|Writers:||Sotaro Hayashi, Daisuke Hosaka, Takashi Shimizu|
|Starring:||Hikari Mitsushima, Takeru Shibuya, and Teruyuki KagawaC|
The unfortunate problem with Asian horror post-boom is that the genre has become spoofed and parodied so much at this point that it nearly seems ludicrous to imagine a filmmaker using the visual motif of a scary child or a woman with long black hair flowing in front of her face – yet, many films are still doing it. Even The Tormented does on occasion. This makes it hard for some audiences to check their critical minds at the door, because they have been programmed at this point to not take this one visual cue as something serious or threatening. Yet, despite the fact that there are some very obvious Japanese “ghosts” within the movie, Tormented specializes in its otherworldly imagery. The movie bounces back and forth between the very placid reality that our characters live within and a abstract and surreal child’s nightmare. Shimizu, despite any conventional material used here, makes solid use of some very bizarre ideas. Using the rabbit from Shock Corridor, there are some nightmarish sequences revolving around what appears to be a grown man in a bunny costume. However, when its eyes are revealed to be blinking, and we see numerous dead animal mascots hanging from trees in the background, a stark and nightmarish conversion of worlds takes place on the screen.