Japanese director Nakata Hideo’s 1998 horror film “Ringu” is responsible, for good or ill, for a veritable tidal wave of imitators. That creep fest give birth to countless imitators worldwide. Even 15 years later you still see the influence. If you don’t believe me, go to the theater right now and watch “Mama” and tell me the ghost doesn’t owe a huge debt to Nakata’s film. You can make a case all you want, but you’ll be wrong.
Since “Ringu”, and “Dark Water” a few years later, Nakata has largely moved away from the horror. Now, however, he’s back with a new genre offering called “The Complex”, and from this first trailer, the film looks like it shares DNA with his most recognized works.
Here’s the official, and in depth, synopsis:
Nursing student Asuka (Atsuko Maeda) has just moved into an apartment complex with her parents and younger brother. On the first night in her new room, she is awoken by a strange scratching sound coming from the apartment of her neighbor, a reclusive old man who has refused all attempts at communication. Concerned over his well being, Asuka enters his home only to find him dead from malnutrition. Worse, it looks as if he had been trying to claw his way into her room.
Asuka learns that there have been a number of strange deaths in the complex over the years from Shinobu (Hiroki Narimiya), the handyman cleaning up the old man’s apartment. Even the girls at school whisper rumors of it being haunted. When the late night scratching returns, Asuka ventures back into her neighbor’s home and comes face to face with an apparition of the old man!
Panicked by the discovery of her apartment emptied and her family gone, Asuka seeks help from Shinobu, who brings in a spiritualist to exorcise Asuka of the evil surrounding her. However, as she delves into the girl’s predicament, the spiritualist discovers that signs points not to the old man but to a small boy living in the complex with a past as tragic as the one Asuka herself lives in denial of.
“The Complex” features a number of hallmarks from Nakata’s previous horror films. Chief among these are a spooky young child in imminent perils, and overtones of the supernatural and spiritual. Hopefully this lives up to his earlier work, and will return him to the top of the critical and fan piles where he has been absent in recent years.
“The Complex” is scheduled to premiere soon at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Via : Twitch