Go Nagai's Scary Zone: The Mysterious Demon DVD
"Uhhhhhh wha? I’m not sure what the hell I just watched but a man in a cape was there and he told me two stories.
Granted, I don’t speak Japanese and have never suffered intense brain trauma... which would probably have helped me wrap my head around the nonsense playing out in front of my eyes. A man dressed up as either a lazy Dracula or a rest home stage magician (probably writer Go Nagai) briefly rambles god knows what but I’m assuming it’s a small introduction to the tale of “terror” about to play out. A young anorexic girl gets naked and passes out. Malnutrition will do that to you. Her mother talks to a doctor and attempts to get her daughter to eat by setting out a feast in front of her. It fails and in frustration, mama storms out.
The girl goes back to the bathtub and either attempts suicide or aggressively masturbates... it’s one or the other. Eventually she sits naked in front of the table and a cool looking dragon like demon puppet bursts out of her chest.
Drago-Demo Stomackboy™️ chows down on all the food and even the furniture and it seems like the girl gets off on it. The next morning the mom shows up and looks happy that everything has been consumed. The girl (with no stomach injury whatsoever) steps on a scale and smiles. Sure.
The whole time there’s some weird monsters roaming around the neighborhood looking cheaper than a dollar store Universal Monster rip-off. A mummy stumbles about, Dracula flashes his wang and two of the shoddiest werewolves I’ve ever seen bang on top of a barn. I gently scoop my brains off the carpet and shove them back into my ears.
"Strange little piece of direct to video Japense weirdness. The DVD bootleg I watched this from had no subs and I wasn't able to find any online, so a lot of context was lost.
It begins with who I assume is the first director, Gou Nagai, wearing a vampire getup, telling us something about how scary the film that's about to be watched is. Cute.
It then goes into a two part anthology beginning with an anorexic woman who Alien births a weird dragon monster thing from her torso, which eats an apparent offering, leaving both her and the creature very satisfied. The practical effects had an oddly glossy look to them which felt a little cheap even for something this low budget and camp. I enjoyed it anyway, it was overall less cheap and more cute.
This follows with a weird short interlude in which several cliche monster characters roam the Japanese streets at night and two werewolves perform sodomy on a roof. Weird but I'm with it I guess.
The next film was slow and honestly I barely remember it at this point, but it was really nicely shot. It was shot in black and white and attempted to look like a Japanese horror film from the 50's or 60's a-la Ugetsu or Onibaba. A lot of context was lost because no subs, so it's hard to know how good this actually was.
Overall this thing felt oddly paced and slapped together out of pieces that didn't really mesh. I still enjoyed it, albeit in part for how niche and hard to find this thing is, and for the anticipation of waiting to watch it, but I don't think I'll be watching it again anytime soon.
The word of the day is: Cute. Still, didn't do an amazing amount for me." - Some Dude On Letterboxd Who Probably Bought A Copy From Me In The Past
"It's a couple of short stories presented by writer Go Nagai, who wears a Dracula cape for the proceedings. They're low budget, but have some decent fx. There were no subtitles on the copy I own, so I had to guess at the plot. I could be completely off base, but I don't think I'm far off. Since, I could be wrong about the plot and this movie is so obscure, I'm going to lay out the entirety of what I could gather about it. Spoilers ahead.
The first seemed to be about an anorexic young lady who faints from malnutrition. Her mother consults with a doctor and afterwards tries to get her daughter to eat a proper feast she's prepared. The daughter refuses, causing her mother to get frustrated and leave. The daughter then goes to take a bath and while she's doing that, a monster bursts out of her stomach and proceeds to eat all the prepared food, which seems to cause her some degree of ecstasy. The segment ends with her getting on a scale and smiling at the camera, which further makes me think it's a cautionary tale about starving yourself. There are also various monsters in the first episode, including a mummy, a flashing dracula, and a pair of ludicrous looking wolfmen, engaging in intercourse. I didn't really get their purpose in the segment, but it was humorous none the less.
The second story seemed to be about a young woman arriving at her boyfriend's home in the mountains. She takes note of a locked door in the home, to which I think he said something about a monster, in a joking manner. After a while of spending time together, the boyfriend leaves her alone in the home. During that time, strange things start to occur and she becomes increasingly paranoid of what lies beyond the locked door. Eventually the boyfriend comes back home and things get weirder. I actually won't go into detail about how this one ends, because I'm less sure of what the logic of it was. I will say though that I did enjoy it for what it is." - Some Dude On Letterboxd