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Hiruko the Goblin (1991)

Yôkai hantâ: Hiruko (original title)
A school was built on one of the Gates of Hell, behind which hordes of demons await the moment they will be free to roam the Earth. Hiruko is a goblin sent to Earth on a reconnaissance ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kenji Sawada ...
Hieda Reijirou
Masaki Kudou ...
Masao Yabe
Hideo Murota ...
Watanabe
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Takashi Yabe
Megumi Ueno ...
Tsukishima Reiko
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Bang-ho Cho ...
(as Banhô Chô)
Ken Mitsuishi ...
Archeologist
Imari Tsuji
Kimiko Yo
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A school was built on one of the Gates of Hell, behind which hordes of demons await the moment they will be free to roam the Earth. Hiruko is a goblin sent to Earth on a reconnaissance mission. He beheads students in order to assemble their heads on the demons' spider-like bodies. Hieda, an archaeology professor, and Masao, a haunted student, investigate the gory deaths and eventually battle Hiruko. Written by Pete Stogis <pedsto@compuserve.com>

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11 May 1991 (Japan)  »

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20 October 2003 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

This has the stiff direction and sterile feeling typical of many Japanese films, pretty deadly for a horror movie, especially one that's intended to have a number of wacky and wild moments. The story is extremely confusing, missing even token explanations for many things; it's like it expects us to be familiar with the story from its original source. When it's not boring, it's extremely bewildering. Some of the special effects aren't bad for what was a low budget, but they tend to be derivative of other (and better) horror and science fiction movies. See how many such references to other movies you can spot, if you should decide to see this movie despite what I've said.


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