Shutter (15)



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Time Out says

Tue May 13 2008

With a setup familiar from ‘Lost in Translation’, a plot similar to ‘White Noise’ and a monster recognisable from ‘Ringu’, J-horror remake ‘Shutter’is little more than a mish-mash of random and increasingly blatant references disguised as a movie. Ben (Joshua Jackson) is a photographer returning to his Tokyo studio with new bride Jane (Rachael Taylor) in tow.

But a series of mysterious ghostly blurs on Jane’s holiday snaps lead her to investigate the phenomenon of spirit photography, by which images of the dead can be caught on film. Soon she and her increasingly shifty-looking hubby are inextricably entangled in a web of lies, flies and herky-jerky long haired ghost-women.

Despite one or two effective scares and an unnerving strobelit sequence, ‘Shutter’is instantly forgettable stuff, never even attempting to transcend its low rent multiplex status. Throwing in daft plot twists every few minutes for its undemanding teen audience, the film ticks along harmlessly enough without ever managing to leave a lasting impression.


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Release details



UK release:

Fri May 16, 2008


85 mins

Cast and crew


Masayuki Ochiai


Luke Dawson


Joshua Jackson, Rachael Taylor, Megumi Okina, David Denman


Nathan Barr


Katsumi Yanagishima

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usman khawaja

this was a rather well crafted ,well written horror but it became more when it tackled the story from a japanese angle where 3 predatory american take a vulnerable innocent young translator for a sexual ride ,though it is familiar and predictable but the visual vendetta has style and innovation and is definitely worth viewing for it's deft execution ,no psychological masrterpiece but still enough to make it's point . the acting of the 2 female leads was quite good as they come to share the same vile man and the disturbing truth.