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  • Summary: A horror film about the residents of a small Japanese village that become obsessed with spiral-shaped objects.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. 91
    It's creepy, but it's not horrifying. Still, the movie has its distorted, haunting moments that will stick with you, and it's stunning to look at.
  2. A mix of H.P. Lovecraft madness, David Cronenberg biological mutation and David Lynch small-town weirdness, it teasingly dangles explanations never delivered and escapes never sought, while diving into one of the most gonzo horrors to twist onto celluloid in years.
  3. 80
    Unfortunately, this horror gem won't even receive the same fate as a crappy "Children of the Corn" sequel, that of ending up on the back shelf of the local Blockbuster. This all but guarantees, that some kid won't accidentally come upon it and scare the crap out of himself. And that's just sad.
  4. 70
    With playful, compelling gore having slowed to a near trickle stateside, Uzumaki demands attention.
  5. 70
    Higuchinsky turns the screen into another giant vortex, drawing the characters and the audience deeper into a dark, captivating spell.
  6. 60
    Perhaps the most gripping thing about the ultimately disappointing Japanese horror film Uzumaki is the patient way the picture develops mood.
  7. 38
    At some point, all this visual trickery stops being clever and devolves into flashy, vaguely silly overkill.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Dec 11, 2010
    Ah, Uzumaki how I love you.. This movie is by no means a serious movie, nor was it meant to be. but it is pretty and original and good for laughs. At points its creepy as all hell (the bug scene is insane), then it goes completely bonkers (girl with the AWESOME hair).
    But theres nothing better than a side of cheese with a good movie, so if your a fan of b movies and cheesey horror, its definately worth a watch.
  2. C
    Sep 30, 2008
    This really didn't capture the feel of the manga for me. I highly recommend any of Junji Ito's comics if you like Japanese horror. I get sort of sick thinking about his work, but I think that is the point. The film adaptations don't do that for me. Expand
  3. KarlJ.
    Jul 17, 2007
    I didn't like it. Not scary, not good looking.

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