The movie basically revolves around a girl named Gorgeous (you think this one
is bad, wait until I tell you the others) and her 6 friends Fantasy, Melody,
Kung Fu, Prof, Sweetie, and Mac* and Gorgeous’s cat Blanche who all go to spend
the summer with her aunt so aptly named…wait for it…Auntie! Everything seems
fine at first until the girls start going missing one by one and then all hell breaks loose.
*It should be noted that all of these girls names are not just the result of a lack
of time and the lethargic creations from some almost certainly chemically induced
minds. No, they are literal. Gorgeous is, well, gorgeous. Melody is the musician.
Kung-Fu is the fighter/athletic one…You get the point.
A slow, almost slap-stick at times, start to this movie would maybe throw
somebody off from what is the final 60 minutes worth of a mind-fuck (and equal
eye-fuck) onslaught of surreal imagery, wildly over the top effects, and what
can only be described by this guy as what I would imagine Pee Wee’s Playhouse
would have looked like had Sam Raimi and Dario Argento been the creative forces
While I don’t want to give too much away because I think its best seen going in
with minimal knowledge I will (to provide a bit of enticement) say that there
are scenes featuring: A killer piano, a killer lampshade, and a demonic cat who
has clearly done more acid than the collective members of the Beatles ever
I actually had the pleasure of seeing this at The Baxter Theater in Louisville,
KY on the big screen a couple of weekends ago and it was (OK, I was a bit
intoxicated) absolutely everything I imagined it would be in that kind of
setting. As far as the Criterion Blu-ray is concerned let me say you will never
see this film look any better than it does on this release. The color and
clarity is fantastic given its a small budget Japanese film from 30+ years ago.
The sound is not too shabby either. And, as a bonus you get the nice criterion
treatment of some great special features including:
A new, restored High-Def digital transfer
Constructing a house: A new video-piece with Obayashi
A testimonial from Ti West, director of House of the Devil (which I suggest you
watch as well)
Emotion (1966)- a short film by Obayashi
An Essay by Chuck Williams
Your standard fare theatrical trailer, improved subtitles, etc..
Bitch’n artwork in and out of the set
I can safely say this is not like anything you’ve ever seen before. Equal parts
hilarity and LSD-fueled nonsense, I highly suggest you check this one out. You
don’t want to be the only hipster on your block NOT talking about the obscure
1977 Japanese art-house indie fil….ah fuck it, just watch the movie.
For fans of: Evil dead 2, Argento, Sam Raimi, Japanese Lunatics.