The contemporary art world doesn’t make much sense from an outsider’s point of view. Writers Paul Dini and Stephen langford shed light on this observation in “The last Tsuburayaâ, A story about the power of art over people. The opening tale of this opus by Horror show sees two sides fighting over a piece of cultural history; one wants everyone to experience this newly discovered painting, while another wants it only for himself.
Jeffrey F. Januarythe directorial debut in the Horror show the series is enhanced by a better-than-average story. “The Last Tsuburaya” begins with the only surviving heir (Joe ando hirsh) from a misanthropic Japanese painter, namesake of the segment, learning that he has inherited a lost painting; the last work of the artist that no one has ever seenâ¦ until now. An art historian named Dr Mai SatÅ (Gia Hiraizumi) fails to acquire the work for its museum due to interference from Wade Cruise (Brandon quinn), a rich and antagonistic art connoisseur. He’s offering $ 10 million on-site for the Tsuburaya painting, but there’s a catch: the piece must remain hidden from all eyes until then.
During an evening of unveiling of Tsuburaya’s painting, Wade does the unthinkable after having feasted his eyes on the work; it ensures that no one else will ever be able to see it. In doing so, however, Wade unknowingly curses himself. Everywhere he goes, he is now stalked by the monstrous subject of Tsuburaya’s swan song.
Cursed object stories often speak of something that has been stolen from its owners. Dini and Langford tweak the idea with favorable results and add new context regarding theft. The odious Wade doesn’t technically steal anything from anyone; he paid a large sum after all. Rather, he stole an irrecoverable experience from others. âThe Last Tsuburayaâ ends up entering familiar territory with the monster’s dark demeanor, but the ending is different enough that she feels quite fresh and more purposeful than usual. Also note the name of the artist IshirÅ Tsuburaya, accompanied by a tokusatsu-esque beastie, seems to be a nod to the pioneers of Japanese rubber monsters, IshirÅ Honda and Eiji Tsuburaya.
The next step is John harrison‘s “Ok i will biteÂ», A gloomy number about spiders and confined spaces. Nicolas massouh plays Elmer, a retired prisoner and arachnologist who was recently denied parole. This means he can spend more time with his only friends in the joint; a hiding place of spiders, including a large one hidden behind its wall. When the cruel behavior of the other inmates forces his hand, Elmer does something dangerous to ensure the survival of his spiders.
“OK I’ll Bite” is at its best when Massouh is on his own, conversing with his eight-legged pals and gradually revealing his character’s pathos. The limited setting adds to the isolation and the spiders emphasize the feeling of being trapped by the circumstances. History never quite finds a place to land other than the standard destination of direct and macabre coming, but there is a good atmosphere every now and then. This episode is familiar with performing darker entries from the ’80s anthology, Monsters.
Horror show delivered a double dose of creature horror in this episode, and both have their merits.
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