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LADY POISON: Beasts of the Underground [Powazon Bodi: Dofuku; a.k.a. Body Poison] (1994).

There's a new female slasher in town, slicing up men in trendy nightclub bathrooms. Then she takes grisly photos of her victims, and uploads them onto the "Underground" Internet. So begins another in the long line of quick 'n' sleazy New Japanese Sexploitation, this one courtesy of director Kazuya Konaka. As usual with this fare, we get sex, murder and the type of casual decadence that makes you want to schedule Japan as your next vacation. Rinko Mayumi stars as our sexy murderess, with a day job as a successful photographer. And when she's not on her bloodthirsty rounds, her assistant is playing voyeur and watching her traipse in front of her apartment window. More important, a sicko writer with a computer (Ren Osugi) downloads one of her anonymous pics and discovers her reflection buried in the image. He then becomes obsessed with finding this kinky killer -- finally tracking her down, hiring her to do the pix for his latest book, then coaxing her into his fetish den, where he films their unwilling participation in his ultra-cruel sex games. Best of all, just about everyone in this flick is a sexual misfit. Except for two dullard cops, that is; Detectives Tanabe and Kono, who begin shaking down the city's weaselly perverts and attempting to infiltrate the Death Fetish trade. Though filmed with a little more exuberance than usual, this 74-minute exercise in modern perversity never gets any deeper than a simple, slimy romp. It's also a terrific advertisement for the Internet, where characters can log on and select from categories like "Freaks," "Lolita" and "Cannibalism." America Online could learn a thing or two from this flick... Fairly amusing, thanks to its non-stop deviance and several cool sequences, but under its grimy surface, there's little else.

© 1996 by Steven Puchalski.