GrotesqueJanuary 3, 2009
An unnamed doctor has always had everything he's ever wanted, but that has only made him develop more extreme and depraved needs…
Release Year: 2009
Rating: 4.8/10 (1,643 voted)
Stars: Tsugumi Nagasawa, Hiroaki Kawatsure, Shigeo Ôsako
An unnamed doctor has always had everything he's ever wanted, but that has only made him develop more extreme and depraved needs. He kidnaps a young couple in the prime of their life together and forces them into a game of torment that slowly extinguishes their hopes for survival.
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Release Date: 3 Jan 2009
Did You Know?
Distributors of this movie had hoped to be given an 18 certificate for the film, which involves torture such as amputation and eye-gouging. But the British Board of Film Classification said the film featured sexual sadism for its own sake. Also stated that giving the film a rating would involve a "risk of harm" to those viewing it. Therefore no classification was given and selling or supplying the film would now be illegal.
Gore at expense of everything else. !
Just watched and only because it is banned and therefore had to seek it
out and say a big ' f#@k ' u to any board who try to stop me from
watching a film unless of course it involves snuff, real animal
killings or kids. Anyways, the film was quite well shot and the acting
for what it was – was good. All and all the production values are
great. I wouldn't say gore wise this over-tops anything else that is
out there especially from Japan (thinks Ichi the killer) but it is as
full on as it can go.
what turned me of was that the movie is very mean spirited and has no
other feature than to show the torture and brutality inflicted on our
two victims. The story is very basic even for a slasher with very
minimal exposition. Two people are kidnapped and tortured in full on
ways – that's it I didn't learn anything here nor did i come away
entertained so one has to ask why was it made – who was the director
thinking this would please audience wise. The film is at the very edge
as far as a film can show and if that is the sole purpose then congrats
to the film makers but this isn't my type of film and i doubt it would
be a repeated view for many sane people out there. This is a one time
watch if that and only if you are curious about it.
With no real contexts, all you are left with is graphic torture after
another and if that is all that entertains you when you watch a
film..well….i am frankly a bit scared of you. I don't mind the
occasional torture scene liking films such as Hostel, Texas Chainsaw,
Inside, High Tension, Martyrs, Frontiers and the Saw franchise but for
all there faults they all give you some story, breathing room between
the torture scenes, production, some meaning and actually entertain. If
being locked in the same room for and hour and 15 minutes while you
watch the most extreme close ups of sadistic torture without anything
else to it thrills you then maybe this movie is for you.
I am trying to stress i am not opposed to gore, i am personally just
opposed to gore alone with no other meaning besides thrilling those
sickos that like this stuff and revolting everyone else – simply to
revolt. That's not film-making to me.
For me, there is no redeeming factors to this movie besides some
production value and the debate it will create around censorship and
going to far in film. Regardless of the film just being mean spirit,
the film is actually just a bad film. If your curious due to it being a
banned film in 2009 (i can't believe a film is banned in this day and
age) or just like a bit of gore than seek it out and have a look but i
don't think this is a film that many will sincerely enjoy and watch
again. The only merit here may be to other film makers regarding the
production value and Japanese horror theater but to the casual viewer
there is nothing here for you – but it doesn't mean you shouldn't be
able to watch it.