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PopGap #30: Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)

PopGap #30: Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)

Written by dorrk
29 July 2017

Your future is Metal!

As someone who does not in the least part share the metal fetish at the core of this shocking assault on the senses — which is a nearly plotless 67 minutes of screaming post-punk body horror — I still respect its invention and energy. The underground aesthetic of Tetsuo, the Iron Man is practically perfect, for what it is, and there's no doubting that it's a bracing exploration of self-mutilation, aggresive sexual dysfunction, and a fear/desire of mechanical consummation and consumption. I assume that someone who is really into this type of material — the characters in David Cronenberg's Crash might consider it for a dinner-and-a-movie date night — won't find its relatively short runtime as monotonous as I sometimes did, but the punctuation marks in Tetsuo, the Iron Man are vivid, unique and unforgettable, whether I like it or not.

Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989) was brought to my Potluck Film Fest by Alan Ryman. Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989) ranked on my Flickchart at #1766 (54%).

PopGap #30: Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)

Trailer for Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)