Director: Kaneto Shindo
Main Stars: Kichiemon Nakamura, Nobuko Otowa, Kei Sato
Storyline: A group of samurai’s attacks and rape a young woman and her mother. After their house is burnt down with their bodies inside, they come back as ghosts to kill their attackers.
Review (Spoils): Gintoki (Kichiemon Nakamura) and Yone (Nobuko Otowa) are attacked by a large group of samurai men that come into their home rape and murder them. On the exit out they burn down what is left of them. As the bodies burn, they are brought back with a black cat connection as ghosts that haunt the land and kill off their murders one by one. As bodies of men are found with their throats ripped out and bleed out the governor calls on a young crazed hero to kill off the demons of the land.
First off, this film is actually pretty damn gory for its time. The white-faced ghost ladies are not be messed with. The scenes of the throats being torn out by their own mouths like demon beast is actually done very well. And the finally fight scene of the hero against the ghost is amazing for it time. The special effects are fun to watch as she jumps around the room, flies and tumbles. That scene alone nails this as high classic of horror to watch.
Yes, this film can be confusing as the story line is the reverse of the other classic Onibaba. The makeup is creepy, the visuals of the ladies is spot on and the gore is there. This film gives us great special flying effects for its time, black cats, beheading, nasty throat bits, pouring blood and of course the rape scene.
Rating: This is a classic in my books and excited that stumbled by accident upon it. Defiantly a memorable film. If you have not seen this film and love classic horror you need to hunt this down, you will not be disappointed. The film has a great plot and story line and the effects and make up are well worth the watch.