Tuesday, May 09, 2006

I'm gonna tell you a big bad story, baby

Dark Water is to The Ring what Veruca Salt is to the Breeders. (we could play this all day) Both are remakes of Japanese horror movies that feature children in peril and creepy environs meant to give us the jibblies. One follows the other and feels a bit derivative and underwhelming. The Ring is excellent and works well both in the original and the American version. I can't speak to the Japanese Dark Water, but the American one just isn't scary or compelling enough to warrant recommendation. Just like Veruca Salt it has its pleasures. The acting is good with a surprisingly strong supporting cast. I thought that Jennifer Connelly was far better in the tormented mother role than you usually get in horror movies. Still, there just wasn't enough creepiness in the thing for me.

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