Night Terrors Series: Cold Fish (2010)

As always I want to give a huge thanks to our friends over at Platform Media Group and The Collective for allowing me an advanced screening of their latest in the Bloody Disgusting Selects Night Terrors Series, Coldfish.

Coldfish is directed by Shion Sono (Suicide Club) and is based on a true story. The story deals with mild mannered fish shop owner, Shamoto (Mitsuru Fukikoshi), who is living a quiet if perhaps unhappy life. His wife, Takeo (Megumi Kagurazaka) has been at times physically attacked by her teenaged stepdaughter, Mitsuko (Hikari Kajiwara) who obviously resents not only Takeo but Shamoto as well. So it’s safe to say that Shamoto’s home life is less than ideal. Then Mitsuko is caught shoplifting which leads all three to come into contact with the larger than life character of Yukio Murata (Denden) who not only is kind enough to get Mitsuko’s shoplifting charges dropped but gives her a job at his own fish shop, a much bigger and far more successful business than Shamoto’s own. I don’t want to step too far into spoiler territory but believe me when I say this turns out to be the worst thing to ever happen to the family.

This film is incredibly well shot and I can not praise the principal actors enough. Though Mitsuru as Shamoto does such wonderful job of making you feel every excruciating decision he has to make throughout the film, I feel that Denden kind of steals the show as the seemingly friendly business owner who is quick to help out others.

I have to warn you though, this is a very brutal film in terms of gore and sexuality, it’s disturbing but I think that is what a horror film should be. It’s not about supernatural monsters this time, these monsters are the ones that scare me the most, the type of people who just might be your neighbor…and when you see what they are really like…Brrr.

Cold Fish kind of reminded me a little of Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs from back in 1971. Shion Sono’s film is one of those movies that I kind of wished I would have been able to see with friends, if I was lucky enough to have a participating AMC Theatre, so that after the movie we could all just talk about it for a couple of hours.

Night Terrors Series: Coldfish

A huge thanks to our friends at Platform Media Group and The Collective for this update on the latest in the Bloody Disgusting Selects Night Terrors Series being held at participating AMC Theatres!

“Cold Fish from Sion Sono, the director of LOVE EXPOSURE and SUICIDE CLUB. COLD FISH has won acclaim at both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. In the film, mild-mannered Shamoto’s teenage daughter gets caught shoplifting. A generous fellow fish-store owner and his wife appear to help resolve the situation by having her work at their fish store. Too good to be true? You bet! Shamoto soon discovers the horrific truth about this seemingly perfect couple…who inextricably weave him into their grisly rituals. Inspired by true events, COLD FISH is a twisted, brutal, blood-soaked drama that reveals the underlying insanity of an ordinary man pushed well beyond the brink.”

Now if you are like me and sadly not near a participating AMC Theatre, Cold Fish will hit store shelves on August 23rd!