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The Boy from Hell (2004)

Jigoku kozô (original title)
A mysterious old woman appears before Setsu, who has recently lost her only child in a tragic accident. She says she can bring Setsu's son, Daio back to life. After agreeing to this ... See full summary »

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Mitsuru Akaboshi ...
Daio
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Hanae Shôji
Shôta Sometani
Kanji Tsuda
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A mysterious old woman appears before Setsu, who has recently lost her only child in a tragic accident. She says she can bring Setsu's son, Daio back to life. After agreeing to this sinister proposal, Daio returns to his mother, but to Setsu's horror, he is half decomposed and inhuman. To make him human again, he needs fresh human organs. Setsu does everything she can to reincarnate her son, but Daio just turns into a different kind of monster. No one can stop him as he continues to feed his hunger, claiming victim after victim. Written by Anonymous

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3 October 2004 (Japan)  »

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Hino Hideshi no za horâ: kaiki gekijô: jigoku kozô  »

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Short but sweet Hideshi Hino adaptation
6 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Boy From Hell is a pretty dark, strange film and another fine screen adaptation of the work of the legendary Hideshi Hino, best known for coming with the Guinea Pig series. I think he was the co creator and directed Mermaid in a Manhole, my personal favorite. This doesn't have quite the genius of that film but is still quality watching. The plot sees a couple tragically losing their son and then resurrecting their son, which proves to be a bad move. Boy From Hell has a decent combination of splatter, humour and a certain poignancy. The concept of a person desperately hanging on to the past is quite moving and the boy from hell himself, Daio, is a figure both creepy and sad. The story moves quickly and is fairly well acted although the sneezing detective is a trifle weird. There's no nudity that I can remember but the story doesn't need it. There is a fun amount of gore, it never gets too heavy but one scene is pretty harsh and things are entertainingly grisly at times. Altogether, this is definitely worthwhile viewing for Japanese splatter and weirdness fans. The runtime is short enough for it to be fast and fun with never a dull moment and it gets across its points succinctly and clearly. Its always nice to see a splatter film with a bit of heart and feeling and though this may not be the best or most brutal Hideshi Hino adaptation its still real good stuff.


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