Saturday, September 21, 2013

Aberration (Review) - J-Horror Lite

During the early 2000’s a trend of Japanese ghost movies took the United States by storm not limited to but including the original features from Japan, and the subsequent remakes homogenized for U.S. culture that would follow a successful foreign offering. The term J-Horror has been thrown around, had its way with the industry and then subsided leaving behind remnants, sequels and the occasional movie that doesn’t realize the trend is over. This is not to say that the genre is dead or that horror from Japan has subsided, just the movement within the United States to mass market and recreate powerful imagery from movies made across the Pacific. We’re here to talk about Aberration, a ghost story that has quite a few hallmarks of some of the rehashes of Japanese horror and is attempting to put a new spin on the ever popular ghost story. All I can say is at least they didn’t try to make it a found footage movie as well.


The film tells the story Christy Dawson portrayed by Gwendolyn Garver (The Brazen Bull), who is just a normal high school student, but she hides a chilling secret. Caught between the worlds of the living and the dead, she has been plagued by horrific, terrifying visions. With the appearance of a ghostly young boy, these horrific glimpses of evil begin bleeding into her reality. Someone or something is killing everyone around her, and her only hope of survival is to uncover the truth behind a mystery that has shrouded the entire town in terror.


I’m afraid that Aberration is not a favorite of mine though I believe it will find its audience in diehard fans of the films from the early 2000’s. It’s not as edgy or as pretty as movies like Ju-On or The Grudge or Pulse or movies that it attempts to emulate whether intended or not. It’s captures a bit of the whodunit vibe while pouring on dark imagery, leaving the ghosties or spirits or killers in the shadows (not revealing what we’re dealing with here). While there are some clever shots and the movie looks fairly slick, the overall narrative is slow and punctuated by some fairly unreasonable dialogue. The slow moving pictures means you have time to think about every flaw rather than be swept up in an action packed hunt for the cause of murder.

I urge you to take a look at the definition of the titular word Aberration:

Maybe this will give you a clue as to what you are in for (and perhaps reaffirm this feeling that this is a redux of horror from Japan without an original from which to draw brownie points or highlights.

The disc itself is low on features, however, as I mentioned before, this will find it’s audience. It’s not a bad movie in the sense that it’s got a cohesive plot that you can follow and perhaps my mystified by for a short while. The acting isn’t terrible, but the dialogue feels like a parody of sound horror at times.

You can pick up Aberration available HERE.


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