Hieda (played by Kenji Sawada) is an eccentric archaeologist, disgraced among
his peers for his theories on the supernatural. One day he receives a letter
from his brother-in-law, Yabe, telling him of an ancient burial mound he has
discovered in the grounds of the local high school, a discovery that might help
prove Hieda’s theories to be true.
When Hieda arrives at the school, which is now closed for summer
vacation, he discovers that Yabe has gone missing, along with one of the
school’s female pupils. Teaming up with Yabe’s son, Masao, Hieda searches for
the ancient tomb, convinced that it might be the burial place of Hiruko – a
fearsome demon from ancient legends. This was director Tsukamoto’s second
feature film, after the surprise success of Tetsuo: The Iron Man. Based on a
Japanese manga series, Hiruko is an astonishing melding of Lovecraftian cosmic
terror, cyberpunk splatter and Spielberg-style adventure.
With brain busting special effects and an amazing array of hideous
demon creatures, the film is a roller coaster ride into a unique world of terror
and beauty from one of the world’s greatest filmmakers.
- Brand new 2k restoration from original negative -
New interview with director Shinya Tsukamoto -
Archival interview with director Shinya Tsukamoto -
Intro to the film by director - Archival inteview
with special effects creator - SFX featurette -
Audio commentary from author Tom Mes - Mondo Macabro
“Hiruko the Goblin is a wonderful horror film with the right amount
of suspense, gore and comedy.” Rouven Linnarz, Asian Movie Pulse
“Pure unadulterated entertainment… a fun blast of originality that
perfectly mixes horror with more campy elements.” Kaijuman, Letterboxd
“Once the madness begins, it does not stop, only escalates, and
it is wonderful. More gore, more guts, more ludicrous body horror than
the mind can conceive, each scene seemingly trying to top itself in
weirdness.” Rylee Edgar, Horrornews.net
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