Chatroom (2010)

  • Director – Hideo Nakata
  • Starring – Aaron Johnson, Imogen Poots, Matthew Beard, Hannah Murray, Daniel Kaluuya
  • Written – Edna Walsh
  • Year – 2010
  • Running Time – 97 mins

Director Hideo Nakata is best well known for Ringu, a chilling tale of a mysterious video which kills anyone who watches it and was in many ways the catalyst for Hollywood remaking Japanese horror. Ringu was remade as The Ring, with Naomi Watts, quickly followed by Ju-on, remade as The Grudge starring Buffy.  In both cases the Hollywood remake is not a patch on the original. And this is what Chatroom feels like, a cheap and rushed Hollywood remake.  However this time there is no precursor.