Evil Dead Trap

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Evil Dead Trap
Directed by Toshiharu Ikeda
Written by Takashi Ishii
Starring Miyuki Ono
Aya Katsuragi
Hitomi Kobayashi
Eriko Nakagawa
Masahiko Abe
Music by Tomohiko Kira
Cinematography Masaki Tamura
Distributed by Japan Home Video
Release date
  • May 14, 1988 (1988-05-14)
Running time
105 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Evil Dead Trap, known in Japan as Shiryō no wana (死霊の罠?), is a 1988 Japanese horror film directed by Toshiharu Ikeda and produced by Japan Home Video.


TV show host Nami asks her viewers to send in home movies; she receives a snuff film apparently shot at a nearby factory. Taking a camera crew out to investigate, Nami finds the factory deserted. As Nami and her crew begin to scour the factory, they are murdered one-by-one in grisly fashion until only Nami remains. She ultimately discovers that the killer is Hideki, a small, fetus-like man conjoined to his fully grown, naive twin-brother, who seems unaware of the killings.


Special effects were by Shinichi Wakasa who would go on to a career as a monster-suit maker for several Godzilla movies.

Hitomi Kobayashi who plays the supporting role of Rei Sugiura was a top star for Japan Home Video (JHV) under their adult video (AV) label Alice Japan. JHV financed the film as a vehicle for Kobayashi but director Toshiharu Ikeda, unsure of Kobayashi's acting ability, instead put Miyuki Ono in the starring role.[1]



The film was released theatrically in Japan as Shiryō no wana (死霊の罠?) on May 14, 1988[2] and it was later released in Japan as a VHS tape on September 25, 1988[3] and as a DVD on June 23, 2000.[4] A DVD version titled Evil Dead Trap with English subtitles came out November 7, 2000 from Synapse Films.[5]


The film received generally positive reviews from critics. Allmovie describes the film as a "provocative horror film" and a "sickening but riveting slasher"[6] while Tom Mes at Midnight Eye called it a "highly effective and suspenseful slasher movie" with "imaginative and gruesomely impressive death scenes".[7] Another reviewer finds the plot "so ridiculously ludicrous that it's laughable" but feels that the disturbing images and elaborate death scenes make up for it.[8]


  1. ^ Galloway, Patrick (2006). "Evil Dead Trap: Shiryo no wana". Asia Shock: Horror and Dark Cinema from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Thailand. Berkeley, Calif.: Stone Bridge Press. p. 165. ISBN 1-933330-12-0. 
  2. ^ 死霊の罠(1988) (in Japanese). All Cinema. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  3. ^ "死霊の罠 [VHS]" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  4. ^ "死霊の罠 [DVD]" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  5. ^ Evil Dead Trap (1988). Amazon.com]. ASIN 6305789649. 
  6. ^ Firsching, Robert. "Evil Dead Trap". Allmovie. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  7. ^ Mes, Tom (March 20, 2001). "Evil Dead Trap". MidnightEye. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  8. ^ Shieh, JoE (May 15, 2002). "Evil Dead Trap". kfccinema.com. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 


  • Thompson, Nathaniel (2006) [2002]. "EVIL DEAD TRAP". DVD Delirium: The International Guide to Weird and Wonderful Films on DVD; Volume 1 Redux. Godalming, England: FAB Press. p. 254. ISBN 1-903254-39-6. 
  • Weisser, Thomas. (1998). "Asian Cult Cinema Report: Film, News and Gossip", in Asian Cult Cinema, #22, 1st Quarter, 1999, p. 4-6. (American premier of Evil Dead Trap)

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