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Evil Dead Trap (1988)

Shiryô no wana (original title)
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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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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Japanese Porn Stars were used in the filming of this movie See more »

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When the second spike impales the lady in the chair, the sheets of paper on the floor move further away from the spike between shots. See more »

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References Un Chien Andalou (1929) See more »

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Relentlessly gory Japanese splatter
5 March 2009 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

After seeing The Evil Dead Trap, I'm not surprised at all that it has a rather strong cult following; as despite the fact that the plot is rather ludicrous and the film isn't particularly well thought out, it makes up for these problems with a plethora of special effects and a bucket of gore; and the result is a brilliantly fun piece of Japanese horror. The influence for this film is clearly far reaching, but the most obvious is probably the Cronenberg masterpiece Videodrome, though the oeuvre of Lucio Fulci seems to be an influence and of course the English title is a clear rip-off of a very popular early eighties horror film. The plot focuses on a late night reality TV show hosted a young lady named Nami. The show receives a videotape that includes apparently real snuff tape footage. This leads the team to go and track down the origin of the tape, and they arrive at an old warehouse. After gaining access to the facility, it's not long before the group begin being picked off by an unseen assailant.

The film could easily be seen as a slasher flick, but actually it's much more ambitious than that. The snuff footage at the beginning of the film sets the tone for the rest of it; the violence is extreme, but also rather realistic and that is carried on throughout. One of my favourite things about it was undoubtedly the atmosphere; director Toshiharu Ikeda makes best use of the location and the fact that the central characters are isolated from the outside world. The violence is often shown and extreme and this is what makes the film entertaining. It's also rather inventive and the film offers much more than merely another man with a knife. The problems regarding the plotting and character are somewhat condemning; I do feel that if a bit more time and attention were given to these areas then the film could easily have been a masterpiece. But even so, if you want a good gorefest then you really can't do better than this film! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to all horror fans.


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