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Ushikubi Village

Ox-Head Village

Japan 2022
produced by
Muneyuki Kii, Daisuke Takahashi for Asmik Ace/Toei
directed by Takashi Shimizu
starring Koki, Riku Hagiwara, Fumiya Takahashi, Haruka Imo, Rinka Otani, Riko, Satoru Matsuo, Megumi Okina, Noriko Tatsu, Keiko Horiuchi, Naoki Tanaka, Akaji Maro
written by Takashi Shimizu, Daisuke Hosaka, music by Takatsugu Muramatsu

Village of Terror series

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Kanon (Koki) is rather surprised when she sees a girl looking exactly like her in a video of three girls investigating a supposedly haunted abandoned hotel - and what's chilling about this is that the girl is seen in the video entering an elevator - that suddenly dropped down and crashed, but her body couldn't be found on the crash site. So she and her wannabe boyfriend Ren (Riku Hagiwara) go to the scene of the accident where they are spooked quite a bit - however, it really gets strange when in a neighbouring village Kanon finds her parents she has somehow forgotten and finds out she has had a sister, Shion, who has gone missing and is apparently the girl in the video. Ren is soon enough freaked out by all of this and takes a leave (however never arrives home) while Kanon presses on with the help of Shion's boyfriend Shota (Fumiya Takahashi), who has never given up on her - but the more the two dig the creepier things become, culminating with Kanon's grandma's sister Ayako (Haruka Imo) being pushed into a hole where the hotel was later built as a kid and suriving down there for years. Things however get really bad when Kanon and Shota somehow find themselves down in that hole, with a feral Ayako ...


Quite the creepy piece of J-horror, this film is enjoyably slowburn in build-up and leaves much in the dark almost throughout to ultimately come into its own into a pretty insane finale. And an atmosphere-heavy direction, moody locations, and a solid cast playing well fleshed-out characters all see to it that despite its somewhat laid back pace this film remains great horror entertainment throughout.


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