Grudge Director Enters the The Shock Labyrinth

Japanese director Takashi Shimizu has grown tired of holding a grudge, it would appear, and is now ready to enter “The Shock Labyrinth”. Hey, what a coincidink. That also happens to be the title of his new (and probably very franchisable) horror movie, his first in three years since directing his “Grudge” movies in Japan, before flying across the ocean to helm the first two remakes for Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures. He skipped on the third one in the American series, but then again, who didn’t? The film went straight to DVD.

Variety says “The Shock Labyrinth” will be based on a popular spook house attraction at the Fuji-Q High Land amusement park near Mt. Fuji (billed as “the world’s longest horror house walk-through”) and will follow a group of teenagers who take a fainting friend to an old hospital, only to discover that it’s actually one big horrific labyrinth. Much killing, creepy chicks with long hair slithering around in the background, and ghostly happenings ensue.

The film is scheduled for an October 2009 release, and will star Matsuo Suzuki, Misako Renbutsu, Ryo Katsuji, Ai Maeda, Erina Mizuno and Yuya Yagira.

Takashi Shimizu is shooting “The Shock Labyrinth” in digital 3D, the first for the nation.

Below: “Well, do you have a comb I can borrow or what?”