Friday, December 26, 2008

KAIDAN HEBI-ONNA (Snake Woman's Curse) - Shunsuke Kikuchi - "Ghost Story Of The Snake Woman" (1968)

We've written about composer Shunsuke Kikuchi and his music before, for his fine work on "Goke" and "Gamera" and and his massive portfolio of Kamen Rider, Ultraman, and Dragon Ball Z credits! The man is a musical messiah, and "Kaidan Hebi-Onna" is no exception!

In a chestnut shell, here's the deal. You've got this big shot dude, and his son, shown here, who are both, and I don't know any better way to say it, they're just a couple of rich pricks!!

They take advantage of a beautiful young woman, who has some hookups in an alternate glorified serpent universe, and end up paying the ultimate price. You know, the kind of thing you would want to happen to a couple of jerks like that!!!

The female Japanese version of Jimi Hendrix works out some deep funk on traditional Japanese instrument, 'The Shamisen!'

They're lookin' for snakes, okay I got that, but am I the only one who thinks something looks just a little bit weird here??!!

Actually the slimeball son and his old man got off pretty easy, I think she left them their souls!!

This soundtrack utilizes some cool electric guitar, and music toward the end that has a distinctive Spaghetti Western feel to it!! Theremin, harmonica, and more!!! Cool stuff!!

Here is a fascinating poster from one of writer and director Nobuo Nakagawa's earlier films, "Jigoku" or as it was also known, "Hell."

"Snake Woman's Curse" is a fine classically made movie, that while being very smart, is also very easy to follow, available on Netflix, and would provide a fine evening of enjoyment in the year 2009 with some popcorn and a nice warm glass of saki for anybody with even a meager amount of intelligence!!!

3 comments:

prof. grewbeard said...

Snake Woman's Curse looks like fun, but i must point out that the poster image at the bottom of the post is from Nobuo Nakagawa's Jigoku(Hell).

Prof. Picky

Eegah!! Tabonga! and Rodan! said...

Just testing you Prof. Nobuo Nakagawa who wrote and directed "Snake Woman's Curse" did indeed also direct and write "Jigoku" 8 years earlier. I'll note it upfront, thanx for keeping me honest!!!

Greg Goodsell said...

JIGOKU rocks! Titally surreal and expressionistic! If you get a chance -- check it out!

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