Tuesday, October 2, 2012

31 Days of Horror: Day 2: Batoru rowaiaru (Battle Royale, 2000)

I love Battle Royale! It's a dystopian horror-action-thriller that does everything right. Once it starts, it doesn't lollygag around, waiting to get to the nitty-gritty of the story. It throws you in head first, forcing you right into the psychological horror these kids are about to go through. 

Battle Royale is set in futuristic Japan. The kids' behavior has a been a bit out of control and the government thinks it's time to...intervene. In order to do this, they capture a ninth-grade class, knock them out, and when they come to, they're expected to fight each other to the death. The last student remaining is the one who will be able to leave the island. 

The death scenes in this film are killer. It looks a bit like stage blood that you'd see in a theatrical production, like Sweeney Todd. When someone get's hit in the head or the neck, that blood sprays and squirts all over the place! It's pretty awesome!

The scariest villain in the film is the rebel guy. Dressed in a black suit with hair all spiked up; he's cool, he's handsome, he's deadly! 

This film isn't all about gore and murder. It also has a nice little love story and a story of friendship. It's spectacular all the way around. I want to watch it again right now!


monty said...

This movie is awesome and so much better than The Hunger my opinion. Good choice Kalli!

Kalli said...

I like it more than Hunger Games, too. I'm a fan of Hunger Games, but it's not nearly as messed up as Battle Royale.

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