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Kyuketsu (2011)

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Masaya Adachi
Ayumi Kakizawa
Ko Murobushi
Mutsuko Yoshinaga
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Sanguivorous originally toured with live musical accompaniment performed in an eerie classical Japanese style by, among others, percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani and guitarist Eugene Chadbourne. The version released on DVD is different and features a piano score by the director himself. See more »

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Barely worthwhile non-horror experimental vampire effort
11 July 2018 | by See all my reviews

Trying to move her relationship along, a young woman finds herself struggling with strange nightmares involving family curse discovering a coffin of a Romanian count hundreds of years ago that turns her into a vampire and comes to realize the danger it poses to her and her boyfriend.

For the most part, there isn't much to say about this one. This is basically a series of seemingly unrelated images accompanied by strange photographic effects added to the finished product. The vast majority of footage captured doesn't make for all that appealing genre fare being that it's generally shadowy hallucinogenic shock cuts or bizarre soundless montages that don't follow any narrative cohesion. None of this is in the slightest bit scary or suspenseful, and seeing people turn into these disturbed figures isn't given any formal context into why it's happening which drains the illusion further. Seeing as how this is generally told in dialog-free sequences featuring the avant-garde manner of screen distortions and modifications, the film loses any chance at telling its story cohesively since all it does is offer the excruciatingly bizarre scenes that focus on filmmaking tricks rather than capturing a form of everyday life that could've offered a semblance of normalcy to the whole effort. That said, in terms of displaying those filmmaking tricks this succeeds in leaps and bounds. The constant use of shadowy black-and-white for her hallucinations does effectively create some haunting visuals, and the overwhelmingly creative means of generating the transfers here is nice to watch. Seeing people materialize out of total shadows, overlapping figures transposed over each other and frayed images dissolving into the next sequence are merely glimpses of the technical trickery accomplished here as the experimental procedures are whipped out pretty consistently by the varying tactics being employed. One of the best examples of this is a stellar sequence featuring her tormenting her trapped boyfriend who's bound to a chair screaming for help which is one of the few moments of true traditional horror displayed here. Beyond that, only the great performance of the vampire lead is worthy of mention as his spastic, gyrating figure tormenting her which is hard to take your eyes off of while watching this. Otherwise, this will mostly be looked at as barely worthwhile at all.

Rated Unrated/R: Language and Graphic Violence.


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