by Chris MaGee
Earlier this week a whole bunch of us Japanese film bloggers were jumping up and down with excitement after the first stills from "Ringu" director Hideo Nakata's upcoming thriller "Chatroom" apeared online. I'm a big fan of Nakata's "Ringu" and Dark Water", but I'm a huge fan of his 1999 mystery "Chaos", so the prospect of a non-horror film from him is more than welcome. Nakata has been a very busy man lately though, as "Chatroom" isn't the only film he'll be releasing this year. The other film is also a thriller, this time Japanese-language as opposed to English-language, titled "Incite Mill". Starring Tatsuya Fujiwara and Haruka Ayase (amongst many others) "Incite Mill" follows a group of strangers who answer a help wanted ad, come to an abandoned house and one by one get killed off by a mysterious murderer. A simple premise, yes, but one that I had faith that Nakata could pull off... that is until I saw the rather limp teaser trailer that hit the net this week. Granted it is a teaser trailer, but it just comes across as a little over the top as opposed to atmospheric. Maybe seeing Tatsuya Fujiwara so soon after catching the abysmal "Kaiji" has coloured my judgment. Maybe it's the ventriloquist doll head that's reminiscent of that creepy doll from the "Saw" films. It's hard to say. As I always say, you be the judge. Check out the trailer below and have your say in the comments.
Hideo Nakata's "Incite Mill" is due to hit Japanese theatres on October 16th. Thanks to Twitch for pointing the way to this.