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Based on a 2004 Thai horror flick, this surprisingly effective Hollywood remake is actually set in Tokyo. That's where newlywed hubby Joshua Jackson has taken bride Rachael Taylor (Transformers) for an ill-advised honeymoon. They hit a woman standing in the middle of a spooky road, after which all sorts of ghosts seem to emerge from Jackson's camera (he's come to Japan for a fashion-photography gig). Can our plucky heroine, a fish out of water in a confusing city, find the answer to this haunted puzzle? Well, yes, but she won't like what she finds.Shutteris distinguished by director Mayasuki Ochiai's compositional eye, which favors the empty, creeped-out spaces in which ghosts might dwell. The movie also gets into the phenomenon of "spirit photography," which suggests that the dear departed make their presence known as white flashes in snapshots. That stuff's kind of fun; unfortunately, Ochiai's ear for dialogue is as clunky as his eye is sharp, and Jackson and Taylor are saddled with some truly unfortunate exposition. The actors don't leave much of an impression either, although Megumi Okina (leading lady ofJu-on: The Grudge) is sufficiently spooky as a woman who will not be ignored.--Robert Horton
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CastRachael Taylor, Joshua Jackson, David Denman, Megumi Okina, James Kyson-Lee
DirectorMasayuki Ochiai
Screen WriterBanjong Pisanthanakun, Luke Dawson, Parkpoom Wongpoom, Sopon Sukdapisit
DVD Release Date:  July 15, 2008
Runtime:  85 minutes
Studio:  20th Century Fox
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review by . March 28, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
* out of ****     ome people tend to hate remakes of films because...well, because they are remakes. Usually, these films are remaking RESPECTED films, or perhaps not. "Shutter" was a horror film that I respected. It was released somewhere around 2004, and I saw it a while ago. I liked it; it was admirable, fun, and scary at times. But here we have the 2008 remake, which turns out to be a flaming pile of crap. The sad thing about this horror remake is that it mimics the plot …
review by . July 20, 2010
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      SHUTTER      This is another American remake of a film that was much better and came from another country. This time around it is based on the Thai film I do believe and much like the rest of the American remakes this one is not as good as the original. In fact if it was not for the ending this one would be really lacking because it just felt like, I don't know. I just did not get into this one as much as others and found it to be just your average …
review by . August 02, 2008
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Yes, I am well aware that "Shutter" is just one more ingredient in a seemingly endless Westernized stew of Asian horror remakes. I'm also aware that it features Joshua Jackson, one of the most boring actors to ever grace a screen. With that said, though, I have to admit that I enjoyed it.     Director Masayuki Ochiai takes the basic elements of Asian horror (lack of special effects, excellent use of lighting, downright creepy-looking people to portray ghosts) and utilizes them …
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