Akumu tantei (Nightmare Detective) Reviews

  • Jun 15, 2014

    A very twisted, eery supernatural horror film.

    A very twisted, eery supernatural horror film.

  • Mar 06, 2014

    Perhaps an A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET inspired piece maybe. Once again, a could-be potential story being narrated in a very boring plus dragging way in the hands of Japanese (production).

    Perhaps an A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET inspired piece maybe. Once again, a could-be potential story being narrated in a very boring plus dragging way in the hands of Japanese (production).

  • Jan 14, 2014

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  • May 17, 2013

    A Japanese nightmare in Elm Street meets the Suicide Circle. You just dont want to see that detective to die.

    A Japanese nightmare in Elm Street meets the Suicide Circle. You just dont want to see that detective to die.

  • Mar 17, 2013

    It's worth a watch, especially if you're a fan of mystery graphic novels, because it carries the same feel and flow.....

    It's worth a watch, especially if you're a fan of mystery graphic novels, because it carries the same feel and flow.....

  • Jan 28, 2013

    Nightmare Detective fails because it tries to blend too many genres into an uninspired whole. While reasonably entertaining for a B-level film, Nightmare Detective tries to bring in elements from J-horror, police procedurals, and surrealistic cinema. Other directors, such as Kiyoshi Kurasawa have achieved admirable results from such hybrids, but this film becomes a muddled, boring, and silly mess long before its credits roll.

    Nightmare Detective fails because it tries to blend too many genres into an uninspired whole. While reasonably entertaining for a B-level film, Nightmare Detective tries to bring in elements from J-horror, police procedurals, and surrealistic cinema. Other directors, such as Kiyoshi Kurasawa have achieved admirable results from such hybrids, but this film becomes a muddled, boring, and silly mess long before its credits roll.

  • Dec 02, 2012

    Liked it, but kind of too expectable. Still there were good ideas in it !

    Liked it, but kind of too expectable. Still there were good ideas in it !

  • Oct 26, 2012

    Essential horror. Tsukamoto builds a mood that swallows his characters whole. People criticize the main actress in this as "wooden", but they have failed to take in a key element of her character: she's a long-term insomniac. She's a mirror character of the titular Nightmare Detective, another lense to view him thru. By grounding the characters with similarities and contrasts, they become more real than standard horror protagonists. I will say that the ending left a little to be desired, but given the state of American horror for the last decade, it wasn't the huge disappointment that only Hollywood is capable of churning out.

    Essential horror. Tsukamoto builds a mood that swallows his characters whole. People criticize the main actress in this as "wooden", but they have failed to take in a key element of her character: she's a long-term insomniac. She's a mirror character of the titular Nightmare Detective, another lense to view him thru. By grounding the characters with similarities and contrasts, they become more real than standard horror protagonists. I will say that the ending left a little to be desired, but given the state of American horror for the last decade, it wasn't the huge disappointment that only Hollywood is capable of churning out.

  • Aug 13, 2012

    Nightmare Detective is a familiar horror tale, that is told in a new and interesting way. The performances are well done, especially from Shinya Tsukamoto himself, who gives us a memorable antagonist with very little screen time. Granted, we aren't talking Hannibal Lechter here, but memorable never the less. The story is not overly fresh, especially in the horror realm, but Tsukamoto tells that story in a different and more frightening way. The death scenes are particularily memorable and full of tension, largely due to the unseen assailant through the early going. Even when it is seen, it doesn't due much to lessen the freakiness. The distinction between the dream world and the waking world can be a little tough to make out, but as long as the viewer is paying attention, they shouldn't get hopelessly lost. I also liked the inclusion of the police aspect to the story; something which is usually left out of similiarily themed films. I also found this to be considerably more accessable than Tsukamoto's only other film that I've seen. That being Tetsuo: The Iron Man. While Tsukamoto may not be the most creative or influencial filmmaker in Japan, but he still knows how to craft an interesting and unsettling film. Well worth a look for fans of Asian horror, and a mild recommendation for most others. Especially those who would be interested in a police procedural crossed with a pyschological horror film. That is also pretty bloody. And creepy.

    Nightmare Detective is a familiar horror tale, that is told in a new and interesting way. The performances are well done, especially from Shinya Tsukamoto himself, who gives us a memorable antagonist with very little screen time. Granted, we aren't talking Hannibal Lechter here, but memorable never the less. The story is not overly fresh, especially in the horror realm, but Tsukamoto tells that story in a different and more frightening way. The death scenes are particularily memorable and full of tension, largely due to the unseen assailant through the early going. Even when it is seen, it doesn't due much to lessen the freakiness. The distinction between the dream world and the waking world can be a little tough to make out, but as long as the viewer is paying attention, they shouldn't get hopelessly lost. I also liked the inclusion of the police aspect to the story; something which is usually left out of similiarily themed films. I also found this to be considerably more accessable than Tsukamoto's only other film that I've seen. That being Tetsuo: The Iron Man. While Tsukamoto may not be the most creative or influencial filmmaker in Japan, but he still knows how to craft an interesting and unsettling film. Well worth a look for fans of Asian horror, and a mild recommendation for most others. Especially those who would be interested in a police procedural crossed with a pyschological horror film. That is also pretty bloody. And creepy.

  • May 28, 2012

    Alcuni spunti originali, ma nel complesso fallisce

    Alcuni spunti originali, ma nel complesso fallisce