Another day, another crazy anime release from MVM. This time they're bringing us something what in anime terms is a little old school, 3 made for TV demon flicks from the mid-nineties, a time before the overindulgence with computer assisted effects in animation and when they weren't afraid to let demons get up to some really quite disgustingly violent stuff, sometimes of a shamelessly sexual nature. And these were made for Japanese TV remember!
The stand out story on The Ultimate Anime Horror collection is undoubtedly Bio Hunter which comes as no surprise when you hear it was scribed by the genius behind Ninja Scroll, but don't let that fool you as both Psycho Diver and Twilight of the Dark Master are also of considerable merit. Heavily plot driven and very well drawn, The Ultimate Anime Horror collection might just be one of the neatest little anime box sets available at the moment. Check out these official summaries...
Bio Hunter (1995)
Komada and Koshigaya might just seem like nerdy molecular biologists but in reality they're Bio Hunters in a race against time to stop a demon virus that turns humans into demonic mutants from taking over Japan.
From the animation studio that created such anime classics as Ninja Scroll and Metropolis comes this unusual no-holds barred horror adventure. Tightly directed and tense with violence this isn't anime for kids. With livers being ripped out, cannibalism, brutally gory action and some obligatory sex scenes don't expect to be bored!
Yoshiaki Kawajiri's (Ninja Scroll, Wicked City) masterful writing brings Fujihiko Hosono's popular comic book to life with style and suspense.
Director Yuzo Sato
Writer Yuzo Sato Fujihiko Hosono
Psycho Diver (1995)
In a dark world of private terror Yuki, a beautiful pop star, is haunted by violent memories and discovers psychic powers she cannot control. It is up to Bosujima, a Pscho Diver with exceptional talents to descend into her turbulent soul and set things right before the inner demon triumphs. What he doesn't know is that there are other who will stop at nothing to control Yuki's fate and that he is stepping into a power struggle he will probably not survive...
A mind-bendingly original and thrilling anime,a violent horror story of troubled souls and inner demons: the stuff of nightmares!
Director Mamoru Kanbe
Twilight of the Dark Master (1997)
Since the beginning of time, monstrous Demons and noble Guardians have battled for Earth - the everlasting gift of the one great Mother, creator of all life. A deep hatred burns between Demon and Guardian; the Guardians prevented the Demons from destroying humanity and the world itself.
Eons later, Neo-Shinjuku City: few Demons or Guardians remain to continue their epic war. Humans rule the Earth, with no real memory of either Demons or Guardians. Yet deep within the dark underworld of the city, one supreme Demon is alive and plotting to subjugate mankind. Only one Guardian is left to do battle, and the fate of the human race is at stake...
Twilight Of The Dark Master's elaborate story will transport you to another world of intricate, lavish imagery and exotic characters in an exhilarating whirlwind of action.
18th Apr 05 This scene is fantastic and it made what was already a cool-as-fuck film even cooler. Charlie sees the giant spawn (huge, slimy toothsome puppet-beast) and he works out that the spawns’ primary sense is based on what they hear.