In a small town in Japan, Kirie comes upon her boyfriend's father silently videotaping a snail. He seems unaware of her presence and she thinks no more of it. Later, the mans obsession with spirals becomes more and more bizarre, ending in his suicide in a washing machine which turn his body into a spiral. Soon other inhabitants become possesed with different forms of spirals, one student seems to be mutating into a snail, another's hair becomes strangely medusa-like. The entire town becomes possesed.
Although the animated menu does not necessarily shine with creative ideas, it was created with an appropriate spiral emphasis. The extras included seem more interesting at first sight than they really are. In addition to the mandatory trailer, which again shows very clearly how easy it is to keep Uzumaki given the most striking scenes for a horror film, there is a making of and a special entitled "Toshio Video" behind which the contents of the camera Shuichi's father hides. Both are less revealing. Thus, Toshio's video does not really provide new scenes, but only shows previously unreleased footage (only the scene with the snail and the washing machine). The Making Of is really only a nearly ten minutes of Q & A session with the shy as in real life, as acting in the movie Kirie actress Eriko Hatsune, complemented by some impressions of the shooting. Most interesting is her response to the call to sum up Uzumaki in one word: "This is not a word, it's kind of indescribable - a strange view of the world." That sums it up nicely.