Tetsuo: The Iron Man

Shinya Tsukamoto, 1989. Japan.

Only in Japan ...

One part horror film, one part cyberpunk fantasy, one part science fiction metal masterpiece (whatever that is), "Tetsuo: The Iron Man" is a story about a normal businessman who hits a metal fetishist with his car -- a man who gets pleasure out of sticking metal inside his body, naturally -- only to have his own body slowly transform into scrap metal as the fetishist's body mutates (with monstrous results). It's gross, stunning, and horrific, and I found the full-length movie available to watch on YouTube! There's no excuse not to watch this.

Director Shinya Tsukamoto shoots this 1989 flick with raw energy, giving it the feel of some horrific, found-footage piece much older than it really is, and his hand-made special effects are complex and gorgeous; a craftsmanship that brings reality to the surreal.

Don't say I didn't warn you.