31 Days of Horror – Day 29!

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Hey guys. Shinya Tsukamoto is one of my favorite directors. He had a big part in one of my favorite movies ever made, Takashi Miike’s Ichi the Killer. He played Ichi’s handler, a sadistic man named Jijii. Oh man that’s a great movie.

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)
Directed by Shinya Tsukamoto
Written by Shinya Tsukamoto

Tetsuo: The Iron Man is a hell of a movie. It’s about a man who has a sexual fetish for metal, gets hit by a car, and then sort of possesses the guy that hits him. They then have a kind of war for his body and his sanity as the driver progressively becomes more and more made of metal. It’s weird.

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Think of like. David Lynch’s Eraserhead meets David Cronenberg’s anything and add a sense of Takashi Miike brutality and you’ll land somewhere near the tone and feel of this movie. And I say that in a good way, because the movie is also very original. Tsukamoto’s style is similar to those other filmmakers, but he’s definitely doing his own thing here, and it’s great.

Tsukamoto himself plays the insane Metal Fetishist. He is such a fun actor. He seems to be having so much fun going nuts and growing metal shit and licking rebar and all kinds of other odd, strange behavior. The special effects are great too, especially considering the budget.

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Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992)
Directed by Shinya Tsukamoto
Written by Shinya Tsukamoto

While I don’t LOVE the fact that it’s in color, because the first is so good-looking, I have to say the colors in this are great. Lots of very sci-fi metallic blues and grays.

The movie does a little more as far as story is concerned. This one is about a man whose son gets kidnapped and killed and then he gets turned into a living gun because of a virtual reality headset. Or something. It’s sort of a remake of Tetsuo 1, but with more plot and more expensive special effects. There’s also a cult of really really buff Japanese men.

The first is better than this one, but this is still a solid surrealist sci-fi horror movie that I highly recommend. I haven’t seen the third yet, Tetsuo: The Bullet Man, but I’m very excited to see it.

Anyway, there’s your daily dose of horror. Sorry this one’s a little short. These are movies that I feel like if I don’t write concisely, I’ll be writing forever. I can pretty much only summarize my feelings or expand WAY too much on them.

So if you like David Lynch, David Cronenberg, Takashi Miike, or you just have an appreciation for surreal, violent foreign sci-fi/horror, I definitely recommend these. They are excellent, unique movies.

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