Gurozuka DVD review

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.

While not the most memorable of horror films, Gurozuka is a suitable addition to the modern subset of Synapse Films’ Asian Cult Cinema Collection (think along the lines of Evil Dead Trap or Stacy).

Gurozuka debuts on DVD this Tuesday (1/10).

Official site.

Author: Eric Bresler

Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.

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