First off, let me just say: I love this movie. I love, love, love, love, love this movie. So much so that I bought a copy of it so I can watch it whenever the hell I feel like it!
Noroi builds up atmosphere and a sense of dread in the watcher more effectively than I have ever experienced in a film of this nature. The story is engaging; it piques your read morecuriosity right from the beginning and keeps you engaged and hungry for all the answers to the riddle right along with the "main character".
The acting is good. So good that you don't really think about the fact that they are actors, which is exactly what you want out of a POV film. They're just people.
The special effects are a little on the corny side when they do finally come around, but it definitely does not detract from the film itself, since it is so effective at building up tension leading to the climax.
Watch this movie (alone or with a friend) with the lights out and plenty of blankets around you and I promise you will not regret it.
While I am a fan of Asian horror, the pacing of most Asian horror films is incredibly slow. When I watch a horror movie I don't want a constant stream of scares and kills with no suspense but I also don't want the scares to be so far apart that I'm falling asleep. Thankfully this movie managed to keep a nice pace throughout. I wouldn't say that this film is scary but read moreit was very atmospheric and creepy. The documentary style film making works well with the plot-the footage from Masafumi's show, various variety shows and news programs really add to story. Overall, this is one of the best Japanese horror films I've watched with solid acting, great pacing, creepy visuals and a decent story.