Chigireta ai no Sigatsujin (Evil Dead Trap 3: Broken Love Killer) (Toshiharu Ikeda, 1993)
[note: review originally published 1Dec2008]
The third (and, to date, final) of the Evil Dead Trap movies once again has nothing in common with its predecessors save the name. It has a bit more in common with some other Asian horror films, most notably The Untold Story (if you take the cannibalism aspect out of that one), which popped up the same year.
Where the other two Evil Dead Trap flicks were horror stories, this one has more the feel of a detective mystery. A body, missing its limbs, washes up on shore, and the case is assigned to Nami Muraki (Suicide Club‘s Kimiko Yo), a local detective. As seems to be the case in movies like this, Nami quickly becomes obsessed with finding the killer as more and more bodies appear. As she gets closer to unmasking the killer, however, he inevitably turns his attention to her. And, after all, she’s just his type.
While the movie gets closer to being a gore film as it reaches its climax, it’s still a mystery dressed up in gore-film trappings. It’s not a bad pairing, and I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing it with a really inventive mystery and top-notch gore effects, neither of which are in evidence here; the Evil Dead Trap movies are about as close to basement-budget Japanese filmmaking as you’re likely to see exported to America. Still, if you’re in the mood for a mystery, and you’ve watched everything on your shelf, this one might make for an interesting change of pace. ** ½
The only clip from the film I could find online. Sorry about the Russian subtitles…