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Temple shows a better path for horror films to follow but the screenplay is too threadbare and the characters too poorly developed for it to really work. This is about 2/3 of a solid effort – unfortunately, the other 1/3 was never made.
Los Angeles Times
The Temple has competent visuals with a few particularly nice shots that establish mood. However, its script is poorly structured and opaque, offering little insight into what is terrorizing the tourists and why.
The Hollywood Reporter
Temple comes off as more of a half-hearted attempt at exploiting typical J-horror themes than an actual homage to the Japanese genre.
The film is only in the business of supplying the sort of fear that hinges entirely on the shock of the exotic.
This is the horror movie equivalent of canned Spam: you could have it so much better if you tried harder (or at all).
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