Ox-Head Village is a 2022 Japanese supernatural horror film about three girls that go missing after a prank about a haunted building.
Directed by Takashi Shimizu (Homunculus; Howling Village; Innocent Curse; The Shock Labyrinth 3D; The Grudge 2004 and sequel; Ju-on: The Grudge) from a screenplay co-written with Daisuke Hosaka. Produced by Muneyuki Kii, Harue Miyake, Chikako Nakabayashi and Daisuke Takahashi.
The movie stars Kôki, Riku Hagiwara, Keiko Horiuchi, Haruka Imô, Akaji Maro, Satoru Matsuo, Riko, Fumiya Takahashi, Naoki Tanaka and Rinka Ôtani.
Having launched a social media prank about a haunted building, three girls suddenly vanish. Rumours circulate that they were victims of The Ox-Head Village curse, triggering an investigation by two of their friends, desperate to find the truth about what has happened…
“Ox-Head Village does offer some interesting moments, but it fails to establish either a unified tone or even a fully coherent narrative structure. It’s difficult to fully summarize the film without spoiling individual scenes or set-pieces, partly because the scenes themselves feel somehow disjointed and abrupt. The film also vacillates between horror and comedy…” 3/5 Horror DNA
“Shimizu blends folk horror with social media and crafts a creepy tale loaded with suspense and surprises […] Ox-Head Village is a fine updating of classic-era urban-legend J-horror from one of the original masters […] Shimizu proves that there is still life in the subgenre.” 3.5/5 The Scariest Things
“The scares aren’t anything new, but there’s enough of’em that won’t overwhelm or bore the viewer and while fans of J-Horror may not find much new here, it’s still a decent watch thanks to the interesting mystery surrounding the village and Takashi Shimizu’s talent behind the camera.” 6/10 UHM
Shown at Fantaspoa film festival on April 16, 2022.