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"A joy ride."
  • NR
  • 2010
  • 1 hr 57 min
  • 5.2  (1,757)

In the post-apocalyptic world of Helldriver, a deadly virus has swept across Japan, turning its infected populace into zombie-like creatures known as "zombeyes." When the government decides to cut off the infected area from the rest of the country and abandon those left inside, a half-human, half-zombeye girl named Kika (Yumiko Hara) is dispatched to take down the source of the infection: her own mother, Rikka (Eihi Shiina), who is reportedly responsible for unleashing the virus.

Kika is equipped with a chainsaw sword and sets off on a mission to kill her mother, accompanied by a ragtag team of survivors including a doctor, a policeman, and a religious cult leader. Along the way, they encounter a series of bizarre, grotesque foes, ranging from giant monsters to mutated humans with deadly powers.

Director Yoshihiro Nishimura is known for his over-the-top, gore-filled films such as Tokyo Gore Police and Machine Girl, and Helldriver is in keeping with that tradition. From the first scene, the movie is a barrage of blood, guts, and body horror, with severed limbs and exploding heads aplenty. However, it's not just mindless violence - there's a twisted sense of humor running throughout the movie, with absurd twists and turns that will leave viewers both laughing and cringing.

The character of Kika is the heart of the movie, and Yumiko Hara gives a strong performance as the stoic, determined heroine. Her relationship with her mother is at the center of the story - Rikka is a larger-than-life villain, and Eihi Shiina chews the scenery with glee in the role. The supporting cast is also memorable, with standout performances from Kazuki Namioka as the cult leader and Yurei Yanagi as the doctor.

Helldriver is a visually stunning film, with Nishimura's trademark use of practical effects and makeup creating a grotesque, disturbing world. The movie is shot in a vibrant, neon color palette, giving it a surreal, dream-like quality that contrasts with the brutal violence on display. The soundtrack also adds to the atmosphere, with a mix of electronic and rock music adding to the frenetic energy of the action scenes.

While Helldriver may not be for everyone, those who are fans of extreme horror and Japanese cinema will find a lot to love in this over-the-top ride. It's a wild, weird, and wonderful film that pushes the boundaries of what can be shown on screen, and leaves a lasting impression long after the credits have rolled.

Helldriver is a 2010 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 57 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.2.

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    5.2  (1,757)