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Blind Beast Vs. Killer Dwarf

Panik House Entertainment // 2001 // 95 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // September 8th, 2006

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson wants to see the Killer Dwarf take on Komodo in the sequel.

The Charge

About a crazy as the title makes it sound.

The Case

Blind Beast vs. Killer Dwarf is Japanese shock auteur Teruo Ishii's final film. This 2001 feature is a true brain-stabber, featuring a relentlessly twisty plot, some f***ed-up imagery, copious Japanese bosoms, and probably the most prosthetic limbs ever to appear on screen at once.

I'm still wrestling the plot, so I'll do my best. Two wackos are running around, and it appears they may have a rivalry going over who can out-creep each other. The "blind beast" is a blind man with advanced tooth decay, who lures women into his hall of rubber limbs, then kills them, then dances awash in their blood. He also poses as a masseur, which usually leads to more killing and blood dancing.

Then you've go the killer dwarf, an ex-circus midget, who, when taunted by his coworkers in the circus (they play an impromptu round of dwarf tossing), lights a match, tosses it into their communal sleeping quarters, and watches as they burn to death. Now free from the circus, he pursues a life of stalking. He also likes to attach severed limbs to balloons and send them flying.

Look, who knows what the @#$% is going on here. Our central characters are a young man, his girlfriend, and a detective. Together, this intrepid trio tries to decipher the truth behind the blind beast and the killer dwarf, as more and more bodies show up. What is the truth? Well, I'll let you figure that one out. Then you can e-mail me.

While the plot may be impenetrable, Blind Beast vs. Killer Dwarf scores big points in the "this is so weird, my grey matter hurts" department. Ishii has concocted some truly bizarre imagery for his swan song, and though much of it makes little sense, for fans of mind-bending import weirdness, this stuff shouldn't be missed. That prosthetic hallway that the blind beast has might just be worth the purchase price itself. A nightmarish confluence of rubber legs, arms and fingers, this construction deserves a nomination in the "induced-by-hallucinogenic-set-design-hall-of-fame." And the blind beast himself is a freakish creation deserving of such surreal digs. One scene towards the end has him sawing up a woman, bathing in blood, then swimming in a hot tub with the severed parts. And wait until you get to the climax, where the beast (temporarily shelving his massaging abilities) reveals his artistic sensibilities and goes down a path of nightmare imagery and body paint. Yeah, that end is out there.

The whole film is out there. And it should be noted that despite its fantastic title, it is not a comedy. Blind Beast vs. Killer Dwarf is a genre unto itself, like a mystery/horror/art house/brain aneurism mixture.

The feature was shot on video and looks okay in its new full frame presentation. Colors are blurry in a few places, but robust in others, particularly in the blood vs. cool blue contrast Ishii employs in some shots. The film is entirely in Japanese, with the options of English or Spanish subtitles. A short making-of documentary gives us a glimpse in the method to the madness. Some trailers, production notes, a still gallery and a collection of conceptual art finish off the extras.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 75

Perp Profile

Studio: Panik House Entertainment
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Japanese)
• English
• Spanish
Running Time: 95 Minutes
Release Year: 2001
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Foreign
• Horror

Distinguishing Marks

• Making-of Featurette
• "Geaphiles: Conceptual Art Illustrations"
• Still Gallery
• Production Notes
• Bios
• Trailers


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