Thursday, February 7

The teaser for what became Ryuhei Kitamura's Versus (2001)

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Stumbled across this teaser for Down to Hell 2: The Return which I thought was rarer than it actually is. Turns out this is on a few DVD releases including Tokyo Shock's Ultimate Edition. Still interesting as Kitamura's Down to Hell (1997) is something of a prequel/test run for the film was the internet buzz of splatter freaks worldwide early last decade and put the filmmaker who killed Godzilla (for now) on the map.

I'm unsure what this teaser originally represented. Maybe to announce the intention of a sequel or something to entice potential investors. The cast presented held up, notice how most look either a little younger or pudgier, but Down to Hell producer Keishiro Shin ultimately had nothing to do with Versus.

1 comment:

DrunkethWizerd said...

VERSUS. Man, still got my VHS of that one. I remember taking it over to my friends house after I first got it. We smoked a shitload of weed and drank a few beers then ate pizza from this Mexican place which had so much god damn cheese that it was impossible to take a bite without pulling strings of the stuff for another two minutes. It tasted absolutely fucking amazing. And their packets of crushed red peppers were the hottest I'd ever had in my life. I like heat too. I was dying, tears streaming down my face, when I convinced my friend's brother (also my friend) to try one on his slice. Nobody else would after they saw me, especially since they know I like it hot and can handle this shit. He almost coughed to death after he tried what I tried. It was awesome. Man, I still think about that pizza till this day. And every time I think about that pizza, I think about VERSUS.

Best pizza I've ever had. And VERSUS is still one kick ass movie.

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