I'll be honest, I'm not the world's biggest Hideo Nakata fan. I hold the filmmaker personally responsible for essentially ruining Japanese horror with his film Ringu. Before Ringu became a sensation back in 1998, Japan was heaven on Earth for gore fans. The Guinea Pig films, Kazuo Komizu's Entrails of a Virgin, The Eko Eko Azarak movies, and Toshiharu Ikeda's Evil Dead Trapwere titles that sprang to mind when the topic of Japanese horror cinema was discussed--and there was nary a single pasty, dark-haired, pissed-off girl ghost in any of those movies.

The Arrival of Ringu changed all that (for the worse, in this critic's opinion) and it's only now, roughly a decade later, that Japan's horror scene is finally starting to get back on track with films like Tokyo Gore Police.

That being said, I'm willing to give Nakata another chance to wow me. I realize blaming him for everything that came in the wake of Ringu isn't entirely fair. However, news of his latest project, The Voice From the Stone, isn't exactly convincing me that he's broadened his narrative horizons...

Variety broke news of the project last night. The film's based on an Italian novel of the same title and focuses on "a female psychologist who takes on the case of a young boy who made a promise to his dying mother to remain silent until her spirit returns. The psychologist begins to realize that the boy's dead mother has manipulated her in order to take possession of her body so she can be reunited with her son."

A dead mother's spirit is technically a girl ghost. I'm not getting a good vibe here. In fact, I'm starting to wonder if Nakata is just Japanese for Shyamalan...
categories Movies, Horror