Title: High School Ghosthustlers

Also known as:
Haisukûru gôsutobasutâzu
High School Ghostbusters

Year: 1995

Genre: Horror / Comedy / Erotica

Language: Japanese

Runtime: 75 min

Director: Yoshinori Nishikiori

Writer: N/A

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0406837/

Plot:
Kyoko, Mayu, and Emi are members of their High School's supernatural club and their expertise will soon be needed as the school becomes over run with spirits who are feeling a little frisky.

Our thoughts:
God bless the Japanese. Seriously. As if the sexual superhero parodies such as "Cutie Honey", "Rapeman", "Big Boobs Buster", and "Kekko Kamen" weren't enough they had to go and do a parody of "Ghostbusters" with their unmistakable perverted style. I would say that this movie was also intended to be sort of a "Scooby-Doo" parody as well, considering the story and how some of the situations play out. But also because of how cheesy everything is; it seems like "High School Ghosthustlers" would be perfect for TV minus all the nudity, sex, and general perversion.

The story is about 3 female students who create a supernatural club with their teacher and after solving one of their school's ghost mysteries that turns out wasn't a ghost at all, but a perverted janitor. (See where the "Scooby-Doo" influence is coming in?) They soon take to investigating and solving all ghost, monster, and general supernatural ongoings in their school and around town. Things get worse when a powerful spirit of a dirty old-man who would "lay with 10 different women a day," returns to the school and unleashes total sexual insanity. It's up to the girls to fend off the sexual spirits, penis-slugs, seal up the spirit of the old-man, and to create one of the biggest trans-dimensional cockblocks of all time.

As no surprise, "High School Ghosthustlers" is a complete and total camp-fest with cheese coming out the woodworks. It features performances that are way over-the-top like you would expect from watching a bad action movie and almost comic book-ish exaggerations. It also features ghosts that too, are given the camp treatment as most of them look Jim Henson puppet-rejects, hell even a couple of them look like standard party balloons. All of this is done in the name of humor though, none of it is meant to be taken seriously. As stupid and ridiculous as everything sounds, the movie doesn't have this forced feel to it like these awful movies coming out of Japan nowadays such as "Machine Girl" or "Girl's Rebel Force of Competitive Swimmers." Maybe because "High School Ghosthustlers" came out almost 15 years ago it seems that it was made by someone who just wanted to make a silly but entertaining movie. Which makes it feel more genuine and not merely some hackneyed group looking to jump on a trend.

An interesting aspect about the movie is that it goes more for laughs than being another excuse for senseless perversion. So those who maybe expecting to see lots of nudity and sex will be greatly disappointed as there are only two sex scenes and only a few moments of nudity. Instead you get plenty of sexual humor and sexual based imagery with such things as the penis slugs and the giant phallic monster that appears at the end. All of it is done as more of a way to poke fun of the cultures obsession with Hentai and other material that focuses so much on sex.

If you're looking for trashy skin flick, you're better off looking else where. However if you are wanting to watch an extremely campy and cheesy flick that borders on b-movie and z-grade; then I would recommend "High School Ghosthustlers" over most of the modern-trendy Japanese camp flicks. To give the flick some credit, it is actually a fairly well made movie even as ridiculous as it is. It keeps things light and amusing in the beginning and then slowly builds towards a chaotic ending that pits the pure against the perverted while never changing tone or humor. Best of all its just one of those movies that can be enjoyed in any viewing condition. Whether its a party night with lots of booze involved or huddled over your laptop in the closet all by yourself because your ashamed someone might see you watching something like this.


Positive things:
- Overall it's a fun and ridiculous movie.
- The TV sitcom style ending.
- Muppet ghosts!
- A Japanese Jason Voorhees.
- Enough sexual innuendos to fill a Dixie cup.
Negative things:
- Doesn't contain as much nudity as one would think...Or hope.

Rating:
Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 2/5
Story: 3/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 2.5/5

We got this movie from:
Amazon.com

Reviewed by:
Preston




 

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