Toire no Hanako-san: Shin Gekijoban Brings the Terror to the Toilet

Hanako San (2013) Movie Image

Japanese filmmakers are certainly consistent. If you love horror movies set inside schools, then you’re going to be on cloud nine. Director Masafumi Yamada’s “Toire no Hanako-san: Shin Gekijoban” tells the story of a group of schoolgirls who are terrorized by an evil spirit. It’s not original, but then again, why mess with a winning formula.

The movie is based on the 90s horror flicks centered around the Hanako-san urban legend. Newcomer Yuuka Ueno beat out 10,000 other contestants in the “Dream Vocal Audition” competition to win this role. She also sung the theme song, which, I believe, is featured at the beginning of the embedded trailer. Just don’t hold me to that, okay? Thanks.

Here’s what you can expect from the plot:

The story of Hanako San (literal translation Hanako toilet) revolves around the urban legend about the spirit of a young — World War II — era girl who haunts school bathrooms. She allegedly appears when someone shouts her name. A person who goes to the third stall in the girls’ bathroom on the third floor and knocks three times before asking “Are you there, Hanako-san”, will hear a voice answer “I’m here”. If the person enters the stall there will be a small girl in a red skirt and she can either be mischievous or in this case it seems … malevolent.

In this writer’s humble opinion, there’s nothing worse than a haunted toilet bowl. In fact, I’m going to inspect my bathroom right now while you’re watching the trailer for “Toire no Hanako-san: Shin Gekijoban.” The film in theaters throughout Japan on June 29. I wouldn’t hold my breath for an international release. I’ve just got a funny feeling about that.

Via : The Nerd Cabinet



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