Sadness in the form of a happy song
C. Christopher Blackshere | I am the devil's reject | 03/16/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Written by Ryu Murakami(AUDITION), I knew I was in for a dark excursion into counter-culture madness. KARAOKE TERROR is the satirical tale of two groups of societal misfits waging war against each other. These battles are all set to a soundtrack of retro karaoke hits.
It's the group of young slackers, content on doing nothing but play video games and writing Amazon reviews. Oops, I mean play video games and scoping out the ladies. After one kid gets insulted by a middle-age divorcee, he retaliates by slitting her throat. Her lady friends unite and devise their plans for revenge.
This movie starts off excellent, with some startling and stylistic murders that I totally loved. It delves into the idiosyncratic tendencies of the two different generations, with a spiritual unrest and mounting feelings of insecurity. The Showa-era songs and the violence seem to unite them within their own groups.
Unfortunately the battles escalate into some comical buffonery that I didn't really care for. It felt like a Miike rip-off. It isn't believable in the least, with bazookas and homemade atomic bombs. Some might enjoy it, I just lost interest after the first half of bloody, realistic murders. Still not bad."