Any film billed as ‘a blood-soaked orgy of outrageousness’ is likely to grab my attention, so crazy Japanese offering Why Don’t You Play In Hell seems a must-watch as far as this year’s festival goes.

A mix of classic exploitation and sharp comedy, director Sion Sono’s effort takes in the Yakuza, a renegade film crew, a precocious young star of a toothpaste commercial – and plenty of bloody carnage of course.

Back in 2001, Sono brought eye-catching (and disturbing) flick Suicide Club to the big screen, so he certainly has the pedigree in throwing something controversial up on screen.

And, with the Toronto festival screening of this effort drawing some impressive reviews, let’s hope the director has come up trumps again.

Starring the likes of Jun Kunimura, Shinichi Tsutsumi and Fumi Nikaido, Why Don’t You Play In Hell screens at the London Film Festival on October 17, 18 & 20.

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Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle