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.