views updated May 23 2018

shut·ter / ˈshətər/ • n. 1. each of a pair of hinged panels, often louvered, fixed inside or outside a window that can be closed for security or privacy or to keep out light.2. Photog. a device that opens and closes to expose the film in a camera.3. Mus. the blind enclosing the swell box in an organ, used for controlling the volume of sound.• v. [tr.] close the shutters of (a window or building): the windows were shuttered against the afternoon heat | [as adj.] (shuttered) barred and shuttered stores. ∎  close (a business): the city was gripped by economic forces that were squeezing its tax base and shuttering its factories.DERIVATIVES: shut·ter·less adj.


views updated Jun 11 2018

Shutter ★½ 2008 (PG-13)

Another watereddown version of Asian horror, this time around the 2004 Thai chiller by the same name gets the Hollywood treatment. New bride Jane (Taylor) joins her photographer husband Benjamin (Jackson) on a business trip to Japan. One foggy night the couple accidentally hit a girl in the road. They assume she's okay and life goes on. However, her ghostly image begins appearing in Benjamin's photographs, tormenting the couple. Tame and tepid compared to the original, recycling the usual scare tactics now common in Jhorror remakes. 85m/C DVD . US Joshua Jackson, Rachael Taylor, Megumi Okina, David Denman, John Hensley, Maya Hazen, James Kyson Lee; D: Masayuki Ochiai; W: Luke Dawson; C: Katsumi Yanagijima; M: Nathan Barr.


views updated May 14 2018

shutter. Sliding, rolling, or folding door to close a window on the outside or the inside.