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THE BOOTH
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Yoshihiro Nakamura

Starring:
Ryuta Sato
Hijiri Kojima
Masaki Miura

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A radio host named Shogo who happens to be a real jerk is forced to take his radio show to another studio. Now, strange, ghostly voices from his past have come back to haunt him.
Is it good movie?
With a tagline like "When Talk Radio Turns on..The Booth Turns Deadly", I have to be honest when I say that this film didn't really set my hopes high. It turns out that this is a good thing, because this little movie really wasn't half bad. In fact, There really wasn't a lot to it, the filmmaking approach was rather minimalistic.

There aren't a lot of different camera shots, there really aren't many different locations, hell, there aren't even many actors in this one. The Booth simply comes with a message tacked on its forehead: what we've done in the past, it'll come back for us, and there's nothing we can do to escape. In fact, this message is relayed quite well, over and over again. As Shingo deals with callers, he's forced to coincidentally deal with scary supernatural happenings that coincide with his past. This idea is neat, but gets kind of tiring and can really require a suspension of disbelief as time goes on.

It's also worth noting that our protagonist, Shogo, played by Ryuta Sato, was awesome. He was totally convincing as our cocky, uncaring radio host, and as he slowly descends into madness, his performance only gets better. He had a big load to carry on his shoulders and did a great job.

What I DID like was the film's end. I'm not going to give it away for you, but I thought it was very fitting, and aside from one part I could have done without, rather excellent. And even though this movie was another Tartan Asia Extreme release, there were no terrifying children to be found, which is really what I worry about, because that stuff's getting tired.
Video / Audio
Tartan has not been disappointing me with their quality transfers, and this anamorphic widescreen one is as clear as the sky, even if there isn't a lot to see.

The Dolby 5.1 track is also quite good, conveying all of the screams and horror quite well.
The Extras
The Making of The Booth was a feature that didn't add a lot to this disc. It often just shows the goings-on of making the film, and isn't really all that structured or narrated. It's simply like someone turned on a camera at random points, filmed it, and stuck it on the disc.

We also get a Director and Star Q&A from a screening, which provides a bit more insight into the film's production and is worth taking a look out.

Strangely enough, the final extra features a radio interview with Director Yoshihiro Nakamura and Ryuta Sato where they share thoughts with..a radio dj? And not only that, but a radio DJ who's a bit of a jerk! Strange stuff.

Don't forget trailers! Pray, Marebito, Natural City, R-Point, and Abnormal Beauty round out this disc.
Last Call
The bottom line is this, really. This film is short, running just over an hour long, and its different. It's got some good creep-out scares, very good acting, and a solid premise. If you like J-Horror and you're ready for something different, this'll be right up your alley.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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