Hiruko the Goblin


Director: Shinya Tsukamoto

Reviewed by Paghat the Ratgirl

Hiruko the Goblin An archeologist & one of his students are killed after opening a doorway into a burial mound underneath the school, in Hiruko the Goblin (Yokai Hanta: Hiruko, 1990).

A type of goblin called a Hiruko has been released. Many more hirukos still in the burial mound await to be released by the busy escapee.

These goblins are a bit like three-foot-wide spiders with thin pointy heads, & they collect the heads of humans to wear as their own.

Some of the imagery is creepy & fascinating. The spider-legged sweet-faced girl singing a pop tune to herself is especially disturbing.

But the acting in this thing is pretty crappy, running a range of comedic to screaming fits without mood or consistency, & the story itself is periodically completely silly.

There are many short-cuts in the story, such as the ease by which it is discovered how to open & reclose the tomb in order to recapture the goblin.

Though by no means a good film, & not one that involves the viewer with the characters, the goblin herself is fun enough to sustain interest.

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