Asian Cult Cinema #18, 1998
"Much of the violence in EVIL DEAD TRAP is as shocking as it is graphic: eyeballs are slowly punctured and sliced as the camera closely lingers; spears thrust through floors, and walls trap and puncture their victim, creating a morbid sculpture."
- Video Watchdog No.18, 1993
|**DVD - highly recommended, *DVD - worth buying, DVD - available, but . . . .|
|1980||Sukeban Mafia||VHS - DVD||VHS - DVD|
|1980||Sex Hunter||VHS - DVD||VHS - DVD|
|1981||Blue Lagoon||VHS - DVD||VHS - DVD|
|1981||Angel Guts: Red Porno||VHS - DVD||VHS - DVD|
|1984||Mermaid Legend||VHS - DVD||VHS - DVD|
|1984||Cursed Village in Yudono Mountains||VHS - DVD||VHS - DVD|
|1985||Scent of a Spell||VHS - DVD||VHS - DVD|
|1988||Evil Dead Trap aka Shiryo No Wana||VHS - **DVD||VHS - DVD|
|1991||Misty||VHS - DVD||VHS - DVD|
|1991||Scorpion Woman Prisoner:Death Threat||VHS - DVD||VHS - DVD|
|1992||Red Foliage||VHS - DVD||VHS - DVD|
|1993||Evil Dead Trap 3: Broken Love Killer||VHS - DVD||VHS - DVD|
|1996||XX: Beautiful Prey||VHS - DVD||VHS - DVD|
|1996||XX: Beautiful Beast||VHS - DVD||VHS - DVD|
|1996||Key||VHS - DVD||VHS - DVD|
For a complete filmography go to the IMDB
Through the 70's, Toshiharu Ikeda worked as an assistant director for Nikkatsu Studios, usually teamed with filmmaker Masaru Konuma, involved in such renowned pink classics as FLOWER AND SNAKE (1974), NOBLE LADY: BOUND VASE (1977) and WIFE TO BE SACRIFICED (1974). In a personal interview, he confessed that his duties included "grooming the starlets" or "snipping the pubic hair to avoid an objectionable shot." In 1980, Ikeda made his directorial debut with SUKEBAN MAFIA - simultaneously satirical, rousing, sexy and character driven. Certainly a rarity in the "pink film" (pinku eiga) arena.
He followed this with three more films for Nikkatsu, SEX HUNTER, BLUE LAGOON and ANGEL GUTS: RED PORNO. This last film was based on Takashi Ishii's manga and was part of the ANGEL GUTS series. He collaborated with Takashi Ishii on several more films, including MERMAID LEGEND - (a unique variation of the standard vengeance theme, sort of a classy (albeit very bloody) version of I SPIT IN YOUR GRAVE), SCENT OF A SPELL and EVIL DEAD TRAP.
Recently he has made XX: BEAUTIFUL PREY, XX:BEAUTIFUL BEAST and KEY. The XX films are based on the popular "XX" books of novelist Arimasa Osawa, collections of short stories featuring deadly or forceful women. These movies are not sequels but are conceptually similar. All highlight women in pivotal, customarily male roles. XX:BEAUTIFUL PREY, is easily the best of the series (5 episodes to date). It is a tense psychological shocker set against the perverse backdrop of aberrant S & M behavior.