Grindhouse plus Splatter Horror is what Unearthed Films, with sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has lined up for release during the Christmas-selling season as a counter-programming offering for hardcore genre fans.
This would be the Dec. 11 launch of both Blu-ray and DVD editions of Japanese filmmaker Takashi Hirose’s feature-length film debut, Brutal — which is truth in advertising taken to the extreme.
Serial killers are on the prowl in Tokyo, both of whom are cleverly showcased in two stand-alone segments that are titled simply “Man” and “Woman.”
In the first, Japanese actor and performance artist Butch Bigwave (who previously teamed up with Hirose for his 2012 short film titled Moratorium) has abducted a trio of young beauties and is about to have his way them. He’s sort of a roly-poly loser who laments, while he systematically butchers his captives, that no one understands his needs, wants and desires.
Well, unless you are equally insane, it would be a challenge to understand where this guy — “Man” — is coming from. That brings us to “Woman,” equally unhinged and played by Ayano Oami (Perfect Education: Maid, For You, The Scream, etc.), who is adapt at seducing eager young men and quickly slicing them to ribbons.
Once the graphic details of the pair are presented, filmmaker Takashi Hirose guides us into the third stanza, where Man and Woman meet and head back to his apartment, each with plans to have their way with the other!!
It doesn’t take long — during this “date with death” — for each to figure out that they’ve met their mirror image. It is during this evening of “truth” that Hirose throws in a twist for genre fans to savor.
Bonus features for Brutal include a “Behind the Scenes” featurette and unspecified music videos.