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 she have in their hands is a genuine snuff film, Nami tags 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 find the warehouse and encounter 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 begins offing Nami's team one by one with over-the-top booby traps until all that's 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?
|Now I know what I'm gonna dress up for Halloween!|
Basically, the story is as standard as it can get for a bodycounter with people sticking their noses on places they shouldn't be in and getting a limb or two chopped up from a masked maniac. There's a strong focus on intensely building to a scare and/or a kill, so Evil Dead Trap isn't shy around getting its gore rolling ever presently while still showing some level of restraint; nothing too visceral in terms of the flowing red, but the kills are torturous and prolonged through heavy brutality and nerve-wrecking tension, boasting a cinematography rich in style and flair that may put some slasher titles on a bit of competition.
Of course, the film isn't without its flaws; while the murders are gruesome and darkly arranged, it all happen 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. This tedious display can be 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 give this movie a rather grim overall feeling for me and I find that a good reason to love it. This twist divides audience, creates opinions, and birth both fans and haters, but I personally see it as 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 an arrow 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