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Horrors of Malformed Men (1969)
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Director:Teruo Ishii Story by:Rampo Edogawa (novel "Panorama-tô kitan") Writing by:Teruo Ishii, Masahiro Kakefuda

Running time:99 min Country:Japan Language:Japanese Genre:Mystery, Horror, Grotesque Subtitle:English  Starring:Teruo Yoshida,

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Storyline:
After escaping from an asylum, young medical student Hirosuke assumes the identity of a dead man in order to solve the mystery of a weird doppelganger whose picture he sees in the newspaper. Traveling to faraway Panorama Island, he discovers a mad scientist surgically remaking normal human beings into misshapen monsters but that is only the beginning. Hirosuke soon learns the horrible truth about the island and his own family''s shameful past, and finds himself plunged into the depths of incest, murder, and madness.


Special Features: (with English subs)
- New, fully restored, anamorphic widescreen transfer mastered in high-definition from Toei''s original vault elements
- Japanese language with newly-translated, removable English subtitles
- Audio commentary by film critic Mark Schilling
- ''Malformed Memories'' documentary (22:53)
- Ishii in Italy (03:55 + 13:49)
- Theatrical Trailer (03:16)
- Poster Gallery
- Teruo Ishii Biography
- Edogawa Rampo Biography


Review:
Also Known As: ''Horror of the Malformed Men'' or ''Horror of Malformed Men''

Malformed Men is a very strange film, one that the majority of casual viewers won''t care for, or even find themselves able to struggle through, and the fact that it gave me nightmares isn''t a guarantee that it will mortify anyone else (factually I wasn''t really all that scared while watching the film). However, adventurous viewers, sick of boring Asian ghost stories, tedious Saw and Hostel rip-offs, and insipid PG-13 punch-pullers may want to give it a shot. If I were Siskel and Ebert, and if this was At the Movies, Horrors of Malformed Men would be my video pick of the week.
DVD Active

Horrors of Malformed Men is a rare beast indeed, a film not even available in Japan anymore. Out of respect for the physically handicapped, this is seen to equate physical with mental aberration. But thats quite a narrow reading of this astonishing film, and luckily its been restored and released on DVD in the US by Synapse Films.
Blach Hole

Horrors Of Malformed Men is a little oddity that is both grotesque and beautiful. It has a dream-like feel that cast a spell over me with its strange and horrible images. Its a circus side-show, full of perversity, a disturbing family drama and a completely unique experience. Highly recommended!
Goregirl''s Dungeon

In a more literal reading this film could doubtlessly be called messy and illogical, but what it displays is the kind of unordered, primal illogicality of a dream. The Horror of Malformed Men is a dream; one that would be a nightmare if it weren''t so grotesquely beautiful.
Midnight Eye



Hirosuki Hitomi (Teruo Yoshida) is a medical student with who finds himself in an insane asylum. He has a loose grasp on his past but is haunted by images of a stormy coastline and a menacing bestial figure...
   Thus begins Horrors of Malformed Men, cult director Teruo Ishii''s adaptation of the literary works of Japanese author Edogawa Rampo. The story follows Hirosuki''s character as he escapes from the mental institution in hopes of unraveling the mystery of his past, with his fleeting visions and a children''s lullaby as his only clues. He soon discovers the obituary of Mokota Genzaburou, a recently deceased man of wealth who bears more than a striking resemblance to Hirosuki. With a promising new lead, he conspires to take the dead man''s place in his household in the hopes that it may provide information as to his identity.
   And that''s just the start of this complicated, yet oddly compelling tale. Edogawa Rampo''s fantasy and horror stories were very popular in Japan (the author''s real name is Taro Hirai Rampo is actually a Japanese rendering of "Edgar Allen Poe"). Teruo Ishii was so excited to be given a chance at adapting one of Rampo''s works that he took it upon himself to include as many references and vignettes from the celebrated author''s canon of short stories as he could.
   This explains the frenzied plot... The film feels very much like a book set to film, packed with weird details and quirky plot twists. Rather than hurting the narrative it actually adds to its surreal charm. Horrors of Malformed Men is easily one of the strangest films I''ve ever seen but it''s precisely the unpredictable nature of the story that is so engaging. Yes, the story has obvious (and much noted) allusions to H.G. Wells'' The Island of Dr. Moreau, but that doesn''t begin to scratch the surface of this imaginative and twisted tale. By the time the story reaches its climax, the viewer is bombarded with so many bizarre revelations and side-stories that it''s hard not to applaud the sheer audacity of the filmmakers. This is an immensely entertaining film.
   Special mention must be given to the cinematography of Shigeru Akatsuka, which elevates the movie to levels of visual artistry. The film is beautifully rendered, with stunning photography and gorgeous use of colors. Early scenes are effectively moody and atmospheric. As the story progresses and becomes more nightmarish, the film''s visuals becomes more surreal; flashbacks, for instance, are saturated in gaudy reds and greens. The film feels very much like what Dario Argento would eventually achieve visually in such films as Suspiria and Inferno, with a wild plot to match.
   I cannot shower enough praise on this film... Horrors of Malformed Men is essential viewing and not only for fans of Japanese genre cinema. This is simply great pulp fiction, wonderfully and vividly realized by Teruo Ishii.
Eccentric Cinema



 






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