climax of the film, when the main character's
twin makes his/her (?) appearance, is an utter (and strange)
I'm left with so many questions concerning the plot, but for some reason, I don't even care anymore.
Somehow, I expected so much more from the people that brought us
If you're curious about this film, do yourself a favor. Rent it first. Wasting your time is one thing, but please don't commit two foolish acts at once: Buying AND watching this.
Skip this movie altogether.
Empty and wandering
Maryssa | USA | 08/01/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I rented this and it sounded promising, but I should really know better by now...
I agree that it did remind me of a video game - one I played where I had to scale the roof and climb up into a creepy bedroom window..., there weren't really any surprises, and what was the point of the sibling ending??
I thought that there was one scary moment, when they ran in to hide in that room, but it was so fleeting. I remember thinking that they could have gone in a ton of different directions with the movie, but they didn't. It makes me wary what I rent now."
Japanese horror at it's worst...
Poe the Ghost | Inside the great Deku Tree | 12/29/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"When I saw that this movie was made by the producer of Ringu (a.k.a. The Ring) I thought it was going to be a very good and creepy movie. Well, until I saw that the production company for this DVD was "The Asylum" then my expectations were slightly lowered, but I still thought it could be a decent film. Boy, was I wrong... The acting is terrible, the plot is lame and predictable, and the characters aren't very convincing. Worse still is since this is based off of some hit Japanese video game, they like to mix in alot of 3D backdrops and weird text scenes that make it particularly cheesey! Also, you can tell just how low budget this movie was due to the fact that it only has 4 actors in it!!!
Now, I usually like Asylum films because they're so cheesey that they're funny, but with this one, not so much... Sure the guy with Tenchi's voice who must mutter the name "Kausawa Suichi" some 20 times in a 10 minute period, and the weird blonde chick who dresses like a prostitute were funny at first, but the overall dullness of the film doesn't even make it worth watching for a laugh.
I rated this movie 2 stars only because I didn't absolutely hate it, and since I only paid 6 bucks for it, I don't really feel bad about buying it. And the fact that the mansion the movie is filmed in looks alot like Spencer Mansion from the first Resident Evil game was interesting.
However, this movie should be avoided. If you wanna see a horror movie that's so cheesey it's funny, buy House of the Dead 2 or Dead Men Walking. If you want a good Japanese horror movie, stick with Ringu, Ju-on, or Dark Water, leave this one in the bargin bin where it belongs..."