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|Baptism of Blood|
Director: Kenichi Yoshihara
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Animation
Sakura?s mother is making her life a living hell. Disfigured and half-mad, she rules her daughter?s life with an iron fist in the crumbling mansion that is their home. But when Sakura stumbles upon a mad scientist?s fiendi... more »
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Schuylar L. (schuym1) from SIOUX CITY, IA
Reviewed on 8/15/2015...
This is a decent horror film from Japan. I usually don't turn my head away from horror movies, but I had to turn my head away during the scene with the brain transfer. I guess that is saying something. It is a bit strange, but that doesn't make it a bad movie.
Jax M. (Destructa) from SAN JOSE, CA
Reviewed on 4/13/2008...
Disturbing, deadpan camp horror from Japan. I'd have to say this film has the most realistic anatomical gore that I've ever seen. Surreal!
bonsai chicken | United States | 08/31/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Matsuko Uehara is a once-glamorous actress now suffering from a disfiguring skin disease. Stage makeup can no longer hide it, and she is forced to retire in seclusion. Grown ever more bitter in her senior years, she finally puts in motion a plan to have her brain transplanted into the body of her beautiful teenaged daughter Sakura.
The events that follow are of such mind-boggling implausibility that they beggar description. Despite being many years in the making, Matsuko's plan isn't very well thought-out, and things fall apart pretty quickly. Her original body goes missing, a detective starts poking his nose in, and a relationship develops with Sakura's married piano instructor who, as executor of the Uehara estate, has an agenda of his own.
Although there's only one really gory scene (in which brains are removed and juggled about by a machine that looks like it came out of Freddy's boiler room) BAPTISM OF BLOOD struck me as the Asian version of a Herschell Gordon Lewis flick. The tone is similar, the acting as bad, and the plot just as ludicrous.
I won't even go into the twist ending, or the absurd psychological explanation involved.
The only thing that keeps me from giving the film only one star is that it is unintentionally hilarious and thus entertaining on some level, and that there's a pretty girl to look at. (The most horrifying thing was seeing her beautiful head of hair get shaved for the transplant operation. I nearly cried.) It's not a good movie by any means, but it could be fun to invite from friends over and give it the MST3K treatment. At least it's budget-priced.
The DVD has no extras other than trailers for other Asia Pulp Cinema releases which look equally as bad."