Mister Miike sure knows how to make a good story. I’d likened this to Lynch by way of Cronenburg, and the more I think on it the closer that is. Or vise versa. Which came first, the seed or the flower ~ this short series helps confuse that question. The first episode is very strong, and while the story gets more convoluted and more like a music video with each scene, it grows on you. The police have a model builder that recreates each crime scene that is particularly enchanting to me, and wouldn’t you know it, they have a Halloween moment. Perfect. I’d deferred to Chris when I spotted this at The Turning Point, as apparently the censored version is all that exists. A shame in a way, but nothing is lost with a few scenes blurred out, all told.
Ajin Demi Human (2016)
While many people are still flipping out over Stranger Things, I’ve been all about Ajin. From the first episode I was hooked, and though we didn’t finish the entire season, Chris let me strap him down to watch most of it for my second time and his first. So, I’m not crazy and it is a very good if not shockingly dark show. Why other people aren’t flipping out over it, I’ve no idea. Maybe it’s Netflix. Maybe it’s the CGI animation. Maybe everyone likes Bob’s Burgers a little too much? I’ve no idea. Perhaps billed as an action anime, this is firmly in horror territory with monsters, relentless killing, darkness of man and society and a wild twist on death, mortality and resurrection. Lovely stuff!
The trifecta of Khalfoun, Aja and Levasseur sure make a compelling thriller. So, it’s not horror but certainly horrific and if you want a little meat for the gorehound in you there is a little vehicular manslaughter thrown in. For a film that takes place nearly entirely in a parking garage, there better be, right? There is that same sort of claustrophobic tension I love in Death and the Maiden at play here, and sort of an inverted home invasion. It’s also a neat trifecta of French, American and Canadian storytelling so it’s no wonder such a simple premise works.