Horrors of Malformed Men

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Horrors of Malformed Men
Horrors of Malformed Men poster.jpg
Poster for Horrors of Malformed Men (1969)
Directed by Teruo Ishii
Written by Edogawa Rampo (novel)
Teruo Ishii
Masahiro Kakefuda
Starring Teruo Yoshida
Teruko Yumi
Music by Masao Yagi
Cinematography Shigeru Akatsuka
Distributed by Toei
Release date
  • October 31, 1969 (1969-10-31)
Running time
99 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Horrors of Malformed Men aka Horror of a Deformed Man aka The Horror of Malformed Men (江戸川乱歩全集 恐怖奇形人間, Edogawa Rampo Zenshū: Kyoufu Kikei Ningen) is a 1969 Japanese film in the ero guro (erotic-grotesque) subgenre of Toei's style of Pink film. Directed by Teruo Ishii, the film is considered a precursor to Toei's ventures into the "Pinky violent" style in the early 1970s.[1]



Critical appraisal[edit]

Tom Mes of midnighteye.com calls Horrors of Malformed Men "one of the most singular cinematic experiences not just in Ishii's history, but in all of Japan's. Combining a spectrum of influences that stretches from Rampo to butoh, it taps into the country's post-nuclear trauma so audaciously that people fled theaters in disgust upon its release and that it has been consistently barred from appearing on video or DVD since. Yet, it is beautiful, haunting and oneiric; it is the closest one can come to a dreamlike experience without closing one's eyes."[2]


In effect banned in Japan, Horrors of Malformed Men was rarely seen in the decades after its release. On August 28, 2007, Synapse Films and Panik House gave Horrors of Malformed Men a mass-market release on region-1 DVD.[3]


  1. ^ Macias, Patrick (2001). "Toei's "Pinky Violence" - Abnormal, Sensational, and Shameless". TokyoScope: The Japanese Cult Film Companion. San Francisco: Cadence Books. pp. 189–190. ISBN 1-56931-681-3. 
  2. ^ Mes, Tom (2001-03-20). "The Horror of Malformed Men". midnighteye.com. Retrieved 2007-10-14.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ Jane, Ian (August 22, 2007). "Horrors Of Malformed Men (DVD review)". dvdverdict.com. Archived from the original on October 13, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-14.  External link in |publisher= (help)


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