BLOODY MUSCLE BODY BUILDER IN HELL (2009) Visual Vengeance Blu-ray Reviews and News

Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell is released on Blu-ray by Visual Vengeance, a new sister label launched by Wild Eye Releasing, on July 5, 2022.

The new collector’s Blu-ray label is dedicated to sometimes overlooked vintage micro-budget independent films from the 1980s through the 2000s. The upcoming slate of releases will cover the history of the underground genre, including action titles, horror and science fiction – and will include SOV, Super 8, 16mm and 35mm lens films – although its primary focus will be films shot on video from the beloved VHS and early DVD era when the Independent film production flourished.

The label will include films from genre fan-favorite directors such as Todd Sheets, Bret McCormick, Mark Polonia, Brad Sykes, Kevin Lindenmuth and Donald Farmer, plus many more – and a good selection of the films to be released have been feared. “lost” or lay exhausted for decades.

All releases will include participation in all-new bonus features with the original creators and stars of the films, and will be released in deluxe collector’s editions with limited-edition packaging – plus special features. Plus, many will have the addition of liner notes and premium items like posters, stickers, and other surprises.

Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell bonus features:
New interview with director Shinichi Fukazawa
Commentary track with directors Adam Green (Hatchet franchise; Frozen) and Joe Lynch (Shudder’s horror show series, Mayhem).
Commentary track with Japanese film historian James Harper
Lining notes
Limited Edition Case
Collectible mini-poster
“Stick your own” VHS sticker set
Vintage Laminated Video Library Rental Card
And more

Here’s our previous coverage of the film:

Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell a.k.a Japanese evil dead is a 2009 Japanese horror feature film written, directed and starring Shinichi Fukazawa. It also stars Masaaki Kai and Asako Nosaka.

Original title Jigoku no Chimidoro Muscle Builder it’s a real labor of love and personal obsession – the film was shot and edited on 8mm, then digital video, over a period of fourteen years!

After a surprise phone call interrupts his daily training, burly bodybuilder Shinji agrees to meet with his photojournalist ex-girlfriend to help with his haunted house research.

Accompanied by a professional medium, they visit an abandoned house that once belonged to Shinji’s father. However, inside the house, a dark secret lingers and they find themselves trapped and tormented by a relentless ghost with a thirty-year grudge…

We’re used to the idea of ​​blockbuster movies getting ripped off, but what’s the statute of limitations for imitation? When does a copy become a tribute? Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell evokes such questions, in part because this 2014 film is a blatant imitation of diabolical death – down to directly copying multiple shots – but mostly because the on-screen action is so uninteresting that you’ll find your mind wandering if you’re crazy enough to sit through it.

Also known as Japanese evil dead (and yes, it’s a giveaway, I guess) this film is barely past the sixty minute mark, but feels much longer, as it aims to prove just how good Sam Raimi’s film is by rehashing the same ideas in a ham-fisted, barely watchable story. Three people – including the son of a man we see embroiled in a violent altercation with a jealous lover in the opening scenes – find themselves in a haunted house… the very house where bodybuilder Shinji’s father met an awkward end . Soon we are possessed by vengeful ghosts, causing one of the three – a medium – to take on a distinctly Evil Dead Zombie appearance, and as Shinji fights to survive, there are plenty of gory moments.

It might sound like fun, however, not much happens during the first half of the movie, and when the action does get going, it’s handled in an incredibly sloppy way – the gore is plentiful but poorly presented, and where diabolical death moved like a rocket, it has the dynamism of a sloth and becomes more and more incoherent as it goes.

David Flint, MOVIES and MANIA

Other reviews:
“Gore is splattered across the screen throughout […] frequently delve into stop-motion animation for its more elaborate splatter sequences. Many horror comedies fail because they don’t strike the right balance between fear and laughter. Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell stick to diabolical death blueprint, punctuating his comedic situations with buckets of blood. Attack on Planet B

“Performances are enthusiastic but strident enough to make the short duration lenient. It’s a curiosity rather than a “real movie,” but there are enough lo-tech horror effects to keep viewers entertained and it’s over inside your average lunch hour. Kim Newman’s website

“…a showcase of talent, thrills and gender awareness from Fukazawa to quality and volume of effects. Bloody muscular bodybuilder in hell is an extended short or feature film missing reels, either way, it looks like the kind of thing that was hiding on the top shelf of your local video store, which is no small feat. The forbidden room

“This movie is very much a product of the late 90s when it was made, the stop-motion effects are actually really good and there’s a lot of gore to go with the gore. The acting is good too and you have the feeling that the two protagonists still have feelings for each other. British horror scene

In the UK, the film was released on DVD on April 24, 2017 by Terracotta’s Asian horror label ‘Terror Cotta’.
Special features include a gallery of step-by-step artwork by Graham Humphreys (diabolical death, freddie), original Japanese trailers, an extensive behind-the-scenes photo gallery, and two “making of” music videos.

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Briana R. Cross