Hiruko the Goblin (1991)
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Fantastically bizarre and creepy creature feature from the director of "Tetsuo: The Iron Man". Inventive use of stop motion, puppets, practical effects, and makeup effects. Fun stuff.
Let's see, have we got improbable inventions created by a man who was discredited in his field? Check. Mysterious bodily marks? Check. A cheesy soundtrack, bright red blood, spider-like demons? Check all round. Congratulations, it's a Japanese B-movie! Or at least, I assume it's a B-movie. Hiruko isn't a classic in the traditonal sense, it's not good enough for that. Instead, it's a viewing experience you'll probably remember for a long time due to the pure enjoyment factor. For every bit of cheesy acting there will be one scene or idea that will really grab you, particuarly if you're a horror veteran. I found that it picked up quite a lot towards the end, once we were actually given some plot you can stop wondering what the hell it's all about and just enjoy the madness of it all. I especially liked the motion shots done from the goblin's point of view, complete with the creature breathing heavily from exertion. Verdict: difficult to say. Watch to say you have. I enjoyed watching it, but can't tell if I like it or not. Possibly will watch again at some point.
Strange, campy and almost incoherent Japanese demon film that works most of the time although the "wacky" acting rather pushes it to its breaking point. Still a nice change of pace after Tsukamoto's previous film the even more confusing Tetsuo.
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