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Grotesque (2009)

Tsugumi Nagasawa , Hiroaki Kawatsure , Kohji Shiraishi  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tsugumi Nagasawa, Hiroaki Kawatsure, Shigeo Ôsako
  • Directors: Kohji Shiraishi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VL3UR0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,126 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Grotesque" on IMDb

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FILM OF 2009
A must-have for fans of SAW and HOSTEL

An unnamed doctor has always had everything he s ever
wanted, but that has only made him develop more extreme
and depraved needs. He kidnaps a young couple in the
prime of their lives, forcing them into a game of torment
that slowly extinguishes their hopes for survival. Horrifying,
shocking, and sickening, Grotesque is an examination of the
most twisted aspects of human nature as well as a show of
intestinal fortitude.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tokyo Psycho Too March 1, 2013
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Controversial films tend to interest me, and "Grotesque" gained my attention when I read it had been banned by the ever-so-tolerant Dutch. J-horror doesn't do it for me in general - I find it culturally alien and often bizarre. Combine this with the fact that some of Japan's most famous (infamous?) horror outings are outrageously violent ("Guinea Pig" series anyone? No thanks!) and I can take them or leave them (mostly leave them). But, in the interests of staying in touch, I took the plunge into this opus of oriental outrage. I'm not sure I should have.
A psychopathic doctor kidnaps two young lovers, transports them in a van to his basement lab as the unsuspecting denizens of J-metropolis go about their business, tortures them insidiously both physically and psychologically, keeps them captive and provides medical assistance so he can torture them some more later. He is a remorseless tormentor, devoid of emotion and disengaged from the wider world. His preoccupation with the banal - the quality of his cream cake, for example - overrides any feelings of concern or empathy for his victims, and he remains entirely unconcerned by the depravity of his actions throughout.
The torture sequences are indeed harrowing and difficult to sit through, and there is an unpleasant sexual overtone to some of it. But despite the film's ominous reputation, not all of the on-screen activity is totally explicit. Shot choices sometimes preclude seeing absolutely everything, which is probably just as well. The impact remains high for the viewer (uncomfortably so), and there is still plenty of material here to alarm the fainthearted. I won't give away the ending, other than to suggest that "He who lives by the sword" (or scalpel, in this case) might also need medical insurance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars As A Fan Of Shock Cinema... January 13, 2014
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Okay, it's not easy to write an intelligent review when it comes to 'shock cinema'. But suffice to say that fans of the genre/sub-genre will be satisfied with this effort. The 'doctor' is a truly creepy incarnation that makes the surgeon from 'The Human Centipede' look like a poor Vincent Price imitator.
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3.0 out of 5 stars GROTESQUE IS RIGHT September 15, 2013
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I love a good horror flick, MANIAC or WOLF CREEK for example. This one, however, is really just unrelenting sadism. The term "snuff porn" comes to mind.

There is no progression of a story. There is no exploration or context. The screen is just drenched with one gory scene after another. The director seems to be asking, "How many sick ways can one human inflict pain and torture on another, without actually killing them?". Anyone can see the final sadistic act coming, from miles away.

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4.0 out of 5 stars If you like gore... December 20, 2012
By Andria
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Grotesque probably has the largest amount of torture gore I've ever seen in a movie. It's not the most deeply emotionally disturbing movie, there are definitely more unsettling movies out there to keep you up at night. But as far as pushing the limits of decently believable-looking gore, I think this is among the cream of the crop. The acting is pretty good, and if you find torture and gore unsettling then you will probably find it pretty morbidly suspenseful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yikes December 3, 2013
By o_b_100
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I feel... a little weird for saying I "loved" this lol but I think 5 stars is appropriate, as far as it's genre it's a good movie. It was totally ominous, disturbing.. "grotesque". I will never watch it again, once was enough.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This is Grotesque and NOT Entertainment. September 17, 2014
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I don't know what to make of this movie. The title describes it aptly. This is a horrible story and there is no redeeming value whatsoever. That said, I watched this like a looking at a wreck on the side of the road. It's simply torture. And hopelessness. And the fact that there are people like this evil "doctor" in the world makes it horrifying. This is not entertainment. You will not enjoy this movie unless you have the bent psychology of the doctor. On some strange level, the director succeeds in creating this horrible and terrifying movie. I cannot recommend that you watch this. Not because it was poorly done, but because it's just disgusting and horrible and you will NOT be entertained.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok?...?....? June 27, 2014
By Joe
Sort of weird,in a sick demented way,but lacked the REAL horror of some of the better movies that are out there.
Subtitled so your reading when you should've watching, so seeing it twice to get the full impact is almost inevitable .
With this stated ,I have seen many horror flicks that are (well supposed to be) banned,over the top,shockingly gruesome . This isn't one of them. I feel the character depth is more prevalent in this movie and with that looses some for the voyeristic SHOCK value.....over all if you have nothing to do On a Rainey day ,then it's worth a watch , that way you can decide for yourself.....not a total waist of time. Not a MUST SEE either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome-sauce May 8, 2014
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The name says it all. Great movie!!! Not for the faint at heart. If you like violent movies and not the nonsense american horror movies out today you'll love this movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars j.jack has issues this was a great movie
saw is lame and hostel is even lamer watch this its so much better this proves American horror is dead
Published 6 months ago by martyrs fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychological and Gory
This move starts right out into it and keeps it coming the whole time, then really has an amazing ending.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Donovan
4.0 out of 5 stars Gross, disturbing and over the top weird.
That's why I loved this. Once you watch it, you'll never want to watch it again, but if you like weird, sadistic torture porn, you must see this.
Published 9 months ago by Scott Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars NOW *THIS* IS TORTURE MOVIE!!!
Forget the SAW series, forget the HOSTEL movies, those were just kiddie films compared to *this*. GROTESQUE focuses on what is important in the torture porn sub-genre, the actual... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Caligula II.
5.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting, but you can't stop watching
This is a movie that will make most people sick. It is ultra-violent, the story has no merit and the leading actor (the man who mutilates) is hideously ugly and cruel. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dwight W. Hale
3.0 out of 5 stars Gratuitous Torture
I watched about 20 minutes and the torture scenes were too gratuitous without any story unfolding. If you are looking for story, stick to Hostel 1 and 2 or the Saw series. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars exalent movie!
Unimaginable film, brings to life some of the strangest Gore to the films. Great take on a cereal killers madness.
Published 17 months ago by andiesingalot
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