Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Movie Review: "Sadako vs. Kayako"

I'll be completely honest and tell you from the get-go that "Sadako 3D" pretty much killed my excitement for the "Ring" series. I didn't even bother seeing "Sadako 2 3D" when it came out. However, the original series of "Ju-on" and "Ring" films were my first exposures to the frighteningly exciting world of Asian horror. When I heard that the two franchises were going to collide, my attention was immediately piqued.

After watching a cursed videotape, Natsumi has only two days before she will be killed by demonic entity Sadako. Her only hope is to pit Sadako against Kayako, a menacing spirit that inhabits a haunted house in "Sadako vs. Kayako."

The concept of the lumbering Sadako going up against the crawling and croaking Kayako really is as ridiculous as it sounds. Yet, somehow, the fine folks behind this ultimate showdown make it work. A humorous, yet tantalizing amount of suspense builds up as the two cursed ladies move towards each other at the speed of a turtle. That's not to say that the end result still isn't disappointing in the same way most were let down when Freddy clashed with Jason. A setup as big as this one is bound to embitter fans.

The cool thing about "Sadako vs. Kayako" is that we get two separate tales featuring our favorite ghosts from "Ju-on" and "Ring" in one unsettling movie before their paths cross in the third act. Think of it as two short films and a bonus round as a conclusion. On top of that, we get a rather disturbing and intense exorcism scene which adds to all the fun.

"Sadako vs. Kayako" is unrated. It contains violence and gore and frightening and intense sequences. There's really nothing too graphic, aside from a few scenes of victims getting their heads and necks cracked or flattened, which plays out as darkly comic in one scene.

"Sadako vs. Kayako" is available now as a digital download.

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