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The Tattooist – First Impression

by Amari
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From the creator of “The Story of 90 Coins” comes “The Tattooist.” A horror pivot that, just in its trailer, seems like it’s gruesome.

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Director(s)Michael Wong
Written ByMichael Wong
Date ReleasedJune 8, 2018
Good If You LikeGraphic Horror
Noted Cast
The TattooistWang Yanhu

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From the trailer you would believe this is simply another film about a psychopath. One who likely creates beautiful pieces on people and then hunts them down for his art is actually branding. However, going by the longline, you get an almost SaWir?source=bk&t=amaall0c 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=e44c05358787c285fc0ce09923f242cb& cb=1539872077336 type of story. One in which these people are tattooed, drugged, imprisoned, and then are racing against the clock to escape by possibly doing a series of test.


The best kind of horror coerces you to question your safety in your everyday life. Think about how truly vulnerable you are no matter how much you work out, how nice you are, or even being a law-abiding citizen. In the case of The Tattooist, I want you to imagine getting a tattoo, taking on a permanent art piece, and being drugged. Granted, the piece is beautiful, but now you find yourself in a basement of some kind with you having to deal with this deranged man.

First Impression

As a 1 minute and 19-second trailer, The Tattooist hones directly in on those who enjoy and appreciate a gorey horror. Leading you to wonder, like The Story of 90 Coins, what Wong’s vision would be like if he produced a feature-length film? From what it appears, flinching and twisting your face because of the visuals is very likely. Also, taking note of his previous work, it pushes the idea that while the hook may be the sights, with each prisoner being tested, perhaps their individual stories will be equally as compelling.

But, with this being so short, I can’t really give it a rating but with the tease below, let me know what you think.

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The Tattooist from Michael Wong on Vimeo.

‘The Tattooist’ studio is renowned for its remarkably crafted tattoos. But during their visits, the customers have been drugged and imprisoned with other unfortunate victims that bear his prized masterpiece. They must fight their fears and race against time to escape from The Tattooist before ending up as a victim of his morbid obsession!

Wang Yanhu (The Tattooist)
Lu Li (Platinum)
Myra Mala (Screaming Girl)
Chase Lichtenberg (Guy in Iron Maiden)
Simon Shiyamba (Guy in Shackle)
Mayela Magrou (Tied up Girl)
Dan Litza (Guy behind Bars)

Lee Pai Seang

Post Production:
VHQ Media

Stills Photography:
Zhang Lu

Director of Photography:
Mayela Magrou
Troy Sandford

Camera Operator/ Gaffer:
Hari Krishna Vivekanandan

Found In The Attic

Panagiotis E. Tsafos

Line Producer:
Li Yan

Michael Wong

Assistant Director:
Troy Sandford

Production Designer/ Writer/ Film Director:
Michael Wong

Press Kit:


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