After celebrating their school's cultural festival, a group of students are telling ghost stories when their class representative, Nakashima Naomi, decides to perform a charm called "Sachiko Ever After" which would allow them to remain friends for eternity. But instead something goes wrong with the charm and a sudden earthquake transports them to an alternate dimension where Heavenly Host, an elementary school that was torn down followed by the murders and disappearances of several of its staff and students, still exists and is haunted by the ghosts of the school's murdered children. The students try to figure out the truth and mystery of the cursed school in order to find their way home and survive the shadowy forces that haunt the school.
Cast & Credits
This movie is basically what you get when you mix The Ring/Grudge and romantically jealous highschoolers on an inter-dimensional trip where ghosts exist. Hence, I would classify this movie as a romantic-horror film, a mixture very unusual for this genre and exceptionally well executed.
As such, though it's supposed to be a horror movie, it's not really scary at all d/t the fact that most of it is filmed thru a perspective akin to a home video and the SFX/props look really cheesy on occasions. Nevertheless, I found the ending satisfying for the theme of jealousy present throughout the movie.
Acting was a little mixed. But that's b/c some characters were just plot devices while the ones with a dark side to their personality were given more attention and were well portrayed.
In terms of rewatch value, well what can I say, some of the death scenes make my stomach churn (as in grotesque) so watching it once was enough for me...