Everyone has their staples for Halloween watching, like John Carpenter’s “Halloween” and “Nightmare Before Christmas.” But be forewarned, gentle reader, because your master of Scarimonies (God, I sound like the Crypt Keeper), Dukey Flyswatter, will suggest some gems and themes that may have flown drastically under your radar, like a schizophrenic Vampire Bat.
This week’s theme is Horror Obscura: The foreign market. Most scream fanatic fiends will know these flickers from across the pond and beyond, but I’m always surprised at how many of these get the short shrift on the Devil’s A-List.
Saturday Oct. 15th 2LDK (2003).
Japan. Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi. Stars: Maho Nonami. In case you are scratching your head about the title, it is an ad description for an Apartment. 2 Bedrooms, Living Room, Dining Room Kitchen. The two female roomies start out as a ludicrous odd couple escalating into a bloody “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us” showdown in Hell. A poor neat freak and not so sociably acceptable student/actress finds out that she is up for the same soap opera role as her wealthier and snottier cohabitator, who is constantly breaking the rules. First, she is just careless and rude as she devours the more reserved girl’s lunches and such until she expressly uses stronger behavior tactics to drive the other girl out of her mind. It works, and before long the both of them are quite Psychotic. Satire and violence meld very well in this college-set version of War Of The Roses.