DVDC's Asian Horror DVD of the Month - September - Evil Dead Trap

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  1. DVD Connoisseur

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    Without a doubt, Evil Dead Trap ranks amongst my favourite Asian horror titles. Last night, I decided to give my trasured Synapse disc another whirl. It had been a good while since I last watched the film - would it still hit the mark with repeated viewing? The answer is an emphatic "Yes."

    There's been a lot of references to Argento and Fulci when people come to write about Evil Dead Trap. It's not difficult to understand why. The film features impressively violent set pieces like the Italian masters, has a Goblinesque soundtrack and has a vivid use of colours like Suspiria or Inferno. It's simply a delight to watch. Although the soundtrack is compromised (mono only), it's a good one and its repetitive nature will ensure it lingers in the subconscious after you've turned the television off.

    I love the whole premise of the film. A female reporter on a late night television show is sent a gruesome video featuring the bloody dispatch of a young woman who looks the spitting image of her. Hooked by curiosity (Is it an elaborate practical joke? Is it a snuff movie?), the reporter and her colleagues set out to investigate the tape, following deliberate directions left on the video itself. The path leads to a deserted factory and that's where the fun starts.

    The film is gripping stuff. It's simple and delivers its shocks efficiently (like a bizarre Friday the 13th film). In the last 20 minutes of the film, the weird switch is turned up a notch and we enter a Cronenberg-like state of affairs. Curiously, the first time I watched Evil Dead Trap, I felt the film lost its impact towards the later stages. Watching it again in the early hours of this morning, I've changed my mind. The film works really well as a whole. It's a journey from the logic and organisation of a television company to the strange nightmare world we find ourselves in before the credits have rolled.

    In terms of acting, the performances are excellent. I've read that asian softcore porn actresses were cast in some of the roles which might explain some of the scenes (including a protracted and unpleasant rape sequence). The central character, Nami, played by Miyuki Ono is believable and someone you root for. As in the majority of asian movies, the ladies are easy on the eye.

    This is probably the perfect introduction to Asian cinema as it's atmospheric, gory (some of the traps are executed so fast that you don't see them coming and the outcome will satisfy most gorehounds), has a decent soundtrack and a few scenes of "t & a". It also has an eyeball abuse scene that I believe tops the one in Fulci's Zombi 2. (This scene actually appears in the DVD menu sequence making it one of the goriest intros I've ever encountered on a DVD!)

    All in all, a great film and a great DVD from Synapse. I've not listened to the audio commentary yet but I have been informed it is unintentionally hilarious. So I'll be giving the disc another spin for definite in the not too distant future...

    Asian Horror DVD of the Month will return in October...see you then.
     
  2. 2D4EVER

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    I would have enjoyed the movie more without the rape scene that was unnecessary imo. And I don't remember liking the ending either. I traded this dvd away but I might get it again just for the commentary track that is one of the funniest things I've ever heard.
     
  3. Andrew

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    Ah well this got me excited again. I've heard tons of great things, and my copy is in the mail (should arrive Monday or Tuesday). I'm definitely looking forward to it.
     
  4. Atmims

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    Oh yeah, definetly one of my favorite asian movies too and great choice for movie of the month. I really think the weirdness at the end almost ruined the movie but everything up until that point was perfect.
     
  5. Blade

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    But how about the sequel?! I have it on dvd, but haven't watched it yet...
     
  6. Deaddevilman

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    Get rid of it while you still can. It has nothing to do with the 1st one and is a total let down. Unless, you like fat ugly chicks.
     
  7. Cujo108

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    I was actually in the process of getting ready a review of this classic to post here in the next few days. Guess I'll have to post it here now when I finish it. Simply put, one of the best films I've seen in ages!

    As for EVIL DEAD TRAP 2, I liked it a good bit despite not having anything to do with the original, but it isn't in the same league, that's for sure.
     
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    Evil Dead trap to me, still stands up as one of the best Asian horror films ever. Great visuals, mood and murder sequences.
     
  9. 2D4EVER

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    :eek2:

    I'll have to read this review of yours. I'll give you that it had some very original (yea I'm dyslexic...oh well) death scenes. But still...wtf. I could list about a hundred movies I'd rather see than this and if I did watch it again It'd be with the commentary track on. But in the end it's your opinion so eh.
     
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    I suppose I'm gonna need to watch this one again. I sold it after only seeing it once. I was fine until it went off the deep end. Had me, then they lost me.
     
  11. One of my all time favorite Asian Horror movies!

    One of the first modern horror films that I seen. First watched it on VHS with no subs. Believe me, it makes for an experience! ;)

    Saw it 4 or 5 times on VHS (couple times with subs and the other viewings without), before the DVD came out. Only seen the DVD once. Mostly because I have been getting my hands on so much stuff. Looking forward to giving it another watch one day.
     
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    Really liked the film. Although, I remember not liking the ending either. Have a vhs dub of the sequel and will try to watch before decideing on getting the dvd.
     
  13. Maupin

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    Good movie, great commentary. I loved Evil Dead Trap until the end. Portions of the ending worked for me, but as a whole it was just another ho-hum example of the Japanese fascination with separated siblings/twins.

    Probably like most of you, when I think of this movie the first thing that comes to mind is the very first death scene in the factory (I think it was the first one - spikes, impalement), which completely caught me by surprise and unfortunately wasn't topped by anything following it.

    What a commentary! It's like a trainwreck with clowns - terrible, you can't look away, and kind of funny, too.
     
  14. DVD Connoisseur

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    What a beautiful turn of phrase! Superb - I'm still holding my sides!:D

    This definitely seems to be a film that, in general, people enjoy up until the ending. I found it grated somewhat on first viewing but it didn't bother me at all on my repeat visit. I think it may have something to do with expectations - the film definitely turns a corner into Weirdsville in the last reel....
     
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    I liked this one alright the first time, but couldn't get into it the second. I traded mine off, actually to Cujo if I recall. Glad to see he's getting good use out of it. I liked most of it but the uncalled for rape scene and ending didn't work for me. Then again I'm anti rape scene to begin with, unless it's absolutely vital to the movie, like Irreversible or I Spit on Your Grave.

    The commentary as mentioned is really hilarious in a painful sorta way. I almost felt bad for the guys, but I couldn't stop laughing at the same time, so it evened out.
     
  16. thrashard76

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    I saw this a couple days ago and yes its a great film. The kills are inventive especially the
    cross-bow
    one. ;) The music added nice atmosphere and the acting was good considering it being subtitled. The ended was long winded as I kinda wished it would just end already but thats where some on the better special FX showed up so I can't complain too much. A fine piece of work and one of Synapse's better releases.;)
     
  17. Andrew

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    Watched my copy tonight and like it a lot too. Yet another Asian film that thoroughly impressed me. The ending was completely out there, but other than that it was very cool. It gave off a very fall/Halloween atmosphere, so I see myself checking this out again in about a month in a half. Also, what the hell is the big deal with the rape sequence? I don't see why it was such a big deal...
     
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  18. 2D4EVER

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    It served no purpose. It added nothing to the film. Maybe you've seen one too many rape scenes.
     
  19. Atmims

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    I've seen MUCH worse rape scenes. In fact, I barely even remember the rape scene in this one.
     
  20. Andrew

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    I've seen my share of rape scenes, just like I'm sure most people here who have seen a relatively substantial amount of films have, although that has nothing to do with it. I just didn't see a short rape with nothing overwhelmingly brutal, disgusting, or depraved (don't tell me all rapes are disgusting, I already know that. I'm saying beyond the obvious...) as something to dislike a film over. So you had no problem with numerous people getting gruesomely murdered, but an inexplicit rape sequence is a no-no? And if you bring up the point of being integral to the plot, many many films have unnessecary murder scenes. Does that make them bad too?

    Edit: Massive thumbs up to the commentary, I'm laughing my ass off.
     
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