Ju-On: The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu is bringing his horror expertise to Nintendo’s little white box.
There is no denying that Japan does horror differently to the west, relying more on atmosphere than gore to provide the scares. Movies like the Ring and games like Silent Hill and Fatal Frame exemplify this difference, and now the world of Japanese movies and Japanese games are colliding.
No, it’s not another awful videogame movie, it’s something much better than that. Japanese director Takashi Shimizu is reportedly serving as the ‘horror advisor’ on a new Wii game called The Feel.
Takashi Shimizu is the man behind one of the best known Japanese franchises in the West, Ju-on: The Grudge, which was remade in 2004 starring Buffy actress Sarah Michelle Gellar and surprised critics and studio alike by taking over $180 million at the box office.
Details on The Feel are very limited at the moment. We do know that there’s a flashlight involved, and, well that’s about it really. There is one sticking point though, The Feel is being developed by AQ Interactive, makers of the mediocre Bullet Witch and the simply awful Vampire Rain. Will Shimizu be just what AQ need? We’ll just have to wait and see.