Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Claustrocore Films

Included in this book are 80 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent claustrocore films.

Claustrocore films are about people stuck in one place for most of the running time.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Three... Extremes

Three professionals explore the dark side of life.

 

Japan
China
South Korea
2004
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Surreal
Anthology
Translated
Tale Amount: 
3
Sadist: 
Rigger
Torturer
Babies: 
Fetus
Trickster: 
Gamemaster
Catastrophes: 
Fire

Dumplings

An actress who wants to be young again eats dumplings made of special ingredients.

Cut

A film director is kidnapped by one if his extras and forced to play a deadly game.

Box

A novelist experiences nightmares of her past as a circus performer.

4
Extreme!
6
3.04
7.04
7.04
2
3
3

Dumplings

Cut

Box

Photography
Plot
Effects
Three... Extremes will give you extreme sensations. Its three segments will polarize your opinion as a viewer. These aren’t the best horror anthology segments you’ve ever seen, but they are all irreproachable photographically. The logic sides of the three scripts are questionable. Reason comes second, here. The three tales were created by some of the most promising writers and directors of Asia.
First, there’s the story about a secret dumpling recipe that rejuvenates your skin and body. It is sickening, shocking, yet stylish. Then, there’s the one about a game of torture. It’s aesthetically charming but it’s nothing more than a nice setup. It’s a good concept that never lives up to its premise. The last segment is all over the place. It is chaotic, pretentious and frustrating.
The characters are colorful despite their darkness. The antagonists are all professionals in some way. Gore is abundant and imaginative. Those stories aren’t especially thrilling. There is more style, here, than there is substance. On a technical level, those stories are mostly masterpieces, but they all have a weak script with too much filler. The first story; Dumplings, is the only decent story.
Alternate Titles: 
Saam gaang yi
3 Extremes
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