TIFF 2017 Movie Review: VAMPIRE CLAY (Japan 2017) ***

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2017. Go to TIFF 2017 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

Vampire Clay Poster
A plasticine demon devours the denizens of a rural art school.


Sôichi Umezawa


Sôichi Umezawa (screenplay)


Ena FujitaAsuka KurosawaYuyu Makihara

Director/writer/editor Soichi Umezawa knows the effects of clay. Besides the use of it being able to be moulded onto gruesome creatures, the look of fit in close-up, squishy, black and oozing out liquid when wet makes it an excellent horror source. The only thing missing is perhaps is a scene with worms oozing from the moist clay.

Blood from a murdered sculpture is dumped into lay and buried. When dug up and used as material, the sculptured creature comes to life. The subjects are an art school in the Japanese countryside. Umezawa is 25-year old veteran special-effects makeup artist with over 70 credits.

He realizes both the comedic and horror potentials of clay and mixes these elements well in horror comedy that reminds one of the horror B-movies of the sixties – but in a better way!

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUYxBrFM94k



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