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Mimicry Freaks

Japan 2019
produced by
Shugo Fujii, Yukari Umezawa, Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi (executive) for Cinema for Actors, Power of Pictures, S-Kill
directed by Shugo Fujii
starring Tatsuji Sugiyama, Tomoya Mochizuki, Daiki Tanaka, Hitomi Kawano, Hiroshi Katsura, Takako Sakai, Daiki Yasui, Miya Savini (as Jun Miyashita), Takahiro Ochi, Riku Enomoto, Ayumu Okumoto, Etsuko Tanemura, Maiko Onohara, Gen Ura, Yosuke Nishino, Yoshitaka Senoo, Ryuichi Hidaka, Haruhiko Nishida, Kazuma Wakebe, Yuichi Kawano
written by Shugo Fujii, music by Kenji Ueda

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Fuma wakes up in his bed - to find himself in the middle of the woods, with no idea how he got there. But he finds his young son Ren nearby, shortly before they are attacked by warrior monster Namahage - and when Fuma kills Namahage, he has to realize he has killed his son instead. Only, in a way, he hasn't. And in a way he isn't really in the woods but in a sterile hospital room where he's part of a behavioural experiment that ends in him killing his son, again and again. But somehow, he is in the woods, as he's a homicidal escapee from an insane asylum - though he doubts that.

Meanwhile, two lovers and the grumpy father-of-the-bride have their wedding planner drive them through the woods to the location of the reception, witht he father-of-the-bride making it more than clear that he doesn't approve of his daughter's choice. Of course their car breaks down eventually, and of course they come across Fuma and become entangled in his story, and they soon all find themselves on the run from not one but a number of Namahages that seem to grow out of the forest floor it seems, and stumble from one grotesque situation into the next along the way, not knowing that they're all just pawns in a large-scale experiment in terror ...


Now to really do Mimicry Freaks justice in a synopsis is next to impossible, as the film unapologetically follows the logic of a nightmare, and the leaps of (not only narrative) reason are thus the very core of its story structure. And the outcome is certainly not for everybody, as it's nasty, it's explicit in its presentation of horror, and doesn't shy away from going totally over-the-top - and that said, if you're into the more extreme side of terror and are able to accept a horror-for-horror's sake at face value, then you'll be richly rewarded with a deliciously grotesque horror show that will stay with you for quite a while after watching.


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Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

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Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
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the new anthology by
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and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
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A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
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written by
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Ryan Hunter and
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