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Sexual Parasite: Killer Pussy

A demented low-budget Japanese take on the vagina dentata myth from the director of Big Tits Zombie…

A few years before Mitchell Lichtenstein’s 2007 hipster US horror-comedy Teeth, Takao Nakano gave the world Sexual Parasite: Killer Pussy, a very different take on the vagina dentata tale, and one which was rather less concerned with feminism and metaphor. Nakano is a well-known figure in the Japanese industry, having worked on a long list of Pinku and AV films before branching out into more mainstream, if low budget and direct to video exploitation and horror, most notably the 2010 schlock classic Big Tits Zombie, starring Sola Aoi.

The film opens with a prologue in which a group of Japanese scientists in Africa encounter a particularly unpleasant parasite, which decides to make its home in the vagina of one of the female team members. A couple of years later back in Japan, Mikage (Sakurako Kaoru) and her friends are driving through the forest when their car breaks down, and they come across an abandoned factory building, Ignoring the ‘keep out’ signs, they decide to explore, and find a woman’s body in a cold storage room, who just happens to be the female scientist from the opening scenes, and who thaws out and comes back to life after they leave. One of the girls finds a handy hot pool and decides to take a bath, and the female scientist jumps in and joins her, passing her the parasite through a kiss and sending her off to seduce and chew her way through the rest of the cast.

Sexual Parasite: Killer Pussy is a film which does exactly what the title suggests, and Takao Nakano is clearly a man of great vision, as he showed with the similarly heart-on-sleeve Big Tits Zombie. The film is the very definition of unpretentious, playing out like a very basic slasher movie, with its collection of daft characters wandering around the factory and being bumped off one by one, though with a running time of just 60 mins, there’s precious little filler or time to bemoan its cookie-cutter plot. As expected, this is interspersed with liberal doses of weird comedy and whacky music, complemented by some hilariously bad acting from the cast, which mostly consists of pulling faces for the camera. Nakano’s direction is nothing if not enthusiastic, and what he might lack in technical skill he more than makes up for in bizarre creativity, and while the film makes no sense whatsoever, it’s a lot of fun for the right audience.

Nakano wisely doesn’t skimp on the blood and gore, and also throws in plenty of other bodily fluids, and the film has some genuinely icky moments involving sludge and slime that are best left undescribed here. While the monster is ridiculous and rubbery, this only adds to the entertainment factor, and the demented take on vagina dentata does make for some effective body horror, once viewers get past the silliness of it all. Unsurprisingly, the focus is more on sex than violence, and especially given its short running time, the film does lean towards Pinku, with most of the female cast spending more time out of their clothes than in – the nudity itself is very funny, frequently involving the strategic placement or covering of certain body parts and areas to avoid censorship. With the sex scenes generally not ending well, it’s hard to call the film erotic, though this again just seems to have been part of Nakano’s determinedly deranged gameplan.

Given its title, it should already be clear to most viewers whether or not Sexual Parasite: Killer Pussy is likely to be a film for them, and in this case, the shoe certainly fits. Cheerfully obscene and gooey throughout, and with a running time of only an hour, it should be a no-brainer for fans of far-out Japanese exploitation, while audiences looking for something a bit more sensible and sedate should probably steer clear.

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From Glasgow but based in London, James has been writing for a variety of websites over the last decade, including BeyondHollywood in the US and YesAsia in Hong Kong. As well as running film consultancy The Next Day Agency, James is also the Festival Director of the Chinese Visual Festival in London, an annual event which showcases Chinese language cinema... More »
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