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Horrors of Malformed Men (1969)

Kyôfu kikei ningen: Edogawa Rampo zenshû (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 31 October 1969 (Japan)
After escaping from an insane asylum, a medical student assumes the identity of a mysterious dead man, who appeared to be his doppelganger, and gets lured to a sinister island ruled by a mad scientist and his malformed men.


Teruo Ishii


Teruo Ishii (screenplay), Masahiro Kakefuda (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Teruo Yoshida Teruo Yoshida ... Hirosuke Hitomi / Genzaburô Komoda (plays two parts)
Yukie Kagawa Yukie Kagawa ... Shizuko
Teruko Yumi Teruko Yumi ... Hideko / Hatsuyo (plays two parts)
Mitsuko Aoi Mitsuko Aoi ... Toki Komoda
Michiko Kobata Michiko Kobata ... Chiyoko Komoda
Yumiko Katayama Yumiko Katayama ... Female Patient A
Kei Kiyama Kei Kiyama ... Kei
Reiko Mikasa Reiko Mikasa ... Mad Woman
Miki Obana Miki Obana ... Slashed Woman
Michi Tanaka Michi Tanaka ... Kin
Yoshiko Katô Yoshiko Katô ... Masseur
Asano Kanamori Asano Kanamori ... Female Patient B
Yôko Koyama Yôko Koyama ... Miki
Chiyo Okada Chiyo Okada ... Clerk
Mie Hanabusa ... Mie


After escaping from an insane asylum, a young medical student takes on the identity of a dead man to discover the true identity of a man whose picture he saw in a newspaper--who is his exact double. His investigation leads him to a remote island where he discovers a sinister laboratory where a crazed scientist is performing gruesome experiments on live humans--and that his own family has a connection to the scientist. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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23 October 2018 | by jadavixSee all my reviews

"Horrors of Malformed Men" is a truly bizarre Japanese horror flick that reminded me far more often of Jodorowsky than of anything in the supernatural genre.

If it has any other similarity, it's with avant-garde dance, as the movie often looks like a stage performance someone filmed from the front row.

The plot, if it can be said to have one, is a mess. A man is somehow in the female cell of an insane asylum, where all of the women are young, beautiful, and topless. He has no idea who he is. He realises that he is the spitting image of a recently deceased man, and so travels to that man's home and pretends to be him. On an island near-by, the titular "malformed men" reside.

The movie doesn't feel scary or suspenseful, but I don't think it means to be. Instead, it is a series of extravagant and strange set pieces, with much nudity, elaborate costumes, body paint, and kitsch.

Unfortunately, there's not enough of a plot - or a plot easy enough to follow - to keep your attention in between these admittedly quite impressive sequences. I found myself wanting the movie to end quicker than it did.

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31 October 1969 (Japan) See more »

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Noto, Ishikawa, Japan

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