I decided to go on a mini J-Horror binge. As much as I enjoy the wailing, weeping, and gnashing of teeth coming from the MSM and the two major political parties, it is becoming a little tedius. I did not vote for any of the clowns in the last election so I can watch the aftermath with bemused indifference.
Pulse or Kairo is a very unsettling film with two parallel storylines which explore alienation, loneliness, and the possible characteristics of an afterlife. The music and cinematography work well to heighten the feeling of dread and despair. Like most Japanese "horror" it relies less on gore and physical violence and more on psychological terror and suspense. I unreservedly recommend this film.
The Booth is about the arrogant host of a talk show, "Tokyo Love Line" who has to do his show out of an older, run down studio while his is being renovated. Unfortunately for him its former occupant committed suicide in this studio. He soon begins receiving fairly disturbing calls which work to unravel him in a big way.
Jigoku is also know as Hell or Sinner's Hell. The story begins in a class room where a professor is discussing different concepts of hell. One of his students is his soon to be son-in-law who through circumstances has to deal with guilt, tragedy, and ultimately the reality of hell. This film is atypical as the depiction of hell in the final minutes is quite graphic and disturbing.