For today's feature, we are going to travel into the obscure. Dive into the insanity that is known as Asian Horror. Now this type of horror is not well known, but oh boy would I attest that it is a rare treasure. Mainly because this is uncensored unbridled balls to the wall madness. Because of not having to worry about censorship, or really making any sense, this is horror on another level. So much of horror in America is dumber down because it's like they think we have to be spoon fed our horror. Not Asia though. They do not give a hoot
Tetsuo is a grand example of just what that is about. This film was released in 1989, and is in black and white, and my god, it is an amazing film. The plot, at least what you can make sense of the plot, is about a man who starts to transform into metal. The body horror of this film is just something else, most of it being a combination of practical effects and stop motion. And as the man transforms more and more, especially with certain...err..parts becoming machine-like, you start to sympathize with his plight
My first viewing of this film left me with the feeling of what the hell did I just watch. But eventually, it became a cult classic to me. And the soundtrack of this movie, holy mother of God. It was done by a man named Chu Ishikawa, and he put industrial in industrial music. You can see his influence on many modern industrial bands, such as Nine Inch Nail
This film is sadly out of print and rare to find, but the gods provide, so thanks to Shudder, you can witness this film for the first time in all its fantastic insane glory. If you are a fan of horror, and don't mind body horror, you owe it to yourself to see this movie. Yeah, I know I am showing my partialness here, but I really love this movie as well as the soundtrack, and it is a staple in my collection, more so digitally than physical.
Till next time, stay scared!! -Tha Thrilla-