Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing horror films from the 1980’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
Puts the pedal to the metal!
Around the halfway mark, Tetsuo: The Bullet Man offers a theory we presume encompasses the whole franchise... something about a project called Tetsuo and a corporation’s initiative to keep it secret; something about a cancer. It isn’t very clear. The problem with these films is they don’t make a lot of sense to begin with so any attempt at a procedural or a backstory fails.
It seems the only emotion Shin’ya Tsukamoto, screenwriter and director, can evoke is distress. The photography is desaturated, which brings us back to the original Tetsuo, in black and white, and also makes the metallic make-up credible. The actions scenes are riveting. The gore is out of this world. This said, with all this metal and the shaky camera, the characters are hard to differentiate.
This may very well be the best installment in the franchise at this point. Tsukamoto learned from his past mistake, it appears, and gives us only the best of his mythos. It is the first time we are allowed to care for the characters and it is the first time we get a comprehensible story. Well, most of it. What’s more, the creature design is highly creative.