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Sadako waits, a vicious spirit, hungry for blood and souls.
What began as a haunted videotape, passed from hand to cursed hand all those years ago in THE RING, has only gotten easier to find.
Sadako waits. And it's not just on tape anymore.
At a local high school, there is a rumor. An online video of someone committing suicide. If it were only a prank, or the work of a deranged artist in town, the students wouldn't be killing themselves after watching it, would they? The police would have a theory about the quickly-growing body count? And what about the woman in white with long hair?
Sadako is always hungry. And she's no longer alone.
"Sadako" is about a cursed video clip that appears randomly online and it causes those that watch it to commit suicide. The Police on the case are not making any progress in solving the case of these suicides. When a young girl kills herself at a local school her teacher, Akane becomes suspicious because the girl mentioned something about finding a mysterious video clip online. But what Akane doesn't know is that Sadako is looking to become human again and Akane might be the perfect host.
We all remember "The Ring" which was a bout a cursed VHS tape that killed those that watched it. Well it has spread to the digital format and now no one is safe. I have seen mixed reviews about this film but I found it to be quite good for several reason. One is that I went into it not expecting much from it. Going off the trailer I knew the effects were not great and that the film was not as good production wise as the original "Ring" films so I set my expectations low. Sure some things about the film are cheesy to say the least but I enjoyed it regardless of it's faults and thought it got a lot better as it moved along. To talk to much about what happens in the film would only ruin it for those waiting to see it but I think those that liked "The Ring" will enjoy this as well.
I already mentioned that the effects were weak but I still thought they were fun. The film looked a lot better than I expected and Director, Tsutomu Hanabusa did a good job at keeping the story moving at a nice pace. As far as the acting goes I thought it was one of the film's main strengths, everyone in the film did a terrific job but I was really impressed with Satomi Ishihara as Akane.
"Sadako" isn't the best J-Horror but it was much better than I had hoped and I think fans will enjoy it even more so. Over the top at times but the film has a number of good scares and I was engaged the entire time. The climax of the film gets cheesy for sure but some how I really loved it, it created some good suspense and excitement.
The bottom line is that I really enjoyed the film and recommend it to any fan of horror, it was a fun film that kept me entertained all the way to the end. Make sure you stick around for the during the credits or you will miss two scenes.
Released by Well Go USA
*** 1/2 Out Of *****