Marebito (2005)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 9, 2005
DVD Release Date: March 14, 2006
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The scares are lacking in this J-horror flick, and the plot soon turns half-baked.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

The gloppy sound effects are so over-the-top, they invite laughter, and the bloodsucking scenes are allowed to become absurdly repetitious.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Marebito is no conventional vampire movie but a speculation into the notion that ancient people could sense alien beings in their midst.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

An almost stunningly incompetent piece of work...

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

It's actually a pretty lousy thriller.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

Mattias Frey
Boston Phoenix

It neither musters the campy horror of Ju-on nor follows through on its art-house potential.

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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter

Marebito is a disturbing supernatural drama that leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

A.O. Scott
New York Times

For Japanese horror aficionados only, and even they are likely to be underwhelmed by this stew of half-baked ideas and creepy sensations.

Steve Biodrowski

It is far from a completely successful experiment, but it does create something with a unique enough identity to be worth exploring.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Lee ?
A slow but eerie and interesting bit of urban horror as a man enters a subterrainian hell via the metro system and finds a naked, animal-like woman who he… More
Kylie B
The style of the film takes a while to get into, but if you can manage it, it is worth it. The dialogue strays at times into philosophical/conspiracy… More
Drew Smith
Cryptic, self-important pabulum, Marebito is just a cheap side project between the Grudge movies, as admitted by Takashi Shimizu himself. There's nothing… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
A very different turn to Shimizu's redundant Ju On flicks. A more Lovecraft type of story (heck, there's even a reference to him) with none other than… More
Bruce Bruce
There is something that?s always a litte different about Asian Horror, thou this one isn't one to send a chill up or down your spine, it does have its… More
Jesse Ortega
This film was pretty bad. The acting was pretty terrible (Shinya Tsukamoto, stick with MAKING films, not acting in them). I liked the way it was shot, but it… More