Friday, February 3

Jigoku (Hell) (The Sinners of Hell) (1960) - Nikkatsu Video Japan VHS

Cheap $6 grab from eBay last week. In case one didn't already know, Nobuo Nakagawa's Jigoku marked the first on-screen portrayal of gore effects, predating Herschell Gordon Lewis' Blood Feast in 1963. I know exactly zero Japanese, but I have a hunch this release commemorated the film's 35th anniversary judging by some the text on the cassette and its labels being in gold foil.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Movie ended up in the Criterion Collection and don't you know it's about a guy who dies and goes and sees the tortures of Buddhist Hell. In some ways it feels like kind of a religious movie in that way. you dare tread upon the staircase?

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