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PUBLISHED: 17:45 29 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:16 24 August 2010

Shutter www.shutter-movie.com How many more horror films ripped from the orient will we have to suffer before the major Hollywood studios start investing in new ideas? writes Alex Wellman. How many more Japanese direc

Shutter

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How many more 'horror' films ripped from the orient will we have to suffer before the major Hollywood studios start investing in new ideas? writes Alex Wellman.

How many more Japanese directors are going to rely on creepy shots of pale women and children to hold up their film instead of genuine scares?

How on earth did anyone involved with 'Shutter' think this would scare anyone but the people who ploughed their millions into it?

Newlyweds Ben and Jane Shaw (Joshua Jackson and Rachael Taylor, pictured) have to combine their honeymoon with work when photographer Ben gets a job in Tokyo.

A number of spooky goings on occur with ghostly images appearing in photographs and a mysterious girl turning up after the couple are involved in a car accident.

Fearing for their lives the couple begin investigating deeper before discovering some things are better left uncovered.

For the last god knows how many years we have had endless re-hashes of chillers from Japan, Korea and now we have one from Thailand.

Having not seen the original I cannot compare it to that but in truth, there is no need to as there is very little different from this to any other supposed chiller.

Recent Spanish exploits such as 'The Orphanage' and 'Rec' aside, the horror genre is in very poor health right now.

It almost feels as empty, shallow and formulaic as a boy band.

Just as groups such as Boyzone and Westlife tick boxes in their target audience so too does Shutter.

Want a split second reflection of a girl in a mirror/window who is not really there? You got it!

Want a bleak Japanese room where chairs creak and windows bang? You got it!

Want a series of slow build-ups which culminate in a hand suddenly grabbing a shoulder?

Why you lucky devil you must be a mind reader because you sure as hell got it!

The problem is that all the points the film relies on for scares have been done to death.

This film did not raise one hair on the back of my neck or bring forth one bead of sweat.

One to be missed.

alex.wellman@archant.co.uk

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