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It Comes Film Review [来る] (2019) – Japanese Hereditary Horror

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(This is It Comes film review, which is a Japanese horror film based on a novel of the same name)

It Comes, or 来る in its Japanese title, is a supernatural horror film that is based on the novel by Ichi Sawamura. It is directed by the famous director Tetsuya Nakashima, who did Confessions[告白]. While the casts include some well known actors such as Junichi Okada, Haru Kuroki and Satoshi Tsumaboki.

With supernatural horror being a common genre in the Japanese film industry, and especially so in Hollywood as well. Will this film be able to stand out among the stiff competition? Read on the It Comes film review below to check it out!

 

Premise

A supernatural entity by the name of Bogiwan is threatening the life of a couple’s 2 year old daughter. However, things get more complicated as other characters are involved. Furthermore, the truth hidden behind the tragedy is actually more than what they expected. Could they all be saved?

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What could the source of the horror be?

 

It Comes Film Review

Premise

I feel like although there’s some sort of ghostly entity involved in this story, it is very much more a drama/thriller rather than a horror movie, know that going in and you’ll have a much better time in my opinion.

Similar to confessions, this film follows multiple protagonists as they each deal with the entity in their own way and more and more of the story and hidden dynamics and motivations behind the cast of characters is revealed. However, the film does not repeat the same events over and over again from multiple perspectives instead opting to have a different character be the focal point of different parts of the story. It was more refreshing but at the same time you don’t exactly get attached to any one character, especially the more amoral ones.

 

Pacing/Characters

However, this also leads to a somewhat choppy pacing as each character arc sort of has a climax before switching over to the next one and “resetting to zero”. One of the film’s biggest strength is of course its complex character dynamics and the layered characters themselves. Their flaws and imperfections are not shown immediately and are instead slowly hinted at before being revealed.

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One of the most complex characters ever.

 

Soundtrack

Another great strength is the sound design, I think it was the scariest part of the movie and they used the cinema’s surround sound to great effect. Other than that however, the film is honestly not that scary but I’m not really sure whether that’s even the main point of the film. Special mention to the soundtrack too I loved it, there were a lot of classical piano pieces and at one point they even used “nothing’s gonna hurt you baby” by cigarettes after sex.

 

Honourable mentions

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The eerie traditional Japanese ritual…

There is a standout and very elaborate exorcism ceremony held during the film and my god that scene alone made the movie for me. Not only was it quite intense but the amount of work they put into crafting the scene had me a little awestruck. So special mention here haha.

 

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It Comes Film Review [来る] (2019) – Japanese Hereditary Horror
Story
Pacing
Characters
Soundtrack
Reader Rating1 Vote3.4
What's good
Focused more on the drama and character dynamics
The final exorcism scene was intense as fck
Interesting story structure
Fantastic sound design
What's bad
Did not focus enough on the horror aspect, so not really scary
Choppy pacing
3.5
Pretty Good!
A pretty decent horror film from the famed director!
Overall, it's an interesting take on a "horror" film and I really quite like this director's vision. It is somewhat similar to hereditary but just less polished.
[It Comes film review score table]

 

 

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A film enthusiast who wishes more people would share in the appreciation of films. I hate spoilers and some of the best experiences are had when you go into a film knowing absolutely nothing. I try to be as impartial as possible and generally will be optimistic towards my scoring of a film so if I give a low review…well, it’s bad.
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A film enthusiast who wishes more people would share in the appreciation of films. I hate spoilers and some of the best experiences are had when you go into a film knowing absolutely nothing. I try to be as impartial as possible and generally will be optimistic towards my scoring of a film so if I give a low review…well, it’s bad.
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