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Pet Shop of Horrors (2000)

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Studio: Urban Vision
Genre: Anime, Horror Anime
Running Time: 60 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

This four-episode anime series heavily invokes film noir and classic horror-movie motifs in order to tell its peculiar story with a specific style. Count D is the eccentric owner of a pet store in Chinatown. Here, he sells exotic pets never seen or heard of before to his grateful customers, but not without a price that could be far greater than that of money. He requires that each customer sign a contract at the time of purchase, legally binding them to the promise that they will care for their new pet exactly as instructed. If that contract is violated in any way, the consequences are dire. Just how dire is a question that begins to arise when a series of bizarre and unexplained deaths are reported in the surrounding area, all involving Count D's customers. ~ Cammila Albertson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Campy and cultish by hneline1 September 14, 2002 - 10:06 PM PDT
9 out of 11 members found this review helpful
I like this anime because it is totally campy. The creepiness and horror is PG-13ish with enough blood to be icky but not graphic enough to be grotesque. It does have the 70's feel of "Tales from the Crypt", where each episodes is a contained story and you just know that something horrible is going to happen because human nature is weak. The characters are overacted and it just feels like the creators are poking fun at the B-movie genre. There's even a complete audio commentary track by several of the English voiceover actors as they discuss the horrors... er ... the difficulties of dubbing. Some of the sections are pretty funny as the actors self-consciously try to fill in the time and make comparisons to other projects that they've worked on.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 7.19)
80 Votes
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