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Film Review: Sex Hell (1975)

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SYNOPSIS: It’s new arrivals day as the latest batch of hardboiled jailbait are incarcerated in the toughest juvenile detention center that never existed. REVIEW: With a title as blunt and intriguing as “Sex Hell“, one might either assume a Hell-centered genre movie or a film about rape and trafficking. Typical for these older films, the original title was actually released …

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Film Review: Guinea Pig 5: Android of Notre Dame (1989) – CAT III

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SYNOPSIS: By the time of Android of Notre Dame, the fifth installment in the Guinea Pig Series, any mondo factualization of the fictional has disappeared. Instead, we have a typical cyberpunk narrative as if focalized through the fevered imagination of Manfred Clynes who posited in the 1960s that the body would become redundant at the interface of new cybernetic technologies. …

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Film Review: Debauchery (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: The sexy Ryôko Watanabe stars as Ami, a jaded housewife who pitches herself, body and soul, into the Tokyo decadence of the decade in an attempt to pep up her marriage. She secretly joins the elite “Madame Machiko Society Club” to experiment with discrete sex games and the thrill of making love to anonymous men. The sexual perversion and …

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Film Review: Men Behind the Sun 4 (Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre) (1995) – CAT III

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SYNOPSIS: In 1937, Japanese troops raid the Chinese city of Nanking to execute a planned massacre by subjecting over 300,000 helpless civilians to various tortures and atrocities before slaughtering them all. REVIEW: In 1980, while working for Shaw Brothers Studio, Chinese film director Tun Fei Mou decided he was done with kung-fu movies and considered doing a children’s movie. Around …

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Film Review: All Night Long 3: The Final Chapter (1996)

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SYNOPSIS: Kikuo, a socially inept teenager, has a fascination for carnivorous plants and the minutiae of human waste. He works in a love hotel, cleaning up the filth left behind after every quickie. His isolation is reinforced by the perverse behavior of his workmates, and he soon begins to fixate on an attractive stranger. As he habitually collects her trash, …

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Film Review: Cruel History of Women’s Torture (1976) – CAT III

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SYNOPSIS: An anthology film consisting of five different episodes of violation, torture and genital mutilation throughout Japanese history. REVIEW: Cruel History of Women’s Torture, under any of its similar monikers and literal translations of the original Japanese title, treads a similar path to Teruo Ishii’s notorious The Joy of Torture (1968). Both films adopt the portmanteau structure of Japanese horror …

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Film Review: The Butcher (2007) – CAT III

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SYNOPSIS: Relentlessly gruesome, South Korean filmmaker Kim Jin-Won’s torture flick chronicles the making of a snuff film from two perspectives: that of the sadistic producers and that of the unfortunate “stars.” Their terror captured through vérité-style camera work, the victims are made to endure the agonizing screams of their fellow captives before meeting their own grim fate at the hands …

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Film Review: Sadi-Scream (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: Rumi, an investigative journalist, prepares to interview a garbage collector. Her colleague has heard a rumor that the man is involved in the disposal of dead bodies for the yakuza, and persuades Rumi to conduct the interview alone, under surveillance. When the man’s suspicions are eventually aroused, he and his cohorts capture the reporters and take them to a …

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Film Review: Tell Me Something (1999)

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SYNOPSIS: Detective Cho has been assigned a particularly challenging case. Mismatched body parts are showing up all over Seoul in garbage bags, with little possibility of identifying who they belong to, until dental implants offer an important clue. This eventually leads to the discovery that the victim’s next of kin, a museum curator called Suyeon Chae, is actually an acquaintance …

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