Shutter (2008) Movie Review

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Shutter (2008)

2008 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
85 minutes / 1h 25min

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Shutter Plot Synopsis:

A newlywed couple Ben and Jane move to Japan for a promising job opportunity - a fashion shoot in Tokyo. During their trip on a dark forest road they experience a tragic car accident, leading to the death of a young local girl. Upon regaining consciousness, they find no trace of her body. A bit distraught the couple arrives in Tokyo to begin their new life. Meanwhile Ben begins noticing strange white blurs in many of his fashion shoot photographs. Jane believes that the blurs are actually spirit photography of the dead girl who they hit on the road, and that she may be seeking vengeance.

Shutter (2008) Review

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.

  • Shutter Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 4
  • Overall Score: 3.52
  • IMDB: 5.2
  • MetaCritic: 3.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 0.9

About Shutter 2008

Title: Shutter
Year: 2008
Runtime: 85 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 1.76/5 stars from 30,105 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 30,105
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Shutter Cast Starring: Rana Morrison, Joshua Jackson, Rachael Taylor, David Denman, Adrienne Pickering, Reila Aphrodite, Tanya Allen, Bob Werley, James Kyson, Akira Sato, John Hensley, Shizuka Fujimoto, Natalia Tsvetkova, Julia G., Masaki Ota, Yutaka Mishima, Asya, Ira M., Heideru Tatsuo, Maiko Asano, Graziela, Natalia Silkina, Rina Matsuki, Rei Sato, Ami Fujimoto, Tomotaka Kanzaki, Homare Hasegawa, Miki Hirono, Masami Kosaka, Jun Yakushiji
Shutter Writers: Luke Dawson, Parkpoom Wongpoom, Sophon Sakdaphisit
Shutter Director: Masayuki Ochiai
Box Office: $25,876,782
Production: 20th Century Fox
Language: English, Japanese
Country: USA