Monday, January 4, 2010

Foreign Fears: Shutter (2004)

by Steven M. Duarte

This month’s recommended Foreign Fears Feature is a film that had the unfortunate luck of recently being remade into an American shitty, no-suspense, feature. The original was directed by Thailand directors Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom. The film follows the story of a young man who begins to notice extra unintentional images coming out on his photography. The film is dark and has great moments of suspense buildup. We are treated to the usual pale faced Asian girl with long black hair which is a staple of Asian ghost cinema. The film has a twist ending which you may be able to figure out if you pay close attention to the entire film. In any case you’re always better off watching the original film when it is remade in the states. There are very rare occasions when the remake outshines the original but this is not the case with Shutter.

--Steven M. Duarte