The TOMIE series shows no signs of abating with this, the fifth (fifth!) entry in the series in as many years. TOMIE: FORBIDDEN FRUIT throws a distinctly lesbian slant on the by now familiar storyline as it reveals Tomie infiltrating a single-parent family and becoming attached to the high-school loser daughter. What follows is as sedately paced and predictable as the other movies in this series, as it gradually becomes apparent that, try as you might, you just can't get rid of Tomie.
Sadly I've found these films a real slog to sit through, purely because they're all so similar. They're marketed as horror movies but they're just plain weird and the scares, if and when they occur, are diluted. Usually, Tomie feels like a victim but in this film she's a malignant spirit determined to destroy a family from the inside. What results is an offbeat love triangle let down by rather disinterested direction and some poor performances from leading cast members, particularly Nozomi Ando whose ham acting makes her the worst Tomie yet. Saying that, at least the storyline is slightly different to previous entries in this series, so there's some interest garnered just from watching to find out what happens.
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