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--> ''"I want the truth. No matter how terrifying, I want the truth."''
--> -- '''Masafumi Kobayashi'''

Masafumi Kobayashi is an investigative journalist who specializes in researching supernatural occurrences. In 2004, after finishing his latest video documentary, a fire broke out in his home. His wife's body was found inside, but Kobayashi himself was declared missing. His video, formerly considered too disturbing to show to the public, is the main segment of the movie. Shown through the video recordings of his personal investigation and clips of television shows, the documentary ties together the threads of a collection of strange events known as The Curse (Noroi, in Japanese).

For a more complete review, click [[http://www.mandiapple.com/snowblood/noroi.htm here]].

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!! This show provides examples of:
* AbandonedArea: [[spoiler: The abandoned shrine to Kagutaba.]]
* AdultFear: Never mind your child getting kidnapped. [[spoiler: Your child getting kidnapped and force fed aborted fetuses to appease the whim of some deranged lady for her religion...that takes the cake.]]
** At the end of the film, Kobayashi displays uncommon kindness by taking a mentally disturbed person into his home - heartwarming, yeah? [[spoiler: It ends with this person having a (justified) episode that they're also sheltering the demon that the film centers around(and he's correct), attempting to beat the child hosting it to death with a stone, braining Kobayashi with it to keep him from interfering, and eventually Kobayashi is '''forced to watch his wife burn to death while utterly helpless''']].
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: The last third of the movie is spurned on by the disappearance of Kana and an attempt to find her, as well as the need to stop Marika's curse by performing a ritual.
* ArcWords: Two. [[spoiler: Kagutaba]] and [[spoiler: ectoplasmic worms]]
* TheBadGuyWins - [[spoiler: Kagutaba is one of the few characters to survive the film. Though 'winning' is an odd word, as we're not entirely sure what he was hoping to accomplish aside from ensuring he had a physical body.]]
* BigWordShout: "KANAAAAAAAAA!"
* BodyAndHost: Both [[spoiler: Junko Ishii]] and [[spoiler: the boy]].
* CharacterTics: Hori is always making odd motions with his hands, adjusting his hat, scratching his neck, and just generally fidgeting.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: In the finale, [[spoiler: Hori rants that Kagutaba had survived, and its within the boy.]] [[spoiler: He's absolutely right.]]
* CreepyChild: The unnamed boy living with Junko Ishii.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler: Kobayashi's wife sets herself on fire while under Kagutaba's influence, and Hori the psychic is found dead and crammed into a vent.]]
* CultColony: Shimokage Village, before it [[spoiler: was flooded by the creation of a dam]].
* {{Curse}}: People who have an inkling of, or have pissed off, the malevolent entity [[spoiler: Kagutaba]] die. Hell, the mother and child that tipped off Kobayashi to the events of the film die under very suspicious circumstances.
* DontGoInTheWoods: The climax.
* DownerEnding: A foregone conclusion. It's outright stated in the beginning that Kobayashi's wife is dead and that his own body has never been found.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Midori, a girl who worked with Marika, kills herself alongside six other people, including a young man Kobayashi was investigating]]. Also, [[spoiler: Junko Ishii]].
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler: Kagutaba. It's never sufficiently explained what the Kagutaba actually is or where it came from, its mere presence (which is felt everywhere) drives people to do bizarre things and it has a habit of mind-controlling people to commit suicide. Kagutaba spends the film controlling people to summon itself into our world, but if there is any purpose behind its actions beyond that, it's utterly incomprehensible - it never seems to be an actively malicious character but more a generally harmful force that cares little to not at all about the people it destroys, and doesn't seem to pursue anything more. The first thing established about Kagutaba is that no one in the modern world knows what it is, and that those who knew about it in older times summoned it to kill people - though it's completely ambiguous as to whether or not they ''forced'' it to do so, or if it would have done these things anyway.]]
* FramingDevice: The film is presented as a documentary on the disappearance of Kobayashi. That's why the film is interspersed with found footage, variety show segments, and still frames/images as necessary.
* ForceFeeding: while we never see it, [[spoiler: Kana is forced to eat the aborted fetuses]].
* {{GASP}}!: Marika and Kobayashi's wife reacting to finding the bodies of two dead pigeons that [[spoiler: seem to have thrown themselves suicidally against the Kobayashis' house]].
* HarmfulToMinors: Oh boy. [[spoiler: Kana was force-fed aborted fetuses off-camera while a little boy was there, seeing everything happen - though it's entirely possible that this was done to summon the boy in the first place. His origins are ambiguous.]]
* HauntedHeroine: The events surrounding Marika throughout the film.
* HollywoodExorcism: Averted. [[spoiler: The ritual to bind Kagutaba is dignified and not very dramatic.]]
* HopeSpot: Kobayashi did save a child from Junko and manage to adopt him and take him to their home, leading to a possible BittersweetEnding. [[spoiler: Only for Kagutaba to come back.]]
* HumanoidAbomination: The glimpse of [[spoiler: Kagutaba]] seen on the unedited variety show tape.
** As well as [[spoiler: Junko Ishii's "son" - he IS Kagutaba, and it's not clear if he was a normal boy who is possessed by Kagutaba, or just the demon itself]].
* InfantImmortality: Averted for [[spoiler: Kana.]]
* ImAHumanitarian: A truly horrifying example: [[spoiler: Junko Ishii forces the psychic girl Kana to eat aborted fetuses as part of the ritual to summon Kagutaba]].
* MadOracle: Hori, the "Super Psychic"
* ManOnFire: The fate of [[spoiler: Kobayashi's wife]].
* MeaningfulName: The kanji for Kagutaba is composed of characters which mean "disaster," "tool" and "spirit."
* TheMentallyDisturbed: Junko Ishii, BIG time.
* {{Miko}}: [[spoiler: Junko Ishii. She also forces Kana into this role.]]
* NeverFoundTheBody: Kobayashi's fate is stated outright by the movie's premise. [[FridgeHorror Now, think about the implications after watching the movie]], and seeing [[DemonicPossession what happens to those whom [[spoiler: Kagutaba]] gets close to]].
* NightmareFace: [[spoiler: Kagutaba. Everthing about it is so primal and WRONG.]]
** [[spoiler: Also, what happens to Junko Ishii's "son" at the end. And you thought the face in {{InlandEmpire}} was fucking scary.]]
* NightmareFuelColoringBook: The strange patterns drawn by Kana and Marika while [[spoiler: under Kagutaba's influence]].
* NothingIsScarier: This film is built on this trope. It serves up long scenes with eeriness and tension. It make the payoff all the more terrifying when creepy things are actually shown.
* OccultDetective: Kobayashi and his cameraman.
* PresentAbsence: [[spoiler: Kana]]
* ReligiousHorror:
* ReligionOfEvil: The villagers, at first. [[spoiler:The village started as a community of sorcerers who used Kagutaba for their own means. Then, when Kagutaba stopped listening to them, they became devoted to keeping him bound underground.]]
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Hori the "Super Psychic" has a whole HOUSE full of crazy. Everything is covered in tin foil and fliers warning the reader about "ectoplasmic worms".
** [[spoiler: Junko's]] house too (loops, debris, and dead pigeons aplenty).
* ScreamingWoman: [[spoiler: Junko Ishii]] in the video tape showing [[spoiler: the last Kagutaba binding ritual at the village]].
** Also Mariko, frequently, though she also combines it with [[spoiler: possessed groans]].
** KObayashi's wife Keiko as she [[spoiler: burns to death]].
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler: Mariko and Miyajima manage to escape the mountain before the confrontation between Hori, Kobayashi and Kagutaba.]]
* ShrinesAndTemples: The shrine to [[spoiler: Kagutaba]].
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler: What Kagutaba was prior to the erection of the dam]].
* SpookyPainting: The scroll depicting [[spoiler: how to summon Kagutaba]].
* SuicidePact: [[spoiler: Midori and six other people hang themselves from a park swingset, though it's unclear if 'pact' was the right word, as they seem to have done this while possessed.]]
* TheSummation: Kobayashi surmised the plot near the end of the film. [[spoiler: While he hits the nail on the head that the whole ploy was a summoning ritual for Kagutaba, he missed the fact that the vessel which Kagutaba now inhabits is that of the unnamed boy he took home with him.]]
* TinfoilHat: Hori wears a hat and a coat of tinfoil, as well as covering his house in tinfoil - to protect him from ectoplasmic worms.
* TownWithADarkSecret: The village where [[spoiler: the binding ritual took place]].
* UncannyValley: [[spoiler: Kagutaba's face, along with the way he just stands there after Hori brains him with the rock.]]
** Junko Ishii's behavior is also something of a verbal/emotional variant; it's as if she understands anger, but not human interaction.
* WaveOfBabies: Much, MUCH more terrifying than it sounds.
* WaifProphet: Kana, poor baby.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The final fate of Miyajima, Kobayashi's videographer, is never shown in the film.
* WhisperingGhosts: Heard through EVP (electronic voice phenomena). This is how Kobayashi learns [[spoiler: Kagutaba]]'s name.
* YouAreTooLate: [[spoiler: Hori senses Kana in the mountains, and he and Kobayashi go there...turns out its just her spirit that's dwelling there, being devoured by ectoplasmic worms.]]
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: Averted. For a few short seconds you can see [[spoiler: Kagutaba]] in its horrific glory.
* ZigzagPaperTassel: With one, erm, odd addition.
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[[ForegoneConclusion "I guess it's too late]] [[DownerEnding for all of us."]]
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