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Bakemono

Japan 2023
produced by
Doug Roos, James Hutchinson (executive), Shannon Gregory (executive) for Lost Forever Productions
directed by Doug Roos
starring Takashi Irie, Marilyn Kawakami, Miki Nomura, Dominic Early, Yurika Natsume, Hinako Sugiyama, Mai Mizusawa, Conor Lyne, Yoo Shin K., Scott Anthony, Yukina Takase, Kei Uraji, Laila Chiba, Vanessa Mertenbacher, Takashi Sayama, Mone Watanabe, Takumi Isaji, Sayuri Nakata, Sora Ota, Alice Nemoto, Setsuka Akiyama, Maika Takei, Olive, Hiro Senda, Mana Shimojyo, Keito Kunii, Hanaka Mizuki, Yosuke Koizumi, Takeshiro Yoshimaru, Yoshie Huang
written, music and special effects by Doug Roos

review by
Mike Haberfelner

At first sight, it's an AirBnB apartment in Tokyo like oh so many others, not great but also not too shabby and at least servicable, so it pretty much welcomes guests on a very regular basis, and all these guests have their stories, some of which come to a head in this very apartment. But on top of that, the aparment also has its resident tentacled monster that kills (or at least tries to) everyone inside exactly midnight - and gorily so. But the monster didn't get there by its own bidding, sadistic Mitsuo (Takashi Irie), the apartment's actual owner, has summoned it in exchange for power - only to ultimately become his own creature's slave ...

 

Now Bakemono has pretty much all a good monster movie needs, from a grotesque monster to gallons of gore, from suspense sequences to jump scares, from high drama to screams of fear. And yet, Bakemono is far from your typical monster movie, more of an experimental film in the guise of a creature feature, as its scenes are edited together completely out of chronological order and sometimes interwoven in a way that simultaneity is suggested where logically there is none. This all might be a tad confusing, if intentionally so, but it's also quite fascinating as the film pretty much sucks the viewer in by its non-linear, often associative narrative style that keeps one guessing, while the genre-savvy directorial effort is sure to appeal to horror fans, making this a very unique and utterly worthwhile cinematic experience.

 

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