Final Take (Film Reviews) :: “Corpse Party”

Written By: Ende

WARNING: BLOOD AND GORE (and spoilers)

“Corpse Party” is a Japanese horror movie based on the popular Corpse Party (not including Corpse Party 2) game franchise. The film’s main plot shared characteristics and events from both the first game (Corpse Party: Blood Covered Repeated Fear) and the game’s anime adaptation (Corpse Party: Tortured Souls). Though there are many characters in both the game and the anime, the movie cut a few characters out and only showed the main nine characters.

Film: “Corpse Party”

Release Date: August 1, 2015

Director: Masafumi Yamada

Duration: 93 minutes

Overall, “Corpse Party” wasn’t full blown terrible. While it did cover a good amount of horror blood and guts, the portrayal of the storyline definitely didn’t do the game justice. The story leaned more towards the anime rather than the actual game, meaning it contained it’s own and the anime’s plot holes. This was probably because film makers couldn’t cram the average 10-15 hours gameplay into an under 100 minutes screentime.

The Final Take

As a person who played “Corpse Party: Blood Covered…Repeated Fear” and watched the anime adaptation, I had certain expectations. To my surprise, the film actually made them (probably because they weren’t that high).

My expectations being:
 Blood and gore
 Decent character representations (clothes, hair, personality, etc)
 Good attempt on settings
 A Wrong Ending
 Plot with holes

Wardrobe wise, the characters were pretty spot on, minus the few half unexpected hair changes (except for Seiko’s seemingly impossible-to-mimic-in-real-life hair curls which I expected to be an unsuccessful but good attempt). I’d say the thing that bothered me the most concerning characters wasn’t how they looked, but how many characters there were.

If you’re a fan of Corpse Party, I would say there’s a good chance you’d know about how relevant Naho Saenoki and Yuuya Kizami are to the story. Saenoki being that dead girl who basically jump starts the Kisaragi party’s knowledge of escape and Kizami as a major antagonist who’s a visually attractive (I think he is) killer that likes to dice people up for fun (yay, chase Yuka with a knife forever).

But guess what? Saenoki and Kizami aren’t even in the movie. They had Kibiki and Shougo, but not Saenoki? I’d say either have her, all the three Musketeers, or none.

Another shocker was that they removed one of the four original children spirits. Yuki Kanno, Ryou Yoshizawa, and Sachiko Shinozaki were the only children spirits to appear in the film. I was disappointed they removed Tokiko Tsuji becayse I wanted to see how they would approach her almost nonexistent head.

To make it simple, “Corpse Party” is about nine Kisaragi Academy attendees (students and a teacher) who fall victim to a curse after performing a “Sachiko Ever After” charm. They are cast into another dimension which takes form of an old school having long since been demolished called Heavenly Host Elementary School, where dead, decaying bodies and vengeful spirits lurk the halls.

Over time, character after character meet their untimely deaths (by spirits or each other because of possession or sabotage) as they uncover the truth behind the existence of the Heavenly Host dimension. Eventually they manage to escape, but only two remain.

Despite the fact the movie contained plot holes, they included small setting details that were iconic for Corpse Party. When the “Sachiko Ever After” charm ritual was completed, a massive earthquake occurred and floor collapse.The film portrayal of this scene was more accurate than the anime’s.

The opposite can be said for the chalkboard drawing by Sachiko. It was basically the same as the anime and not the game.

I was so sad I wasn’t able to see this in the movie! During the first chunk, I was waiting for this to happen. The movie itself didn’t really show the true extent of certain relationships among the friends and there was a lack of emotional connection.

I was really happy when they included this scene, but then I found out the darkening was replaced by the child ghost Yuki Kanno. Instead of properly introducing Yoshie Shinozaki, she was demoted to a picture in a locket. The full account of her tragic story couldn’t be told, which meant the history of Heavenly Host Elementary became less valuable. This made me disappointed because the mystery was the basis of the original. I was really looking forward to the Darkening who didn’t even make a cameo.

Like I said before, the blood and gore was successful. The splattered Suzumoto organs were very detailed.

Sachiko was almost perfectly represented. The only issues were minor: her having bangs and the red dress being a bit off. Her personality was perfectly portrayed. My favorite part was when she laughed after killing Yuka while wielding a bloody pair of scissors with Yuka’s tongue still on it.

This was the most emotional part of the film and I didn’t feel anything (Shinohara was one of my favorites, too). The lack of emotional connection with the characters was devastating.

Poor Satoshi, always being the one targeted by Sachiko towards the end of the story. But, no one can defeat Morishige for dying the most different ways. He will forever be the winner.

Finally, the ending. I foresaw this outcome the moment Ayumi sabotaged’s Nakashima’s Sachiko charm piece. This was the Wrong Ending (at least it contained a fragment of one) and mirrored the anime’s ending.

“Corpse Party” wasn’t horrible, but definitely wasn’t the best. I’m still looking forward to the second installment, “Corpse Party Book of Shadows”. You might be hearing from me again for that one, too!

Ende’s Rating: 6/10



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