Trailer: Hideo Nakata finds old school eerie in “THE COMPLEX”
Has your nostalgia for J-horror kicked in yet? After the likes of Hideo Nakata’s RINGU and DARK WATER, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s KAIRO (PULSE) and more ushered in a new wave of international terror, the influence was far-reaching—from stylistic flourish to the era of the remake—and eventually tired many fans out. Now, Nakata is seemingly returning to his roots as his latest, THE COMPLEX, prepares to play the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. Its trailer is like an old friend.
In THE COMPLEX, Nursing student Asuka has just moved into an apartment complex with her parents and her younger brother. On the first night in her new room, she is awoken by a strange scratching sound coming from the apartment of her neighbor, a reclusive old man who has refused all attempts at communication. Concerned over his well being, Asuka enters his home only to find him dead from malnutrition. Worse, it looks as if he had been trying to claw his way into her room. From Shinobu, the handyman who cleans up the old man’s apartment, Asuka learns that there have been a number of strange deaths in the complex over the years. Even the girls at school whisper rumors of it being haunted. When the late night scratching returns, Asuka ventures back into her neighbor’s home and comes face to face with an apparition of the old man! Panicked by the discovery of her apartment emptied and her family gone, Asuka seeks help from Shinobu, who brings in a spiritualist to exorcise Asuka of the evil surrounding her.
BIFFF gets underway April 2-13. You can expect a review of THE COMPLEX and more from Fango soon.