Arguably the most controversial and popular Japanese horror film ever made, Evil Dead Trap (aka Shiryo no Wana) is finally on DVD in the United States from Synapse Films! Nami, a talk show hostess, tells her audience to s... more »end in home videos to profile on her late night program. Soon, she receives anonymous videotape in the mail^Ea tape containing terrifying imagery. She watches in horror as an unseen filmmaker follows a route to an abandoned factory^Eand brutally tortures and kills a woman on camera. A camera crew is assembled and they set off to follow the videotape^R s trail to the foreboding location. What they find there is a horror beyond imagination! There is someone^Eor something^Ein the mysterious building. Something waiting in the shadows to torture and murder them one by one^E This film has a huge cult following and is sure to please any serious horror film fan!« less
Serdar S. Yegulalp | Huntington, NY United States | 07/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Toshiharu Ikeda crossbreeds Daro Argento, Sam Raimi and Lucio Fulci for this gruesomely fascinating tour-de-force. Late-night TV show host gets a snuff film in the mail (which we see -- and be warned, it's appallingly realistic!), which she traces to an abandoned Army base. Horrific showdown with the forces of evil ensue, and the movie's final third is as much psychological horror as it is physical (or even metaphysical). Definitely not for weak stomachs. 16x9 remastered Synapse Video edition is a vast improvement over the rather soft-looking Dutch DVD that has been in circulation recently. Ikeda's "Dead Trap 2" and "Dead Trap 3" follow totally different directions; "2" owes more to the mystery-surrealism of David Lynch while "3" is more of a graphic Hitchcock style of story. All are worth owning."
Inteligent Horror and Graphic Gore
M. Roberts | Lord Froggy's Dungeon | 07/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Warning their are scenes of intense violence contained within in this movie. However if you can stomach the gore this movie has a lot more to offer than you're standard hack and slash effort. There is a wonderfully intense atmosphere pervading the whole movie. The deaths are immaginative and are handled extremely well. The influnces although obvious (Argento, Ramai and a brilliant tribute to Fulci), Japanese director Toshiharu Ikeda adds his own twist to the procedings. If you are fed up of limp offerings that fail to deliver the goods then check this excellent film out."
Injury to the Eye Motif
Zack Davisson | Seattle, WA, USA | 10/21/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I cannot claim to be an expert on Horror films, and although I know the name, I have never seen "Suspira" or many of the other oft-referenced flicks featured in other reviews. That being so, this review may be helpful from the viewpoint of a casual viewer, and is hopefully taken as such.I watched "Evil Dead Trap" on a whim, hoping to see a Japanese horror flick around Halloween time. I must confess, I wasn't prepared for the sheer brutality of some of the scenes, including the aforementioned injury to the eye motif. Not quite a slasher film and not quite a psychological horror film, there are elements of both. Something along the lines of "Silence of the Lambs" combined with the gore and violence of a "Friday the 13th" movie.The opening half is definitely superior for to the second, with the brutal videotapes captivating my attention, as well as that of Nami. However, the more the movie tries to explore the connection between the killer and Nami, the more obscure the plot gets, and the more difficult it is to stay interested.All in all, it is not a bad film, but not a very good one either. The high level of explicit gore might be a barrier to casual horror film watchers, and the dense plot might be a barrier to those hoping for a good slashing. I don't think I will watch it again, but it was interesting to watch once."
Only after about 12 bottlles of sake will this make sense!
Zack Davisson | 11/24/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is nothing that hasn't been done before. It seems as though Ikeda watched a bunch of American and Italian films and decided to recreate his favorite scenes. He does nothing more than show us what we've all seen before with a bit of a Japanese twist to it all. Inside this film you will find The Fisherman from I Know What You Did..., killings straight out of Friday the 13th, Argento's music, Fulci's ocular fixations, and a completely over the top ending reminescent of the hallucinogenic Italian film Spider Labyrinth. Despite the other reviewer's assertions that this is similar to Evil Dead, I found no touches of Raimi in this film. It is never funny or slapstick like Ash and the zombies. There are no flying eyeballs or waggling hands in Evil Dead Trap. Eyeballs and hands are strictly poked and severed.
It is very graphic and scary at times. However, the suspense is totally in vain because the ending is lame. The protagonist starts off very scary and quite like an Argento character (we see black leather boots instead of black leather gloves), but by the end is reduced to a silly inexpensive haunted house beast. It's too bad Ikeda cheaped out like this. If he had left out the "supernatural" element, this truly would have been frightening. If you love Italian horror as I do, you should check this out. If you are looking for something original, stay away. I do recommend stocking up on a boat load of Kirin before you watch this. If you are not half in the bag you just may want to throw something at you tv in the final minutes."
The flagship of Japanese splatter horror
Andreas M. Huber | Switzerland | 12/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Late Night talk show hostess Nami receives a mysterious videotape that shows the brutal killing of a young woman. It also describes the way to a remote industrial area, where this snuff videotape obviously was filmed. Attracted from what she saw, Nami and her television crew drive to the area to investigate the background of the video. Now the horror starts, as one after another is killed in unbelievably sadistic fashion. Who (or better: WHAT) is the killer? This film can be called the "flagship" of Japanese splatter horror movies. Filled with style and sadism only possible in Japanese genre films, it brought new life to the genre. The gory special effects are ultra-realistic and remind of the notorious "Giniipiggu 2: Chiniku no hana". Actress Miyuki Ono, talented and beautiful, delivers a superb performance as Nami.
This DVD version isn't really better in terms of picture quality than the older Dutch release, but has better subtitles and features extras. And there's a strange difference between the two during the opening credits: Here they are white on black ground, in the dutch version they are green."