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Terror takes on both human and mechanical form in this independent horror film from Japanese director Takashi Shimizu. Masuoka (Shinya Tsukamoto) is a freelance photographer who has become malignly obsessed with fear. Masuoka believes there is a physical component to terror, and he is determined to find it. While his rattrap apartment has become a shrine to documents of fear, he's particularly fascinated with a videotape of Furoki (Kazuhiro Nakahara), a disturbed man committing suicide in a Tokyo subway tunnel by stabbing himself in the face. Masuoka think if he can recreate Furoki's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The gloppy sound effects are so over-the-top, they invite laughter, and the bloodsucking scenes are allowed to become absurdly repetitious."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Marebito is no conventional vampire movie but a speculation into the notion that ancient people could sense alien beings in their midst."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"An almost stunningly incompetent piece of work..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"As creepy as it is frustrating."
‑ Doug Brunell, Film Threat
"Any profound statement that Shimizu is making gets lost in translation, if it was ever there in the first place."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"It's actually a pretty lousy thriller."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"And if the trip doesn't have the clear-cut directions of a Hollywood film, it has all the ideas -- and cold, unsettling flights of fantasy -- of a nightmare, where faceless people look and look and look, but never see."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"It neither musters the campy horror of Ju-on nor follows through on its art-house potential."
‑ Mattias Frey, Boston Phoenix
"It drops names such as Madame Blavatsky for gravitas, but has as little to do with theosophy as a Westerner has to do with chopsticks."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's not really scary, but it reaches a level of insanity so unhinged and dispassionately wretched that it defies description."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Marebito is a disturbing supernatural drama that leaves a sour taste in the mouth."
‑ Richard James Havis, Hollywood Reporter
"For Japanese horror aficionados only, and even they are likely to be underwhelmed by this stew of half-baked ideas and creepy sensations."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"It is far from a completely successful experiment, but it does create something with a unique enough identity to be worth exploring."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"[An] atmospheric, hypnotic digital video wonder."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Shimizu has done what compatriots such as Hideo Nakata have not yet managed to do: make a contemporary Japanese horror movie that has some new ideas in it."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
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