Directed by Kôji Shiraishi
The Curse (ノロイ) is a “found footage” J horror film shot as a documentary about a paranormal investigative journalist named Masafumi Kobayashi (Jin Muraki). We follow Kobayashi through number of seemingly unrelated paranormal cases that son add up to the film’s over-arching mystery of the investigator’s disappearance.
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Though, unlike a Christmas carol, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ signature song is at home any time of year, “I Put a Spell on You” is a fitting fixture during this season of magic, mystery and things going bump in the night. Covered by many (both George Clinton and Queen Latifah have given it a fling), it is decidedly Hawkins’ original frantic recording that made the song a standard. His over-the-top, theatrical “witch doctor” stage performances of it hail from a different era – but even in its day the record itself seemed anachronistic, like something hailing from the time of “race records” or Jazz back when it was “Jass.”
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Maria Conchita Alonso, Jennifer Beals
While tormented by vampire seductress Jennifer Beals each night, businessman Nicholas Cage torments his secretary Maria Conchita Alonso by day.
The first time I saw this I lay on the floor and laughed until everything hurt.