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Of all the recent remakes of Japanese horror films, I have to say that Dark Water is the only remake that actually surpasses the original. I think the reason that so many people are so hard on it is because they went in expecting to see THE RING or THE GRUDGE. They went in expecting to see a scary ghost movie. Dark Water is not really a horror movie, at least not in the traditional sense. It's actually more of a drama set in a haunted apartment complex. If you go in expecting to have stuff jump out at you, you will be disappointed. It's sad that everyone expects horror films to have a bunch of jump scares in them these days. Whatever happened to the slow buildup of tension and paranoia of something like ROSEMARY'S BABY. If you go into Dark Water expecting something more akin to Rosemary's Baby, you might just end up enjoying this film. As far as comparing this remake to the original, I will say that I felt that Jennifer Connelly was a much more compelling character than the mother in the original movie. Overall, the characters were fleshed out better. I understood the conflict between the mother, the father and the little girl much more in the remake. The original just sort of glanced over many of these details. Some of the shots were actually more effective than the ones in the original, and the ending in the remake is more satisfying and better executed than in the original. Generally, I think that J-horror is better left in its original incarnation. As much as I liked the Western version of THE RING, I felt like the only reason they remade it was to cast Naomi Watts as the lead. THE GRUDGE, they should have left that one alone. Nothing was gained by Sarah Michelle Gellar. But this one, this one is actually better than the Japanese original in my opinion. This movie is not for everyone. It is a slow, poignant drama set in a really creepy location. It would probably play well in a double feature with ROSEMARY'S BABY. If you want to have stuff jump out at you, watch THE GRUDGE. If you want to watch a movie that has a little more depth to it, watch DARK WATER.
Dark Water- not your typical horror flick
This movie is my idea of a truly horrific flick (in a good way)- it is suspenseful, disturbing and has a serious storyline with actors that make it believable. It also has an ending I was not expecting. It is quite sad and is NOT your typical horror flick wrap up. You may see some similarities between the ghost in this movie and the "evil" little girl in The Ring. As the story opens Dahlia is a devoted mother who is battling her cheating soon to be ex husband for custody of thier little girl, Ceci. She is determined to make it on her own with Ceci, but does not have the money for a nice place to live. The only apartments she can afford on her own are dumps and the one she finally chooses to rent is no exception. Soon after moving in she realizes that something is not right in the apartment above her. Although the super has told her the apartment is empty she can hear someone moving around and talking. Also there is a persistant leak of black water from the ceiling in her bedroom that seems to be coming from the upstairs apartment. The super keeps telling her it is just troublesome kids that keep breaking in and flooding the place, but he is unwilling to help her with the problem. At the same time Ceci begins talking to an imaginary friend and having trouble at school. Dahlia is worried about Ceci and also worried about loosing custody of her, as her exhusband is using these things against her to say she is too emotionally unstable to raise a child. Dahlia is considering that her ex may be staging the occurances in the apartment to make her look crazy. But what is really causing the black water?
SALLES Takes Dark Water Further To Pure Pitch Black
With the onslaught of Japanese influences coming into Horror and Film-making, Film Director Walter Salles takes Author Koji Suzuki's Dark Water thriller to a level we may have never expected. Jennifer Connelly (Dark City) plays a young married woman named Dahlia who is mother to daughter. The separation from her husband drive to find a less expensive apartment high-rise in New York City. The ending becomes the pinnacle for and explains all the happenings and occurrences that may have been blamed on her or the building attendant or teenagers. The director tries to keep the movie interesting but is somewhat cumbersome, slow, and depressing in certain areas. I'll give this movie a 4/5 because it was worth watching. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO VOTE ON MY REVIEWS AND BE SURE TO CHECK OUT SOME OF MY LATEST REVIEWS ON NEWER FILMS AS WELL. THANKS.
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Dark Water bluray movie
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