Shutter (2008) Movie Review


Shutter (2008)

2008 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
85 minutes /

User Score: 69/100

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Shutter Review


A newly married couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident. Fearing the manifestations may be connected, they investigate and learn that some mysteries are better left unsolved.

Shutter (2008) is a 1h 25min American supernatural mystery thriller horror film that is a remake of the Thai horror film, Shutter (2004). Shutter grossed over $47 million, over five times its budget of $8 million although there were mostly negative reactions. I could not get over how talented foreign director Masayuki Ochiai (Infection (2004), Saimin (1999), Tales of the Unusual (2000)) directed this terrible unsightly film. I somewhat like the original Thai Shutter and did not see why the same story had to become a remake that reeks. The movie contains sexual scenes with no nudity, gross graphic images, violence, bad language, gore and will scare nonhorror fans.

Shutter revolves around photographer Ben (Joshua Jackson - Fringe (2008-2013), Dawson’s Creek (1998-2003), Cruel Intentions (1999), The Skulls (2000)) and his wife Jane who have relocated to Tokyo from New York. Ben and Jane (Transformers (2007), Red Dog (2011), The Darkest Hour (2011)) was happy until Jane accidently hit a girl in the middle of nowhere and run her over with their car. The little girl’s body vanishes into thin air which was eerie enough but Ben shortly after started to see the little girl in almost all of his photographs. Is Ben hallucinating or just losing it or is it something more?

Ben’s assistant Seiko (Maya Hazen - Shrooms (2007), Vile (2011)) friend informed Ben that seeing the little girl in his photograph is called spirit photography and that one of his friends work for a spirit photography magazine. I never knew there was such a magazine. Jane started feeling as though something is haunting them and started having scary/creepy dreams and visions while Ben began having extreme shoulder pains while his appearance is gradually changing into a hunched over person. Ben and Jane discovers that an angry, vengeful long haired ghost is haunting them through the lens. The movie progresses with predictable events that are sometimes too long and did I mention it has hollow jump scares and no atmosphere.

The movie is a hit or miss and was a miss for me whereas my other half thinks it was good and deserves a higher score than four. The actors did the best they can with the script they were given, and although their performance was good, it was unfortunately not good enough to help the film excel into something better. There was no tension, suspense, thrills, and the movie appears as though there was not much effort put into it.

About Shutter 2008

Title: Shutter
Year: 2008
Runtime: 85 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.4/5 stars from 16 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 16
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Rana Morrison, Joshua Jackson, Rachael Taylor, David Denman, Adrienne Pickering, Reila Aphrodite, Tanya Allen, Bob Werley, James Kyson, Akira Sato, John Hensley, Akihiro Shimomura, Zoya, Daisy Betts, Katrina B., Gen Takatsuka, Olga Alex, Pascal Morineau, Takao Toji, Natalia Tsvetkova, Julia G., Masaki Ota, Shizuka Fujimoto, Asya, Ira M., Heideru Tatsuo, Yutaka Mishima, Graziela, Natalia Silkina, Rina Matsuki
Writers: Luke Dawson, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Sophon Sakdaphisit, Parkpoom Wongpoom
Director: Masayuki Ochiai

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