Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Horrors of Malformed Men

Also Known As

  • Horror of a Deformed Man
  • Horror of the Malformed Men
  • Edogawa Rampo taizen: Kyofu kikei ningen

Main Details

  • Released in 1969
  • Color
  • 99 min
  • 2.35:1
  • Production Co: Toei Studios

Cast and Crew

  • Directed by Teruo Ishii
  • Written by Masahiro Kakefuda and Teruo Ishii
  • Music by Masao Yagi
  • Cinematography by Shigeru Akatsuka
  • Starring: Teruo Yoshida, Asao Koike, Yukie Kagawa, Yumiko Katayama, Tatsumi Hijikata 
     For this review I thought I'd go back to Japan for some more pinky violence, although this is a strange departure from the typical yakuza/samurai/motorcycle gang pinky violence film.  This is one of those movies where, after it was over, I was left sitting there wondering what the hell I just watched.  It starts out normal enough but then takes a detour into crazy Japanese grindhouse territory.   


    Horrors of Malformed Men has basically two parts.  The first half revolves around an amnesiac trying to figure out his past and the second half is a batshit crazy "Island of Dr. Moreau" parallel.  Our hero, Hirosuke, finds himself in an insane asylum but has no idea about his identity other than the fact that he's a medical student with vague memories of an unknown island.  He escapes and with only those sparse clues and a song from his childhood stuck in his head, he sets out to discover his past.


    Soon after, Hirosuke hears the childhood song being sung by a young girl traveling through the area with a circus.  He questions her and learns that the song is from one of the Japanese coastal towns but she is killed before she can reveal more.  Of course, Hirosuke is accused of the crime as he pulls the knife from her body in the middle of a crowd in a scene reminiscent of Hitchcock's North by Northwest.


    In disguise he travels to the coastal town and soon discovers that a man from a wealthy and influential family has just died in this community, and that this dead man looked exactly like Hirosuke.  He has the brilliant idea to dig up the corpse, dress in the dead man's funeral garb and convince people that he was buried alive and hence take on the dead man's identity.  Acting as his dead doppleganger, Hirosuke learns of an insane man on a nearby island who may hold the key to his identity.  What he discovers there blows his mind!  I don't want to reveal too much but it involves incest, bestiality,torture and such.


    I give Horrors of Malformed Men a thumbs up.  It held my interest simply as a mystery story and all the added crazy Japanese elements were just bonuses.  The ending will leave you scratching your head or perhaps laughing at the insanity of it all, but I'm sure you will be entertained either way.


    Violence Rating: 3.5 out of 5
    Booby Rating: 4.5 out of 5




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    33 comments:

    ed said...

    the plot looks pretty good, guess ill watch it for the ending

    The Angry Lurker said...

    It sounds batshit crazy, so I'll like it then.

    D4 said...

    I always thought crazy and Japanese were synonyms. This sounds good. I want.

    baxxman said...

    Wow, from Japan? Looks really. really interesting
    Baxxmans

    lovebloggin said...

    oh geeze, that looks ridiculous

    Nik Mekeena said...

    looks good. i like north by northwest

    Aaron M. Gipson said...

    I dig "batshit crazy" when it comes to flicks! I will have to check this one out this weekend...

    elexerdelex said...

    Booby rating 4.5 =D
    You are a really good reviewer!
    ''it involves incest, bestiality,torture and such.''
    Thats not really my thing tho :D

    Araita said...

    Japanese movies are always reeeally weird...

    Korkut √úneli said...

    havent watched that one but surely i will try it.

    KUSHtunes said...

    It's always good when the booby rating is over the violence rating haha.

    Jung said...

    Looks fun when under the influenced.

    Mike Yang said...

    Love the 'pinky violence' tag :)

    Innovations said...

    you've got me hooked!

    Bart said...

    looks cool but is it worth watching, i'll check it out

    leanmeansteen said...

    this sounds so crazy. bookmarking!

    Rob said...

    Impressive review, hilarious tag "Pinky Violence."

    Lol.

    Astronomy Pirate said...

    Wow, looks like a crazy ride, I'll have to see if I can find it.

    XXII said...

    ill have to try to find a copy of this

    G said...

    crazy film!

    Kicking Rocks said...

    pretty weird movie lol

    Chris said...

    Shit, this looks too violent for me.

    Alex DeLarge said...

    I see a pic of a severed head floating in the water......i'm sold

    thenitefalls said...

    It sounds like a mind!@#$ my type of movie :D

    Matt said...

    Well, now I wanna watch it, if for nothing other than the booby rating!!!

    Erika said...

    This is to my interest. Shall definitely give it a watch XD

    Frosty said...

    Damn, this actually looks pretty good

    HujoThug8825 said...

    looks cool

    Brut said...

    Sounds wild... I think I'd like it!

    Bassislv said...

    sounds good, where can I find it?

    Patti D. said...

    It looks very nice, even if it's quite old.

    TreeBranchez said...

    I've seen this! Not actually that bad either.

    Anonymous said...

    "Horrors of Malformed Men" in my opinion, is one of the greatest films of all time! Not only is it my favorite Japanese film, but it is definitely in my top 3 favorite films, Along with "Night of the Living Dead (1968)"
    & "City of the Living Dead (1983)"
    - Until I had the pleasure of seeing
    "Horrors of Malformed Men" for the first time, my favorite Japanese film before that was
    "Kichiku Dai Enkai" but for me "Horrors of Malformed Men" is a film that I can watch over & over & never get bored with, just like NOTLD ('68) & COTLD ('83)

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