Living Hell: A Japanese Chainsaw Massacre
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2 brothers and their sister, all in their twenties, share the same house that is owned by their father, often away on business trips. One day they receive word that two distant relatives (a 70-year old grandmother and 22-year old granddaughter) whose family were murdered will be moving in with them. As they move in, we see right away that the two are mighty strange; the grandmother is senile and barely says anything, same with the granddaughter who is completely mute. Not only do they never talk but they are curiously devoid of any expression. Wheelchair-bound Yasu will soon discover there is something mighty wrong with these two and soon falls under the guise of their torture techniques.
The film started off okay, as we were presented to some very intriguing characters. You wouldn't think a 70-year old grandmother and her frail 22-year old granddaughter would look scary...but they are!Read more ›
If you want to see a strange and violemt Japanese horror film, pick up All Night Long instead. It is miles above this garbage.
and the end is a shocker
think you know the woman who are putting the star in pain
Indeed, for an all-too-brief while the film looks as if it may live up to the hype as the opening moments transition smoothly from grisly gorehound fare to a somewhat more brooding atmosphere. That being said, this film is nothing if not unsubtle. The foreboding mood lasts only a few minutes before being cast aside. The potential for psychological terror is there, but seems to be ignored in favor of one (supposedly) shocking scene after the next. This all reaches a crescendo in the final 20 minutes or so of the film, with a couple of "twists" so obvious that I actually thought the film was building up for a "swerve" that would suddenly take it in another direction and leave me wowed. Alas, the obvious plot twists take place exactly as expected with nothing but a couple of gross-out scenes at the end to keep even a modicum of your attention.
For all I've said, "Living Hell" comes dangerously close to being a watchable movie (hence 2 stars instead of 1), but the howler of an ending will leave most viewers in the cold.
so typical of most(75%)horror films today.After seeing JU-ON
(by far the best horror film made between 2000-2006)I really
had my hopes up,which I admit it's not fare to compare this
with that masterpiece(dare I say that,well in 10yrs JU-ON
will be considered that, it's that great!)but I was let down.
I'm not going to go thru a lot of writing,just look at James
& Morado reviews there really good and to the point.Why 2 stars
the old womans daughter was the only thing,and I do mean the
only thing good about this picture,she was freaky looking
but o.k. we need more,like music,the soundtrack was as if
the director bought a keyboard from K-MART.Music is so
important to a horror film just watch CARRIE(76)HALLOWEEN,
CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST,JAWS,DEEP RED,THE BEYOND,THE SHINING(80)
and of course the best for last THE OMEN(76)and it's very
obvious that the reviewers who scored this picture so high
probably have not seen any of these.NOTE:Amazon buyers it
is not to late to get these horror masterpieces typed above
they have them all(YES!CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST TOO.I KNEW MY
AMAZON WOULD NOT LET ME DOWN,YOU ARE REALLY THE BEST!)so buy
the movies above and stay away from this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Subtitled in English.The movie starts off really slow and with it being in Japanese it just makes the movie slower.If you don't like Subtitled movies this is not for you.Published on September 9, 2011 by eric barmore
It has everything in terms of atmosphere and the way torture is shown. They wanted to create a masterpiece, but it just does not come across convincingly. Read morePublished on December 2, 2009 by K.L. Frederick
With so many pseudo-horror films on the market these days it's easy to grow dissillusioned with the whole genre. Read morePublished on January 19, 2006 by Kath
I don't know if this film is an independent film or film that actually had a decent budget to work with, but it sure look like one of those really bad independent film. Read morePublished on December 18, 2005 by James
This film absolutely rocks. It has everything you could want, freaks, torture, an evil homage to "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane", insanity, eyeball sucking, gore, etc. Read morePublished on May 30, 2005 by Kathleen
Went in with high hopes...It had creepy moments, especially the old woman and the young girl. The lead character in the wheelchair was miscast in my opinion. Read morePublished on May 18, 2005 by Morado
I rented this movie, and I was pretty pleased. Don't let it fool you or get your hopes all high when people call it "The Japanese Chainsaw" film. Read morePublished on May 9, 2005 by J. M.