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Satori Screen: Horrors Of Malformed Men (18) S

17 Sep 2021

Directed by

Teruo Ishii

Horrors Of Malformed Men

Satori Screen is excited to bring you a rare UK big screen showing for a classic of out-there cinema, based on the work of Japan's celebrated pioneer of ero-guro (“erotic grotesque”) literature, Edogawa Rampo and directed by cult director Teruo Ishii (Blind Woman's Curse, Yakuza Law) for a film which can be described as a mixture of HG Wells' Island Of Dr Moreau with the colours of Dario Argento's Suspiria and the dreamlike logic of a David Lynch film.

Medical student Hirosuke Hitomi slips out of the asylum in which he has been wrongfully confined and stealthily assumes the identity of a recently deceased nobleman with whom he bears an uncanny resemblance. Hirosuke eases his way into the nobleman’s household and his dead double’s marital bed. But as long-repressed memories begin to bubble to the surface, he soon finds himself drawn to a remote isle where he is confronted by a mad scientist and his malformed men, and discovers the key that will unlock some long-suppressed mysteries of his own.

A dark labyrinth of the monstrous and perverse that fuses mystery and horror while incorporating motifs from a myriad of Rampo's tales, Horrors of Malformed Men boasts astonishing carnivalesque art design and haunting performances. Withdrawn from cinemas by its own studio after its original scandalous release nearly fifty years ago, the film is among the very best screen interpretations of the author’s macabre brand of horror-fantasy fiction, and a unique oddity of Japanese cult cinema.

"One of the most singular cinematic experiences not just in Ishii's history, but in all of Japan's" - Tom Mes,

This screening will include an introduction from Satori Screen's Peter Munford.

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