Previous Rank: 2
Director: Hideo Nakata
Cast: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yuko Takeuchi, Hiroyuki Sanada
Scare Meter: 9/10
Scare Tactics: atmosphere, music, Sadako
*Listed in 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die (Schneider, ed. 2009)
*Listed in Horror! 333 Films to Scare You to Death (Marriott and Newman 2010)
IMDb Plot Summary: "A mysterious video kills whoever views it, unless that viewer can solve its mystery."
A perfect film to watch with your closest friends, when you're all huddled together and screaming in the right parts. That's how I first watched it, which is why this film will always have a particularly special meaning for me. But on top of that, it's just simply phenomenal. No wonder it started a whole revolution of Asian horror films and Hollywood remakes. It's a really simple premise, but the atmosphere of this classic proves that in the horror genre, you can elicit so much with so little. Of course, there's nothing "little" about the big reveal near the end, that scene that shook everyone to the core and had us forsaking television sets for a while. Absolutely bone-chilling, and one of the most powerful horror films ever.
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