SHUTTER starts out eerily, with a creepy sound track that will keep you chilled throughout the movie. The subject matter is specifically on spirit photography. Spirit photography is images of the dead that are caught on film – the images sort of look like a white streak of light. In Japan the belief is higher because ghosts mean more to the Japanese than Americans.
This movie comes from the same executive producers of “The Grudge” and “The Ring” so you know there is something that will sneak up on your nerves. This film gave me the chills. In fact, I was so scared, I had a stomach ache after the movie.
SHUTTER begins with photographer Ben ( Joshua Jackson) and his new wife Jane ( Rachael Taylor) on his new assignment – a lucrative fashion shoot in
Needless to say, this is when my stomach began to jumble--I’m such a baby. Anyway, Jane knows something is wrong and she does a very good job at getting her feelings across the screen - you feel sorry and scared for her. In this movie, I sort of knew what was coming, but the soundtrack gave me goose-bumps, I was shaking throughout the movie.
As the newlyweds try to enjoy their new life together, they start to notice blurs on several pictures they took, and learn that the blurs represent spirit photography. Meanwhile, Ben begins noticing strange white blurs in many of his fashion shoot photographs. Jane tells him what's going on, and they visit a guru about this phenomenon. When they hear what he has to say, more trouble follows.
Spirit photography has been riddled with controversy and fraud, yet many believe it to be one of the few methods of capturing ghostly phenomenon that approaches scientific methodology. Magazines devoted to spirit photography proliferate throughout
In talking with Joshua Jackson, he says he's skeptical about the phenomenon of spirit photography. He did say, emphatically, that he enjoyed working with his female co-star and there was great chemistry. In talking with the Australian actress, Rachael Taylor, she too, wasn't a true believer in spirit photography, but said she is more open to the idea, “If something is really strong, it will find a way to materialize or send a message.” She also said there were a few scenes that frightened her.
SHUTTER is based on the 2004 film of the same name, which became the highest grossing film in