Review of Grotesque (2009)

5 Oct

The king of japanese grotesuqe movie. Wait, what?

Grotesque (2009) is a Japanese horror/exploitation/splatter film.

Directed and written by Kôji Shiraishi (Noroi: The Curse, A Slit-Mouthed Woman)

Starring: Tsugumi Nagasawa, Hiroaki Kawatsure and Shigeo Ôsako.

I guess this is a provocative film, because of their problems with the ratings board and being banned in the UK. But I don’t think it’s all that outrageous considering it’s an exploitation film. It’s just that it serves no other purpose than to showcase gore effects.

I don’t want to say it’s not a feature-length film, but with its running time being around 70 minutes long, at least it’s a quick watch.

This movie is the definition of the term “torture porn” which I think is a bullshit term invented by pretentious film snobs.

I don’t consider it would be fair to say that this movie has no story. It does. It has about a minute of exposition and then it has flashbacks with some 2 minutes of back story and then it has its overall plot, which can be condensed to like 3 minutes, so you can cover literally all the story in clip of 6 minutes or less. But really none of it matters.

There were parts a bit hard to watch. But that’s why you watch (or probably don’t watch) a movie like this. Other than that, I didn’t find it all that disturbing, if you couldn’t handle the eye scene in Hostel, then you might.

Chainsawing off some fingers and then making a necklace out of them? Yeah, because Dolph Lundgren’s ear necklace was so 90’s.

So if you don’t like: [SPOILER ALERT!] cutting off nipples, stabbing in the mouths and stomaches, chainsawing off fingers and arms, nailing testicles to a table, gouging out eyes, cutting off penises, vomiting, slicing anuses in order to pull out intestines, hanging intestines on a metal hook, cutting off intestines with scissors, chainsawing abdomens, decapitations and biting into necks (that last part was totally ridiculous) [End of Spoilers] You probably will not enjoy this movie.

For those who would be kinda turned off this just because it is a foreign film and you have to read subtitles, you really don’t have to worry, because this movie doesn’t involve much dialogue and even if you watch it without the subs, you wouldn’t miss anything important.

So if you’re a gorehound or interested in controversial movies, sure, watch this, it’s not awful, it’s just there’s nothing else to it than the violence. Otherwise, you should avoid this.

And this little piggy went "PLEASE HELP ME!" all the way home...

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