By Brett Mullins
Old Lady in White (Ju-on: Shiroi rôjo): Directed and screenplay by Ryûta Miyake
Girl in Black (Ju-on: Kuroi shôjo) : Directed and screenplay by Mari Asato
White Ghost/Black Ghost is a compilation of two films set in the Ju-on/The Grudge (for the English speaking audience) universe. Though never making reference to the original series, these films, both shot by different directors, share a similar story to the original. They were released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the series’ release.
This film is presented on a non linear order and focuses on following each character in the story, one at a time. In addition to being non sequential, the story is told through two separate timelines that intertwine and leave the audience to piece together the puzzle.
This film appears to favor unexpected scares to seemingly random entities, such as a distorted old woman carrying a basketball; however, all of this is explained throughout the film. The majority of the film’s tension is found in waiting for another scare rather than atmosphere and tone. Since the film runs for just under an hour, this method keeps the audience on their toes and does not get boring.
White Ghost is an enjoyable and spooky film that sets a strong tone for the first half of this double feature.
While having a bit higher production value and a few moments of CG, this film is not as enjoyable as the first in nearly every regard. Aside from attempts to pull the audience into the atmosphere of the film, this is nothing more than the standard supernatural horror flick.
Black Ghost provided a bit of a disappointing conclusion to this combo and left the audience lingering for more of the first film.