A pair of hard-boiled Tokyo cops are investigating a gruesome murder: after killing the victim, the murderer cut his skull open and cooked his brain in a stew. As they try to track down the... See full summary »
The premise is simple. A heater is possessed and out for revenge.
The film is described as a comedy horror although there is fighting as the protagonists do try to fight back, but mostly seem to run around in bewilderment. Beyond that I can honestly say I'm not sure what was actually happening. I couldn't get my head round any of it and am left as bewildered as the characters seem to be.
Battle Heater demonstrates that it is entirely possible to produce a film which has no merit whatsoever, save making me fall asleep three times while trying to watch it. The film from conception to execution is as dire as it is possible to be. The basic story could have been very funny in the so absurd its good kind of way, but it transcends that and is so bad it is bad. I am always reticent to dismiss any actor's performance because poor performances are so frequently a by-product of a poor script, unfortunately the acting is as poor for its own sake.
It may be unfair to comment on the quality of the cinematography, sound etc, as one must be wary that a low budget film has not been transferred to DVD with the greatest of care. I was watching a genuine shop bought copy, not hooky one, so can only assume the transfer to be true. In that case it to was unnecessarily poor.
In some ways I am being unfair. Every production has it fans and I can recommend the film to some potential viewers. While it is a different genre, if you enjoyed the quality of the films in the Ator series, then this is for you. In your case you will find it so bad you will find it funny. If that includes you, enjoy, it's as good as bad gets.
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