Joshua Jackson as Benjamin Shaw
Rachael Taylor as Jane Shaw
Megumi Okina as Megumi Tanaka
David Denman as Bruno
John Hensley as Adam
Maya Hazen as Seiko
By Horror Queen
Shutter opens with newlyweds Jane and Ben traveling to Japan for a short honeymoon before moving into a new loft there. Ben had apparently lived in Japan before and is now returning to work with his old buddies Adam and Bruno as a fashion photographer. Now some girls would be jealous having their new husband looking at beautiful women all day, but not Jane. She is not only beautiful herself, but trusting to a fault, even despite Adam and Bruno’s constant “bad boy” innuendos. Plus Ben has that Dawson’s Creek good guy way about him.
After arriving in Japan from New York City, the couple has a little mishap on the drive to their honeymoon cabin in the woods. Jane is behind the wheel when what should suddenly appear in the dark windy road in front of her but a young underdressed Japanese girl. Jane slams on the brakes but it’s too late and the car runs over the girl before swerving into a ditch. Oddly enough when the police get there the girl is gone. But is she?
As they continue on with their honeymoon, suddenly every photo Jane and Ben take has a ghostly image in it. “Spirit photography” is what they call it. This is when a ghost with unresolved issues (i.e. a horrific unexplained death, outstanding parking tickets) lingers around the living and poses for pictures with them. Very annoying to the clients of a professional photographer I would think. Anyway, assuming the ghost is the girl they ran over, Jane sets out to find out just who she is and why she won’t leave.
As is sometimes the case with new marriages, the couple has a few secrets from one another. A big one of Ben’s would be that the girl in the road was actually an ex girlfriend turned psycho from years back. Apparently he broke her heart and she never got over it. Even in death. Clearly Ben was looking for the right time to tell Jane about this, right before she either died of fright or went insane. Timing is everything.
The ex continues to torment the couple and even their friends throughout Shutter, until there are a few “accidental deaths” and it isn’t until then that Jane realizes another of Ben’s secrets, one that frees her from the ghost for good. What happens to Ben? Let’s just say this one put them beyond the help of couples counseling.
Shutter proves in the end that the lens doesn’t lie.