Grotesque (2009)

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Avg Rating: 4.5 / 5. Voted: 6

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AKA: Gurotesuku
Year: 2009
Directed by: Koji Shiraishi
Starring: Shigeo Osako, Tsugumi Nagasawa, Hiroaki Kawatsure
Country: Japan, Asian Cinema
Language: Japanese (English subtitles)
Runtime: 01:13:10
Genres: Serial Killers, Gore-Gruesome-Splatter, Rape/Sexual Violence against Women, Torture, Captivity/Kidnapping

Plot – Spoilers:
There are three characters in this movie – A serial killer who appears to be a proficient doctor and surgeon and the couple whom he kidnaps.

Grotesque begins with the kidnapping of the couple and doesn’t waste too much time getting straight to the torture. The serial killer appears to be impotent and claims to get sexually satisfied by watching his victims attempt to stay alive. This could well be a lie. It could be that having killed so many before (there is nothing to suggest the couple are one of his early experiments) he is bored of seeing his victims give up on living. The only thrill left for him is to give them a ray of hope of escape and watch them cling on to that hope for dear life as they endure the most unimaginable torture and pain.

Having said that, the awkward dating scene between the couple in the cafe doesn’t leave you with much sympathy for them until the middle stages of the torture sessions where it gets brutal and you can’t help but feel sorry for their miserable situation.

It seems a bit unrealistic that the male victim would endure so much pain on the female victim’s behalf given that they had just started dating. But it could be that he has given up all hope of escape and feels like attaching a noble purpose to his last few living hours.

Favorite scenes:
The scene where the killer masturbates the couple one after the other. The sexual tension between them appears to have gotten heightened by the fix they’ve found themselves in and both of them cum quite hard and yet feel terribly shamed by the occurrence. The helplessness they feel in regard to their lack of control over their own sexual experiences is captured quite neatly.

The scene were the killer snips off the girl’s nipples while her breasts tremble in fear is realistic and sure to affect you.

Grotesque has one of the most ridiculous yet stunning sequences seen in gore movies when the male victim has to endure the pain of his intestines spooling out while he staggers towards the girl. And then when he notices the metal wire and lets out a defeated gasp, it is cruelty and dark humour at their peaks.

6 thoughts on “Grotesque (2009)

  • July 10, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Shit movie, boring as fuck and barely any story. In the scene where they are sitting on a bed, they talk like nothing happened. And the ending is unrealistic as fuck, who the fuck can stay alive for few seconds then bite someone’s neck after being decapitated? and the scene where she talks about the killer’s mother is just stupid. There’s no backstory or explanation. The whole movie is about the torture. I give it 0/10 rating

    • September 8, 2018 at 2:50 am

      someone didn’t read the description smh

      • October 30, 2019 at 11:34 pm

        Great torture porn altho the ending is a bit off kilter

  • April 6, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    That Kristin girl is a retard lol the fucking title is called Grotesque smh Funny ass movie, great scenes and honestly kept my attention the whole time. 9/10

  • June 13, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    One of the best torture porn movies ever.
    No real story, one crazy ass ending, and lots of nastiness.

  • June 19, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    This is like Funny Games to some extent, spoilers:
    >there’s a bet that victims will be dead at the end of the movie and the victims + viewers make a bet they’re not
    >victims are not allowed to break the “rules” or they’ll be punished
    >there’s an intermission where they lick their wounds while building up the hope, but the movie itself doesn’t progress much while the captor is doing something else ; also it would just end too early if everything went accordingly
    >metal wire and remote controller scenes can be compared: take all the control off the victims and viewers who wish there could be a satisfying ending
    >at the end the bad guy(s) go unpunished because the show must go on

    The only thing missing here is the doctor breaking the 4th wall “do you think it’s enough?” 😀


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