- Creates and maintains a wonderful atmosphere of dread
- Works like a mystery, constantly drawing the viewer into the search for answers
- Just when you think its over, the movie takes a dark twist
- Non-Japanese viewers may find the folklore based curse to be silly or nonsensical
- No blood and a menace you almost never see may disappoint some viewers
- Moves at a very deliberate pace
|Once seen, it can't be unseen.|
|Mother and son dress for the start of their dark|
|What is at the bottom of this well, and do|
you dare find out?
|Shots like this one, with darkness creeping in from|
the sides, would strongly influence Boogiepop Phantom.
|The voice you hear now, you'll hear again.|
|The mystery draws our protagonists and the viewers|
in. Can we solve the puzzle?
|Its just a story right? A story can't hurt you.|
One of the other interesting elements of the film is that it all starts with an urban legend. This is intriguing because this concept really seems to be a big element of horror anime in the late 90s and early 00s.Boogiepop Phantom uses its fractured storytelling to weave tales into tales, and some of these are urban legends about the angel of death herself. Paranoia Agent has the story of "little slugger" at its dark heart, and who or what he is depends on who is telling the story. Even the movie Cure deals with storytelling as the tale of the mass murderer gets out. Serial Experiments Lain has several plot points and concepts relayed by friends telling stories that seem to spread into a life of their own. This idea isn't unique to Japan, Candyman has a similar concept at its heart. I just wonder why all these films and anime series share this link and all came out around the same time.
|As the dread creeps in it saturates the visuals.|
|When you see this, your seven days are up.|