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Living Hell (2000)
"Iki-jigoku" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  1 June 2000 (Japan)
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Family is the source of all evil, in this aspiring horror film which traces its descent from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre gore and the atmospheric Hammer films. Chiyo, an old woman and her ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Hirohito Honda ...
Yasu
Yoshiko Shiraishi ...
Chiyo
Rumi ...
Mami
Kazuo Yashiro ...
Ken
Naoko Mori ...
Yuki
Shugo Fujii ...
Mitsu
Hitoshi Suwabe ...
Dr. Kurando
Umitarou Nozaki ...
Sensei
Noboru Mitani ...
The Professor
Sei Hiraizumi ...
The Inspector
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Family is the source of all evil, in this aspiring horror film which traces its descent from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre gore and the atmospheric Hammer films. Chiyo, an old woman and her granddaughter, Yuki, are the sole survivors of a horrendous crime which wipes out an entire family. They find solace under the roof of far-removed relatives. The family's son, confined to a wheelchair, has a terrible premonition when the two women arrive, which will be verified in the most horrifying way. Because, when the house is empty, the boy is made to suffer sadistic games at the women mercy, which become more and more violent making his life a living hell... Written by Leo Urbina

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Rated R for violence, torture and brief language | See all certifications »
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A modern horror classic
15 November 2002 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

At first, I was a little disappointed by the synth score and what looked to be a low-budget schlocker...but then A LIVING HELL opened up to be a wrenching, well-written horror film that surpasses the landmark TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE on just about every level.

When a Japanese family accepts a pair of relatives into their house -- an old woman and her mute, feral daughter -- no one seems to know the pair's murderous past. It would ruin the fun to reveal much beyond this. Let's just say that the film gradually builds its level of intensity with such raw skill that it's almost unnerving. A LIVING HELL leaves nonsense like EVIL DEAD TRAP at the starting gate.

This one is well worth seeking out through auction and collector's channels.


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