Monday, July 8, 2013

Tetsuo (The Iron Man) (1989)

Today's film is Tetsuo (The Iron Man), and is one of the weirdest films I have ever seen.  What gives it a boost is its great cyberpunk soundtrack, which gives a feel to the era of floppy disks and lets me think, "Indeed, this man is turning into a mecha-robot".

His whole body is turning metal, including his
dreaded "drill boner".
The plot, which is hidden under layers and layers of weirdness, is about a metal fetishist that inserts a rusty metal rod into his leg and runs out into the street.  A man hits him with his car, dumps his body in the woods, then has sex with his girlfriend right next to the body.  The man starts growing metal all over his body.  He meets the metal fetishist again, but who is indeed alive.  He has super metal powers and he tries to destroy in in a fit of revenge.  But he cannot! They are metal!  They belong together! And together they will turn the entire Earth into rust!!  Way more funny than scary, great campy film.

The special effects are campy, but i did enjoy the stop motion animation sequences.  I also enjoyed the sped up filming.  A lot of the elements in this movie reminded me of Akira, an anime released around the same time.  I will give this movie a 6/10.

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