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CPH PIX Film review: Over Your Dead Body

Mark Walker    April 15th, 2015


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This Japanese horror film features a different type of stage fright

Looks like he’s stumbled into the garden scene in ‘Kill Bill’

Over Your Dead Body
showing again 18/04 at 23:45 at Grand

A characteristically insane offering from Takeshi Miike, the highly prolific director of Ichi The Killer, Audition and Dead or Alive.

This is a derivative but initially intriguing ‘art imitates life’ premise that concerns a sociopathic lead actor performing in a luxurious theatre production of ‘Yotsuya Kaidan’, an old Japanese ghost story of murder, betrayal and infidelity.

But when the slow burn of evocative theatrical spectacle gives way to surreal horror, Miike veers off clumsily into the realm of gross-out.

★★☆☆☆☆

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