Hideo Nakata returns in The Complex
It isn't that long ago was saw Hideo Nakata in Western cinema with his film Chatroom nor in Japanese cinema with The Incite Mill, but there has been a three year absence and now he's back. If you don't know who he is, it was without a doubt his film Ringu or The Ring that began a while sub-genre of horror and influenced film-makers and audiences galore.
While I've been waiting a long time to hear of his proposed remake of The Entity, something which unfortunately never came to pass, I am glad that he's returned to what looks to be like his familiar and most popular territory with The Complex.
Hideo Nakata came to Hollywood with The Ring 2 in 2005, directing the sequel to the American adaptation of his first Ring film, Ringu. He did return to Japan with Kaidan in 2007 and Death Note: L Change the World in 2008 but was back the following year for a documentary Foreign Filmmakers' Guide to Hollywood and then in 2010 the horror film Chatroom at the same time as a Japanese horror film The Incite Mill. Then there was silence from the screams.
Now he's back with The Complex, and it seems to return to familiar territory for him. The film comes with rather a lengthy synopsis that tells us a great deal about the film so before that I'll give you a wee summary and you can bypass the larger synopsis for the scary trailer if you would prefer.
Quick blurb, a woman living in an apartment complex begins hearing strange noises and soon calls in a spiritualist to try and rid the apartment of the strange spirits but the spiritualist soon discovers there's something much more to the haunting than they first thought.
Okay, that's a little summary, here's the big one that comes through Quiet Earth along with the trailer:
Nursing student Asuka (Atsuko Maeda) has just moved into an apartment complex with her parents and younger brother. On the first night in her new room, she is awoken by a strange scratching sound coming from the apartment of her neighbor, a reclusive old man who has refused all attempts at communication. Concerned over his well being, Asuka enters his home only to find him dead from malnutrition. Worse, it looks as if he had been trying to claw his way into her room.
Asuka learns that there have been a number of strange deaths in the complex over the years from Shinobu (Hiroki Narimiya), the handyman cleaning up the old man's apartment. Even the girls at school whisper rumors of it being haunted. When the late night scratching returns, Asuka ventures back into her neighbor's home and comes face to face with an apparition of the old man!
Panicked by the discovery of her apartment emptied and her family gone, Asuka seeks help from Shinobu, who brings in a spiritualist to exorcise Asuka of the evil surrounding her. However, as she delves into the girl's predicament, the spiritualist discovers that signs points not to the old man but to a small boy living in the complex with a past as tragic as the one Asuka herself lives in denial of.
Now here's that trailer for The Complex from Hideo Nakata, it's short, spooky, carries beats that you might recognise and looks filled with horrific and spooky possibilities: