It’s Halloween week, y’all! Can you believe it? That’s a little nuts to me…But, here we are, nonetheless. Unfortunately, this marks the end of something that always keeps me busy this month: my Spook Series. It’s been a fun run, but it’s time to call it quits. However, not before we get in one last spook! Remember in this poll how I had you vote on movies I could access for free and movies I’d have to pay for? Well, it took all month, but I finally decided to dish out some cold hard cash (a whopping $2.99) for a Japanese horror that received a fair share of votes. Yep—we’re talking about Audition.
Synopsis: “A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.” –www.imdb.com
Why It’s Splendidly Sinister: I honestly wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Audition (or Ôdishon, in its native Japanese). Everything I’d heard about it seemed to suggest it was pretty gross, and I don’t do well with gross movies. Like, why watch at all if I have to cover my eyes and feel sick for most of it? Fortunately, things don’t really get heavy with Audition until the very end. It does get eww enough that I’m in no rush to watch it again…But in spite of that, I did like Audition. The ending is, yes, gross and pretty bizarre, but the lead-up to that is pretty gripping. I will say that I don’t love the idea of a middle-aged man holding auditions for a significantly younger wife (we’re talking a 20-year gap here…how very Hollywood), but given how things play out, it didn’t bother me quite as much as it could’ve. Plus, Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) is actually a pretty likable guy. He’s reluctant to date even several years after the passing of his wife, and when he does start dating he’s kind of adorable. Unfortunately for him, the woman he chooses just so happens to be Asami (Eihi Shiina), who is a secret freak. But I won’t spoil that for you. Audition isn’t my favorite horror or foreign film ever, but I’m glad I got around to it. It’s definitely one of those that will stick with me. Still trying to decide if that’s a good or bad thing…
My Grade: B
So what did you guys think of Audition? Too much eww? Or am I just a baby? Haha. And, more importantly, did you enjoy Spook Series?? I sure hope so. This may be the last new Spook Series review I’m doing for this year, but come back tomorrow! I’m doing a little roundup of what I watched, and you might enjoy. Until then…BOO! (Did I scare you? Come on. You totally jumped.)