Dark Water (2002)
Written by Ken'ichi Suzuki & Yoshihiro Nakamura / Directed by Hideo Nakata
Anyone who’s ever lived in an apartment complex can relate to the inherent stress of dealing with old buildings, mold, leaking ceilings, and disinterested management. Once you throw vengeful ghosts into the mix, all bets are off. Hideo Nakata’s excellent ghost story, Dark Water, does that and more with an effectively unnerving and beautifully claustrophobic tale of a mother and daughter living in an old apartment building where the ghost of a drowned girl wanders its lonely halls. With its heavy atmosphere and creepy imagery alone, Dark Water would be a hugely entertaining movie, but Nakata’s emphasis on story and character, and the strong performances of the cast, take a creepily fun movie and make it something you can also become strongly invested in emotionally. The mystery of the film is expertly paced, keeping you guessing, but yet again, the crux of the mystery is character based, giving us a reason to keep caring about the struggles of the two protagonists while also having fun playing our nerves like a harp.
Five out of Five Haunted Mold Spots