|Watcher in the Attic (1976)|
|Writers:||Edogawa Rampo (story) and Akio Ido|
|Starring:||Junko Miyashita, Hiroshi Osa, and Renji Ishibashi|
The sex within the movie is surprisingly erotic. That might sound rather redundant when speaking about a supposedly titillating film genre, but so often these movies present sex in the exact same fashion. Lots of rather ordinary sex that is spiced up only by the amount of “kink” that is injected into the plot. Watcher in the Attic instead shows sex in a very dreamlike manner, but doesn’t simply go for the soft-focus feel that many audiences might expect. The sweat and the dynamic of what is shown and what is insinuated… it’s all quite masterful. The acts performed, however, may not be of the kinky variety that many roman porno fans might expect. This is a fairly straightforward erotic thriller in many regards. There’s very little to see in terms of bodily fluids or outrageous behavior. The sex could be seen as mundane in comparison to many of the shockers that this genre would later produce. The outrageous bits within this particular movie are intended to come from its use of violence. The film could be likened to a more subtle and earlier version of Assault! Jack the Ripper. Both movies are about a pair of bizarre lovers who find their infatuations leading to a number of deaths along the way. The macabre content is nothing new for Tanaka, but it isn’t likely to astound or befuddle many members of the audience. While not bad because of it, the shocks and peculiarities in Watcher are few and far between.