Author Archives: Ian Shone

Film Review: Sadako 3D (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Akane is a high school teacher who hears a rumor from her students that there is actual footage on the Internet of someone’s suicide. The footage is said to drive anyone who sees it to also commit suicide. Akane does not believe the rumor at first, but when one of her female students dies after viewing the footage, she and her boyfriend Takanori are fatefully drawn into the horror that has been created by … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cure (1997)

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SYNOPSIS: A wave of gruesome murders is sweeping Tokyo. The only connection is a bloody X carved into the neck of each of the victims. In each case, the murderer is found near the victim and remembers nothing of the crime. Detective Takabe and psychologist Sakuma are called in to figure out the connection, but their investigation goes nowhere. An odd young man is arrested near the scene of the latest murder, who has a … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Killer Snakes (1975)

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SYNOPSIS: A young man who has been beaten, abused, humiliated and laughed at all his life finds that he has an unusual empathy with snakes. He can talk to them and they understand him, and eventually he finds that he can get them to do his bidding. He decides to use his newfound friends to take his revenge on everyone who ever did him wrong REVIEW: Here we have a bizarre little curio from Hong … Continue reading

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Film Review: Ghost Train (2006)

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SYNOPSIS: On her way to school, high school girl Nana sees a train accident. Then Nana and her friend Kanae start to come across various bizarre phenomena, including red fingerprints and a female spirit who ‘lives’ on the station platform. One day, Nana’s younger sister is lost, and the only possibility seems to be that she had been taken by these spirits. The missing tracks. The predictions that a mysterious woman makes.

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Film Review: Versus (2000)

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SYNOPSIS: There are 666 portals that connect this world to the other side. These are concealed from all human beings. Somewhere in Japan exists the 444th portal…. The forest of resurrection. REVIEW: We all like to whine and wring our hands about how there’s too much choice these days, entertainment-wise, and how a lot of the time you just can’t make your mind up what you want to watch. You don’t know whether you want … Continue reading

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Film Review: One Missed Call (2003)

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SYNOPSIS: People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths. REVIEW: I’m sure I can’t be the only one who, upon seeing the words ‘directed by Takashi Miike’ flashing up on the screen, thinks: ‘Brace yourself. This is going to be pretty unpleasant.’ In certain circles Miike qualifies as a specimen of that rare beast, the celebrity film director, and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Rasen (1998)

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SYNOPSIS: A young pathologist seeks answers to the mysterious death of a friend and soon comes into contact with the same cursed videotape that caused the death of the friend’s wife and son, which is haunted by the curse of Sadako, a relentless spirit. REVIEW: Most people haven’t heard of this film, and not without reason. Rasen is the first sequel to Hideo Nakata’s Ring, with some of the same cast but with a different … Continue reading

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Film Review: X Game (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A man in the name of Hideaki and his 6th grade classmates, Takeshi, Chie and Tetsuya, wake up to find themselves in their old elementary school after the suicide of their teacher. There they play a game called x game. X game was created by a classmate which was used to bully a girl named Mariko. In order to survive they must play the game until the final level, level 13 the Death Penalty. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Laddaland (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Ladda Land is based on the true story of a gated community that was shut down after a series of mysterious deaths and paranormal occurrences. When a family moves to Ladda Land, an upscale housing development with large, beautiful homes, they discover life in their new neighborhood isn’t so perfect when they encounter a series of terrifying, paranormal events that drives the family to the edge of insanity. REVIEW: It’s a pity there isn’t … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dark Water (2002)

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SYNOPSIS: A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water. REVIEW: Following hot on the heels of the execrable Sadako 3D, here we have the perfect antidote. Dark Water is Hideo Nakata’s second adaptation of a Kôji Suzuki story, and it is also one of several Japanese horror flicks to have been given the dubious honour of a Hollywood remake in the wake of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Henge (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A young couple are living a quiet and happy life, until the husband suddenly begins howling uncontrollably. REVIEW: Oh dear. Here we have a film so infuriating in its waste of potential that I almost don’t know where to start. The disparity in quality between the beginning and end is so dramatic, so baffling, that I almost thought that some prankster had surreptitiously changed the channel while I was watching. Sadly, this appears not … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Host (2006)

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SYNOPSIS: A monster emerges from Seoul’s Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim’s loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches. REVIEW: Here we have a special effects-heavy monster movie from South Korea, in which a huge creature comes out of the sea and goes on a destructive rampage through the city. In case you were wondering, it was released two years before Cloverfield, but any comparison … Continue reading

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Film Review: Exit No. 6 (2006)

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SYNOPSIS: This summer, legendary stuntman Van Dine, seeking his way out of life around “Exit No.6″, involves in a series of mysterious missing events with buddies Vance, Fion, Vivian. During Van Dine’s investigation, all evidence leads to a new Blog “Autumn Leaves Club” The terrifying truth that lies beneath will soon be exposed REVIEW: It’s only fair to warn you right off the bat—Exit No. 6 is a kind of coming-of-age drama movie that deals … Continue reading

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Film Review: Junk: Shiryô-gari (2000)

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SYNOPSIS: After a robbery,a group of thieves meets up with the Yakuza at an old abandoned factory in order to exchange money and jewels.However unknown to them the factory was an old military facility which was working on reanimating the dead.And they succeeded,meaning the factory is loaded with bloodthirsty zombies.”Junk” is slowly getting a minor cult following,because it has creepy,old-style zombies that are a combination of Romero/Fulci/O’Bannon’s zombies.The gore is plentiful and the feel of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Stacy (2001)

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SYNOPSIS: A mysterious, worldwide phenomenon is afoot that is causing teenage girls to inexplicably drop dead and, almost instantly, reanimate as zombies with a hunger for human flesh. These zombies are known as ‘Stacies’. REVIEW: It’s amazing no one thought of it before. Here we have two of the more ubiquitous features of modern popular culture—zombies and Japanese schoolgirls—together in one film. It’s easy to imagine the idea being pitched to a panel of cocaine-addled … Continue reading

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