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'Grudge' Mastermind Takashi Shimizu Gives Horror Fans 'Rigor Mortis'

Blu-ray cover art for 'Rigor Mortis.'
Blu-ray cover art for 'Rigor Mortis.'
Well Go USA Entertainment

'Rigor Mortis' Blu-ray

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I make it no secret to anyone that I love the movies of Takashi Shimizu. One of the most exciting moments of my career as a movie blogger was getting the opportunity to interview the talented Writer / Director / Producer. While many grew weary of “The Grudge” after so many spin-offs and sequels, I actually enjoyed and found most of them terrifyingly entertaining.

His other works like “Reincarnation,” “The Shock Labyrinth,” and “Tormented” are all fine examples of what Shimizu can do outside the box of his most famous creation. I’ve been waiting years for his film “4700” to be released either straight-to-DVD or in theaters. It looks like we’ll have to settle for projects produced by him for a while. One of those was recently released by Well Go USA Entertainment.

Rigor Mortis” is a supernatural tale featuring vampires, zombies, ghost hunters, and other creatures that haunt your nightmares. They all seem to have a fixation on the apartment building a washed-up suicidal actor moved into. As you can imagine, all sorts of very strange and disturbing occurrences unfold. Mix in some martial arts and you have a perfect homage to the classic Chinese vampire films of the past.

“Rigor Mortis” is presented in 16x9 widescreen with 5.1 HD Surround Sound. The natural color scheme is stylishly altered throughout giving it different moody elements. The audio features all sorts of oddly disturbing sounds for horror fans to enjoy and immerse themselves in.

There’s not much here for folks who like bonus material. All that’s included is a trailer for the movie. It would have been interesting to see a “Making of” featurette containing interviews with the cast and crew and production footage.

Although “Rigor Mortis” is unrated, I would give it an R. There’s a lot of gore and disturbing horror imagery. Bad language and some nudity can be found as well.

I can definitely see why Takashi Shimizu took a liking to “Rigor Mortis.” After seeing the filmmaker’s more bizarre stylings in “The Shock Labyrinth” and “Tormented,” I perceive why he was drawn to the strange characters and peculiar phantasmagorias Director Juno Mak came up with for this unique genre entry. If you grow weary of the typical American monster movies we constantly get, “Rigor Mortis” is a step in a curious direction.

"Rigor Mortis" is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.