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31 October 1969 (Japan) See more »
After escaping from an insane asylum, a young medical student takes on the identity of a dead man to... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Teruo Yoshida ... Hirosuke Hitomi / Genzaburô Komoda (plays two parts)
Yukie Kagawa ... Shizuko
Teruko Yumi ... Hideko / Hatsuyo (plays two parts)
Mitsuko Aoi ... Toki Komoda
Michiko Kobata ... Chiyoko Komoda
Yumiko Katayama ... Female Patient A
Kei Kiyama ... Kei
Reiko Mikasa ... Mad Woman
Miki Obana ... Slashed Woman
Michi Tanaka ... Kin
Yoshiko Katô ... Masseur
Asano Kanamori ... Female Patient B
Yôko Koyama ... Miki
Chiyo Okada ... Clerk
Mie Hanabusa ... Mie
Sumie Ozawa
Masaomi Kondô ... Takeshi
Misao Kawasaki ... Hunchback B
Yukio Miyagi ... Male Patient A
Isamu Tsuchihashi ... Male Patient B
Hideo Ayuba ... Mad Man
Jôji Okabe
Jûta Kara
Tamotsu Okuno
Tensaku Murata
Yoshiaki Yamashita
Hideo Kô ... Guard
Toshio Oida ... Hayashida
Shôken Sawa ... Hunchback A
Akira Ôizumi ... Priest B
Tôru Yuri ... Priest A
Kichijirô Ueda ... Doctor
Tatsumi Hijikata ... Jôgorô Komoda
Asao Koike ... Hirukawa
Minoru Ôki ... Kogorô Akechi / Manservant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kyomi Sakura ... The Nurse

Directed by
Teruo Ishii 
Writing credits
Teruo Ishii (screenplay) &
Masahiro Kakefuda (screenplay)

Rampo Edogawa (novel "Panorama-tô kitan")

Bobby White  subtitles

Produced by
Kanji Amao .... planner
Shigeru Okada .... planner
Original Music by
Hajime Kaburagi 
Cinematography by
Shigeru Akatsuka 
Film Editing by
Tadao Kanda 
Production Design by
Akira Yoshimura 
Editorial Department
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Horror of a Deformed Man" - International (English title) (alternative title)
"Horror of the Malformed Men" - International (English title) (alternative title)
"Horrors of Malformed Men" - USA (DVD title)
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99 min
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Referenced in Ishii in Italia (2007) (V)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Surreal Japanese take on "Island of Dr. Moreau", 27 October 2007
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

There's more to vintage Japanese cult cinema than Godzilla and his various foes, and "Horrors of Malformed Men" proves that. Its a perfect example of filmmakers taking a ridiculous premise and working with a low budget and managing to create something thats both surreal and creepy. The Japanese seem to have a knack for this, as "Matango" and "The Manster" also accomplished this. And when it comes to imagery thats both bizarre and disturbing, few films manage to pack more than "Horrors of Malformed Men". Its incredibly over-the-top and full of disfigured freaks that are straight out of nightmares. Plus, there's plenty of surreal and dreamlike sequences to please fans of the more out-there examples of vintage horror cinema. While it never reaches the poetic heights that both "Kwaidan" and "Jigoku" did, its certainly more entertaining than either of those two.

The film is far from perfect however. The first half is a setup for the material, and while seedy, its a bit slowly paced and uneventful. Plus, the plot is a bit needlessly complicated, and while its all explained at the end, the film is confusing throughout and may give the viewer a headache in attempting to follow it. Also, the special effects at the end are unintentionally hilarious, ruining the mood of what had been up to this point a compelling story. Still, these are rather minor quibbles, because "Horrors of Malformed Men" is really superb. The direction by Japanese b-film legend Teruo Ishii suits the material well. Don't be fooled though by the DVD cover claiming this is the most notorious Japanese horror film ever made. While it was certainly some pretty wild stuff back in the day, the recent efforts by Takashi Miike and others have completely taken away the edge. Its still a lot of mind bending fun however. (7/10)

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