At a mall in my area there's this dude who runs a kiosk selling mostly foreign martial arts titles, along with some crazy Japanese gore flicks. Several months back I asked him what the most fucked up movie in his possession was. Digging into the bottom drawer of his kiosk stand, he pulled out Grotesque, a movie he claimed was so brutal that he didn't even want to display it with the rest of his movies. He went on to say that it'd be a long while before i'd be able to eat again after watching it.
I immediately snatched Grotesque up and popped it into my DVD player that night ... only to discover that it's a totally worthless and plotless Hostel ripoff. It's just some crazy Japanese guy torturing a man and woman in his basement and believe me, it's far from being disturbing or even moderately convincingly real. In any event, I just realized the DVD just hit the states this past Tuesday, so I just wanted to make this post to let you guys know that you really don't need to bother with this one. I honestly don't have any idea how it got banned in the UK or how it has developed a reputation as the next great genre shocker. Quite frankly, i'm dissapointed to see that Japanese filmmakers have resorted to ripping off American horror films, rather than coming up with their own sick shit like they've done so often in the past. Come on guys, you can do better than this.
That being said, there is one scene from the final moments of the film that I just have to share with you. Not only is it utterly ridiculous and awesome, but it also totally breaks the tone of the film, a film thats whole aim seemed to be to come off like a realistically disturbing snuff film of sorts. I uploaded this must see 80 seconds for your enjoyment. Watch it and then use your Netflix rental on something else.
If you're in the mood for some serious blood, guts and violence, use that rental on a competent film with a plot and a point, such as Inside, High Tension or the film it tries so hard to be, Hostel. Grotesque gives a bad name to the genre and is further proof that pointless violence and torture do not a good horror movie make.