Kyuju-kyuhonme No Kimusume (1959)

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This sadistic horror film from director Morihei Magatani was one of the earliest hints of the kinky turn Japanese genre cinema would take from the late 1960s onward. At the time, this story of a mountain town whose residents kidnap passing virgins for torture and sacrifice was a shocking anomaly, and achieved great success. The townspeople worship a vengeful god and snatch vacationing tourists, who are beaten and crucified before being murdered with holy swords. The daughter of a local official is kidnapped, along with her college friends, and marked as the 99th sacrificial virgin to be executed, and most of the film -- while not lingering on nasty torture sequences -- deals with her father's efforts to save her. Yoko Mihara, who appeared in Magatani's far more traditional Ama No Bakemono Yashiki the same year, co-stars with Bunta Namiji.

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execution, God, kidnapping, murder, revenge, sacrifice, torture, virgin, worship [religious]