Based on a story from the gentleman who brought you last year’s Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead, this 2005 cheapie harkens back to the late 90s/early 00s Onryō films that brought Japanese horror to the English-speaking masses. Six pretty Japanese girls, including members of the recently revived “Movie Club”, head to an abandoned house in the woods with two female chaperones to shoot a movie. They make up the entire cast of the film, but as the tagline states: “Where there’s only women, there’s horror.” The Club recently uncovered some creepy 8mm footage shot by their predecessors ten years earlier that features a murderous Noh-masked weirdo and hides some seemingly supernatural secrets that will soon return to haunt them. Egos flare and secrets are revealed as strange happenings lead to some crowd-pleasing gore set to a memorable noise-like soundtrack. The whole affair has a low budget, made-for-video feel, but it’s a pleasant throwback to the Rings of yore.
Aside from a theatrical trailer, the disc’s sole extra is a 23 minute Making Of that feels like a home movie and features the actresses acting silly, eating cake, and torturing the shy director. Tons of fun; I’ll probably watch this again before I do the actual film.
Gurozuka debuts on DVD this Tuesday (1/10).