Ryuhei Kitamura’s leverage for funding to shoot the amazing Versus. This is a real gem and one which I’d only ever heard rumour of. Shot 4 years prior to Versus, the film follows a group of four crazy young guys who get their kicks from kidnapping blokes in the city and taking them out to the woods for a game of cat n mouse. But this time, the woods themselves has a neat trick to play on the lads; to return the dead to a living state.
There is little plot here and little in the way of character generation, but this is unimportant. The viewer gets the basic stereotypes which are all too well pigeonholed, but this is for effect. The plot is simplistic, but genius and one later expanded on in Versus. Here, it’s kept simple, but what makes this stand out from the usual Zombie affair is whether these are physical of ethereal; ghostlike although packing a serious punch.
This is a short piece but one which should not go un-noticed. Yes, it’s a stepping stone for Versus, but it shows real talent and character with some brilliant camerawork shot on digital camera with some influence of Raimi thrown in for good measure. Kitamura’s raw talent at play is well worth a look here. The young cast are also convincing and a little dangerous at times. Also worth noting is the ample lashings of gore thrown in, unexpected considering a super low budget.