Starring: Miyuki Ono, Aya Katsuragi and Hitomi Kobayashi
|Am I glad this is in black and white?|
|Those ain't no chopsticks...|
Sure that what they got on their hands is a genuine snuff film, Nami tagged along a small group to investigate the murder, much to her manager's disagreement. Following the killer's recorded road trip to the scene of the crime, she and her little crew of would-be detectives eventually finds the warehouse and encounters a mysterious "Detective" who's looking for someone. Who this "someone" is, he never bothered answering. Suspiciously enough, he went on to his separate ways, leaving Nami and her ragtag team on their own.
No sooner after that, a man in a rain slicker and papermache mask began offing Nami's team one by one with over-the-top booby traps until all that was left is her. Can Nami last long enough to fight our boogeyman on her own? Or will she meet a fate far worse than death?
By the time they released this film in 1988, the gore-hungry movie-goers had momentarily gone stale from the slasher subgenre and the tired formula just wasn't gonna cut it. So, Evil Dead Trap lay flat like a dried fish until the time later when fans saw how well made this trippy movie was on video releases.
|Now I know what I'm gonna dress up for Halloween!|
Gore is also ever present though nothing too visceral; the kills were torturous and prolonged by heavy brutality and nerve-wrecking tension, which boasts a cinematography rich in style and flair that may put House on Sorority Row (1983) on a bit of competition.
Of course, the film isn't without its flaws. While the murders are gruesome and darkly arranged, it all happened so soon that within an hour, nearly all of our casts are dead, leaving thirty minutes with Nami wandering around on her own or with the mysterious Detective. The wait was worth it, however, as a really weird finale awaits in the near end. Obviously, it's a no-brainer that the mysterious man is our killer but its the unsuspecting twist that gave me a rather grim feeling about the whole film and a good reason to love it. The twist divides audience, creates opinions, and created both fans and haters, but its the film's strongest point.
|Even in the face of danger, there's nothing like a cig to light.|
1 female had an eye gouged with knife, slashed to death with knife
1 female repeatedly impaled with giant spikes
1 male gets a arrow head shot though his head and exits to his mouth
1 female garroted with thin wire noose
1 male head found
1 female gets a projected machete split the side of her head open
1 male stabbed himself in the heart with knife