Tetsuo: The Iron Man

Movie Information

In Brief: The Thursday Horror Picture Show makes its triumphant return this week at The Black Cloud in West Asheville with a film as polarizing as it is traumatic: Shinya Tsukamoto's seminal classic of Japanese cyberpunk body horror, Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989). Playing something like early Lynch by way of Cronenberg with a dose of Aronofsky on speed,  Tetsuo may well be one of the most challenging and uncomfortable films ever made. Add to that its breakneck punk-rock pacing and heavy industrial score, and you have a film that brutalizes as much as it entertains. What's the story about? It's almost irrelevant. Be forewarned — this one is not for the faint of heart. Also be forewarned that The Black Cloud is a bar and not a theater, although the screening amenities are top-notch. Come celebrate the rebirth of the THPS, an Asheville institution that stubbornly refuses to stay dead!
Genre: Horror
Director: Shinya Tsukamoto
Starring: Tomoro Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara, Nobu Kanaoka, Renji Ishibashi, Naomasa Musaka, Shinya Tsukamoto
Rated: R

The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Tetsuo: The Iron Man on Thursday, March 29, at 8 p.m. at The Black Cloud, located on the lower level at 723 Haywood Road, with an introduction by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.


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