Short Review: ‘Junk Head 1’ is Nightmare Eye-Candy

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The Sci-Fi/Horror short Junk Head 1 shows just how much a single motivated artist can accomplish.  Japanese filmmaker Takahide Hori (aka “Yamiken”) created this incredible stop-motion animated masterpiece by himself, over 4-plus years, and without any outside financial contributions.  Way to go Yamiken!

The awesome results must be seen to be believed!

Read my review and link to Junk Head 1 after the jump.

Saucy Josh Synopsis:  In the distant future, Man has become nearly immortal but the species has lost the ability to reproduce.  A race of clones designed for manual labor rebelled over a millennia ago and now live in a subterranean labyrinth where they continue to mutate into ghastly abominations.  An intrepid human explorer ventures into the darkest caverns in search of lost genetic information.

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The characters may appear slightly cartoonish, but Junk Head 1 is no children’s story.  This short mixes the whimsy of Tim Burton with the hellish aesthetics of a Tool video.  The endless dank corridors and sinister mutants are reminiscent of Hellraiser mythology

As the “1” in Junk Head 1 implies, Yamiken hopes to secure funding to continue the series.  I for one would love to see a 90-minute Junk Head saga on the big screen.

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You can watch an English-Subtitled version of Junk Head 1 in its entirety HERE.  Believe me when I say watching this twisted short is 30 minutes of time well spent!  Hit your bong a couple times for an especially far out ride.

4 out of 5 Skull Heads.

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About Saucy Josh

I write a blog for intelligent Horror movie aficionados called Blood and Guts for Grown Ups: https://bloodandgutsforgrownups.wordpress.com/ View all posts by Saucy Josh

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