Evil Dead Trap!

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Has anyone seen the film EVIL DEAD TRAP, it is a japanese film made in 1988. It is a really good film and has stood the test of time, rather it is well made and ahead of its time, so has aged well. The japanese have always had a strong visual sense in their creative work and this reps rewards here. Compared to other films made in america at the time , this is in a different league. I didnt expect too much from this film and i was pleasantly surprised. It has an original storyline, and is nicely paced and structured although it loses a little bit of credibility towards the end. Nice understated special effects.

Of course not in the same league as the likes of ring, dark water and the grudge, but it shows that japanese horror was developing well way back in 1988. Dont expect too much and you wont be dissapointed also there is a sequel imaginatively titled EVIL DEAD TRAP 2, which is apparently even better. This film has influenced a film made in the late 90's named KOLOBOS which is also worth checking out.

The host of a late night reality TV show receives a videotape of scenes of sadistic mutilation and is determined to find out if it is authentic. She and her team investigate and find that the scenes are indeed genuine - but for them there is no way out...

Starring Miyuki Ono, Fumi Katsuragi, Hitomi Kobayashi more...
Director Toshiharu Ikeda
Length 100 mins
Genres Foreign/Arthouse, Horror
Release date February 03, 2003


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EVIL DEAD TRAP 3 Broken Love Killer

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sounds like the section of Cradle of Fear with the guy who finds the internet site to me, but that was made well after 1988...years and years later

..which sounds like "feardotcom", which was a rip off of "The Ring" and "Strangeland".

I'd like to rent this one though.

feardotcom blows dick, Strangeland is biazzarly acceptable, the ring (remake) was a load of shit. and just to go off topic but to clear something up, did Sam Rami make The Grudge?

Yeah Sam Raimi directed the american grudge, because he loved the japanese original JU-On, he said it was the most terrifying film he had ever seen.


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No, he didn't. Raimi was the producer. The director, Takashi Shimizu, also directed the Japanese original. Sam Raimi, having claimed that, is a certified pussy, because "Ju-On" was hilarious.

I liked strangeland, It was filmed in my hometown, Colorado Springs smile

Have yet to see Evil Dead Trap 1 and 2, but have them queued on the rental list.

Here is some info about the director of Evil Dead Trap

1980 Sukeban Mafia DVD IMDB
1980 Sex Hunter DVD IMDB DVD
1981 Blue Lagoon DVD IMDB
1981 Angel Guts: Red Porno DVD IMDB DVD
1984 Mermaid Legend DVD IMDB
1984 Cursed Village in Yudono Mountains DVD IMDB DVD
1985 Scent of a Spell DVD IMDB
1988 Evil Dead Trap aka Shiryo No Wana DVD IMDB B K
1991 Misty DVD IMDB
1991 Scorpion Woman Prisonerbig grineath Threat DVD IMDB DVD
1992 Red Foliage DVD IMDB
1993 Evil Dead Trap 3: Broken Love Killer DVD IMDB DVD
1996 XX: Beautiful Prey DVD IMDB
1996 XX: Beautiful Beast DVD IMDB DVD
1996 Key DVD IMDB
For a complete filmography go to the IMDB

Born: Japan

Through the 70's, Toshiharu Ikeda worked as an assistant director for Nikkatsu Studios, usually teamed with filmmaker Masaru Konuma, involved in such renowned pink classics as FLOWER AND SNAKE (1974), NOBLE LADY: BOUND VASE (1977) and WIFE TO BE SACRIFICED (1974). In a personal interview, he confessed that his duties included "grooming the starlets" or "snipping the pubic hair to avoid an objectionable shot." In 1980, Ikeda made his directorial debut with SUKEBAN MAFIA - simultaneously satirical, rousing, sexy and character driven. Certainly a rarity in the "pink film" (pinku eiga) arena.

He followed this with three more films for Nikkatsu, SEX HUNTER, BLUE LAGOON and ANGEL GUTS: RED PORNO. This last film was based on Takashi Ishii's manga and was part of the ANGEL GUTS series. He collaborated with Takashi Ishii on several more films, including MERMAID LEGEND - (a unique variation of the standard vengeance theme, sort of a classy (albeit very bloody) version of I SPIT IN YOUR GRAVE), SCENT OF A SPELL and EVIL DEAD TRAP.
EVIL DEAD TRAP has been called "Japan's greatest contempory horror film" and for good reason. It combines many of the elements that characterise Dario Argento's films (including the score), as well as some of the themes often explored by David Cronenberg. His next few films were more "thrillers" than Horror films and include RED FOLIAGE and EVIL DEAD TRAP 3: BROKEN LOVE KILLER.

Recently he has made XX: BEAUTIFUL PREY, XX:BEAUTIFUL BEAST and KEY. The XX films are based on the popular "XX" books of novelist Arimasa Osawa, collections of short stories featuring deadly or forceful women. These movies are not sequels but are conceptually similar. All highlight women in pivotal, customarily male roles. XX:BEAUTIFUL PREY, is easily the best of the series (5 episodes to date). It is a tense psychological shocker set against the perverse backdrop of aberrant S & M behavior.
- Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia - Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction, 1997.
- Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia - The Sex Films, 1998.
- Asian Cult Cinema #18

"Japan's greatest contempory horror film" and for good reason. It combines many of the elements that characterise Dario Argento's films"

Humm we will see.

remember it was made in 1988, so contemporary to that period

Anyone seen this yet?


Evil Dead Trap 2 is awful, completely different kind of film, more of a straightforward serial killer flick,with an early appearance of the ghostly little boy motif, also used in The Grudge and Dark Water etc..

Slightly gruesome with the killer using Film Clipping Shears as a weapon, alot of victims end up with their entrails hanging out from between their legs.


yep, I gotta agree. Evil Dead Trap 2 is horrible stuff, it didn't have anything to do with the original. Really, Really Avoid it!!!

Sadako of Girth
Originally posted by papabeard

I have it in a DVD compilation with The Spiral and Uzamaki...
A lovely little compilation for EDT and Uzamaki, but I wasn't so much of a fan of the Spiral though....

EDT has some excellent gore scenes and the end was very bizarre, but I found the soundtrack (Perpetually repeating synth riff) to get a bit much after a while....

Overall though I really enjoyed it... And others who have watched it with me were also impressed.... Excellent especially for its time...

Noteworthy for anyone who can't stand damage to eyes ala ST:First contact...!! You have been warned....!!! smile

The Spiral is a companion piece to The Ring series released in Asia at the same time as Ringu, it follows the story off on a different branch.

Uneventful, confusing and boring and seems to go on forever, should really be avoided by everyone apart from completists.

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