One Cut of the Dead Movie Review – Incredible Japanese Horror-Comedy

one cut of the dead review

One Cut of the Dead split the two of us in half. Dusty, not so much a fan. Me, Sky, absolutely loved it! The first act is weird, but acts two and three pay-off the entire story like none other.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from One Cut of the Dead

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Sky: Improvise, adapt and overcome. 

  • They were beset by so many challenges but ingenuity and an attitude of “it can be done” had them succeed in the end. The producer was about to throw in the towel but daughter Mao improvised, asserted herself and the show went on. The Director and his wife took over two parts and killed it.

Dusty: Never listen to Sky’s movie recommendations.

  • That’s one opinion. And you know what they say about opinions…

What a weird first act, but it’s paid off later!

Sky: Always be ready because today might be your time to shine.

  • The camera assistant was able to take over and did a great job because she knew the job. Also, the Director and Nao knew the script and everyone’s roles, so they could take over as well.

Dusty: Perseverance is critical to getting the job done.

  • When beset by challenges, like this team was, you have to overcome one challenge at a time on your way to success.


Sky: Constraints or restrictions force you to get creative.

  • They were given just two hours prior to showtime to make it work, and they did it. They were forced to get creative and use the resources on hand. Happy, successful ending.

Dusty: Influence others by showing them the benefit they’ll receive from doing what you want them to.

  • The Director convinced Ko, the love interest-turned-zombie, to continue with the show by telling him this is his show and it’s all about him.

Fun interplay between the “director”, “actors” and “zombies”.


Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 83%
  • The Critics: 100%


  • A+ from Sky
  • Z from Dusty (bringing shame to the Matsuhashi family)

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Fantasy Island.

Fantasy Island 2020 Review

Fantasy Island is a fun, not-really-horror movie. Fun actors playing relatable characters with a crazy story in a beautiful island setting… and Chastity! What’s not to love?

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Fantasy Island

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Sky: What goes around comes around.

  • Don’t be surprised when the school girl you picked on comes back for revenge.

Dusty: Don’t turn your back on danger.

  • Never leave the room when the stove is on, when your baby is in the bathtub, or turn your back when little kids are swimming.

A beautiful island, but we’ll never be guests here.

Dusty: Always carry a weapon.

  • Sloan was kidnapped and on the run, but she didn’t even try to pickup a rock or a stick to use as a weapon.

Sky: Regret is a disease.

  • Living in the past robs you of enjoying the now. Gwen (Maggie Q) missed out on a lovely family due to the guilt she felt over Nick’s death.

Great torture scene with Melanie (Lucy Hale) choosing instead to save Sloan (Portia Doubleday).

Dusty: If at all possible, keep yourself safe while fighting. Live to fight another day.

  • Michael Rooker’s Damon crash tackled Dr. Torture off the cliff instead of try to kick him off the ledge.

Sky: Never separate.

  • When in caves and being chased by baddies, there’s power in numbers. Separating is the last thing you want to do. And pickup a weapon!

Michael Rooker was under-utilized.


Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 47%
  • The Critics: 10%


  • B+ from Sky
  • B- from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Aquaman (2018).

Aquaman (2018) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned


Wow!  Aquaman was spot on a great movie!  Fingers crossed for more DC greatness to come. Good action, cool special effects, nice acting and a great story that progressed nicely.

Updated 2.8.20: We re-released this as episode #87 in anticipation of DC’s Birds of Prey.

Lessons Learned from Aquaman

Sky: Stressful situations are opportunities for growth.

  • Arthur’s powers grew when he was being bullied in the aquarium.

Dusty: Arrogance and pride will be your downfall.

  • Just like General Cornwallace in The Patriot: pride is a weakness that can cause your downfall.  Here, Arthur (Jason Momoa) thought he could easily defeat his younger brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson).
Jason Momoa and Amber Heard (Mera)

Sky: Heroes create their own villains.

  • Arthur created the Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) by not helping him save his father.

How does he fight with such a huge head?

Dusty: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

  • Aquaman would want to be saved, so that’s good enough reason to save the father and at least turn him in to the authorities.

Sky: Don’t dismiss your impact on the environment.

  • The Atlanteans got fed up with humans dirtying up the oceans. Remember ‘The Happening’ when mother nature got fed up with humans and the trees started causing us to commit suicide? Yep, it can happen.

Dusty: Learn from your mistakes.

  • DC is learning from theirs and making better movies now.  Hopefully, the trend will continue.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

On Rotten Tomatoes the audience has it at 80% (matching Sky’s score) but the critics are off the mark again at 60%.  At least it’s fresh.

Sky has chosen Galaxy Quest as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed Bumblebee.