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Only 15 votes? People need to get themselves a mutli region player and buy this bonkers gem from Yesasia or another region 3 retailer. Potential buyers should not be put off by the crappy sound, average picture, and rubbish subtitles. Did I mention the shoddy direction, acting and script? None of this matters. This begins in the usual plodding fashion. I have seen quite a few Far-Eastern horrors now, but I still can't get used to the seemingly de rigeur dull first half. Clumsy exposition, shallow characters and soap opera style drama make me check how much time has elapsed on the DVD player every time I watch one of these shlockers. Usually, you are repaid in the second half. This time, you get 1000% interest. The film descends into random lunacy; there is the typical exorcism, but this time it's by a hi-tech Hare Krishna, who has a purpose built exorcism chamber handily designed to be carried around on an articulated truck. Why? Who paid for it? Who designed it? Aren't Krishnas peaceful? That's after an initial exorcism attempt by a part time policeman, that has the usual pratfalls, bungling, screaming, and some bowl-of-dog's-blood juggling that would make the Brazilian football team proud. There is a hairy-titted werewolf woman, whose encounter with a jive faux-voodoo African undermines the cheap (and super-dated) stereotyping, by making it utterly ridiculous and hilarious at once. There is the usual crazy synth-based sound effects, backwards flowing gloopy green blood, multi-transforming possession-victim, flying possessed children, mystic exhumations etc. Also, a dismembered arm that unfortunately still has a gun in it's hand is a particular highlight. I can't be bothered to work out where this film stands chronologically in the timeline of the classic western horror canon, but it fits right in somewhere near Evil Dead 2 (although I was also reminded of Poltergeist for some reason) The difference is that there is very little tongue in cheek here. Also, there is very little coherence, reality or sanity. Another reviewer has commented on the lack of a hardcore horror element. That is certainly true - this is no gorefest. I think its minor legendary status stems almost entirely from its lunacy, its hilarity, and its totally unhinged unpredictability. Marvellous.
- May 31, 2008
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