If you’ve seen the American version call The Ring and liked it…this movie will make you not like it! Let’s face it, Asian horror is SO much better than American horror. It seems that, for the most part, Americans don’t know how to do horror without throwing in a lot of blood and guts & sex and nudity. Asian horror is able to stand on it’s own legs and creep us out without adding any unnecessary content.
I couldn’t find this on Netflix or Amazon but I did find the entire movie, with English subtitles, on YouTube. As of the time of this post, you can view it by clicking here.
The movie starts with 2 girls sitting together and chatting while the family of one of the girls is at a baseball game. One girl tells the other a campfire story about a cursed VHS tape…if you watch it, you get a call when it’s over informing you that you’re going to die in a week. It turns out, however, that the girl she’s telling the story to, Tomoko Ôishi (Yûko Takeuchi, has actually seen the tape and did receive the call.
The relative of the girl, Reiko played by Nanako Matsushima, that received the call is a reporter and she starts researching deaths that surround the video. She makes a brave (stupid? Yeah, I’m going with stupid) mistake of watching the video. When the film is over, the phone rings.
Being the reporter that she is, she starts to study the video, looking for clues as to it’s origin and meaning behind the odd things on the screen.
Reiko enlists the help of her ex-husband, Ryuji (Hiroyuki Sanada). He views the video, with Reiko, but doesn’t receive a call.
On the video they are able to make out a very strange phrase:
Frolic in brine, goblins be thine
If you play in the sea, goblins will get you.
However, during all of this research, the son, Yôichi (Rikiya Ôtaka)…whom is FAR too young to be left unattended…gets hold of the tape and watches. Bad parenting x2…well, x4 if you count both parents screwing up in 2 ways. He’s too young to be left alone and jumping jiminy, why on earth would you leave that tape sitting around for anybody, let along your 1st grade son, to get their hands on?
The two turn up a lot of useful information. Do they find it in time? Did they find out enough?