VISUAL VENGEANCE BLU RAY RELEASE: Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell (2012)

What a path from Japan to my little house in Monongahela, PA, USA: Filmed in 1995. Edited in 2005. Completed in 2009. Released in 2012 on DVD-R. Theatrical release and DVD in Japan 2014. Released internationally in 2017. And now finally on blu ray from Visual Vengeance in 2022.

After a surprise phone call from his photojournalist ex-girlfriend interrupts the most important part of his day — his workout — Naoto agrees to meet her to research haunted houses. Along with a professional psychic, they enter the abandoned home of Naoto’s father, a place with a dark secret and a ghost — Naoto’s mother! — with a grudge decades old.

Then a clock flies off the wall and knocks out the psychic, possessing her with the spirit of the long-dead spirit which has been stuck within the walls of the house. And then the goop and gore start flowing through the floorboards and down the walls and Evil Dead gets referenced, but man this shot on video film is closer to a rip-off of a rip-off of a direct to video sequel to that movie and that’s more than a great thing.

I mean, Naoto even finds a shotgun and says “Groovy.” And that’s all you really need, you know?

Extras on Visual Vengeance’s blu ray release include a new interview with director Shinichi Fukazawa, a commentary track with directors Adam Green (Hatchet, Frozen) and Joe Lynch    (Shudder’s Creepshow, Mayhem), another commentary track with Japanese film historian James Harper, liner notes by Matt Desidero of Horror Boobs, a limited edition slipcase, reversible cover art, a collectible mini-poster, a “Stick your own” VHS sticker set and a vintage style laminated Video Store Rental Card.

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