Evil Dead Trap 2 (1991) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Isou Hashimoto
Starring: Youko Nakagima
Rated: UR/Region: 1/1:66/Number of disc: 1
Available from Unearthed Films
A killer is on the loose in Japan. Young women are being horribly mutilated. Aki, a young woman who works as a film projectionist, is haunted by a childlike ghost. Her girlfriend Emi is a TV news reporter covering the horrible mutilations. Emi introduces Aki to Kurahashi, a married man with a haunted past. Everyone involved has a dark secret and something evil is taking control of them. They are pawns in a game being played by forces beyond their understanding. This eerie descent into madness takes us on a journey into an abyss only the Japanese know how to create. For the first time in North America, the terrible truth is revealed in HIDEKI EVIL DEAD TRAP 2.
You’ll be hard pressed to find anything in Evil Dead Trap 2 that connects to the original. This is probably a movie that could have used a different name truth be told. Still, it gets a bit slow and that is the main thing that hurts it. We follow a woman who has a job at a theater. She isn’t a very attractive woman and she seems to be taking it hard as she has trouble finding her a man. Of course she is apparently a serial killer and there may or may not be a reason for that, a reason that is probably the only connection one could find to the original movie. You do get some nice blood and gore, but that doesn’t seem to really hit until well into the last act of the film and what leads up to that is a bit of a confusing mess in spots, but it was so strange that I kept watching, even when I wasn’t sure of what was going on some of the time. It almost feels like someone decided to make an Asian Maniac, only it doesn’t do that idea justice until the finale and by that time it could be too late for some who wants more blood and stuff actually happening more often.
One thing about Asian horror, especially from this time is that when they are a mess they are still at least a creative mess. You get a style even if the substance is a bit low, as it does seem to be in Evil Dead Trap 2. Now I was a big fan of the original film and while I admit this one doesn’t live up to that standard enough to be considered to be as good of a film, I still dug this one just enough to take it over that hump of watch-ability enough. The movie is just strange and I like strange most the time. Like I said already, if you can just make it to the last part of the movie you’ll get more of perhaps what you went into this one expecting. It gets a little hit and miss with more miss than hit before you reach that part. If you like the original, this isn’t on that level, but it does manage to be in its own little world and some might dig that. Some might dig it for just being soo darn weird. Like I said above, it really seems to be a bit of an Asian take on Maniac with a gender reversal, but then they toss a whole list of things over the top of it.
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