Kōji Shiraishi’s Noroi is a found footage horror like no other

Many of Noroi’s scares come from similarly unassuming set-ups. In the same year, he dropped Grotesque, which the BBFC banned from the UK citing its “minimal narrative or character development and […] unrelenting and escalating scenario of humiliation, brutality and sadism”. It starts by casting off J-horror’s most overused tropes; instead of prophetic phone calls/emails/videos warning characters of their death, pigeons crash into their windows. There’s something about the way the camera ‘walks in’ that makes this scene all the more unsettling. Although the curse is demonic in nature, it…