Thoughts On: Tetsuo: The Iron Man (EOTWS)

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (EOTWS)

End Of The Week Shorts #33 extract: Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)



Less a body-horror and more an art film, Tetsuo is an insane masterpiece. 
With motifs of industrialisation, capitalism/competition, sexuality, poverty and technology this explores the modern age (Japan in the late 80s) as a force that turns people into monsters. With horror imbued into every element of its design, this is one of the most disturbing and unsettling films I have ever seen. I dare say this is the only true horror I have ever seen as it isn't at all diluted by the traditional drama, mystery, thriller, comedy, etc like almost all 'horrors' are. However, to see this as a genre film is to degrade its self-conscious and awe-inspiringly articulated commentary on the modern day man. I cannot recommend this more. Find this, and you are in for a ride you won't be able to forget.

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