Uzumaki
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Based on the phenomenally popular horror manga by Junji Ito, Uzumaki is the debut feature of Japanese music video director Higuchinsky (born Akirhiro Higuchi). Something strange is going on in the small town of Kurozu-cho. Kirie Goshima (Ericko Hatsune) notices Toshio Saito (popular character actor Ren Osugi), the father of her longtime friend, Shuichi (Fhi Fan), videotaping an extreme close-up of the spiral pattern on a snail's shell. Shuichi explains that his father is acting strangely, and impulsively asks Kirie to elope with him. She shyly demurs. Later, Toshio asks Kirie's father,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pic duly places less emphasis on narrative than on the sort of surreal set pieces that might have worked better in the graphic-novel form."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Required viewing for horror fans, Japanese-cult-cinema fans, and anyone who digs settling in for an unsettling David Lynch evening."
‑ Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
"A brilliant horror film with an original idea and style to spare."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Special effects can be tastefully managed even on a shoestring budget, but here they are merely ludicrous."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"A somewhat satisfying, because of its uniqueness, but ultimately empty horror chiller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Adapted from a horror comic by Junji Ito, this debut feature from Japanese music-video director Higuchinsky begins eerily but doesn't take long to descend into silliness."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Ultimately the, yes, snail-like pacing and lack of thematic resonance make the film more silly than scary, like some sort of Martha Stewart decorating program run amok."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"'Uzumaki is a masterfully rendered living portrait of warped, apocalyptic art...'"
‑ Jovanka Vuckovic, Rue Morgue Magazine
"Succumb to its creepy charms, and you'll never see inner-ear anatomy diagrams, umbrellas, or escargot in quite the same way. You might even hand over laundry chores to someone else."
‑ KJ Doughton, Nitrate Online
"... less a story than an inexplicable nightmare, right down to the population's shrugging acceptance to each new horror."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Gussied up with so many distracting special effects and visual party tricks that it's not clear whether we're supposed to shriek or laugh."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"At some point, all this visual trickery stops being clever and devolves into flashy, vaguely silly overkill."
‑ Megan Turner, New York Post
"Mostly the film creates an infectious feeling of apprehension that slowly crawls up your spine."
‑ Ross Williams, Film Threat
"Eerie and slimy enough to give Tim Burton nightmares, Uzumaki is a superb piece of fantasy cinema."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"Uzumaki's interesting social parallel and defiant aesthetic seems a prostituted muse..."
‑ Jon Lap, Apollo Guide
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