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Film  (映画 Eiga) is the fourth episode of Garo: The Makai Flower.


Synopsis

A film theater projectionist is possessed by a Horror who traps his victims inside movies and tortures them. Can Raiga to stop this Movie Madness or will he end up on the blood stained cutting room floor?

Plot Summary

Notes

  • This episode, having a movie themed antagonist, features references to classic horror movies:
    • The opening is an homage to the Universal Horror Films such as Frankenstein. The GRP logo is a reference to RKO Pictures.
    • The black and white zombie flick "Night of Souls" is an obvious nod to George Romero's Night of the Living Dead and the directors name is mentioned a few times throughout the episode.
    • One of the props in the Showa Theater is a Jason Voorhees hockey mask.
    • The world Raiga is pulled into is a reference to a modern zombie film, 28 Days Later.
    • Raiga later is seen in a western style house and Ilgishin calls on an old phone to ask movie trivia before attacking him with a bowie knife, wearing a mask and a cloak. This is a reference to Wes Craven's Scream.
    • The final world Raiga is placed in is a reference to Silence of the Lambs, with Ilgishin dressed in a blue prison outfit similar to the one Anthony Hopkins wore in his role as Hannibal Lecter.
    • Ilgishin himself is a reference to horror films, having Freddy Krueger's glove on his left hand and a part of his striped shirt on his waist, Leatherface's Chainsaw on his right arm and Pinhead's pins on his skull. It is also ironic considering his species is named Horror.
  • To date, this is the first time an episode has had credits before the opening and the second time they have been in English. The first being the opening credits of the mini-series Zero Black Blood.
  • After defeating Ilgishin and returning to the real world, Zaruba jokingly says that maybe Raiga will have his own movie someday. Raiga then turns his head to the audience and smiles, breaking the fourth wall.
    • This was actually foreshadowing, as a film starring Raiga is being planned, but with no release date yet.
  • Another fourth wall reference is when Ilgishin talks to Raiga about how movies have changed, being overdependent on digital effects and that "practical effects are better". Zaruba snidely remarks that his effects are "no better than a Tokusatsu TV Show". Essentially, the series was poking fun at itself.
    • This is also eerily similar to the debates fans have over films, special effects and the Garo Series itself, being debated by fans as being worse or better by using CGI.
  • Director and creator Keita Amemiya makes a cameo appearance in this episode as a zombie.
    Keita's Cameo

    Mr. Amemiya wants your Braaaainsss.

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