the japs are all about the ghost story. America thinks ghosts are stupid thanks to Scooby doo, but they aren’t. ghosts are so much better than zombies. zombies are so stupid. I scoff at teeny bopper zombie lovers. America is all about the zombies, I scoff at you. America has ghost stories too but they mostly suck. insidious was good. the japs take their ghost stories seriously though because of one special rule that for some reason America never adopted (except with Japanese remakes like the ring, a great movie): if you see a ghost, you become a ghost… you die. the stakes are really high and it’s scary in the way that gives you nightmares because of it’s simplicity, if you see a ghost, you’re already dead.
ju-on is perhaps the best gateway movie to Japanese ghost stories for the uninitiated, partly because it’s one of the first, at least to reach america, and in that respect I give it a high recommendation. It’s structured, almost ironically, after an old American classic: Psycho. basically there is a cycle of killing that will seemingly never stop. I’m gonna drop a spoiler bomb here but it’s good to know. Because my mal-adjusted expectations fucked the movie up for me at end. so I can help align expectations with this spoiler: the cycle doesn’t stop. this isn’t an American movie where everything is wrapped up at the end. thanks hitchcock for that… psyche! you screwed my expectations up you bastard I thought the cycle would end and it didn’t. you suck.
ju-on is scary and super entertaining, can you ask for more? it’s also fun to break down the ghost logic and decipher the out-of-order story that is told in overlapping sub stories. there is some damn good ghost logic in this movie. there’s some ghost time travel vision shit, a stock ghost rule invented by Charles dickens back in the day with that scrooge guy… it’s good stuff.
pulse is another great Japanese ghost story, also eventually remade and severely castrated by zombie lovin, happy ending lovin americans. And the American remake of The Ring is freaking great, even though it has a happy ending. that is some good Scooby doo shit. such a happy ending, though. America’s ok I guess. So there’s some good gateway ghost stories for you to get with the program. who am I imagining as my target audience with this post? retards? maybe… I apologize.