Honogurai Mizu No Soko Kara (2002, JAP) C-101m. ** D: Hideo Nakata. Starring Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi, Asami Mizukawa, Fumiyo Kohinata. Horror chiller from the creator of the RINGU series, and like these movies based on a novel by Kôji Suzuki. Kuroki is going through a divorce, which troubles her, throws her off-balance. With her daughter she moves into a new apartment, into a new life, but soon is plunged into terror when there are moisture spots forming on the ceiling and the ghost of a missing girl starts haunting them. Interesting chiller recalls the horror of apartment buildings and empty corridors created in other films and adds shocks of its own, but generally remains too low-key and awfully slowly paced, which has the effect that it makes the build-up seem calculated. Not quite as successful as Nakata's RINGU (1998) but still worthwhile for fans. Hollywood remake followed in 2005. English title: DARK WATER.

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