JU-ON: OLD LADY IN WHITE
JU-ON: WHITE GHOST
(Ju-on: Shiroi Rojo)
Of these two Ju-on spinoffs, Old Lady in White is the superior. Girl in Black was an okay film that had its occasional moments but Old Lady in White starts to approach something of the intensely uncanny effect that Takashi Shimizus films had. New director Ryuta Miyake creates a considerable degree of dis-ease from the opening scene when Hiroki Suzuki enters the household wearing a silly Christmas hat and is greeted by the normal seeming scene of the wife who comes out of the kitchen saying she is busy right now, which turns unsettling when she repeats the same thing two more times. As he passes through the rest of the house, he comes across increasingly disturbing scenes such as seeing a teenage girls beheaded body lying on her bed and the wife stabbed in the kitchen, before being abruptly jolted by the appearance of the titular old lady with her basketball.
Ryuta Miyake fills the film with all manner of spooky and uncanny jumps a bag opened to reveal a living face inside; the appearance of a ghost boy in the backseat of the taxi. There is one particularly good scene where Aimi Nakamura is standing in front of a mirror and in a side-profile shot, a hand abruptly reaches out of the mirror and grabs him and then after he has left the room the camera returns to the mirror where Nakamuras reflection is still standing there. The film also adds a much stronger backstory than there was in Shimizus films with the element of incest being a particularly standout and effective one.