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TORMENTED 3D (BLU RAY)
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Takashi Shimizu

Starring:
Takeru Shibuya
Hikari Mitsushima
Tamaki Ogawa
Teruyuki Kagawa

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
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Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Young school librarian Kiriko serves a protector of sorts for her little brother. Mom's dead and Dad's busy illustrating Little Mermaid pop-up books. Her little brother Daigo winds up killing a wounded rabbit at the same school where she works (and covering her with blood in the process), which sets a really bizarre chain of events in motion. Horrible memories start flooding in, including giant scary rabbits.
Is it good movie?
Literally released in Japan as "Rabbit Horror", Tormented is a complicated, convoluted and yet still somewhat familiar-feeling tale about young people with tortured pasts whose secrets get revealed through the presence of a menacing horror (in this case, a big killer rabbit). Coming from Takashi Shimizu, creator of the Grudge, you might expect this 3D horror flick to rock your socks. Instead, it'll likely make you scratch your head.

Yeah, this is a weird, weird movie. There are surely some parallels to Alice in Wonderland here, but in this flick, the little boy finds the rabbit instead of the other way around. Of course, the rabbit literally comes out of the movie screen (and why Kiriko takes her little brother to see a terrifying J-Horror flick, I'll never know) and into his hands.

I guess from here, the movie either becomes ridiculous or effective, depending on how you take it. I'm not sure if the movie is meant to be somewhat light satire, or if we're supposed to take it seriously. The sound work is effective with the use of a moody score, but do you think the idea of a big guy in a rabbit suit stumbling around a wide open area is scary? Well, if you don't, you should check out early because besides a few bodies thrown in for good measure, things don't exactly pick up from here. You never really have any idea what's going on in terms of the main story, until near the end when things get "put together" in a "twist" that just didn't work for me. The movie slams on the brakes and completely shifts tone to try to clear up the family mysteries, and it is jarring.

It's not exactly a pretty movie either. Though 3D is employed, the movie is ugly looking and feels amateurish. It feels like a homemade movie in terms of visual style. And why is the mute person narrating the whole movie? The whole movie seems really nonsensical and the plot just doesn't add up. I understand it's a spiritual successor to Takashi Shimizu's earlier film, Shock Labyrinth but I really don't think that helps. On top of that, the character development is almost non-existant. Why don't any of the characters learn anything? They're never really faced with anything tough, they're just acting accordingly based on what's going on.

Ultimately, it's strange, ugly looking, and laden with melodrama. Tormented's 3D landscape isn't overly impressive (though there are some really cool moments- just not enough) and sort of falls flat, to make it a bit worse. Weird? Sure. Out there? Absolutely. For everyone? Hardly. For me, it was too all over the place and hard to follow. A lack of real scares didn't help things for me either, unfortunately. This one's just barely comprehensible and sometimes seems weird just for the sake of being weird.
Video / Audio
Video comes in a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer and it's not overly impressive in 2D or 3D. Ideally, if it worked well you could be impressed with what the movie tries to bring forth but it's just so murky and dank that few things really pop.

Audio is mixed as a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and performs well. Great surround work and dialogue is clear.
The Extras
Just a few trailers.
Last Call
I can't imagine ever choosing to watch this again, to be honest. If you're drawn to really bizarre plots and evil rabbits, this weird one might be for you. If you're looking for chilling, understandable 3D horror, look elsewhere.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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