Henge [Metamorphosis] (2011)

Honorable Mention

This one is strange.

And rather disturbing.

A young man keeps having these weird seizures where he howls and jumps about uncontrollably.  It’s as if something is taking him over and it keeps getting worse.

Then he starts transforming — at first just an arm or a leg — during these fits into…something.  Something monstrous, something unlike any creature on earth, something strong — and hungry.

Which is when it starts getting truly disturbing.

I’m not sure that we’re ever given any real explanation for what’s happening here, despite some talk about the spirits of all the animals.  Clearly, it isn’t an ordinary supernatural possession.  There is also a hint that whatever is happening may be psychological, with ties to his wife’s miscarriages — something he welcomed even if he would never admit it — but the doctor telling us about this never gets a chance to explain his the full theory.  Although any purely rational explanation appears highly unlikely.

But as icky as the transformation is, and as vicious as the young man becomes, what is truly disturbing are the actions chosen by another character.

In a very short running time (and on what one suspects may have been a limited budget) the story switches from suspense to creature effects, to  bloody horror, through disturbing plot twists, to finally end up going to a totally unexpected place that puts this film into another genre of monster movie altogether.

All with practical effects.

Even for the scenes of destruction at the end.

I’m not entirely certain where to file this one, as it covers so much ground, from mutations to serial killings, to that final surprise.  It really doesn’t fit here — or does it? –but for those of you who love J-Horror, Creature features, and yes, something…bigger than that, this is well worth a look.

Particularly now that you can see it for free on Tubi.

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