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Evil Dead Trap (1988)

Shiryô no wana (original title)
A TV station employee takes a camera crew out to an abandoned factory to investigate a purported snuff film that was made there, only to end up running for her life.


Toshiharu Ikeda


Takashi Ishii




Cast overview:
Miyuki Ono Miyuki Ono ... Nami Tsuchiya
Aya Katsuragi Aya Katsuragi ... Masako Abe
Hitomi Kobayashi Hitomi Kobayashi ... Rei Sugiura
Eriko Nakagawa Eriko Nakagawa ... Rie Kawamura
Masahiko Abe Masahiko Abe ... Akio Kondô
Hiroshi Shimizu Hiroshi Shimizu
Kyôko Hashimoto Kyôko Hashimoto
Yûko Maehara Yûko Maehara
Yûko Suwano Yûko Suwano
Mari Shimizu Mari Shimizu ... Hideki (voice)
Noboru Mitani Noboru Mitani ... Detective
Terumi Niki Terumi Niki ... Haha no Koe (voice)
Shinsuke Shimada Shinsuke Shimada ... TV Producer
Yûji Honma Yûji Honma ... Daisuke Muraki


Nami hosts a late night home video program. She receives a tape which appears to be a real snuff film. She and her crew investigate the location where she meets a man looking for his brother who warns her to stay away. As she gets closer to the truth, she and her friends are subjected to a brutal nightmare. Written by Fred Cabral <ftcabral@hotmail.com>

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Japanese Porn Stars were used in the filming of this movie See more »


When the second spike impales the lady in the chair, the sheets of paper on the floor move further away from the spike between shots. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK version is cut by 8 seconds to remove closeup shots of a crucified woman's breasts being cut with a knife. See more »


Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) See more »

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Those Gorrific Japanese
25 July 2001 | by hamburgerSee all my reviews

Sitting down and watching my newly bought EVIL DEAD TRAP DVD I was blown away at the scenes that unfolded before my eyes. This movie has gained a huge status over the years and now that it is available on DVD we won't need those crappy bootlegs anymore. I had heard much about the film's reputation and can say I was really impressed. The story is intelligent and well-thought out while the execution was played just perfectly. Evil Dead Trap contains an especially delicious array of gory delights including sliced hands, gouged eyeball torture, impalement by spear contraption, cranium cracking, and neck breaking. This is quite the twisted film and this is ONLY the beginning! The first half is your basic stalk-n-slash story (Japanese style) with one freaky looking killer dressed in a black raincoat. Later, the movie progresses into something a bit more complex, some would say silly, but I enjoyed the move the film made. Let's just say it's something you wouldn't have seen coming. I loved the final showdown between Nami, and...wait I won't tell you, but in my opinion it's one of the best scenes in horror history. Trust me, you will not be disappointed. After all, like most have already said, the director takes a strong influence from veteran Italian horror-meisters like Argento and Fulci and even has some Evil Dead-like camera angles thrown in there. You could even say there's a bit of Cronenberg's genius in here as well ;-) How can you go wrong?

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14 May 1988 (Japan) See more »

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