Audition (1999)

Pros
  • I'll never look at acupuncture and razor wire the same
  • The multiple scenes where she is crouched over her phone....waiting
  • Some crazy dream sequences, you have to give created to Miike for adding style
  • An infamous ending within the horror world
  • "Words create lies. Pain can be trusted."
  • Great job transitioning tones, from romantic-drama to bizarre-horror
  • Revealing that 'creature' within the bag
  • Eihi Shiina does a great job as the shy, sociopath
  • Was it all a dream?
  • This is considered by many to be one of the best modern day horror movies of all time

Cons
  • The beginning a bit too slow for my taste, a long and tedious build up
  • Takashi Miike's ambiguous style (I guess I'm just not a fan of him, unfortunately)
  • Very little developing tension until the climax
  • Poor dog
  • Not something I would want to watch again, because of how slow the movie is
  • It's never a good thing for a movie to be remembered for just one, single scene vs the entire movie being memorable
  • An American remake in the works.......is that even surprising anymore?

Score: 6/10

The build up was a bit too slow for my taste, but the ambiguous & hectic ending just barely makes up for that. The ending of Audition is one of the more infamous in the horror genre, but the many minutes that lead up to it takes its toll. I can admire that it is a slow burn horror movie, but the movie featured too few surprises to keep me on edge before the climax. The movie certainly has moments that are tense and suspenseful, very creepy scenes, but they are spaced out too far for the overall movie the feel entirely suspenseful. If you are a fan of Miike, then you will certainly enjoy this wild ride after all, his style and storytelling are one of a kind.

This is commonly associated with being one of the best horror movies of the 1990s. I think that the movie is almost solely known for the final showdown at the end of the film and that more or less is a bad thing. Whereas certain movies are remembered as a whole, this movie is almost solely known for its ending and not much else. Take that with a grain of salt of course.