Tetsuo the Iron Man

Movie • 1989 • Horror  

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A "metal fetishist", driven mad by the maggots wriggling in the wound he's made to embed metal into his flesh, runs out into the night and is accidentally run down by a Japanese businessman and his girlfriend. The pair dispose of the corpse in hopes of quietly moving on with their lives. However, the businessman soon finds that he is now plagued by a vicious curse that transforms his flesh into iron.
This movie contains 36 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Is an animal sad?
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Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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Is someone eaten?
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Abandonment
Is a child abandoned by a parent?
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Abuse
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Is someone stalked?
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FandomLover
The main villain, guy from beginning, stalks the main character and his girlfriend for revenge for hitting him with their car.
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FandomLover
The main protagonist looses control, when he is transforming into the metal man, and attacks his girlfriend.
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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Is someone gaslighted?
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Is a child abused?
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Makoko
Child abuse is heavily implied. The "Metal fetishist" has a flashback in which he is beaten with a metal rod. You don't actually see him as a kid, but you can hear a boy screaming "Stop!" multiple times.
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Addiction
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Is there addiction?
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ArthurMcConnell
The metal fetishist has more of an obsession with metal than an addiction with substance abuse. I didn't consider it triggering and have suffered from addiction, but obviously use your own discretion
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Does someone abuse alcohol?
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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FandomLover
Cats are transformed into metal creatures and fused into metal
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Are animals abused?
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RichardHoule
While none of the cats appear to die onscreen, they are melded together with metal, and one turns into a metal creature, meowing in discomfort.
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FandomLover
Cats are fused into metal creatures. Not shown on screen
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Does a cat die?
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Okrast
Multiple cats in the apartment mutate and fuse with metal, they are shown to cry out and transform until they lose shape and fuse with the main character.
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Does a pet die?
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charredworm
Cats are fused with metal, presumably dying. The filmmakers clearly do not hurt the animals and very obviously just put some tinfoil on some cats.
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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Are there snakes?
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Are there bugs?
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fakesqueer
In the opening sequence (within the first 5 minutes +/-) there are maggots in an open leg wound
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Assault
Is there pedophilia?
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Is rape mentioned?
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Is someone restrained?
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charredworm
The girlfriend attempts to sexually comfort her boyfriend in his sleep after he says no, and he also attempts to either physically or sexually assault her at one point.
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MagitekVai
Kinda but not really? A man gets raped, and it's portrayed as horrific, yet also somewhat darkly comedic (at least that's how I viewed it). I still wouldn't say that it's a joke though
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MagitekVai
The main character gets raped by a weird metal snake penis. We get a side view of it entering his butt
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Bodily Harm
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charredworm
Shaving is vital to a horror scene, and there is lots of cutting.
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Does someone struggle to breathe?
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone crushed to death?
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Is someone burned alive?
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Is someone buried alive?
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Is there body horror?
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DrHonks
It's a body horror movie
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Is there amputation?
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Does a head get squashed?
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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Is there a hanging?
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Does someone asphyxiate?
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fakesqueer
In the beginning sequence, a character pulls a bar of ribbed metal between their top and bottom teeth. The teeth are not damaged, but there is a loud grinding sounds that goes with the action.
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Does someone break a bone?
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Does someone have a seizure?
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charredworm
A man's genitals are turned into a drill. This is a core plot point.
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
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Is someone tortured?
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FandomLover
The main character is slowly and painfully transformed into a metal man
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Does someone fall down stairs?
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Does someone fall to their death?
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Is there eye mutilation?
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DrHonks
It's in black and white but it's still pretty intense
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
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Does a kid die?
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charredworm
The are four characters in this film, all are adults.
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
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Family
Is someone kidnapped?
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Does a parent die?
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Does someone cheat?
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
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ArthurMcConnell
There is something akin to a possession, but it is not the traditional religious or demonic possession people usually think of.

[[[SPOILERS]]]



At the end of the film Tetsuo and the Metal Fetishist are fused together and become one being. (I believe this is what the other answers are referring to)
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Are there ghosts?
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charredworm
The main couple are haunted by a man they hit with their car. He comes back in some shape or form, but he is like a ghost.
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Are there clowns?
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Are there razors?
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MagitekVai
Prominent scenes feature a razor. It is NOT used for self-harm
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Is there a shower scene?
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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Does someone vomit?
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Does someone spit?
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charredworm
Spitting, no farting.
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Is there audio gore?
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Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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LGBTQ+
Are there transphobic slurs?
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Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
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ArthurMcConnell
While no needles specifically are used there are cases of solid objects being inserted into skin.
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Is there a mental institution scene?
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Is there a hospital scene?
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DrHonks
No cancer, but the metal grows and spreads in and on human bodies
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Mental Health
Does someone suffer from PTSD?
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Okrast
Graphic opening shot of the antagonist cutting open his thigh
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ArthurMcConnell
None of the characters have a mental illness based on the dialogue and behavior in the film. While many characters may be violent, and behave in strange ways I don't believe that the filmmakers are intending to present any character as exhibiting a clinical mental illness.
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Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
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Is there misophonia?
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glitchbirds
Excruciatingly loud metallic scraping, clanging, drilling, etc throughout the film. Can confirm it's very, very painful if you have misophonia.
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JooPereira
It's a body horror film, so naturally there's going to be a lot of stuff like that.
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charredworm
No, but a lover does say that she would rather die than be without her boyfriend.
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Are there anxiety attacks?
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Is there a claustrophobic scene?
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
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Is there autism specific abuse?
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Noxious
Does a baby cry?
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Is there shakey cam?
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tasharomanoff
So. Much. The movie was reportedly filmed "underground style" and it looks like most if not all of it was shot on a handheld camera.
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fakesqueer
The film is shot in black and white, mostly with what seems to be a handheld camera. The strobe effects come from rapid scene changes and moments of almost stop motion animation. These happen through out the movie
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Paranoia
Is the fourth wall broken?
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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Is there childbirth?
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Are there abortions?
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Are there babies or unborn children?
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Does someone miscarry?
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Does a pregnant person die?
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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Does the black guy die first?
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Are there homophobic slurs?
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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Is there hate speech?
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Is a minority is misrepresented?
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Does an LGBT person die?
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Are there n-words?
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Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
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Sex
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MagitekVai
Intense sexual content, especially during the first half of the movie. Includes multiple sex scenes and a whole lot of phallic imagery
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charredworm
Narratively and within the story. Objectification is a bit of a theme.
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MagitekVai
Nude butts and breasts are shown
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Is there bestiality?
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Are there incestuous relationships?
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.4673
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Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
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charredworm
The metal infection is like an illness, but aside from that there are none.
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Is someone terminally ill?
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Social
Is someone homeless?
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Are there anti-abortion themes?
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Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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wormclowns
Depends on how you see it. At the end of the movie the two men merge into a giant tank-like monster. They then promise to turn the Earth into a planet made entirely out of metal as they travel around the city.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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MagitekVai
Car crash is a huge plot point. A scene features the sound of screeching tires for an extended period of time
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Does a plane crash?
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Is someone hit by a car?
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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Is there blood/gore?
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DrHonks
There is a lot, and it's very effective even though the movie is in black and white
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Does someone drown?
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MagitekVai
A gun appears in the very last scene, but it is never used
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