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Avg Rating: 3.9 / 5. Voted: 69

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AKA: Spiral
Directed by: Higuchinsky
Starring: Eriko Hatsune (Kirie), Fhi Fan (Shuichi)
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese (English Subs)
Runtime: 01:30:50
Genres: Horror

Plot – Spoilers:
Kirie lives a simple life with her father in a small Japanese town. She’s amused and happy with the little things her life has to offer. Shuichi is her childhood friend, and while he’s inexpressive and academic, Kirie hopes to eventually get married to him as the two go way back to tough times in her childhood.

Shuichi is presently disturbed by his father’s obsession with spiral objects and creatures, and feels their entire town will soon be consumed by this horror. Things kind of go down that path.

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Otis
Otis
September 17, 2020 6:12 pm

Also the manga is great

Matthew Detlaff
Matthew Detlaff
September 17, 2020 9:32 pm

I REQUESTED THIS MOVIE!! Thank you!!!

Elliot Spencer
Elliot Spencer
September 19, 2020 5:39 pm

Ugh, Spiral… why!!? If u dont have the Evil Dead films, the Saws, etc because (call it a logical guess, I could b wrong tho since u got the Hostel trilogy, lol) they’re mainstream horror, even tho u could define em as effedup, then why this:/ It’s literally almost as mainstream as ringu or ju-on, which I bet aren’t on here either for that very reason. Just off the top of my head quickly, what about (screams) Evil Dead TRAP, or Cure, hell even Pulse or Tag if u wanted something mainstream but still very effedup, etc. Or u could go the nasty and fringe af route w Squirmfest, lmfao. Literally sssooo many other Japanese films that would be more fitting for this site instead of this mainstream tween garbage. No offense meant, I say this with love, bc I don’t want to see this sites film selection become a goddamn joke w films like fucking Cabin In The Woods? Just some user input, call it. I digress, thanks either way for the new title.

Spiral as a standalone film is average at best. It’s not that the makers were trying to be edgy or deep and leave it open to interpretation, it’s that it only covers a fraction of the manga story and is condensed, so that’s why it doesn’t make much sense, unless you’ve read em. Just a shitty amateur feel in regards to the shots and acting. Laughably awful cgi sfx, and end of shot screen wipes n fade outs that would be at home in a 40’s western film, which r absurd for a horror film. Gives it an irreverent goofy feel, like they were trying to make it seem like a bad made-for-tv special.

As a standalone film for someone who knows nothing about the story or manga it’s average I suppose, but if u know anything about it then it’s very subpar, like borderline shitty. If u liked the story or want to know more, I’d encourage u to check out the manga, it’s pretty badass, and it’s available all in one book for cheap too. Adult Swim is releasing an anime version of it next year as well. Thanks:)

concerned citizen
concerned citizen
Reply to  Elliot Spencer
September 20, 2020 4:42 am

Shut up.

L Nadler
L Nadler
Reply to  concerned citizen
September 20, 2020 8:30 am

I like Elliot’s analysis. Hehehe!

Tee
Tee
Reply to  Elliot Spencer
September 21, 2020 7:54 am

Just because it isn’t up your “standards” of fucked up doesn’t make it the same for everyone else. Maybe make your own streaming site if you’re going to be a princess and have a tanty.

Elliot Spencer
Elliot Spencer
Reply to  Tee
September 21, 2020 7:14 pm

Cute. Reread the comment genius, it’s not up to *this sites standards* is what I inferred, due to it being mainstream, which I based solely on bc they don’t have many mainstream films even tho many fall into the effedup category, which I even provided examples to. I never brought up if it was effedup enough to b here or not. Try reading next time. Tanty, lol

morganbadorgan
morganbadorgan
Reply to  Elliot Spencer
October 27, 2020 9:52 pm

shut up

Shane
Shane
Reply to  Elliot Spencer
December 10, 2020 2:11 am

Good shit man,I came here to see fucked up & sick shit & I chased this up,i won’t bother now,ive found a couple of films on here that I think dont seem to be long & remember being pissed of i wasted my time watching it,I WANT FUCKED UP,DISTURBING,MIND SCARING SHIT YOU NEVER FORGET type thing that’s why I come here,so you’ve saved me wasting my time on that,so I agree,save this site for what its called & leave the weak shit off here,if you can point out anything else that’s tame its much appreciated

Alice
Alice
Reply to  Elliot Spencer
March 19, 2021 6:57 am

Spot on! It was a “meh” movie. I’ve seen the manga strips with fan’s narration on Youtube, those are better than this.

Bartelboy
Bartelboy
Reply to  Elliot Spencer
August 1, 2021 3:34 am

I have to agree a little bit with you Mister Spencer as i am a huge fan of Junji Itos Manga and i always wondered why the director- of all those crazy stories that he have could picked out of there for his movie adaptation…only went with…the father…the snail people…and curly hair??!
Back in the days i liked it cause i was into strange crazy japanese cinema of all kinds and i wasn´t aware of Itos works but looking at it today with all this in mind (and with the knowledge and hard to burden anticipation of the animated series from adult swim) i found it highly mediocre and fully understand your opinion…
even if it´s a really emotional one. 😀

;9 ELLIOT
;9 ELLIOT
April 2, 2021 3:39 am

Manga is way better read it like gah dahum this movie was okay but a lot more stuff happens in the manga and its more “organized” into chapters. More creepy and cool looking so read manga 100%

AudibleGasp
AudibleGasp
Reply to  ;9 ELLIOT
July 28, 2021 5:20 am

I agree, the manga was much better organized and more compelling. Manga was more effed up too, especially the hospital chapter.

jolie
jolie
Reply to  ;9 ELLIOT
January 12, 2022 12:23 am

100% agree

Spuco
Spuco
November 2, 2021 10:29 pm

It looks OK for an adaptation of a story that is too weird to begin with, I liked it more because it was part of the rise of asian horror in the early 2000s and somehow I have nostalgia for that. The guy that plays Shuichi sucks as an actor but the make up for the character was great, didn’t expected anyone to look like those creepy thin dudes that Ito draws. Some of the other characters were kind of silly for the story but Ito also makes wacky stuff like Soichi’s Diary of Curses so I let it pass.

jolie
jolie
January 12, 2022 12:21 am

The manga is way better! Don’t like the movie tho

GarbageMan
GarbageMan
April 3, 2022 5:24 am

I love the manga, but this movie is a crappy piece of dogshit. I hope the Adult Swim adaptation is better. This movie just doesn’t capture the tone of the original.

Abdul
Abdul
Reply to  GarbageMan
June 28, 2022 2:23 am

Absolutely agree…!! 100%

Abdul
Abdul
April 3, 2022 12:29 pm

Absolutely scary Japanese horror movie… “vortex “ no autopsy

chatterbones
chatterbones
April 10, 2022 4:45 pm

I feel like at least some of these would be considered helices, rather than vortices.

seela
seela
August 2, 2022 9:18 pm

Japanese are the best when it comes to horror movies. The indirect thoughts and silly music make the scene even more terrifying. They don’t have a specific entity that represents horror, that’s what makes it special.