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Living Hell (2000)

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Studio: Subversive
Genre: Horror, Slashers
Running Time: 104 min.

Life has been difficult for crippled Yumi (Hirohito Honda from Battle Royale), bound to a wheelchair. His mother has vanished, his father and brother think he's crazy, and his sister shelters him from the "outside" world. Yet Yumi is about to learn the real meaning of suffering after a neighborhood family is violently murdered and two relatives, a mute grandmother (Yoshiko Shiraishi) and her ghostly pale granddaughter (Naoko Mori), mysteriously arrive at his doorstep and move in. Labeled "The Japanese Chainsaw Massacre" (minus the chainsaws) by fans, director Shugo Fujii has fashioned a mysterious horror film with stylish sequences that pay homage to directors Brian De Palma and Alfred Hitchcock while remaining true to director Shugo's roots as a director of Japanese horror. Filled with moments of sheer terror, LIVING HELL joins ranks alongside RINGU (The Ring) and JU-ON (The Grudge) as a masterpiece of modern Asian horror.

Special Features:

  • Director's Commentary
  • 4 Short films: "Blackhole," "Seesaw Game," "Grief" and "Dead Money"
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailers
  • Storyboards
  • Director's Biography

GreenCine Member Reviews

it's horrible all right by llxx September 2, 2004 - 2:38 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This film has made several rounds at film festivals, and I'm completely puzzled as to why. At the screening I attended, about a quarter of the audience left, myself included. If this is an actual attempt at a frightening movie, it's a laughable one. Exceptionally bad acting, costuming, plot, abominable melodramatic and simplistic soundtrack, and especially stupid effects, e.g. turning the image to negative.

It's not even good at being a splatter/shock film - the moments of "sheer terror" include being served a bowl of rubber cockroaches at the dinner table, accompanied by a soap opera organ hit. Sound like it might at least be funny bad? Sorry, it isn't that either. In summary, it's about the worst example of the Japanese Horror genre I can think of.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 4.97)
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