Marebito (The Stranger from Afar)

  • Studio: Tartan
  • Release Date: Dec 9, 2005
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  1. JeffreyT.
    Mar 31, 2006
    8
    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. 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. Collapse
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Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 5 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    30
    Japanese horror doesn't get more tedious.
  2. This all-digital indie is, by genre standards, either a misfired doodle or an attempt to Lovecraft-ize the popular movement. Or both.
  3. 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.