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  • I am guessing that a lot of the low ratings have more to do with the fact that this movie does not immediately start splattering the audience with buckets of blood and splitting your ears with crescendoing screams.

    This movie is NOT following the normal Hollywood script. There's no "Oh yeah-there's the Monster" There's no parade of "Oh Yeah, the A-hole is gonna get it"

    This is Horror from the Suspense side of the formula. It's a story of a Guy who does something wrong in the pursuit of his art. And something is unleashed in return. Consequences and collisions occur in the context of a different continent and its own cultures and messy histories.

    No, it's not a DEEP movie, but it's an interesting departure from the usual fare. Nor is it a non-stop splatterfest.

    Watch this when you're in the right mood-- somewhere in the middle where you just want a good movie to fill the time and give you a story from a different place besides Hollywood.
  • The American tattooist Jake Sawyer (Jason Behr) travels around the world researching tattoos and tattooing clients. While in Singapore, he steals a tool that belongs to the Samoan family of his acquaintance Sina (Mia Blake); however he has a problem with a client that expected that his tattoo could heal his sick son and Jake accidentally cuts his palm with the tool. Jake returns to New Zealand where he meets Sina again and has a cold reception from her family that knows that he has stolen their tool. They visit a Samoan family that has been living in shame since their missing son did not finish a traditional ritual with the tattoos. Sooner Jake finds that his recent clients are chased by a fiend that is somehow connected to the Samoan tool, and he discloses a dark secret in the Samoan community.

    "The Tattooist" is a weird horror movie for those like me that are not used to the Samoan rituals and traditions, more specifically to the Traditional Samoan tattooing of the pe'a, body tattoo. I have found many articles about this subject in Google (for example, http://www.samoa.co.uk/tattoos.html) that helped me to understand the plot. Therefore, in my opinion, this movie fails for not providing a better clarification of the Samoan tattoo history. If the viewer clearly understands this matter, the horror makes sense and "The Tattooist" is an original movie of this genre. My vote is six.

    Title (Brazil): "O Tatuador" ("The Tattoist")
  • "He needs a doctor." "No, he needs a tattoo!"

    And with that comes the chuckles when the latter line is uttered by Singaporean actor Gerald Chew. The Tattooist is the second New Zealand horror movie to hit our screens here this year (the other being The Ferryman), and this one marks the first Singapore-New Zealand joint venture, with others like Kelvin Tong's Maid sequel being rumoured to be some collaborative effort of this nature as well.

    Starring Jason Behr, who resembled Lorenzo Lamas in his previous big screen movie outing with the SkinWalkers, he ditches the long hair and beard for a closer crop, and takes on the titular role as a tattooist who is in Singapore for a Tattoo Exposition, held at the Capitol area. Locals will know that no such area exists (Capitol is just waiting to be refurbished/demolished), and the first 20 minutes of this movie actually had a very sexy vibe to how night time Singapore is portrayed, with its beautiful skyline, and many shots that would have made the Singapore Tourism Board give it its stamp of approval.

    Some believe that tattoos give its wearer some mystical properties, as explained in movies like Spider Lilies, and perhaps that's why more than often the creatures drawn on people include fierce ones like tigers and mythical ones like phoenixes and dragons. Rarely, or never at all, do you see a pussy cat, or a rat (if you do, let me know!). Behr's Jake Sawyer earns a living giving tattoos that he hawks as tattoos that can "heal", although being a disbeliever of such prowess, and at the Expo, gets his interest piqued by the Samoan tradition of the art.

    OK, so actually he's more interested in Sina (Mia Blake), whom he saw at the Expo, and prior to his journey to New Zealand to learn more of Tatau, he had "borrowed" an old tattoo tool, which to the audience, spells trouble - such stuff can only contain curses, spirits and what- have-yous. And when blessed accidentally with fresh blood from Sawyer's palm, it seems that Sawyer's customers thereafter become victims of strange deaths, spewing tattoo ink and experiencing death by tattoo art. Nonetheless it's up to Sawyer to find out the root cause in a race against time, especially when his lady love is also put at risk.

    To add some depth and contribute to the reasons necessary for things that go bump, the theme of shame is examined in the rituals of the Samoan people, which is similar to the value of "face" to the Chinese. Things that bring dishonor to the family is widely frowned upon, and this discrimination brings about unhealthy relationships, especially amongst blood relations. Ultimately, it boils down to interpretation, and the selfishness of man to preserve what is deemed socially acceptable, and the measures taken to preserve mindsets and individual honor.

    Director Peter Burger doesn't deliver an outright horror movie, but it seemed more along the lines of a mystery thriller. You don't get the usual tricks like shadowy figures, creaky doors, sudden slamming of furniture, bellowing winds or musical crescendos. In fact, you don't get much of that at all, only the occasional figure seen in a reflective surface, and even then done so low key, it surprisingly doesn't even raise a goose-bump. The way the narrative played out was in the vein of horror movies like Shutter, but without the unexpectedly frightening bits. It was as if the movie was in self-censorship mode, reeling back from full gory details, choosing to let the mind imagine what horrible fates have befallen the unfortunate victims.

    And speaking of censorship, I booed at the badly butchered removal of a sex scene. Instead of bowing to box office pressure of an NC16 release, I thought the distributors could have submitted it for a higher rating, thus keeping the movie intact for its inaugural Sin-NZ production, but sorry. The movie boasted excellent production values, so it was a pity to have the experience marred by a bad cut. There were some off-moments in the movie, like the kid-medium and his homies, but taken as a whole, The Tattooist is a surprisingly entertaining mystery thriller that will probably pave the way for more quality (hopefully) collaborations to come.
  • If you are like me, you use this site to Gage what to rent. I am shocked this movie got such a low rating (5.1 stars when I checked), in fact I almost didn't rent it because of that, I only picked this up because fangoria gave it a great review. My best advice is to watch the preview, and if you think it looks good then watch it. The preview is not misleading at all, and the movie has much more to offer. I was happily impressed with this movie. The Acting was great, the scenes were visually enticing, and even brought you into a different culture. The idea was truly refreshing and also pulled off very well. I have seen plenty of movies with great ideas, but it was too hard to pull off, which ruiend the movie. This however, was not one of them.

    Now with this review you are probably wondering why I didn't give more than 10 stars. That is because the first 45 minutes were slow, and at the time almost seemed irrelevant. Turns out (of course) they are not all irrelevant. There were just some funny things I noticed, like a guy comes into his shop and he just starts tattooing the guy without asking what he wanted. Overall this movie was great and I strongly recommend it to any true horror fan (that means if you like movies such as "The Titanic" and dislike horror films, don't rent this to give it a bad rating.) This movie will not have you at the edge of your seat, or give you nightmares, or make you jump, but it will make you realize that they still make great creative horror movies that are truly a treat to watch
  • "The Tattooist" tells the story of an American tattoo artist Jake Sawyer,who is a global wanderer who explores ethnic themes in his designs.While he is in New Zealand he unknowingly plays a role in releasing a deadly spirit with a penchant for delivering death by indelible ink as he attempts to learn tatau,the Samoan tradition of tattooing.Tatau is a traditional tattoo worn by males,on the middle of their torsos,starting just below the lat area and continues down to the knees."The Tattooist" has some impressive moments of horror among many boring spots,where literally nothing happens.The film's subject is unusual as is the cultural context and the death scenes are suitably graphic.Unfortunately the character of Jake is barely developed and the first half of the film is pretty dull.6 out of 10.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    The Tattooist starts in Singapore where American tattooist Jake Sawyer (Jason Behr) is attending a tattoo festival, while there he sees an attractive woman named Sina (Mia Blake) & he follows to a traditional Samaon tattooing session. Jake is intrigued & steals a Samoan tattooing tool on which he cuts his hand later that night, Jake decides to fly to Aukland in New Zealand to find Sina & return the tool he stole but starts to experience strange dreams & visions. One of Jake's old friends gives him a job as a tattooist in his place, Jake manages to find Sina & they start having a relationship together. However the dreams & visions won't go away & Jake discovers that those he has tattooed are dying is mysteriously circumstances & strangely their tattoos have grown, Jake finally comes to the conclusion that an evil Samoan spirit is using him to kill those Jake has tattooed & since Jake tattooed the love of his life Sina she will be next unless the evil spirit can be stopped...

    This New Zealand Singapore co-production was directed by Peter Burger & I thought The Tattooist was a terrible attempt at a supernatural horror thriller, I thought The Tattooist was just plain bad from start to finish on so many levels. For a start it's very slow going, almost half the film has gone before anything even remotely horror orientated happens & the story just doesn't work for me at all. There's a Asian ghost story kind of feel about it as some vengeful ghost kills a few people & wants the world to know about the wrongs done to them while they were alive & the whole tattooing angle is just awful. The scenes between that fat Samoan tattoo master & Jake the cocky American are just embarrassing as it comes across as two duelling tattooist's trying to out-stare each other, it seems some like this film but I just found the seriousness of it all had the opposite effect on me & I thought it was quite funny at times. Then there's that little fat kid who can contact ghost's while driving along listening to a bad rap song, there are some bad moments here. There's also the moments when Jake tattoos people, they just sit down in his chair & the goes to work, they never say what they want or where they want it & then these people just get up & walk out without paying, I'm not being funny but if I was having a tattoo (which would be for life) then I'd at least want to pick the design & where it was going. Also during the opening sequence Jake's father cuts a tattoo from his arm, at that point surely Jake wasn't eighteen & he wouldn't have been legally allowed to get a tattoo so how did he have one? The romance between Jake & Sina feels as phony as a three pound note, the whole Samoan tradition's & belief's angle is dull & the twist ending is pretty bad as a collection of coincidences come together to solve a murder mystery of the lamest order.

    Now what I am about to write is only a personal opinion but I find excessive tattoos on a body absolutely repulsive, I don't care who i offend saying that but I do & I cannot understand why anyone would want horrible ugly pictures or patterns permanently etched onto their skin. I have nothing against anyone with lots of tattoos but I just think it looks repulsive & the way The Tattooist tries to place tattoos as a sexual thing (Jake tattoos Sina just before they have sex) & tries to sexualise them is something I could not relate to at all in any way. There's no real blood or gore here, a strip of flesh is cut from someones arm & there's a bit of blood splatter but nothing else. The Tattooist doesn't feel like a horror film either, the lighting is bright & there's no mood or atmosphere to any of this as it plods along.

    The IMDb says The Tattooist had a budget of about $3,000,000 which I find hard to believe as next to nothing happens, where did all that money go? What was it spent on? Mostly filmed in Auckland in New Zealand. The acting is average at best & no-one stands out as being particularly good.

    The Tattooist is a terrible horror thriller with a hint of Asian ghost story thrown in that revolves around the world of tattooing, it's a bad combination all round really as this is just terrible apart from a few unintentional laughs.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    Ace American tattoo artist Jake Sawyer (a solid and credible performance by Jason Behr) unwittingly unleashes an enraged and powerful spirit after he borrows an old tattoo instrument while delving into the ancient exotic world of Samoan tattoos. Sawyer must find a way to stop the spirit before it eventually kills his new girlfriend Sina (well played by the fetching Mia Blake).

    Director Peter Burger relates the absorbing story at a gradual pace, makes nice use of the flavorful New Zealand locations, grounds the fantastic premise in a plausible everyday reality, and puts a welcome and admirable emphasis on tension and spooky atmosphere over cheap scares and excessive graphic gore. The fresh and interesting script by Matthew Granger and Jonathan King not only offers a fascinating and illuminating exploration of Samoan culture and religious beliefs, but also provides an extra affecting element of pathos with the whole theme of shame. The capable acting by a sturdy cast holds this picture together: Robbie Magasiva as the leery and apprehensive Alipati, David Fone as the jolly, yet suspicious Mr. Va'a, Caroline Cheong as the spunky Victoria, Nathaniel Lees as the angry Mr. Perenese, Michael Hurst as the hearty Crash, and John Bach as the doomed Lazlo McFadden. Both Leon Narbey's glossy cinematography and the spare shuddery score by Peter Seholes are up to par. A refreshing and different fright film.
  • Uriah4331 October 2012
    This is an odd movie about a tattoo artist named "Jake Sawyer" (played by Jason Behr) who gets involved in the Samoan mystical realm of tattoos. He steals a Samoan tattoo instrument at a tattoo convention in Singapore. But when he accidentally cuts himself with it he begins to have hallucinations and nightmares. He then wonders if these dreams and visions are connected to the tattoo device that he stole and begins to consider whether he should give it back. Unfortunately, not long afterward his customers begin to die one by one in a grisly manner. When one particular customer named "Victoria" (Caroline Cheong) visits his apartment and shows what is happening to her, he begins to realize that something is terribly wrong but he doesn't fully comprehend what it is yet. However, as she lies dying in the emergency room he glimpses the evil spirit that he has unleashed and realizes that it is connected to the tattoos he has drawn. Determined not to let the same horrible thing happen to his new girlfriend, "Sina" (Mia Blake) he desperately searches for a solution. After that this film begins to get a little uneven. While the world of a tattoo artist might be peculiar, it's difficult to get enthused about it. It's even more difficult to get interested in weird ancient Samoan tribal rituals. And while the acting was adequate, I thought the plot was just too phony and unconvincing. It almost seemed like they were making up the story as they went along. In summation, this film may be worth a look if you're really curious about it. But it's not something that I would put on the top of my list to see.
  • This was an interesting movie. An American tattoo artist finds himself a bit too intrigued by the Somoan art of tattooing, and along the way finds himself, and his tattooed customers, the grim focus of a spiteful spirit, all stemming from his ill-advised "borrowing" of a tainted Samoan tattoo tool. I highly enjoyed this movie, but must caveat that I'm completely enthralled by all things Polynesia, so I am probably very forgiving of any negative elements of the movie. Polynesia notwithstanding, the story was creative, and certainly a break from normal American horror fare. Good (enough) acting, strong production values and interesting scenery make this a highly recommended film.
  • I thought that the Tattooist was quite a good horror movie. It was about an American tattoo artist called Jake Sawyer, who travels the world, exploring different ethnic themes in his tattoo designs. At a tattoo expert in Singapore, he gets his first glimpse at the exotic world of traditional Samoan tattoo (tatau), and, in a thoughtless act, unwittingly unleashes a powerful angry spirit. In his journey into Pacific mysticism, Jake must find a way to save his new love, Sina and recover his own soul. This ended up being a good horror film and i would strongly recommended it to viewers. And it also gave a good look into how Samoan tattoos are made.
  • joemamaohio28 October 2008
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    Professional tattooist Jake Sawyer (Jason Behr) travels all over the world and performs tattoos on people, believing it has healing powers. In Singapore he takes an ancient Samoan tattooing device and falls for Sina (Mia Blake). After he takes the ink and the tool, bad things begin to happen, and he's being haunted by an evil presence that kills people he tattoos with the ink. Can he figure out how to stop it before his new love dies? Sure, it's not a typical blood-and-guts horror film, but it wasn't that bad. They took the time to give a real character with real emotions and feelings, and overall it wasn't that bad of a film. I would recommend a viewing.
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    What can I say about this one: you got a melancholic guy as the main character, who charts a course from South East Asia to return a stolen tattoo object to a traveling group New Zealand natives and also using this adventure as an opportunity to see more of this mysterious woman that he had first met while traveling with the tribes men only after he's pricked by the art instrument from a surprise encounter from a very disgruntled client. The prick from the instrument releases a murderous ghost who you could call "Oil boy" who's on a hellbent quest to restore his honor; Ghosts (shrugs shoulders). Well there's more and there's a twist that could be presumed as obvious that wasn't so obvious and that's why I had given it a 7 out of 10. My complaint about this movie is 1: in the beginning, the main character is a boy who has his inner left fore arm skinned from his Puritan-Priest like father because he spots a rather cool looking Pentagram tattoo nested on some tribal vines or something or other. The problem with this is that considering the main character is at an age where he got me by three or four years and assuming he was let's say 15 at the time of this tragic incident with his father would mean that the kid had to of had this tattoo professionally done somewhere which of course would be illegal and the tribal design itself with crowning pentacle wouldn't be in style until 1995 and it seems like this incident happened in 87'-but this is pure speculation. But stuff like this is important because when I watch a movie, I like to be lost in a movie and forget that I'm watching a movie. Anyway, point two with problem one is, despite the off time frame of this situation, is the fact that even if it's illegal for a pre-addy getting inked like that, it wouldn't of been uncalled for somebody to call Child Protection on the dad. I mean a kid with a skinned inner arm would catch attention since it would most likely be infected. Problem two with this movie and I don't know why this is the current trend is that they used Rap music for the main theme of the movie-Rap as in bubbly pop, cool for club casual play music. You know the happy up beat music crooned over by ignorant lyrics of non-sense. This had no place in the movie. IF you can overlook those points, then you have an alright ghost flick.
  • atinder22 February 2010
    The movie opens up with father helling at son (Jake) for getting a tattoo and then father then cut the tattoo of his Arm with a Knife.

    Then the movie fast forward to 20 or more years and we Jake who now has tattoos all over his body and has become A Tatooist.

    Then he find a other place that all do tattoos in different way as steals the stick and it cut himself with stick., then he start get have strange dreams and start seeing thing, they something killing the people he gave the tattoos too.

    This was a really interesting horror movie, When i first heard about this movie i thinking it something like The Denstist. I thinking The Tattooist was going to be killer. but it was total different.

    Which is a really good thing, there was really good acting in this movie from everyone in the movie., some of the deaths were really good , that one really creepy scenes which i can not not mention(I not going to much) The scenes hospital was really creepy and nasty as the same times, was great made scene.

    A really good horror movie, I give this movie 7 out of 10
  • nothing much to say about this movie really.. was really an OK movie..everything was expected ...i thought the acting was kinda bad,or let me say kinda dull..Jason Behr looked to me like he was reading off paper or something..there was no element of excitement or suspense or anything..it was just one of these ordinary movies that u would only watch if you have nothing els to watch . i personally wanted to watch it because i like tattoos and im into horror movies and supposedly The Tattooist was classified as horror movies,so 2 things i like grabbed my attention about this movie so i was certain its going to be very good BUT the only thing was good about this movie is to learn never have high hopes about any movie by just reading the title :)
  • Kiwi-set, skin-corroding phantasmagorical shocker, 'The Tattooist' (2007) has the sinfully studly, itinerant tattooist (Jason Behr) smouldering a solitudinous, Clint Eastwoodian path across the globe, cynically dispensing the entirely spurious art of 'healing' tattoos, and during this blithe exodus he first witnesses the 'Pe'a', the ancient, storied art of the Samoan Tattoo. After foolhardily purloining a rather weathered-looking, handmade Samoan tattooing implement, unknown to our light-fingered, frequently shirtless, morally mutable, opportunistic tattoo hunk, this larcenous lapse in judgement has evilly evoked some truly invidious, crepuscular, ink-dwelling, Tattoo-poisoning malediction that gorily plays the Devil's ink well with any poor soul our brawny Tattoo Bunny has only just recently inked! Soon disturbing the inevitable 'wrong-side-of-the-tracks' love tryst between our broodingly bestubbled bad boy and the swooningly sultry Church Girl next door (Mia Blake), laudably sure-footed director, Peter Burger, gleefully torments our beleaguered lovers with myriad searing jolts of righteously blackened, J-Horror-inspired, demon-haunted, flesh-ripping terror tactics until its suitably rambunctious, slam bang, un-posses you man, blackened blood n' thunder finale! - 'In some ancient cultures the pain of getting a Tattoo is a sacred rite of passage, and for those that abuse the privilege, the pain is only the prelude to something unimaginably worse...'
  • Considering the film's low budget, the visuals are very well done. The film has some disturbing images with cringe worthy gore, as well. 'The Tattooist' follows a tattoo artist who must learn the secret of why everyone he tattoos, is cursed and ultimately die horribly. This was in interesting mystery horror thriller with some twists thrown in the mix, as well. The film has a simple plot, so this is easy viewing and fun at that. Jason Behr was very good as the Tattooist.
  • 180629: This film takes on two of my passions, one being the horror genre the other art in general; tattooing in particular. It's a fun idea, especially considering the lesser recognized, for North Americans, Samoan perspective. Though featuring not exactly the best acting or storyline, this film does offer a few catchy special effects, about the only reason I'd ever want to look back upon it. Worth watching if you're a horror aficionado but don't expect to be thrilled often.
  • I decided to watch this movie because it seemed like it would be a horror movie that was somewhat more original than usual - I certainly couldn't think of another horror movie centered around the culture of tattooing. While the movie does have some interesting insight here and there about tattooing and South Pacific cultures, the movie fails in its main intent - being a horror movie. For starters, the movie takes a long time before delivering its first real supernatural horror scene. And once the movie starts delivering horror, there isn't really a feeling of menace. Instead, it feels just as slow and boring as things were in the first part of the movie. It certainly didn't help that the protagonist wasn't that sympathetic. The enterprise also suffers from a low budget. While the special effects actually aren't that bad for a low budget enterprise, the surroundings look and feel like a modestly budgeted episode of a television show. This movie actually took three countries working together to make; it's surprising that the filmmakers actually found enough people who thought this tired script was worth filming.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    A boring tattooist with the personality of a dead animal becomes cursed by an evil spirit for misusing his tattooing career. …At least, that's what we're lead to believe, but then the story sort of shifts away from that and becomes a cliché ghost story.

    There are a few decent ideas wrapped up in here. There's some slick set design, decent camera work, and an interesting visual or two. That's where my compliments end.

    You can probably assume most of my reasons for hating this film based on my plot description. The character is boring as hell. There's absolutely nothing interesting about him. The actor portrays fear well enough, and might have been capable of expressing an interesting character, but the script didn't provide one. A love story gets wedged in there too. I NEVER complain about chemistry between lovers in movies… but in this case, I will make a girly exception and say that these two people didn't have any reason to give a crap about each other, aside from a compatible set of reproductive organs. Two boring people have boring interactions and suddenly screw each other. It seemed forced, sudden, and unnecessary. Perhaps they should have spent more time developing the characters, rather than having every single person prattle off historical facts about tattoos. Seriously, we don't care.

    The trailers and plot synopsis suckered me in with some seemingly original and cool concepts, but as written above, this simply ended up being another cliché whodunit ghost story. Screw that. That's not at all what I bought this movie for.

    The score is terrible. Some of the best moments in the film are completely ruined by a crappy, cheap-sounding soundtrack. The rap music didn't sit well with me either. It was annoying and it just didn't fit.

    The only reason I would ever recommend this film is so you can laugh at the hilariously out-of-place scene involving the fat ethnic kid who can communicate with the dead when he rides in a fast car and blasts rap music loud enough. You think I'm kidding… but that seriously happens.

    Someone got a decent idea to start with, but then they were lazy about every other aspect of the production after that point. The writing is lazy, the characters are lame as hell, the score sucks, and there are some ridiculous moments that just don't fit. The overall presentation is as about as compelling as the hair on my scrotum.
  • Make no mistake: This film has low ratings because its script, acting and direction is flawed to the point of ridiculousness. It has very few redeeming factors...if any. It promotes itself as cultural and diverse when all it really does is attempt to get on the non-Hollywood horror bandwagon after a slew of foreign 'subtle' horrors that both precede and exceed it! I am a fan of 'subtle' horrors...foreign or no. I do not believe you need extreme bloodshed and shock to make a good movie...although I do not deny the pull of such tactics. I like shock horrors AND creepy horrors. This film, however, tries much too hard to slot itself into a pigeon-hole that it does not belong in...and to be honest...does not deserve the right to try. Many 'subtle' horrors before this terrible crime on entertainment have left the likes of "The Tattooist" in the back seat, and many since...and for good reason. "The Tattooist" is boring, pointless and quite frankly; crap! It's good for background noise during a film night where the film doesn't matter since all you want to do is talk about your week. But if you're looking for a movie that will both keep you entertained AND take you out of the room? You can do better than this; believe me. Now go get yourself a real movie...not this weak sauce!
  • sagrata21 July 2013
    While there was great potential here for a very intriguing thriller and horror story, it fell apart with some really poor writing, editing and directing choices - and just purely unbelievable, at times, particularly in nearly all of the story-driving relationships. Now, while horror films do ask us to suspend our disbelief, oftentimes to great extremes, this one expects us to shatter our belief systems entirely in order to accept the progression of things that happen. What did I love about this film? The 'evil' spirit! Some great artistry and film technique used here in presenting it. Kudos. Second, the background of the roots of tattooing (tatauing). Would very much liked to have seen a little more, but from what the film presents about the very spiritual aspect of this art, it is understandable. Then, Jason Behr did his best to pull of a believable title character. Sadly more than a couple of the other actors fail at this. Poor casting, poor acting or just poor directing??? You decide if you watch it.
  • After inadvertently stealing a tool and applying a native tattoo that holds special significance in their culture, a careless tattoo artist finds those he's marked under attack by a vengeful spirit and must find a way of stopping it's deadly rampage.

    This was an overall mildly-troubling but still enjoyable effort that really makes a lot of it's strides with the uniqueness of it's traditions and cultures that are exploited. The Polynesian culture is displayed here as being quite exotic and inviting, which is by itself hardly ever explored to begin with, and the foundations laid within make for a hearty and potentially-chilling ghost story that gets showcased here. As well, the fact that it's not a traditional ghost as far as what's commonly been utilized in such films is quite original, and it's scenes of revenge and torment on the characters in the second half gets the best scenes as the bleeding ink, opening wounds and more are quite bloody and really exciting. That said, there's still some problems here and it's mostly the slow beginning which doesn't really let on it's a horror film at all what with it being about tattoos and the such, so those who aren't into that lifestyle might find this one lacking. Also, the fact that the ghost/spirit is a CGI utilized joke takes a lot of the sting out of it's scenes when it looks so putrid and non-threatening, but overall it's still a good bit of fun.

    Rated R: Graphic Violence, Language, Nudity, a sex scene and drug use.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    American tattoo artist Jake Sawyer wanders the world, exploring and exploiting ethnic themes in his tattoo designs.

    At a tattoo expo in Singapore, he gets his first glimpse at the exotic world of traditional Samoan tattoo, and, in a thoughtless act, unwittingly unleashes a powerful angry spirit.

    In his devastating journey into Pacific mysticism, Jake must find a way to save his new love, Sina, and recover his own soul...

    This film has a lot going for it. Not only is it one of the more convincing films about vengeful demons, it's actually an original idea and not a remake of a Japanese ghost story, which is refreshing.

    Sure, there are similarities to the Grudge and the Ring, but these days that cannot be helped. It's not that scary, and there are a few pointless characters, but the lead holds the film well, and the ending is more convincing, than the gore-fest i was predicting.

    So if you are expecting a gore packed horror, look elsewhere, but if you want a movie that concentrates more on it's story rather than trying to make the audience jump, this is for you.
  • Detsawm11 January 2011
    I wasn't sure what to expect from this film when I first picked it up in the store, the description of the film is slightly misleading after having watched it in it's entirety but overall I was very happy with it.

    The Tattooist contains all of the 'key ingredients' required to make a successful film in this genre: mystery, sex appeal, gore, suspense and a couple of hints of comedy to name a few.

    The acting was well performed by all involved and I wouldn't complain about any of the cast not playing their part. The plot itself had a couple of areas where it could possibly have been better but as it is it's very easy to follow and doesn't leave you with any unanswered questions at the end.

    I rated it 8/10 and I have to say that I'm usually very critical and quite picky over giving reviews anything above a 7, if you enjoy this type of film I highly recommend watching it.
  • oldkingsol11 December 2012
    I'm not going into any great detail, but just wanted to say that for some reason, I wasn't expecting this to be very good simply because it starred Jason Behr. And I have no idea why - I guess it's just that he doesn't strike one as the "tough guy" type that the cover art portrayed the main character as being. I found out after I began watching it, though, that the character isn't really so much "tough guy", however, as "troubled good guy", and that works for Behr. Not to mention that he's definitely chiseled up his physique for this - the bod was as hard as you could want it to be. The scares are semi-jumpy, based more on "eewww..." than "AAAUUGGHH!!!" It's got tension and a mystery that's slowly unwound. The only thing I didn't get is how Behr's character somehow just "knew" that a girl he'd lifted something from half a world away would just "be" in New Zealand. That didn't make sense. But overall, I wasn't expecting an enjoyable movie but I got one anyway. :-)
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