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Movies 2017 - 289. Jigoku (1960; written Nobuo Nakagawa and Ichirô Miyagawa; directed by Nobuo Nakagawa) 1/2 (2 1/2 tacos)
A group of sinners with interconnected lives all meet at the gates of Hell. I was really excited to sit down and watch this film as I had heard that it was the granddaddy of Asian extreme horror. To my great disappointment, the film meanders through it’s first hour with an attempt to weave multiple storylines together. It also sets up the protagonist as also the main antagonist, albeit unwillingly. He never seems to commit terrible sins of his own volition, but goes along with others. Once he arrives at Hell, the payoff is that loss of self and conscience is the greatest sin of them all. By the point that was revealed, I had found myself mentally checked out of the film. Jigoku’s extreme horror is pretty tame by today’s standard and where it come near something of actual shock, the roots of practical horror effects made things seem like they should be shocking rather than actually being a shock. I was greatly disappointed in this one, but do still see why it is relevant to the extreme horror conversation. #movie#movies#moviereview#movies2017#film#cinema#octoberhorror#halloween#horror#asianhorror#japanesehorror