- Directed by Yoshihiro Ishikawa
- Starring Shôzaburô Date, Hiroshi Hayashi, Noriko Kitazawa, Namiji Matsuura
- Written by Jiro Fujishima, Yoshihiro Ishikawa
The Ghost Cat of Otama Pond (1960) -- Visually stunning 1960's Japanese ghost chiller. Vivid colour adds to the atmosphere with a surprising amount of gory set pieces for it's time. Wide screen print with English subtitles.
This movie makes extensive use of its colour footage. The art direction, camera-work and lighting are also good, and if the script isn't particularly insightful or layered, it's at least competent. A soon-to-be-married couple get lost in the woods near Otamo pond. When they stumble across an old house in the woods, we get a feature length flashback about the curse surrounding the house and pond. Just like several other Japanese horror films from this period, the amount of violence and actual blood, as well as the body count, far exceed what was going on in horror cinema in most other countries during the same time. Slashings, stabbings, grueling prolonged deaths, gashed faces, impalements, burnt corpses and other things may just surprise those used to tamer films from this era.
The Ghost Cat of Otama Pond DVD is offered as a compact edition. This transfer is manufactured on demand and is presented on premium DVD-R with thermal disc print in a clear plastic wallet. Important: This title has been manufactured from the best-quality video master (rated 9/10) currently available and has not been remastered or restored.