Fantasia 2018: Rokuroku: The Promise of the Witch

Multiple individuals are tormented by supernatural creatures emerging from a haunted hotel in Rokuroku: The Promise of the Witch. One day out of the blue, Izumi receives a call from her old friend Mika, who she arranges to meet-up with. Meanwhile, Izumi’s grandfather is disturbed by a supernatural force that no one else can see. Elsewhere, people from the area come in contact with a wide variety of ghastly ghoulies.

From directors Yudai Yamaguchi (ABCs of Death) and Keita Amemiya brings the yokai of Japanese folklore back to the big screen in Rokuroku: The Promise of the Witch. Utilizing a loose anthology format, the main story of Izumi and Mika is periodically interrupted to tell the stories of other people in the area, each of which features a different yokai spirit. The connecting element between these stories is a sinister hotel and a red-robed entity named Rokuroku.

The yokai spirits of Japanese folklore were the obvious basis for the long-haired female ghosts of J-Horror and Rokuroku: The Promise of the Witch seems to want to hearken back to the glory days of Ringu and Ju-On. However, the film is almost laughably bad, with the horrible CGI ghosts looking more ridiculous that scary. Rokuroku: The Promise of the Witch is a complete waste of time that should be avoided at all costs.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).