• Studio: Tartan
  • Release Date: Dec 9, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 5 out of 13
  1. It's not really scary, but it reaches a level of insanity so unhinged and dispassionately wretched that it defies description. Inspired, but not for all tastes.
  2. 75
    An outrageous horror flick.
  3. 75
    Shot on digital video as murky as Masuoka's imagination, its creeping sense of dank dread is as slow to build as it is hard to shake.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Grierson
    Marebito's ghoulish delight in gore will turn off the squeamish, but tougher souls will recognize that the over-the-top shocks are Shimizu's way of illustrating how terrifying the risk of human connection can be.
  5. Provocative rather than scary, and it's made with visual flair.
  6. 67
    Unlike the elliptical, often explanation-free "The Grudge," Marebito is wordy to the extreme. Konaka's near-constant narration underlines every point the movie is trying to make, ruminating bluntly on the meaning of fear, and how we suck on media violence like, yep, vampires.
  7. Shot in just over a week with a minuscule budget, this artsy thriller feels like a one-off from Shimizu's Ju-on films but is probably worth a look for fans.
  8. In casting about for new sources of fear, Marebito achieves its own level of mediocrity.
  9. Never gives us what it promised: a glorious, totally new sense of horror.
  10. 38
    It's actually a pretty lousy thriller.
  11. Reviewed by: Richard James Havis
    A disturbing supernatural drama that leaves a sour taste in the mouth.
  12. This all-digital indie is, by genre standards, either a misfired doodle or an attempt to Lovecraft-ize the popular movement. Or both.
  13. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Japanese horror doesn't get more tedious.
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  1. JeffreyT.
    Mar 31, 2006
    A fascinating descent into madness, with a fear-obsessed cameraman distancing himself from humanity with the buffer of his camera, only to learn that he should be turning that instrument around to look into his own dark soul. Eerie, mysterious, creepily sensuous, MAREBITO is being read too literally by some reviewers and should be appreciated for its deeper layers of psychological horror. MAREBITO has the disorienting feel of nightmare. Full Review »