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The Curse of Kazuo Umezu

Umezu Kazuo no Noroi
1990 / 43m - Japan
Animation, Horror
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A fun but limited horror anthology based on the work of Kazuo Umezu. I never read any of his mangas directly, but I'm familiar with other adaptations of his work and this anthology fits right in with the rest of the lot. That means you're getting very basic horror setups, with some over-the-top gore to make things a bit more interesting.

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The film adapts two different Umezu stories, though neither of them has any standout qualities. The first short is about a transfer student who captivates her new classmates. One of the girls begins to suspect she might be a vampire. The second short is about a group of friends who go to visit a haunted mansion before it is torn down. As I said, nothing special there.

The animation is pretty basic, I expected more from a short OAV like this, but the creature designs are lovely and the horror bits don't disappoint in the least. Ultimately, that's what counts. And 45 minutes for two separate stories means there is no time to get bored by any of it. This is fine horror filler, exactly what I wanted and needed from The Curse of Kazuo Umezu.