Film: Hellraiser: Inferno (2000)
Music: Judith by A Perfect Circle
Video by: Corin Wentworth
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In three separate tales of terror, a pair of students, a photographer, and a businessman all encounter the destructive force of Tomie.
REVIEW: Tomie: Another Face has something going for it right out of the gate that the first movie did not: we know that Tomie is a demon. Going into this second film with that knowledge, the vibe and tone are much more in sync with the original comics by Junji Ito. It’s not so much a question of will Tomie drive this person to the edge of insanity, it’s a question of how will she do it this time? This film does a fantastic job of showing why Tomie stands apart from other horror movie villains and why she is one of the greats.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Amnesia prevents Tsukiko from remembering the accident that left her with insomnia, but when people begin whispering about a bewitching girl from her past named Tomie, the mystery of what happened – and the truth about Tomie – begins to reveal itself.
REVIEW: A disheveled young man carrying a plastic bag pauses on a busy Japanese street to inspect his cargo: a severed head. Obscured by its wrappings, we see only a woman’s closed eye, a delicate beauty mark resting just below her lashes. The eye winks open, bloodshot and inhuman. The head is alive. We are now entering the twisted realm of Junji Ito, the undisputed king of Japanese horror comics. The dark themes of Ito’s beloved manga (disfigurement, obsession, inescapable madness) are all present here. And while this adaptation begins at a slow pace – too slow, perhaps, for most audiences, who might find themselves questioning where the hell Tomie‘s unhurried plot is going – that trademark Ito feeling of unnatural evil builds like a slow gas leak.