Friday, September 4, 2009

Operation Screenshot (Films of the 2000s): Takashi Miike's Imprint (2006)

I realize that there are several films that Takashi Miike has made since 1999's Audition that would have been more obvious choices for this series over Imprint. Hopefully though Moon in the Gutter is anything but obvious, and few films disturbed me more this decade than Imprint. Miike's film from the should have been great Masters of Horror series layed to waste the other films offered to my eyes, which isn't to say that there weren't quite a few valuable contributions, and Imprint is visually and psychologically one of the most truly unsettling works of horror since the early days of Cronenberg.

1 comment:

Dave S said...

hey jeremy.

glad to see you give 'imprint' some attention here. it's a terrific film in its own right, let alone one of the best episodes of 'masters of horror'. its imagery alternates between being beautiful and ghastly, and it definitely sticks with you. watching it for the first time, my expectations were constantly confounded in the best way possible, meaning that my expectations were actually met. it is, however, one a handful of dvds (along with flicks like 'in a glass cage', 'cannibal holocaust' and 'inside') i own that i am very careful whom i recommend it to.

my question to you: what's 'imprint' really about? i mean, we know that horror movies are rarely about what they seem on the surface, right? i suspect its something about identity, but i guess i'll have to revisit it and see what it's saying to me now.

oh! and billy drago... does he make or hinder 'imprint'???