Hideo Nakata, Japan, 2002, Arrow Films, Horror

One of the very finest and most unsettling films from the '00s J-horror wave. After terrifying audiences worldwide with the blockbuster classic RINGU, director Hideo Nakata returned to the genre for DARK WATER: another highly atmospheric and critically-acclaimed supernatural tale, which took the common theme of the “dead wet girl” to new heights of suspense and drama.

Based upon on a short story by RINGU author Koji Suzuki, DARK WATER follows a single mother struggling to win sole custody of her only child. When they move into a dilapidated, long-forgotten apartment complex, the mother experiences startling visions and sounds -- calling her mental health into question and endangering not only her custody, but perhaps their lives as well.

Beautifully shot by the same cinematographer as RINGU and and Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s PULSE, and featuring an especially unnerving sound design, DARK WATER successfully merges spine-tingling tension with a family’s heart-wrenching emotional struggle.

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  • 101 mins
  • Color
  • 1.85:1


  • DCP