5/25/11

Snake Woman's Curse (1968)

From the director of Jigoku comes a perverse classic of Japanese horror!

Snake Woman's Curse
I know that many visitors to this site (not that there are that many visitors) like the campy or so-bad-they're-good movies that I write about here.  Obviously I like those movies too, but Nobuo Nakagawa's Snake Woman's Curse or Kaidan hebi-onna is not one of those films.  It's not cheesy in any way.  It's just a really good movie.

It's a tale of supernatural horror, a Japanese ghost story about karmic retribution and it features one of my favorite ladies from the pinky violence films, Yukie Kagawa.

During the modernization of Japan during the Meiji Restoration, a traditional farmer is indebted to a wealthy, self-centered (which is not a good thing in a Buddhist inspired ghost story) landowner.

Unable to pay off his debt, the old farmer works himself to the point of exhaustion, has a heart attack and dies.  His wife and daughter are then forced into the service and household of this dickish landowner and his even more dickish son.

The two women are treated as slaves in this new arrangement and the mother faces physical abuse by the landlord while the daughter faces the sexual advances of his son.  A snake is discovered in the house on a day that a special visitor is expected to arrive.  This is a bad omen and it must be killed.  The mother tries to save the snake's life and is thrown to the ground for her troubles.  She  hits her head and later dies from her injuries.

The daughter is tricked into walking alone along a deserted road where she is chased down and raped by the landlord's son.  The sexual assaults continue back at the estate and when she can take no more, she takes her own life.  Then the haunting starts.  The deceased members of the poor farming family cause the members of the wealthy, dickish family to hallucinate and eventually go insane.

Snake Woman's Curse is a beautiful, haunting, atmospheric film.  Most of the violence is done off camera and is left to the viewer's imagination, which I liked, and one genuinely feels compassion for these poor Japanese farmers who suffer at the hands of a "higher class" of people.  I know it won't appeal to everyone, but I think it's an excellent film.

Violence Rating:  2 out of 5
Booby Rating: 1.5 out of 5


22 comments:

Colin Biano said...

A legitimately good film? how dare you show me this!

Triper said...

It looks interesting, i wanna watch this soon.

Bart said...

good god, that bitch is ugly.

Rob said...

I bet that Cobra commander wants this curse.

BTN Hip Hop said...

doesnt sound great to me. poor rating on both scales

Dave said...

A true Golden Oldie lol.

thenitefalls said...

I'm scared of snakes, so this would be a great horror to watch at midnight! Thanks for the recommendation :D

srnajera said...

COOL MOVIE :)

Astronomy Pirate said...

Snake ladies make for a classy film.

A Beer for the Shower said...

Great synopsis. I actually want to check this flick out. Have to check at the indie video store down the block. If there's anything that old hipster is good for, it's his catalogue of old movies.

Kicking Rocks said...

omg shes a reptilian!!!

Admin said...

I know a friend who I'll recommend this to.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

This is one I've had in my collection for awhile but haven't got around to watching it yet

Trey said...

Interesting. I'll have to check that out.

Jay said...

lovely!

Shutterbug said...

there's not enough boobs for me to want to watch this! J/k! :P

Zombie said...

Im gonna go check this one out!

Major.Mack said...

i couldnt stomach this for a whole movie

D4 said...

Hey, I really wanna see this. It sounds... like something worth watching. Wow!

I'm game!

JayPower said...

Awesome review, dont know if i could stay awake throughout this tho ;D

Solsby Kid said...

Gotta see this!

Aaron M. Gipson said...

The Japanese really do horror right, and you can't go wrong with reptilian geisha in the mix!

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