• Studio: Tartan
  • Release Date: Dec 9, 2005
Metascore
50

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
    70
    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
    30
    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
    30
    Japanese horror doesn't get more tedious.

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