Goth (2008), a Japanese horror film directed by Gen Takahashi, is based on the novel of the same name, in which two teenagers, a stereotypical creepy goth girl and a popular boy, share the same interest in the morbid. They begin to follow the current case on the serial killings of beautiful young women that are killed, their hands taken as trophies, and their bodies left to be displayed for public viewing.
The concept of the film is somewhat unique, but it is utterly destroyed by bland, lifeless characters, and an incredibly slow paced plot that would make you impatient and angry. These aspects ruin the plot and the experience of the viewer, and the anticipation starts to fade. It is not exactly scary, but it is somewhat atmospheric, and some aspects of the plot are intriguing, such as the displays of corpses, the strange sociopathic nature of these two teenagers, and the goth girl’s gruesome childhood with her sister. I would generally recommend a horror fan not even bother, unless they have an abnormally high pain tolerance.
~ S. L.