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Spiral (Uzumaki)

Watching Shudder’s Spiral film reminded me of the 2000 Japanese film Spiral (Uzumaki), itself an adaptation of the excellent Junji Ito manga, and so I decided it would be fun to revisit it. This is such a strange film, and not just because of the story (which is strange as fuck) but because of the way the film is made, including an odd cast, eccentric maybe even wooden acting, color correction that gives the entire film a somber green-ish tint, and an all-together old school feel (not something that was made in 2000). That said, I enjoyed my time with it, just going with the flow. Of course, it’s nowhere as good as Ito’s original manga, but it’s still worth taking in for the way it tries to tell that story.

By Jean Snow

Senior Manager, Esports at Ubisoft. Before that, half a life spent in Tokyo.