Review: ‘Horny House of Horror’

Softcore porn collides with castration anxieties in the Japanese grindhouse quickie "Horny House of Horror."

Softcore porn collides with castration anxieties in the Japanese grindhouse quickie “Horny House of Horror.” Writer-cum-debutant helmer Jun Tsugita (“Mutant Girls Squad”) teams here with f/x maestro Yoshino Nishimura to deliver the gory goods, the cathouse setting giving Tsugita ample excuse to undress his cast of porn thesps, including cult fave Asami (“RoboGeisha”), as a prelude to fetishistic violence. Schlock-crazed fanboys everywhere will be engorged with excitement for the pic’s ancillary release.

Pals Toshida (Wani Kansai) and Uno (Toushi Yanagi) insist on going to a brothel with their betrothed friend Nakazu (Yuya Ishikawa), who has never paid for sex before. Each guy is matched with a nubile prostitute, unaware of the locale’s deranged mission to sexually torture customers. Vagina dentata is the yarn’s main means of attack, but samurai swords and phallic food games provide plenty of ketchup. Male thesps chew the scenery with comic shamelessness, while wild-eyed Asami is sassy and ferocious; Saori Hara gives her thesping more effort than the pic deserves, emerging with dignity (if not nipples) intact. Script provides a loopy excuse to get to Nishimura’s setpieces, so Tsugita’s helming feels rushed. Production values are cheap.

Horny House of Horror

Japan

Production

A HHH Film Partners production. (International sales: the Klockworx Co., Tokyo.) Produced by Hideomi Nagahama, Shin Hayasaka. Executive producer, Nobuhiko Sako. Directed, written by Jun Tsugita.

Crew

Camera (color, HD), Shin Hayasaka; editor, Kazutoshi Usa, Jun Tsugita; music, Piranha Orchestra; art director, Ryuji Hayakawa. Reviewed on DVD, Sydney, Nov 3, 2010. (In Toyko Film Festival -- market.) Running time: 75 MIN.

With

Saori Hara, Asami, Mint Suzuki, Yuya Ishikawa, Toushi Yanagi, Wani Kansai, Akira Murota, Demo Tanaka, Takashi Nishina.

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