Reviewed by: Steve Warburton
“Transformers,” “Man-Thing,” “See No Evil”
Megumi Okina, John Hensley, Maya Hazen, David Denman, Adrienne Pickering, James Kyson Lee, Albert Smith, Daisy Betts, Natalie N. Okamoto
|Producer:||Doug Davison, Takashige Ichise, Roy Lee, Sonny Mallhi|
|Distributor:||Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation|
“The most terrifying images are the ones that are real.”
Some time ago, I read a review from Christian discernment expert, Berit Kjos, on the movie, “Casper” (also known as Casper the Friendly Ghost).
Despite its general audience rating, Ms. Kjos said it was a dangerous movie, because it would invite children to take the spirit world lightly. If you're a Christian, you've got to agree with her. The Bible says that the living do not communicate with the dead. Case closed, right?
So here we have SHUTTER, yet another Japan inspired horror movie where the dead communicate with the living. As in “The Ring” and “The Grudge,” the ghost is of a woman with long black hair. At first, the ghost just shows up in photographs, but then it starts showing up in real life. What does it do? Well, it stares at people. It throws people at windows. It gets hit by a car. The only thing it doesn't do is talk. Why won't it talk? Because the movie is all about figuring out what the ghost wants. If the screenplay allowed the ghost to talk, it wouldn't be much of a movie.
Ah, but I'm getting ahead of myself. The plot: Jane and Ben are recent newlyweds. Soon after the wedding, they are whisked away to Japan, where Ben is doing a photo shoot. Soon, this spirit girl starts harassing them. Why? Well, I better not tell you. That would ruin the surprise.
Truth be told, there's a pretty cool twist ending that took me by surprise.
What's objectionable? I believe Christ's name is taken in vain twice. There's a brief prelude-to-sex scene between this married couple, but not nudity is involved. The violence is moderate.
Probably what will offend Christians the most is the Occultic theme, i.e., the dead communicating with the living. I doubt that the filmmakers were trying to preach this as a message. No, they were probably just trying to make yet another freaky thriller. Still, if the Occult has any allure for you, this is a film to avoid.
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Minor
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