Reincarnation was the J-Horror contribution to the first year of the After Dark Horrorfest, so of course it was high on my must-see list. Accurately described as being The Shining of Japan, the plot revolves around a mass murder that took place in a grand hotel several years earlier.
Enter the cast and crew of a hot new horror film going for accuracy by filming in the exact location where the crimes took place. Always a great idea.
As the title suggests, the main theme of the story is about reincarnation, as one young actress begins to experience strange flashbacks connected to the terrible murders that the film is dramatizing. This is further peppered with a great deal of strange coincidences, and topped off with an extremely creepy doll.
Brought to us by one of the better-known directors, Takashi Shimizu of The Grudge fame, the film is shot in a similar style with its share of chilling moments and interesting visuals.
The acting is a little stiff at times, but not to the point where it distracts from the overall experience.
Perhaps not the best we’ve seen from Shimizu, but certainly nothing to scoff at either.
Film information: Reincarnation