RED ROOM 2 (2000, JAPAN, DAISUKE YAMANOUCHI)
In my review of the first Red Room, I had said that I hadn’t seen the sequel yet, but I had wanted to. Actually, before I had even written the original review, I had placed an order for the sequel because of how much I liked the first one. Today, I’ve finally seen the movie, and now I must say that it is better than the first.
The premise of the movie is the exact same as the first one is, but for this one they’ve added a contestant who had won the King Game several times before. (At the end of the first movie, they ask the winner if they’d like to play again, but the winner of that King Game doesn’t appear in this one.) It also runs 20 minutes longer than the original did, which means that the film runs at a slower pace, and as an added bonus, they perform more acts of torture in this one.
And the reason the film triumphs over the original is not only because it gives us more torture, but also because it’s way BLOODIER than the first one is. The first film gives you a little blood, not all that much, but in this one, one of the initial acts of torture, where a woman has to “brush” this Oh Dae-Su looking motherfucker’s nose with a toothbrush, has blood spraying by the fucking gallon. And the last ten minutes, my god… the movie isn’t gushing with blood and guts every minute, but when it does, it does it fucking beautifully.
Sure, a lot of torture is really sexual, just like the first one, but even those end up extremely bloody. For example, the girl is supposed to rape the Oh Dae-Su lookalike, and when she pulls out the tissue up his nose in the process, she ends up with a gallon of blood across her body. In another part of the movie, a guy rips a girl’s fetus out of her vagina when he’s supposed to pleasure her, and a shitload of blood splatters out of it at that very moment; the baby looks a bit cartoonish (what kind of fetus has googly eyes?), but the bloodbath that results is fucking divine.
Fucking watch the shit out of this one if you want to see what was missing from the first Red Room. Both of the movies are great, but this one provides all the splatter that many might have expected to see from the original. Buy Unearthed’s release, because it is worth any amount you pay for it.
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