From the director of Jigoku comes a perverse classic of Japanese horror!
|Snake Woman's Curse|
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