Last night by accident I watched “Imprint”, the thirteenth episode of the first season of Masters of Horror. Directed by Takashi Miike, the episode was scheduled to premiere on January 27, 2006—but was shelved by Showtime over concerns about its extremely graphic and disturbing content. Mick Garris, creator and executive producer of the series, characterized the episode as “the most disturbing film I’ve ever seen”. I have to agree. Considering the fact that I have a Human Centipede tattoo around my ankle, just use your imagination. This one got under my skin.
Christopher (Billy Drago), a Victorian era American journalist, is traveling through Japan looking for Komomo (Itô), a lost girlfriend whom he had promised to rescue from prostitution and bring to America. Landing on an island populated solely by whores and their masters, he is solicited by a syphilitic tout (Yamada). He claims no knowledge of Komomo, but Christopher has to spend the night, requesting the company of a girl (Youki Kudoh) lurking back in the shadows, who joins him in his room.
Disfigured and disturbed, the girl claims a closer connection with the dead than the living. She tells him that Komomo was there, but hung herself after her love never came for her. Distraught, Christopher seeks solace in sake. Falling asleep, he requests a bedtime story.
I’ll leave it at that. I won’t get this one out of my mind anytime soon. I actually felt that I would take it to my dreams when I went to sleep. As luck would have it, I did not.
I actually meant to watch “Sick Girl”starring Angela Bettis, the 10th episode of the first season which I doubt will come anywere near to the nightmarish vision Takashi Miike has implanted in my head for eternity.