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  • Summary: A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman (Tsukamoto) investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo, leading him to a disturbing discovery. (Tartan Films)
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
    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.
  3. 75
    An outrageous horror flick.
  4. In casting about for new sources of fear, Marebito achieves its own level of mediocrity.
  5. 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.
  6. Never gives us what it promised: a glorious, totally new sense of horror.
  7. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Japanese horror doesn't get more tedious.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  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. Collapse