Dark Water (2002)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Horror, Mystery

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A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.



  • Rio Kanno in Dark Water (2002)
  • Dark Water (2002)
  • Hitomi Kuroki and Asami Mizukawa in Dark Water (2002)
  • Rio Kanno in Dark Water (2002)
  • Rio Kanno in Dark Water (2002)
  • Rio Kanno in Dark Water (2002)

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Hideo Nakata


Kôji Suzuki (novel), Ken'ichi Suzuki (screenplay), Yoshihiro Nakamura (screenplay)

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18 January 2012 | TransAtlantyk
| The Asian horror industry is the new standard.
The American horror film scene has been getting staler and staler for the better part of two decades. We get the same boring clichés and jump scares packaged under different titles with little originality. That is not to say that there aren't some very good American horror films to be produced since the 1980s but the more Asian horror that I watch the more I see that they have taken up the torch and are producing the best horror movies of the era.

Dark Water isn't necessarily one of the best Asian horror films to come out but it certainly is a good one. The American remake is really indicative of what is wrong with the industry in North America. The story is the same and many of the scenes are very similar but for some reason, some intangible reason, it is of remarkably lower quality. Even with a very talented actress in the lead role it still doesn't shine like the Japanese original, even though it possesses every required ingredient. It is these intangibles that the Asian horror scene has somehow mastered and the American scene has lost.

Dark Water itself is a nice little ghost story. It is a slow-burner with an unsettling tale and reveals itself subtlety. The characters are not throw away fodder as in many modern American horror tales and there are some scenes that had me, a hardened horror veteran, wanting to squint my eyes at the television screen. This is not American horror in the sense that everything is not in your face blood, gore, and knife wielding psychos. This is a much more subtle, psychological tale. It will creep under your skin.

Asian horror is the new standard. I hope that the American industry will learn thing a thing or two from the Asian scene and not just try to emulate it so that perhaps the next generation of filmmakers can bring the torch of horror back to the United States.

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