LSJTD: Audition (1999)
Once a month, Kelly dares Jessica to watch a film surrounding the monthly theme. These challenges are meant to scare, or unsettle, Jessica, and broaden her horror horizons.
April's theme is one of celebrating all the spooky and weird women in horror. Jessica loves this theme so trying to find a movie that she hadn't actually seen definitely put forth a challenge for myself. As I had recently watched Audition for the first time, I knew this film was the one! It is also directed by Takashi Miike and this is probably the only occasion Jessica will ever watch one of his films! Though a slow burn to its thrilling ending, Audition is iconic and with the powerful female character in Asami, I had a strong feeling that Jessica would also just enjoy it. So, turn on your red light and stay away from piano wire!
Well I did it! And once again, it was another movie that I built up in my mind and was not as bad as I originally thought it would be. It was an interesting film and got me thinking about how the 'auditions' held to help find a wife are really no different from the world of dating. That we search for the ideal life partner and how far we go to blank out ugliness or pain in people to continue to feel the "butterflies". The scene with the piano wire amputating his feet did not bother me as much as the scene where she was putting pins into the skin just under his ribs (I was in the fetal position watching that). The rib area is a no touch zone for me. Also, the scene of feeding one of her victims her vomit almost had me throw up. It was a good film and definitely made me feel uncomfortable at points, but I would recommend it to others.