Movie of the Day – Audition
October 25, 2011 3 Comments
Oh God. What have I done? Fairly brazen of me to post this movie as I thought about it being the closer to my week long horror movie post, but screw it. Let’s separate out those true horror fans from the Saw horror fans. If mood, tone, and sheer, sadistic violence is what makes a good horror movie great, then Audition is the fucking standard of horror movies. You here about movies that are just a one time watch. You sit through it once and never, ever want to see that movie again. Audition is one of those movies and to be perfectly honest, I have sat through this movie twice. It’s sitting on my dvd shelf as I speak and can even see the box cover. Why buy a movie that I am not going to watch more than once or twice? Well to give to people when they want a scary, horror movie.
Controversial Japanese director Takashi Miike creates this unnerving horror film about a widowed TV producer auditioning prospective wives. In his search, one candidate particularly stands out, a lovely ex-ballerina dressed in white. The widower cannot believe his good fortune, until he starts looking more closely at his potential bride-to-be: her autobiographical details don’t quite check out, she has a number of ugly scars on her legs, and he learns that people in her life have a habit of disappearing. When he discovers a man trussed up in her living room with his tongue and feet lopped off, he concludes that she is perhaps not the woman of his dreams. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
I can’t begin to describe the depravity that ensues within the movie. It starts out with a guy just looking for love after a divorce. Sure the setup of getting him a date by pretending to cast women for a fake television show is a douche move, but the mans effort can’t be ignored. So the creep factor is magnified as the woman he admires in the interviews this angelic woman in white, while seemingly innocent at first, her dark past yields far more psychological issues. Miike is brilliant when it comes to pushing the boundaries of the medium. Sometimes his films border on the insane spectrum of “how did this get even made” to “who thinks of this shit”. It’s admirable though as someone who isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of the film making and subject matter to its potential limits.
The film itself is best remembered by the cults fans for the unflinching torture scenes in the movie. In terms of the amount of violence in the movie, the torture scenes are brief, maybe taking up ten minutes of the movie. It’s the scenes itself that sticks (incidental pun since one of the scenes involved the female lead puncturing the mans body with needles) and make the most lasting impression. The scenes are punctuated by the fact that this seemingly docile and beautiful young woman is committing such atrocious acts against another being that make it horrific. And the needle scene isn’t even the worst part of the movie.
Kudos to anyone who has seen this movie and not felt like taking multiple showers to get the icky feeling scrubbed off. I have only seen it twice, which is one more than I should have watched. It’s this badge of honor amongst horror movie fans and Takashi Miike fans share. Some might regard this visceral movie as one of his best as he takes the subject matter and slices at your jugular and others think “what the fuck!” I certainly cringe sometimes when I hear a girl say “kitty kitty kitty” as it sounds like the female lead saying “kiri kiri kiri” as she probes the man with needles. *shudder*