Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell (AKA The Japanese Evil Dead)

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Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell (AKA The Japanese Evil Dead)

Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell (AKA The Japanese Evil Dead)

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Am Ende bleibt als japanischer Trash-Pendant zu "Tanz der Teufel" nichts weiter stehen, als die Grundidee von Sam Raimi's Original und Ash's ikonisches "Groovy". I did know going in that it was inspired by The Evil Dead, but I didn’t know it was a low budget DIY SOV type deal because 80’s/90’s J-horror has just never been a part of the horror world into which I’ve taken a dive.

Of course, if you’ve seen more than a couple of horror movies, or even the prologue to this one, you know it isn’t entirely empty. If you're thinking of picking this one up to purchase I urge you to check out a trailer first to know what you're getting yourself into. While the narrative bides its time unveiling the truth behind Jane Doe’s battered body, it’s heavily steeped in witchcraft. Once they’re inside, the angry presence of a young woman won’t let them leave, and it’s not long before she starts possessing them. After binging through Halloween, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street, I soon discovered Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy.

What initially appealed to me about The Evil Dead is how Raimi and company’s scrappy, do-it-yourself ethic translates on screen. That’s probably why Wild Eye chose it as the first release from Visual Vengeance, an imprint devoted to obscure SOV films. As it turns out, Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell didn’t wholly exist when I had first heard about it.

The movie makes me smile every time I see a homage scene to Evil Dead 2 and how deadpan the characters look when they see how crazy stuff happen but not one time that I think it just a cash-in on the Evil Dead name because the movie doesn't force the slapstick comedy down your throat so when it needs to be tongue in cheek it works and when it needs to be creepy the movie can legit make your heart jump with the distorted Image of the ghost and the old VHS look of the movie. It was self-released with a run of 100 burned DVDs in 2012 followed by official Japanese distribution in 2014.

Running an economical 63 minutes, the first two thirds of Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell adopt the more straightforward horror tone of The Evil Dead, while the finale goes full-bore into Evil Dead 2‘s splatstick territory — including rudimentary optical effects, lo-fi stop-motion animation, and a fight with disembodied appendages that gives credence to the otherwise forgotten “Body Builder” part of the title. Kurosawa spins this tale through two distinct halves, as different groups of characters discover that ghosts are invading through the internet. Gory, campy, atmospheric, and funny, the film is nonstop excitement because it runs only a few minutes over an hour. The host has rigged fake scares to spook his team for the sake of ratings, but they prove unnecessary thanks to the sinister forces haunting the place. The print itself looks good, although given the film’s Super8 origins it’s still going to be grainy, which is as it should be with a film like this.

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