If you were to strike Ryuhei Kitamura's name from the credits, make me watch it, and tell me who directed it, I wouldn't believe you.
It feels like Del Toro's Mimic, a c-horror movie headlined by a kickass foreign director, but one with his hands tied, not allowed to do the things that made him a kickass director in the first place. Where's the swagger? Where's the over-the-top style? Where are the squealing guitars? Where's the Kitamura who made Versus and Aragami? Besides little touches like the splatter, some camera work, and
the fact that it basically has the same ending as Aragami, with the main character replacing the antagonist in a continuous cycle with no end in sight, it feels only like a slightly above average contemporary American horror flick.