Horny House of Horror (Fasshon heru) (2010)
|Year Of Production||2010|
|Running Time||72:12 (Case: 80)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Jun Tsugita|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The film commences with a short “special service announcement” cartoon, scratched and with crackly sound, about the Japanese Massage Parlour, the “Fashion Health” where everything except actual sex is available and where men can find relaxation on the way home after a busy day at work. Then the film proper commences; a beautiful young woman walks into a bedroom with red gauze hangings and a naked man on the bed. She undresses, to slinky jazzy music, and starts to pleasure him with her tongue. Then she suddenly bites off his p****, and as he screams blood spurts everywhere; over her, him, the room, the camera. Welcome to writer / director Jun Tsugita’s Fasshon heru or Horny House of Horror.
Except for an early scene, Horny House of Horror takes place entirely within the house, the location and cheap looking sets clearly saving money to be spent upon the gore and blood effects. Forty year old virgin Nakatsu (Yuya Ishikawa) is getting married and quitting the baseball team. After their last game together he gets drunk with two close buddies, Uno (Toshi Yanagi) and Toshida (Wani Kansai), who then cajole Nakatsu into coming with them to the nearby Shogun Massage Parlour. There Uno selects Nonoko (Asami) and Toshida picks Kaori (Mint Suzuki), leaving a reluctant Nakatsu with Nagisa (Saori Hara). She was the woman in the opening scene, but she is sick of the blood and killings and something in Nakatsu’s naivety strikes a chord. So while Uno and Toshida get the full treatment, Nakatsu learns the true purpose of the Shogun, and sets out with Nagisa to save his friends before they lose their lives as well as their p****es.
In the recent wave of Japanese gore fest films, many involving Yoshihiro Nishimura either as special effects supervisor or director or both, sexual suggestiveness or innuendo is never far away. From The Machine Girl (2008), through Tokyo Gore Police (2008), RoboGeisha (2009) and Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (2009), his films often involve females in short skirts (with low camera angles not infrequent) or skimpy costumes, and weapons protruding from female bottoms (swords and a chainsaw are two) or breasts (machineguns or swords) occur regularly. Yet, for all this suggestiveness, partial nudity or sexual activity has been absent amid all the blood, gore and severed limbs. In Horny House of Horror, Nishimura combines with Jun Tsugita (writer of Mutant Girls Squad(2010)) to take the preoccupation with blood, gore and sex to another, very explicit level. Here the three attractive female leads are all topless at various times and some of the simulated sex scenes are quite erotic. But then, of course, each erotic scene suddenly degenerates into bloody mayhem as the men lose their p****es in ways that are bound to make males in the audience cringe and cross their legs! But the film is nothing if not even handed and the females don’t get off uncut either. Be warned.
The film, however, takes none of this the least bit seriously, even for a second. Some of it is very funny, and the juxtaposition of humour, eroticism and gruesome effects means the tone frequently varies wildly. The acting and dialogue are also manic and there are enough twists and turns in the denunciation (I almost wrote “climax”) to populate half a dozen Hitchcock films. The sprays of blood are copious, the gore effects well done and very effective, and if you have seen any of Nishimura’s earlier films you will know exactly what to expect. Subtle it isn’t, but at just over 70 minutes the film gets on with it and certainly does deliver what it promises. With a title like Horny House of Horror you didn’t pick up the film expecting it to be a romantic comedy!
Horny House of Horror is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, which looks to be close to the original theatrical ratio, and is 16x9 enhanced.
This is not the sharpest looking print, but then again many of the scenes have a deliberate soft focus. Colours are deep, especially the red room in the house and the sprays of blood, skin tones natural. Blacks and shadow detail are fine and brightness and contrast vary occasionally (I suspect deliberately). I saw no film or film to video artefacts.
The American English subtitles are in a clear white font. I noticed only one minor spelling error and no grammatical errors.
Audio is Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 at 224 Kbps, surround encoded. Dialogue was clear and the surrounds were used for music, effects and screams; I noticed little from the subwoofer. While nothing special, the track is perfectly adequate for the film
Lip synchronisation is fine.
The music by Pirania Gekudan varies from electronic to jazzy themes; it is playful and well suits the film.
|Surround Channel Use|
Nothing, not even a trailer.
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At this time I cannot find any record of another version of the film on any of the usual sales or review sites.
Horny House of Horror juxtaposes humour, eroticism and gruesome special effects by the gore fest master Yoshihiro Nishimura. Subtle it isn’t, but with a title like Horny House of Horror what do you expect!
The video and audio are fine; there are absolutely no extras.
|DVD||Sony BDP-S350, using HDMI output|
|Display||LG 42inch Hi-Def LCD. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||NAD T737. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.|
|Speakers||Studio Acoustics 5.1|