Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Unholy Women (2006)

Today’s selection: Unholy Women (2006, anthology)

Subgenre: Kaidan

Available from: Fansub-only

As a film that played on the western festival circuit with some fanfare, I’m a little shocked that no distributor has picked up Unholy Women for distribution. It’s a three-part anthology of horror shorts about, well, unholy women (go figure):

“Rattle Rattle” is directed by Keita Amemiya, about a woman pursued by a malevolent spirit that makes a rattling noise. As an Amemiya project, it’s subpar, but that’s only because Amemiya usually saturates the screen with more imaginative imagery; compare with The Devil’s Backbone as mundane for Guillermo Del Toro standards.

“Hagane”, directed by Takuji Suzuki (who I’m unfamiliar with), is about a guy who goes on a blind date with a mute girl who wears a burlap sack over her head and torso. It’s off-putting, and the short plays with the same sort of unhealthy romantic notions as Tetsuo the Iron Man.

“The Inheritance” is directed by Keisuke Toyoshima and written by Takashi Shimizu. Those two have made some great stuff together (The Great Horror Family, Ten Nights of Dreams, Ghost vs Alien 03), and this one certainly has Shimizu’s penchant for pallid ghost children and twist endings all over it, so I won’t say much more.

None of these stories could really support a full feature, but that’s what the anthology film is for. The talent behind the movie is top-notch, but it doesn’t seem to be the work any of them will be remembered for. (Well, maybe Hagane).

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