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‘The Complex’ Review

Stars: Atsuko Maeda, Hiroki Narimiya, Masanobu Katsumura, Naomi Nishida, Kanau Tanaka | Written by Jun’ya Katô, Ryûta Miyake | Directed by Hideo Nakata

Hideo Nakata is well known in the horror world for his work, directing Ring, Ring 2 and Dark Water, among others, so it wasn’t unwelcome to see a new release from Nakata that sounded like it was along the lines of the films that made him so famous in the first place.

The Complex comes at a time when films like Ring and Dark Water are less frequent after a period, a few years ago, where the popularity of these originators caused many other ghost stories along similar lines to materialise until the marketplace felt a little saturated by them. I found myself, after taking a step or two back from the genre for a couple of years, feeling excited about this film.

The Complex tells the tale
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Eiff 2013: ‘The Complex (Kuroyuri danchi)’ Review

Stars: Atsuko Maeda, Hiroki Narimiya, Masanobu Katsumura | Written by Junya Kato, Ryûta Miyake | Directed by Hideo Nakata

Review by Andrew MacArthur of Cinehouse

We should know better than to get excited when a once great horror director makes a back to basics comeback. It’s happened with John Carpenter (The Ward), George A. Romero (Survival of the Dead), Wes Craven (My Soul to Take), and Dario Argento (Dracula 3D), and now it is the turn of Japan’s own Hideo Nakata – the man behind Dark Water and Ringu. In a miraculous feat Nakata has managed to make a film worse than all those aforementioned combined.

The Complex follows a young nursing student (Maeda) who moves with her family into a derelict apartment block, which her friends claim is haunted. After being disturbed by eerie noises coming from her neighbour’s apartment it seems these claims may have some truth.

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