Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Jigoku

Jigoku (Hell) is a 1960 Japanese horror film about Hell, offering graphic images of what is to come. The soundtrack is heavy on the jazzy percussive drama. I could swear I hear a theremin during the last 35 minutes or so.

We are all evil, and we are all doomed. Dooooomed.

I found this free at Hulu with commercials and watched it there. I can't find a trailer with subtitles, but here's a clip from the movie from TCM:



DVD Talk says,
Jigoku never heard of atonement. Its wailing songs and poetry preach only one lesson: We're all sinners, we're all damned, and there'll be Hell to pay. All humanity is marked by an Original Sin that cannot be erased.
Criterion says,
Shocking, outrageous, and poetic, Jigoku (Hell, a.k.a. The Sinners of Hell) is the most innovative creation from Nobuo Nakagawa, the father of the Japanese horror film.

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