Dark Water

2002 • 101 minutes
4.2
45 reviews
81%
Tomatometer
PG-13
Rating
Eligible
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After terrifying audiences worldwide with the blockbuster J-horror classic Ring and its sequel, director Hideo Nakata returned to the genre for Dark Water, another highly atmospheric, and critically acclaimed, tale of the supernatural which took the common theme of the "dead wet girl" to new heights of suspense and drama. Based upon on a short story by Ring author Koji Suzuki, Dark Water follows Yoshimi, a single mother struggling to win sole custody of her only child, Ikuko. When they move into a new home within a dilapidated and long-forgotten apartment complex, Yoshimi begins to experience startling visions and inexplicable sounds, calling her mental well-being into question, and endangering not only her custody of Ikuko, but perhaps their lives as well. Beautifully shot by the same cinematographer as Ring and Pulse, and featuring an especially unnerving sound design, Dark Water successfully merges spine-tingling tension with a family's heart-wrenching emotional struggle, creating one of the very finest and most unsettling contemporary Japanese horror films. (Original Title - Honogurai mizu no soko kara) 2016 Arrow Films
Rating
PG-13
4.2
45 reviews
PLK
January 13, 2019
When faced with the paranormal always use a little common extrasensory sense. In the first place if you have a leaky ceiling, call a plumber asap, and I mean yesterday. In the second place, no matter where you are, never, ever drink the tap water. In the third place, when fleeing from an unquiet and restless spirit, just as during an earthquake, always use the stairs, never the elevator. It was all so avoidable...
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Mim Lo (Mimlo)
August 3, 2017
Thought I'd give it a try, a cheesy horror flick to accompany popcorn. I was AMAZED. So much better than the American remake, which I liked, too. This was eerie, sad, and very moving. Watched some of it over again. Will make you use your brain a bit!!
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Michelle Callwood
October 28, 2016
Ever since I saw the remake with Jennifer Connelly, I've been searching for the one, true original. Seen it years ago and glad I ran across it. I prefer Oriental horrors because they always have good story lines. Thank you Google!
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