The Tattooist (2007)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  29 November 2007 (Singapore)
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A young artist unknowingly plays a role in releasing a deadly spirit as he attempts to learn tatau, the Samoan tradition of tattooing.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Sawyer
Mia Blake ...
David Fane ...
Mr. Va'a
Ian Vincent ...
The Tattooist / Lemi
Caroline Cheong ...
Nathaniel Lees ...
Mr. Perenese
Lazlo McFadden
Matailiili Denzel Tuimauga ...
Glen Jackson ...
Cousin #1
Edmund Paongo ...
Cousin #2
Fasitua Amosa ...
Dr. Lima
Lauren A Jackson ...
Triage Nurse (as Lauren Jackson)
Alison Bruce ...
Charge Nurse


American tattoo artist Jake Sawyer wanders the world, exploring and exploiting ethnic themes in his tattoo designs. At a tattoo expo in Singapore, he gets his first glimpse at the exotic world of traditional Samoan tattoo (tatau), and, in a thoughtless act, unwittingly unleashes a powerful angry spirit. In his devastating journey into Pacific mysticism, Jake must find a way to save his new love, Sina and recover his own soul. Written by Anonymous

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Evil in ink.


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 November 2007 (Singapore)  »

Also Known As:

El tatuador  »

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Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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[last lines]
Osone: Where are you going?
[last lines]
Jake Sawyer: I'm going home
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Thoughtful horror that moves at a measured pace
8 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am guessing that a lot of the low ratings have more to do with the fact that this movie does not immediately start splattering the audience with buckets of blood and splitting your ears with crescendoing screams.

This movie is NOT following the normal Hollywood script. There's no "Oh yeah-there's the Monster" There's no parade of "Oh Yeah, the A-hole is gonna get it"

This is Horror from the Suspense side of the formula. It's a story of a Guy who does something wrong in the pursuit of his art. And something is unleashed in return. Consequences and collisions occur in the context of a different continent and its own cultures and messy histories.

No, it's not a DEEP movie, but it's an interesting departure from the usual fare. Nor is it a non-stop splatterfest.

Watch this when you're in the right mood-- somewhere in the middle where you just want a good movie to fill the time and give you a story from a different place besides Hollywood.

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