Shutter (They Are Around Us)
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A shock accident on a lonely country road has terrifying repercussions for a Bangkok photographer and his frightened wife in the Thai horror sensation that chilled audiences at the Gérardmer and Bangkok International film festivals. Distracted during a late-night drive down a long stretch of country road, Tun accidentally runs down a pedestrian who seemed to have materialized out of thin air. Though Tun and his wife, Jane, attempt to relinquish themselves of responsibility by fleeing the scene and hastily returning to Bangkok, it seems as if someone or something is intent on ensuring that they… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The jury is out on whether we need another J-horror scare story, but it's not an open-and-shut case. And with the re-make in the works, the file remains open."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"The latest in the line of hairy hauntings, Shutter, for the most part conforms to expectations, although it has a pay off which lifts it above the pack."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Familiar though it may be, the film is well made and contains more than its fair share of supremely creepy moments, plus there's a clever twist near the end that you really won't see coming."
‑ , Daily Mirror [UK]
"There's some scare-voltage here, and some cliches."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Works best if you don't know where it's heading."
‑ Jamie Russell,
"a rather boring asian horror"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Shunning random carnage, this horror carries you with it to the final twist."
‑ Julia Buckley, thelondonpaper
"If some of the shocks come off feeling as dated as last summer's Polaroids, it's a small price to play for a picture that manages to be scary and unsettling without resorting to cheap thrills and gore."
‑ Neil Jeffries, Total Film
"The first-time directors, Parkpoom Wongpoom and Banjong Pisanthanakun, might not have names that roll off the tongue, but they have a way of getting noticed."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"If you've seen Ring, Ju-On or Dark Water you should bring along your own scare ticksheet, but a last page show of heart makes Shutter a sobering cut above the rest."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"...ultimately comes off as yet another hopelessly derivative and downright interminable Asian creeper..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Competently handled, decently acted and contains a couple of twists in the final reel that may give you a jolt."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"This reasonable Thai horror flick can't decide when and how its disgruntled wraith - female, as usual - is allowed to manifest herself."
‑ Tom Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Don't let the over-familiar nature of the plot fool you. This Asian horror thriller rises above its flaws to deliver a tightly constructed, affecting, and downright terrifying ride."
‑ Saxon Bullock, Film4
"a tale of guilt, revenge and twisted love, set in a world that, for all its sanitised modernity, still remains haunted by fears that are primal and timeless."
‑ Anton Bitel,
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