Very interesting film. The whole movie really relies on it dialog only. I mean there are a few characters that have excellent make up, but there is no special effects. It is just a simple dialog type movie. Lo is a demon played by Jeremiah Birkett and he did an amazing job; although Lo kind of reminded me of a weird looking Grinch. He was summoned by Ward Roberts to find his girlfriend played by Sarah Lassez. Everyone in the film did a great job. Most of the film had Lo talking and his dialog was funny and entertaining. The only scene that really annoyed me was a musical number by Devin Barry. Then there was a small scene with a dancing waiter that kind of threw me off too. It really lost my interest in the film. Other than that, it was pretty good. The whole story was good with a nice ending. It is basically saying, how far would you go to get the girl you love back. Would you face Hell? All the little characters in this film were really fun to watch and even though it was low budget, it still was done well. A good piece that shows you do not need special effects to make a movie.
I will admit that the story to this film is just really cheesy. A diseased rat monkey bites someone and then you have zombies. I think the writers really had their thinking caps on in this one. But that is not what makes this film enjoyable. It is the zombies. They were so well done with different personalities. Especially the zombie baby. What a great and creepy little character. They did jump into the whole zombie scenes pretty quick, which was good since the story was going no where in the beginning. The cast was ok. Timothy Balme was decent but the girl played by Diana Penalver was on the verge of annoying to watch. The side cast had some fun gems to watch like Elizabeth the mom and the priest who was Stuart Devenie. This film really does go in a book of fun zombie films to watch. It is not so much scary as it is bloody. There are a few jumping scenes though. You will find yourself watching the film watching to see what zombie they come up with next. Mostly you see normal zombies in films which show a person with an eye out or a missing jaw. This film just goes overboard when it comes to characters. For example. One guy gets grabbed by his head and has his head and spine ripped out the backside of his body. Later you get to see this crazy character walking around. These type of films you can expect much from the story, but it gets an A+ in creativity in characters.
I am always a fan of Takashi Miike. This film really showed the strange and crazy mind of his. With him and his writers, they made one interesting film. Imagine a horror, comedy, musical, slapstick, claymation, love story. Sounds kind of hard to take all in; and it is at first. But you really come to enjoy the craziness of this film. The cast is pretty good. The father is Kenji Sawada who seems to always have things happen. The mother is Keiko Matsuzaka who seems to take charge in the worst situations. Then you have the brother Shinji Takeda who is an ex con. The sister is Naomi Nishida who only wants to find a husband. Her daughter is played by Tamaki Miyazaki who is a cute little girl who is also the narrator. Then you have the grandpa played by Tetsuro Tanba who is just kind of out of his mind. The whole cast had different personalities and throughout the film you see more interesting characters. Also in the film you will see zombies and death followed by happy musical numbers. Then you will see reality burst into the abnormal with claymation scenes; creative and interesting. This film will pretty much make you go through every emotion. Combining the goofy with a normal reality. The story line is really hard to explain. Instead of explaining it, it is better to watch it and experience it. This film is truly not in the norm at all and that is what makes it so great to watch. There is always something going on. The only really thing I had against it is that it can get a little too confusing and some of the characters moments can get a little too goofy. But no matter what happens, you still want to watch it. I actually caught myself not paying attention to the story at parts and just being interested in the moment going on. Another crazy film by Takashi Miike.
The movie had an interesting take on werewolves. More of a deeper meaning. Not so much people changing and killing, but how one man randomly gets bitten and how his whole life changes. The cast was interesting but had its up and downs. Jack Nicholson played a decent character and werewolf. Michelle Pfeiffer was just ok. Some of the close ups on here made her look; not real. Then you have James Spader who I enjoyed the most. Something about his character really fit with him and I enjoyed his performance. The rest of the cast was ok except for David Hyde Pierce. To me, it didn't seem like this was his type of movie. Not his fault, just a bad casting choice. But he is a good actor. The story to the film was interesting, but wasn't solid. This includes a pretty cheap uneventful ending. I will have to say that I enjoyed the make up for werewolves. That when you are a werewolf you are in complete form, but when you are first bitten you are more of a were-person. So overall it was a nice film, just not too exciting for a horror type film.
This was a tough film to rate. At points I really liked the movie and at other points, I wanted to shut it off. So it gave me an overall, "I did not like it" in the end. The cast was not that good. Every character was not that believable except for two. Lindsey Haun was the star and she was just ok. Jack Huston was probably the best at acting in this film though. The story was interesting and stupid at the same time. The stupid part is that they take shrooms and it causes them to see things they shouldn't. The interesting part is the evil characters. If they would of focused more on them, it would be pretty cool. One is a man in a black robe holding a club with a nail through it. That only showed him in a couple scenes and I could swear they were the same filmed parts, just changed a little. Then you have this little kid with a bag on his head. That was my favorite character and he was barely in it. That would of added some extra scare if they focused on him a bit more. The most was not that scary. It had jumping scenes, but you kind of see them coming. All the characters were kind of stereotypical. You have a foreigner, a goody goody, a slut, and girl who is all natural, a stoner and a complete tool. Interesting characters, but not played too well. The film could of been better, but there were a lot of mistakes.