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Pulse

Recent Japanese chillers like Ringu and Ju-on have rejuvenated the horror genre by emphasizing mood over monsters, but this 2001 feature by Kiyoshi Kurosawa carries the aesthetic to a tedious extreme. The sluggish story has something to do with ghosts taking up residence on the Internet, where they peer silently from the dim recesses of webcam shots. As in many J-horror films, the visual austerity contributes to the overall creepiness, and there are some hair-raising set pieces. But the big scare scenes seem particularly isolated here, supported by neither the flat characters nor the vague plot. In Japanese with subtitles.

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