Most horror doesn’t shock me. Every now and then though I come across one that weedles its way under my skin and sticks with me for awhile. Audition was one, and Imprint is another.
Imprint was considered so shocking that Showtime banned it from being shown with its “Masters of Horror” series (but then, they allowed the episode called “Jenifer” to be shown, which I felt was just as shocking and was even more brutal.) Now though you can catch it on Hulu and Netflix.
Imprint is the story of an American journalist in the 19th century who searches for his lost lover, who he intends to save from a life of prostitution and take back to America. He is approached by a syphilitic Madam, and winds up selecting a girl who is seen only as a silhouette in the back of the brothel. She is revealed to be deformed, her face ...
There are good movies. There are bad movies. Then there are movies that are so bad, they somehow flip around and become good in their own special way.
The Machine Girl lay in the third category, although I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s so bad that it’s awesome.
The movie follows a college girl named Ami, whose brother is killed by the son of a Yakuza gangster. She goes out to get revenge for her brother, and winds up losing her arm in the process. Later she has a machine gun attached to it.
I felt like I was watching an anime (and not a good one) brought to life. The gore is cartoonish, the dialogue ridiculous, and the plot basically non-existent.
That being said, it’s a fun movie. Don’t expect to do a lot of thinking, and don’t watch it if you don’t like gallon upon gallon of gore. ...
Not all horror, be it movie or otherwise, is created equal. Some is good, some is bad, some is just plain ugly. Horror is (many times, but not always) like a joke. You build up, build up, build up…then boom! Punch-line! You get a laugh or a scream, whatever the case may be.
Audition falls into the ‘joke-like’ category of horror.
I doubt there will be any laughter at this punch-line, however.
The movie has a simple premise: a man named Shigaharu Aoyama lives as a widow for seven years, raising his young son in the process. He is a successful business man, and slipping towards middle age. Lonely, he decides to find a wife. His friend helps him out, by holding auditions for a movie the company is thinking about making. The women are between 20 and 35, and all very talented individuals. Of all of them, only Asami catches Aoyama’s eye.
Grotesque. Well, I can say at least two good things about this movie. Three things actually. The title is not misleading at all. You are told you will see something grotesque and it certainly delivers. On more than one level actually but more on that later. The second thing I can say is that it does something new or something at least that I’ve never seen before. The third? It’s short. A quick disclaimer: this movie is not for kids. Gotta be eighteen or older to see this one: it’s very graphic, showing explicit scenes of sexuality and torture. Viewer discretion is advised.
Grotesque is the “story” (I use the word loosely) of an unnamed doctor who gets his jollies by torturing folks, in this case a couple who are out on their first date. The movie begins promisingly enough. A creepy dude in a van hops out and whacks our ...