Hiroku: The Goblin DVD
"A school was built on one of the Gates of Hell, behind which hordes of demons await the moment they will be free to roam the Earth. Hiruko is a goblin sent to Earth on a reconnaissance mission. He beheads students in order to assemble their heads on the demons’ spider-like bodies. Hieda, an archaeology professor, and Masao, a haunted student, investigate the gory deaths and eventually battle Hiruko." - TMDB
"Reijiro Hieda, a young and energetic archeologist, has been discredited since advocating heretical theories. A letter from his brother-in-law Yabe, a junior high school teacher, tells of his discovery of an ancient tomb built to appease evil spirits. Hieda eagerly goes to investigate, only to find that Yabe has mysteriously disappeared along with one of his students, Reiko Tsukishima. Meanwhile, Yabe's son, Masao, searches for his father in the school during summer vacation and encounters Reiko. Masao becomes engulfed in a mysterious atmosphere, and strange creatures appear, upon which his back begins to ache and emit smoke. Hieda appears and saves Masao. Together they search the premises and find a sea of blood and a headless body while Reiko's quiet voice is heard singing." - Some Guy On The Internet
"Everybody blows Tetsuo. Instead, I prefer to go down on this insane film." - The King, Brennan Dortch
"Pure unadulterated entertainment. Director Shinya Tsukamoto (Tetsuo: The Iron Man) creates a fun blast of originality that perfectly mixes horror with more campy elements.
The plot to Hiruko the Goblin isn’t complex. A mysterious shroud has opened unleashing a goblin onto school grounds during summer vacation. The only ones able to stop it are the teenage son of the man who discovered the shroud and an eccentric archeologist. Together they must survive the night at the school to save humanity from falling to the goblin invasion.
The simple plot allows for the movie to focus more on the sfx aspect and character development, which this excels at both. The two leads are both well-rounded and likable, making you want to see them succeed. I particularly liked the archeologist because he was played by Kenji Sawada (The Happiness of the Katakuris).
The effects are both frightening and silly. Plenty of decapitations keep the gore from letting up while the goblins themselves call back to the spider-head from John Carpenter’s The Thing. Human heads with claw-like legs scuttling after people is very entertaining to watch. They look like some sorta demented hermit crab. Stop-motion is even used occasionally to animate them.
Being directed by Shinya, the movie looks amazing. His natural creativity heightens the movie and helps give it a bizarre and unsettling atmosphere. Plenty of fog lit by moonlight, there’s a girls voice heard singing throughout the school, a totally not severed head hidden in the shadows speaks to draw victims to their demise, it’s both cool to look at and uncomfortable at the same time.
While not his most beloved work, Hiruko is a fun ride from beginning to end. I loved it more than most might, but that sums up a lot of my reviews anyway. Highly recommended." - Some Other Dude On The Internet