JU-ON: GIRL IN BLACK
JU-ON: BLACK GHOST
(Ju-on: Kuroi Shojo)
By the time of the Girl on Black/Old Woman in White films, the Ju-on/Grudge series is already seven films in and the plots have circled around a series of limited themes unearthly female figures with hair covering their face making croaking sounds and creeping out of the strangest places, viral curses that claim everyone who comes in contact with the victim. Thus there is a certain ennui to it all as one sets in to watch yet another Ju-on film. Both of these spinoff films feature a different set of haunted characters to the ghostly woman and little boy who were the centre of the other efforts. In this one, there is a new plot about a girl being taken over by the spirit of her unborn twin sister something that leaves Girl in Black resembling the same years US release The Unborn (2009) with its haunting by an undead twin. The plot has been constructed with the same elliptical non-chronological structure reapproaching the story from different points in a series of chapters each focused around a different victim.
Of these two spinoff films, Old Woman in White is the better, while Girl in Black emerges as the slighter. Even though the film comes from a different directors hands, Mari Asaro does a fair job of imitating Takashi Shimizus style and creates one or two decent spooky scenes. There is the scene at the hospital where nurse Ai Kago goes in to tend to sick girl Hana Matsumoto and we see, as we have before, her silhouette sitting up in bed only for Ai to turn and see that Hana is lying asleep and that the figure on top is something else, which then starts crawling underneath the bed and coming after her. The spookiest of the scenes is where the exorcism of the twins spirit is conducted and in the midst of the ritual we see a face trying to push its way out of Hana Matsumotos stomach.