The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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a monstrously stylised orgy of sex, violence and grotesque family dysfunction, insanely remixing past horror films to a Goblin-esque score, while prefiguring [REC] and the 'torture porn' that would dominate the Noughties.
The first hour has a grim and gritty anti-charm that's quite devilishly entertaining. And then the wheels kinda come off.
A Japanese giallo about a group of TV crew investigating an abandoned factory after receiving a snuff film, mysterious stranger kills them off one by one. I appreciated the style and twists Ishii has used, but the acting was terrible, it was as if all the "professional" film crew were high schoolers. The grainy, sepia setting was effectively used, the special effects were superb. I could see a lot of reference to Argento's works (electronic music during chasing scenes, insects, brief appearances of the killer, etc). This low budget slasher still has plenty of shock values even till this day. Despite starting off quite well, it slowly descended into boredom with no one to kill. It may be a good practice to just watch the first forty minutes and turn it off.
I've had quite the time with this one. When I first saw this I hated it ("This is nothing like Evil Dead!") but I keep returning to it like an abused spouse. Now, I quite like it. A lot actually. It's a bizarre film that rarely makes logical sense, but if you let yourself get into it, it can be a hell of a lot of fun. Great visuals and gore make it easy to see why genre fans call this the "Japanese Argento film". Now if only I could get into Argento....
Still holds shock value today.
Gory fun! It's anime done live.
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