My Video Collection
After cataloguing my music collection I thought it was about time I did my films as well. I have controversially listed all sequels alongside their original counterpart so that series can be viewed as one. Many thanks to Amazon for the plagiarised review data & artwork, where available this has saved me an enormous amount of time.
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The year is 12,090 AD and vampires plague the Earth. The world has undergone a cataclysmic upheaval, leaving mere mortals struggling to survive in a bizarre and nightmarish environment. Controlling this hell is a motley crew of beasts led by Count Magnus Lee – hungry for his next unfortunate human wife. A lone champion – a mysterious vampire hunter known only as "D", challenges the stranglehold these arrogant immortals have over their helpless victims. Hired to protect a young villager from Count Lee’s unholy bloodlust, "D" faces his greatest adversary yet.
- Amazon Synopsis
Phenomenal entry from Cronenberg, which is as shocking and subversive today as when first released. The story's basic premise is that the world is slowly being controlled by television and video, with a specialist group sending out a dangerous broadcast which causes a tumour in its viewers. The tumour triggers vicious hallucinogenic effects and leads to the group being able to control these unfortunates to do their deadly deeds.
The commentary on the potential effects of video/violence and pornography is fascinating and in typical Cronenberg style, it all ends badly with much gore and violence. Extremely thought provoking and perhaps even more relevant today, in light of the power of the media and TV to influence our perception of different events.
Watch and be propelled into a dangerous underground world of S&M, violence and a quest for the truth that ends in tragedy. Superb and obviously worth the modest price. Just be careful - 'it bites'!! - Stuart Chandler
An assailant (Watanabe Kazushi) cracks Kiyoshi (Kenichi Endo) on the head with a rock. The victim is the patriarch of a depraved family and this act of violence mysteriously enables the stranger to enter their unhappy home. Dysfunctional does not even begin to describe this family unit which consists of a prostitute daughter (Fujiko) who turns incestuous tricks, a son (Jun Moto) who viciously beats a junky mother (Shungiku Uchida) and the father who videotapes all the unsavoury behaviour in hopes of revitalising his television production career with a reality programme he'd like to call True Bullying. Their visitor tightens the family bonds through truly unusual methods as he videotapes a murder and guides Keiko to excessively lactating an apparently healing breast milk.
Takashi Miike's (AUDITION) familial portrait captures a disturbed household that reaches surreal levels of depravity. The unsettling film, shot on digital video, is laced with dark humour and haunting, shocking imagery. The film builds to a final image that can be seen as both transcendent and immoral.