Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Film Review: Tokyo Videos of Horror 1

Tokyo Videos of Horror 1 (Review)
Japan/Date Unknown
Format Viewed for Review: Amazon Prime
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: Yes

"...if you're a fan of anthologies and found footage movies, this is a very entertaining package."

An anthology of five short films from the Tokyo Videos of Horror series.

Although I reviewed Tokyo Videos of Horror: Panic Collection last year, I'm still not very familiar with the series, so here I am watching more. (And it helps that this collection is also available on Amazon Prime Video.) This collection features five videos. The first video is part of the aforementioned Panic Collection. It follows a couple who are lighting fireworks at the beach before they're interrupted by the voice of a child. The second story is very short, following a group of friends who are visited by a creepy entity during a trip. The third story follows a pair of cleaners who are sent to a grave where they are asked to perform some strange rituals. The fourth story is another short one. It's a video of a family playing while being 'watched' by something. It ends with a surprisingly brutal story of revenge where a young woman is forced to consume two capsules, then she's asked to kill herself. Although some of the stories were ridiculously short, I enjoyed this collection.


If you liked the Panic Collection, you're probably going to like this anthology. It features a variety of horror: jump scares, eerie visuals, suspense, and gore. It has something for everyone, really. And, it delivers this horror in a neat presentation. I'm not a big fan of found footage movies. I love [Rec] and The Taking of Deborah Logan, but found footage movies tend to be loaded with filler, playing out more like home movies than horror films. In this case, the format is perfect. None of these short films overstay their welcome. There may be some dull moments here and there, but they're mostly tight—little to no filler. I also like that it fixes some of the other issues that plague the found footage subgenre. If the camerawork is shaky, it replays it in slow-motion and ensures you don't miss a thing. If a scene is too dark, it's replayed and it's brightened. I love that about this series. It's not perfect—some stories aren't very frightening—but it is entertaining.

The acting was good. I can't find a list of the cast so I can't credit them well, but they were all solid. Again, I'm thankful that the mockumentary style actually helps the film. The replays might be boring to some, but I thought they were excellent. You don't miss anything and it still keeps its creepy vibe. Although some of the visuals are eerie, especially because of the clever editing, the special effects are often mediocre. The special effects stick out like a sore thumb. It doesn't completely ruin the experience, but it hurts some of the stories. The film was directed by Kazuto Kodama. Although some of the stories aren't exactly scary, Kodama knows how to crafts a good found footage movie. I look forward to seeing more from him in this series.

Overall, Tokyo Videos of Horror 1 is another great collection in the series. Every story isn't going to terrify you, but, if you're a fan of anthologies and found footage movies, this is a very entertaining package. Definitely check it out if you have Amazon Prime.

Score: 7/10
Parental Guide: Some strong violence and gore.

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