Saturday, October 13, 2012

31 Days of Halloween: Day 13

Tsutomu Hanabusa

A madman by the name of Kashiwada (Yusuke Yamamoto) has taken it upon himself to end the world by resurrecting the long-haired, former VHS tape dwelling Sadako from the ‘Ring’ (‘Ringu’ if you’re nasty.) movies.  He broadcasts his own suicide online, which is part of a larger ritual, and now any one who views “The Cursed Video” commits suicide themselves within minutes.  Sadako seems to be searching for something and apparently she’s finds it in the potent psychic abilities of Ayukawa (Satomi Ishihara).

Well, to start with the positives: it’s a great looking movie, filled strikingly bright colors. It has a few interesting ideas. The notion of someone catching girls and throwing them down a well in hopes of resurrecting a monster is actually pretty chilling. The idea that those girls could become sort of Psuedo-Sadakos, breathes some new life into this series.

Other than those two things, this movie is a complete mess. For a series that was built on creeping dread, ‘Sadako 3D’ offers nothing but lame jump scares, one after another to the point where they get annoying. The CGI is surprisingly poor and by the end the ridiculous Sadako-lite monsters are reduced to chasing Ayukawa around an abandoned hospital. I defy anyone to explain what hell happens at the very end. Still, it is better than ‘Ring Two’ (2005).

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