Our Halloween countdown just would not be complete without at least one Asian horror film and what better Asian horror film then one that is obscure even to horror fans. I give you 1988’s “Evil Dead Trap”…NO relation to the “Evil Dead” franchise.
Nami hosts a late night home video program. She receives a tape that appears to be a real snuff film shot at a nearby factory. She and her crew investigate the location where she meets a man looking for his brother and who warns her to stay away. As she gets closer to the truth she and her crew are subjected to a brutal nightmare.
Right off the bat what can be soo loved about “Evil Dead Trap” is that it came out at a time when Japanese horror films (in the 80’s and early 90’s) were not all “ghosty” like there are now. They were sick, gruesome, nasty and made you want to take a shower right after watching them. “Evil Dead Trap” is one of the classics of those J-Horrors of the more gruesome kind. The movie is practically a slasher film that shockingly turns into a body horror film near the end. One of the best aspects of the film is director Toshiharu Ikeda’s visual style. It’s very reminiscent of Dario Argento with Argento like lighting, atmosphere and many stylized shots. Imagine if Dario Argento, Sam Raimi and David Cronenberg all came together to direct a 80’s slasher film…but make it Japanese and boom! You’ve got “Evil Dead Trap”
So if you’re in the mood for some J-Horror but tired of all the dopey ghost girls with long black hair (believe me I sure am) then get a little nasty and gruesome with “Evil Dead Trap.”
-James J. Coker