ANOTHER HEAVEN was another millennium-era J-horror flick that I had meant to watch for years, until I noticed it was on Netflix of all things.
Hello horror fans! Another year comes to a close, and with it another Far East Extreme. For my money, you couldn’t do this series without at least one Takeshi Miike film, and rest assured this won’t be the only one. The reason? Quite simply, Lesson of the Evil is so disappointing and Miike’s repertoire is so interesting and rewarding otherwise, especially considering how prolific he has been throughout his career.
Meatball Machine belongs to a special offshoot of Japanese body horror, one which contains plenty of medical imagery and often grotesque combinations of man and machine. This is especially poignant for a country like Japan, which is known for its high tech gadgetry and giant, shimmering metropolises like Tokyo.
There are certain movies I definitely had in mind when I began this column; absolutely bonkers stuff that I felt needed to be seen by more people, just so they would know that this type of horror film actually exists.
Who says horror fans don’t have any fun? There seems to be a misconception among those unfamiliar with the genre that horror fans are simply excited by the sight of blood and guts, and that this is all horror movies are good for.