1: HOUSE OF BUGS
to his lover, that his wife who has been cheating on him is
not a human being anymore. He ask her to visit his home to
check if he is seeing an illusion or not. Is the bug in your
head, or is it in my head? What is real and what is not? Who
is the one who has lost their mind?
From the pioneer and master of Japanese horror manga,
Kazuo Umezz, creators of Japanese horror movies has joined
forces to bring his works alive from his critically acclaimed
pages of surreal settings to the vivid state of the TV screen.
Following up in series, he steps forward with its first in
the horror theater, two horrifying leads, House Of Bugs and
of a depressed husband, who confesses to his lover that his
wife was cheating on him. What's more, she, the wife, is somehow
no longer a human anymore and invites the lover to visit to
debunk his illusion. Then strange things starts to play with
our minds into thinking, who of the spouse is really losing
From the director of Cure and Pulse, multi-segment editing
and confusing angles and cuts are abound, which may be a complete
maze at first glace. But much digestion is needed to fully
understand the flow to finally reveal the ending. But as for
this case, digestion was alittle complicated and scenes which
made sense at first suddenly took a 180 degree turn and wiped
out all that was understood before. Innuendos and visual interpretations
of what the wife seem to have turned into seemed all surreal
and might have looked and thought as cool on hardcopy pages
but all too weird watching it onscreen without any bases.
PART 2: DIET
fat girl goes on an excessive diet to impress a guy who has
dumped her. She succeeds on the diet, but just as she was
able to appear in front of the guy once again, her appetite
that she has suppressed for so long springs to life...
of a girl who yearns to be pretty and slim to impress a guy
who has dumped her. Starting off with a great setting and
realisation of her status was pretty remarkable to its revelations.
Using initial introduction of a young slim girl going about
her daily life and suddenly transforming into a fat girl whenever
life gets awry does set a refreshing way to view life through
the eye of a bulimic. Constant surpression and anxiety switches
her role back and forth slowly causing her to lose control.We
then later see a more revelations of denial and jealousy in
her past that causes her to this state. All seemed well so
far in terms of story-line but somehow, during the last scene,
all hell breaks lose, and the movie swerve at a right angle
and went full speed ahead into a realm of weirdness and unbeleivablity
that somehow didn't even remotely follow-up to any storyline
or comic translation has far longed and been done with within
the media of film. Some are great intrepetations and some
a major misses. But Horror Theater, personally, takes the
cake to really miss the point of horror. Definately the build
up was present but the twist, turn, swerve and head on to
a brick wall isn't what i was hoping for for a horror movie.
Some might consider this a genre within the genre of horror
(fantasy horror?), so if the future of Asian horror is of
any hint to this horror theater, give me clichés anytime.
This disc does not contain any special features.
Full blast with Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0,
this telemovie sounded clear as crystal almost as good as
big production settings. Visually, it has all the elements
of it being a tv made production, at times, dark scenes tend
to get lost and leaving us squinting to figure out what was
happening. Voiced in Japanese, thank the subtitles, that comes
in English and Chinese, to help you fully understand the movie.
DVD RATING :
by Lokman B S