Rampo Noir (Rampo jigoku) (2005)
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Horror Not to Miss List Commentary:
Ramp Noir is comprised of four short pieces all based upon the writings of valued horror writer Edogawa Rampo. The first is the most art-house, avant-garde, lacking sound and existing within a world of its own colors and kineticism. The next is an astoundingly creepy detective horror with a superb mythical-meets post-modern/surreal ending. The third is one of the most beautiful disgusting movies you'll ever see, with much astute - no, plain genius - subtext. The final piece feels like a good end, as it has the least ambiguous conclusion and the most gratuitous beautifully rendered decay and madness.
Everyone should see this so that they can know what proper modern horror film is supposed to be.
"So Fucked Up" highlight:
wife simultaneously copulates with and tortures her crippled mute husband, who sort of likes it
Highly watchable, and at times disturbing, Edogawa Rampo anthology film. All the stories were great, in fact I can't think of anything by Rampo I've read or any movie adaptation I've seen that I haven't really enjoyed (yes, that includes Blind Beast vs. Killer Dwarf). This one is surreal, dark, mysterious with fascinating and disturbed characters doing terrible things. Well worth searching for. Now why the hell have I not seen Blind Beast yet?
I enjoyed this film, it's one of the more unique horror films I've seen come out of japan for a while. That being said, this film is not easily accessible, I know most people who watch it will not like it and appreciate its unconventional approach to the horror genre. Like I said this film is very unique and disturbing, it rarely used violence to get its point across and when it DID use violence it's because it was needed, there are no pointless deaths here. Personally my favorite segment is the last one, it deals with obsession and paranoia. Tadanobu Asano pulls this part off perfectly, making you believe in his paranoia and obsession. So overall it's a great horror movie that certainly inspires me to pick up Taro Hirai's work. Watch if you have an open mind and appreciation for well-crafted horror films.
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