--> ''"[[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor 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.]]
* 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]]
* [[spoiler: TheBadGuyWins]]
* [[spoiler: [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu Broke Your Arm Attempting to Stop a Demonic Summoning Ritual]]]]
* 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 insane and/or to suicide, and if there is any purpose behind Kagutaba's actions, 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. The first thing established about Kagutaba is that no one actually knows what it is, and that those who knew ABOUT it described it as a devil doing evil deeds simply to have at least SOME way to comprehend what they were dealing with.]]
* FinalGirl: The only person who isn't missing or dead by the end of the movie is [[spoiler: Marika]].
* 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]].
** [[spoiler: There were actually [[FourisDeath four]] pigeons that hit the window, however the camera angles given of the outside only distinctly show two]].
* HarmfulToMinors: Oh boy. [[spoiler: Kana was force-fed aborted fetuses off-camera while a little boy was there, seeing everything happen.]]
* 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 possible a very 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" after getting beaten with a rock by Hori. [[DemonicPossession It's simply not natural for someone to be that calm with their head caved in]]]].
* 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]]
* NeverFoundTheBody: Kobayashi's fate is stated outright by the movie's premise. [[FridgeHorror Now, think about the implications after watching the movie.]]
* 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.
* 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 and dead pigeons aplenty).
* ScreamingWoman: [[spoiler: Junko Ishii]] in the video tape showing [[spoiler: the last Kagutaba binding ritual at the village]].
* 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 Kogutaba was prior to the erection of the dam]].
* SpookyPainting: The scroll depicting [[spoiler: how to summon Kagutaba]].
* SuicidePact: Again, [[spoiler: Midori and six other people hang themselves from a park swingset.]]
* 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]].
* 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.
** Might qualify as FridgeBrilliance. [[spoiler: Notice how the ones who got screwed in the end were Kobayashi and Hori, who were near the ritual site when they saw Kana being surrounded by ectoplasmic fetuses. Marika and Miyajima were escaping the mountain as the whole thing was going down, so it's quite possible that the curse didn't affect them at all.]]
* 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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