Hideo Nakata's Ringu and Takashi Shimizu's Ju-on were probably the biggest crossover successes of the J-Horror craze fifteen or so years ago, with both films receiving North American remakes as The Ring and The Grudge. Filmmaker Kôji Shiraishi brings the antagonists of both films together in a crossover, following in the steps of Godzilla vs King Kong, Alien vs Predator, and Freddy vs Jason. Sadako vs Kayako has a somewhat campy tongue-in-cheek tone that has a little fun with the familiar tropes of both franchises, which includes changing a few of the rules to fit the plot.
If a litmus test of a horror film is whether or not you find it scary, I would say that Sadako vs Kayako somewhat fails in that regard, with the exception of Kayako, whose gurgling and crawling never fails to give chills. The titular battle is somewhat on the anti-climatic side, even though there are some fun crowd-pleasing moments. While it doesn't hold a candle to either of the original J-Horror classics, Sadako vs. Kayako is still a somewhat enjoyable campy ghostly crossover.
- Sunday, September 18, 5:30 PM - Scotiabank Theatre 14