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Hiruko the Goblin (1991)

Yôkai hantâ: Hiruko (original title)
A school was built on one of the Gates of Hell, behind which hordes of demons await the moment they will be free to roam the Earth. Hiruko is a goblin sent to Earth on a reconnaissance ... See full summary »

Director:

Shin'ya Tsukamoto

Writers:

Daijirô Morohoshi (manga "Kairyû-sai no yoru - yôkai hantâ"), Koji Tsutsumi (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kenji Sawada ... Hieda Reijirou
Masaki Kudou Masaki Kudou ... Masao Yabe
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Watanabe
Naoto Takenaka ... Takashi Yabe
Megumi Ueno Megumi Ueno ... Tsukishima Reiko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bang-ho Cho Bang-ho Cho ... (as Banhô Chô)
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Archeologist
Imari Tsuji Imari Tsuji
Kimiko Yo
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A school was built on one of the Gates of Hell, behind which hordes of demons await the moment they will be free to roam the Earth. Hiruko is a goblin sent to Earth on a reconnaissance mission. He beheads students in order to assemble their heads on the demons' spider-like bodies. Hieda, an archaeology professor, and Masao, a haunted student, investigate the gory deaths and eventually battle Hiruko. Written by Pete Stogis <pedsto@compuserve.com>

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school | hell | goblin | summer | spray can | See All (41) »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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References The Evil Dead (1981) See more »

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Uh... what was that I just saw?
20 October 2003 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

This has the stiff direction and sterile feeling typical of many Japanese films, pretty deadly for a horror movie, especially one that's intended to have a number of wacky and wild moments. The story is extremely confusing, missing even token explanations for many things; it's like it expects us to be familiar with the story from its original source. When it's not boring, it's extremely bewildering. Some of the special effects aren't bad for what was a low budget, but they tend to be derivative of other (and better) horror and science fiction movies. See how many such references to other movies you can spot, if you should decide to see this movie despite what I've said.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 May 1991 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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