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Evil Dead Trap (1988)
"Shiryô no wana" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  14 May 1988 (Japan)
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A TV station employee takes a camera crew out to an abandoned factory to investigate a purported snuff film that was made there, only to end up running for her life when a small, fetus-like creature murders her crew.

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Cast overview:
Miyuki Ono ...
Nami Tsuchiya
Aya Katsuragi ...
Masako Abe
Hitomi Kobayashi ...
Rei Sugiura
Eriko Nakagawa ...
Rie Kawamura
Masahiko Abe ...
Akio Kondô
Hiroshi Shimizu
Kyôko Hashimoto
Yûko Maehara
Yûko Suwano
Mari Shimizu ...
Hideki (voice)
Noboru Mitani ...
Detective
Terumi Niki ...
Haha no Koe (voice)
Shinsuke Shimada ...
TV Producer
Yûji Honma ...
Daisuke Muraki
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Nami hosts a late night home video program. She receives a tape which appears to be a real snuff film. She and her crew investigate the location where she meets a man looking for his brother who warns her to stay away. As she gets closer to the truth, she and her friends are subjected to a brutal nightmare. Written by Fred Cabral <ftcabral@hotmail.com>

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Derivative but fierce Japanese shocker
11 January 2004 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

Although MERMAID LEGEND is my all-time favorite Ikeda film, EVIL DEAD TRAP, a derivative but fierce and violent shocker, is deserving of distinction.

It's a catalog of gory set pieces inspired by Dario Argento, Tobe Hooper, Sam Raimi (of course), John Carpenter and Jess Franco.

Long before THE RING kick-started the "haunted videotape" craze, there was EVIL DEAD TRAP.

What distinguishes a lot of Japanese horror from American horror is brutality and explicitness. It's not that American horror hasn't been brutal (Texas CHAINSAW, LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and FORCED ENTRY all tip the brutality scales), it's just that there's been a cultural shift against movies of this type (read: political correctness) in the West whereas the Japanese film industry hasn't caught that particular cancer.

EVIL DEAD TRAP is confused by itself at times and its ending is beyond silly, but you do get several gleefully gruesome deaths, a rape/strangulation highly deserving of an encore, several ingenious methods of murder and a cloying, brain sick atmosphere.

The electronic score serves the material nicely and the film's primary location, an abandoned government facility, has a great Texas CHAINSAW stink.

Nice, juicy effects, too.

Avoid the wretched EVIL DEAD TRAP 2.


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