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.
I came across a mention of this film in a movie magazine recently (I think it was Empire), and it came recommended, and so I decided to check it out — it’s a Shudder original film. I ended up really enjoying this. At first there was sequences that I disliked because it felt like an illogical thing for a character to do (like keeping something hidden from another character that it made no sense to keep hidden), but in the end it didn’t really matter because I thought the story they told was interesting — a gay couple moves into a small town, and strange things start happening with the neighbours — and not only did it come to a satisfying conclusion, but I also liked how it set up a continuation of the cycle (something we often see in Japanese horror films). Well worth watching.