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Living Hell (2000)

Iki-jigoku (original title)
R | | Horror | 1 June 2000 (Japan)
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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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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Mediocre Asian Horror
9 September 2005 | by (St. John's Abortion Clinic) – See all my reviews

I have to say I was kinda disappointed in LIVING HELL. I had initially read some reviews in Rue Morgue magazine, and I had high hopes for this film due to the fact that their reviews usually match how I feel about a film pretty closely. I read how "disturbing" and "graphic" this film was, so naturally I was ready for an all-out bloodbath. Unfortunately, LIVING HELL didn't provide on that front. I do have to say that the first half or so of the film was entertaining and had some cool concepts and visuals. The idea of the kid in the wheelchair being unable to defend himself from the two psychos that are torturing him, and also being unable to make anyone else believe him, did amp up the tension factor. But after awhile the story started wearing thin and by the end I think I just didn't really care anymore. All-in-all, not a bad low-budget effort. There is some gore and shocks, just not enough for my taste. 7/10


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