Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Evil Dead Trap (1988)

Evil Dead Trap

Written by Takashi Ishii
Directed by Toshiharu Ikeda

Miyuki Ono .... Nami
Aya Katsuragi
Hitomi Kobayashi
Eriko Nakagawa

Remember that episode of Scooby Doo where those meddlesome kids got trapped in the haunted amusement park? And all the scares were fake and all the monsters were just men in masks? Well, it's kind of like that, only the kids are a group of reporters, the amusement park is an old industrial complex, the scares are real and so are the monsters.

Nami, the hostess of a network news show, asks her viewers to send in their personal videos for review and broadcast. She receives a package in the mail, a video tape filled with gruesome (and I mean gruesome!) scenes of torture and murder. Wanting to make her mark in the business, she decides to investigate the story. Taking her crew with her, they follow the clues on the video tape and arrive at the abandoned factory where it was filmed.

After they break into the property, they stupidly split up to take a look around. Two of them decide to fool around, and apparently even in Japan sex means death in horror movies. Before long, the crew is being killed off one at a time by a shadowy man in a dark rain parka in excruciatingly gory and ultra-violent ways.

Will anyone get out alive?

Good Lord, I hope not. The kills and special effects in this movie were for the most part spectacular, but unfortunately that's where it ends. When someone isn't dying, the movie is slow-going and really rather boring. Is the violence alone enough to be worth the price of a rental? If you're a gorehound looking for something new, yes. Otherwise, it's just a mediocre flick.

I will, however, credit this film with delivering the most twisted ending imaginable. It was a bizarre whacked-out finale straight from the pages of an 18-and-over manga magazine. Crazy shit.

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR: Hamburger casualties; Eyeball popping; Horny snake; It's raining worms; Puking up blood; Cigarettes and Wild Turkey;

BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW: This film was banned in Australia; The Japanese title Shiryo no wana translates to "Creation Of A Ghost";

ALSO KNOWN AS: Evil Dead's Trap

View the trailer below!

105 minutes
Japanese (with English subtitles)

Evil Dead Trap is currently ranked #78,741 in DVDs at Amazon.com. Read more about it at the IMDB, rent it at Netflix, or buy it today!



  1. I'm not generally a fan of the Japanese horror genre, but "hamburger casualties" does sound intriguing...
    Nice review!

  2. I was very happy with this one, some sweet ass gore!


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