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Film Review: The Escapees (The Runaways) (1981)


SYNOPSIS: After escaping from an insane asylum, two beautiful women — one spunky, the other depressed — fall in with a troupe of erotic dancers and embark on a surreal journey full of violence, burlesque and lesbian hookups. Director Jean Rollin, the exploitation auteur behind such cult hits as Fascination and Requiem for a Vampire, delivers the sordid goods again in this bizarre and kinky odyssey starring Laurence Dubas and Christiane CoppĂ©. REVIEW: Director: Jean … Continue reading

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Film Review: Saint Francis (2007)


SYNOPSIS: Francis, the son of a corrupt TV preacher, tumbles down a hallucinatory rabbit-hole of sex, drugs, aliens, fratricide, and planetary apocalypse in this twisted take on the life of Saint Francis. REVIEW: Director: Ezra Allen Gould Cast: Charles Koutris, Dita Von Teese, Zalman King, Casey Anderson, Ryan Williams Sexy Dita Von Teese makes her film debut in this horror film that combines equal parts terror and sex. Francis is haunted by thoughts that the … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Heirloom (Zhaibian) (2005


SYNOPSIS: Twenty years ago, an inexplicable mass suicide occurred in the millionaire Yang household, where the entire family hanged themselves at the exact same time. Only one member survived. To this day, the case remains unsolved. Now, a distant relative inherits the house and moves in with his fiancee. Mysterious events begin to disturb their lives and force them to confront the evil within. The demented legacy of the Yang family comes full circle and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Battle Royale (2000)


SYNOPSIS: Future Japan has fallen into a state of anarchy and pupils are refusing to go to school. To deal with this the state has instituted the Battle Royale Act. The 9th Grade class from Zenjutsi High School goes on a field trip only to be gassed unconscious in the bus. They come around on an island where they are informed them that they have been placed in the Battle Royale – a competition where they … Continue reading


Film Review: The Coffin (2008)


SYNOPSIS: Inspired by a true Thai ritual of lying in coffins to get rid of bad luck and prolong life, The Coffin is a supernatural thriller about a young man and a young woman who decide to go through the ritual in Thailand. REVIEW: The Examination Results: Balance of life and death, interrupted.  Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham Cast: Karen Mok, Ananda Everingham, Andrew Lin  Written and directed by award-winning Thai director Ekachai Uekrong­tham, The Coffin features a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Left Bank (Linkeroever) (2008)


SYNOPSIS: Marie is a dedicated track athlete. One day, she suddenly collapses due to an infection in her immune system, and is forced to rest. She meets Bobby , a handsome archer and soon moves into his apartment in Left Bank district of the Belgian port town of Antwerp. The Left Bank itself is a district just outside Antwerp where exiles and lepers used to live in medieval times. Life seems good until Marie discovers … Continue reading

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Film Review: Lost in New York (1989)


SYNOPSIS: Directed by French cult hero Jean Rollin, Perdues Dans New York/Lost In New York concerns two women who find themselves mysteriously transported from a seaside in France to the streets of New York City. Separated and lost, they must find each other and figure out how to get back home. REVIEW: Director: Jean Rollin Cast: Adeline Abitbol, Funny Abitbol, Catherine Herengt, Catherine Lesret, Sophie Maret, Catherine Rival, Nathalie Perrey Lost in New York is … Continue reading

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Interview: Thomas Weissner – Editor “Asian Cult”


Who: THOMAS WEISSNER Books: EDITOR OF “ASIAN CULT CINEMA MAGAZINE: Thomas Weissner: EDITOR “ASIAN CULT CINEMA” Interview – 02.06.09 Scarlett– Thanks for stopping by to interview with us! Tom Weisser– Glad to be here with you. Scarlett– How did you become interested in Asian Cult movies? Tom Weisser– I could spin a story. But I presume you’d like the truth, as mundane as that might be. I’ve always loved movies. And I’ve got to admit it… … Continue reading


Interview: Author Patrick Galloway


Who: Patrick Galloway – Author Books: ASIA SHOCK “Horror and Dark Cinema from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Thailand” PATRICK GALLOWAY: author- Interview – 12.14.08 Can you tell us about your book, “Asia Shock: Horror and Dark Cinema from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Thailand” ? Well, Scarlett, I think the the title says it all. Actually the word “horror” wasn’t in the title originally. I’d developed the concept of “dark cinema” that included horror … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)


  SYNOPSIS: Following the death of their mother, sisters Su-mi and Su-yeon are sent to a mental hospital. When they are released, they are greeted by their father and taken home. Once there, it becomes obvious that this isn’t the wholesome family unit that the girls’ new stepmother wishes it was. Disturbing and seemingly unexplainable events happen and it soon becomes impossible to tell whether it is the sisters’ unstable mental health, the cruel mind … Continue reading

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Film Review: Loft (Shi no Otome) (2005)


SYNOPSIS: Suffering from writer’s block and some curious ailments, Reiko moves to a countryside home at her editor’s beckoning to quietly work on her next novel. Her new environment turns out to be anything but peaceful though when she sights her next door neighbor, mysteriously moving a thousand-year-old mummified corpse into his university lab for research. Though Reiko and her neighbor get off to a bumpy start, the two grow closer over time, enough so … Continue reading

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Interview: Jay McRoy – Author


Jay McRoy: author- Interview – 12.09.08 Author Jay McRoy stopped by answer some questions about his books and shed a little light on Asian horror cinema! Check it out! Japanese Horror Cinema, Nightmare Japan : Contemporary Japanese Horror Cinema, and Monstrous Adaptations: Generic and Thematic Mutation in the Horror Film,are your latest books, can you tell us about them? Jese Horror CinemEdinburgh University Press & University of Hawaii Press, 2005) is an anthology of essays … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sigsaw (The Echo) (2004)


SYNOPSIS: Marvin savors his independence in a newly acquired unit of an old apartment building. Except for the noise from an apartment unit down the hallway, the place is almost perfect. Soon a series of hauntings set into motion where Marvin is forced to make a decision to confront the evil that dwells within his apartment building which shakes the very core of his beliefs about life, love and the spirit world. REVIEW: Director: Yam … Continue reading

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Film Review: Ghost Actress/Don’t Look Up (Joyu-Rei) – (1996)


SYNOPSIS: A feature film director and his crew begin to question their debut production when the spirit of a murdered actress possesses a celluloid reel. REVIEW: Director: Hideo Nakata Cast: YĂ»rei Yanagi, Yasuyo Shiroshima, Kei Ishibashi, Ren Osugi, Takanori Kikuchi, Reita Serizawa. The Examination: Kindergarten Ghost Story. Japanese director Hideo Nakata achieved a degree of fame with Ringu, and he establishes his subtle style with this debut film, Joyurei, or as we call it Ghost Actress (Don’t … Continue reading

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Film Review: Tomie: Beginning (2005)


SYNOPSIS: Tomie transfers to a new high school and her classmates are captivated by her beauty. But they soon realize that evil lurks behind her gorgeous face. Determined not to succumb, they kill her and deposit the pieces of her body in various locations. But Tomie can`t be stopped; she restores herself and continues on her malevolent path. REVIEW: Director: Ataru Oikawa Cast: Rio Matsumoto, Asami Imajuku, Kenji Mizuhashi, Nahana, Maya Kurokawa. Examination: Looking for … Continue reading

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Film Review: Imprint (2006)


SYNOPSIS: An American journalist returns to Japan to find his long lost love. His journey leads him to a deformed prostitute who holds the key to discovering his beloved’s fate

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Film Review: Jigoku (1960)


SYNOPSIS: A young student’s life spirals into the evils of hellfire after he meets a mysterious young man. REVIEW: Director: Nobuo Nakagawa Cast: Shigeru Amachi, Utako Mitsuya, Yoichi Numata,Hiroshi Izumida, Torahiko Nakamura, Fujimko Miyata The Examination: Fire and Brimstone Sensation! Although this film contains effects that are outdated by modern standards, it is a very powerful story that is based upon the Buddhist belief that sins are atoned for in the afterlife. If you enjoy relentless torture, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Epitaph (Gidam) (2007)


SYNOPSIS: Dr. Park Jung-nam browses through an old photo book and reminisces back to 1942, when Korea was occupied by Japan, and he was a young doctor in Ansaeng Hospital. During that time, strange events happen, as corpses brought to the mortuary aren’t able to rest in peace. REVIEW: Director: Jung Sik and Jung Bum-Sik Cast: Kim Tae-woo, Lee Dong-gu, Kim Bo-gyeong, Jeon Mu-song The Examination: The exact reason why NOT to hang out in … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cello (2005)


SYNOPSIS: Mi-Yu, a virtuoso cellist, survives a horrific car accident and decides to become a music teacher. But just when her life seems to be in order, a series of eerie events involving her mute daughter, a creepy new housekeeper, and a dangerously obsessed former student, makes it clear that all is not well REVIEW: Director: Lee Woo-cheol Cast: Choi Ji-yeon, Park Da-an, Hyeon-a Seong The Examination: Could someone please get a fresh idea, PLEASE?! Mi-Yu … Continue reading

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Film Review: 4bia (aka Phobia) (2008)


SYNOPSIS: 4BIA is a Horror Anthology. The first segment, “Happiness” is about a lonely girl who corresponded with a stranger over hand phone text messaging and soon discovered something strange about this new stranger that she is attracted to. “Tit For Tat” spun a tale of black magic and vengeance for a school kid that had been bullied by a school gang. “In The Middle” – a group of friends faced one of their worst … Continue reading

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Film Review: Reincarnation (Rinne) – (2005)


SYNOPSIS: Timid actress Nagisa Sugiura gets a lead role in a horror film that reenacts a mass murder. Years ago, a professor obsessed with reincarnation, killed the staff and guests of a hotel, including his own children. Nagisa has visions related to the horrendous event, and soon can’t tell the difference between the movie-shoot and the real killings. She isn’t alone, as others of roughly the same age also have visions of the past, and many of … Continue reading

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