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Film Review: Bio-Zombie (1998)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS Two obnoxious slackers are forced to grow up and learn to take responsibility when a zombie outbreak occurs in their mall. REVIEW: While in the middle of writing this review of Bio-Zombie (1998), I learned the devastating news of George Romero’s death. It’s almost fitting that I would learn of this when I did, as Bio-Zombie …

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Film Review: Tokyo Gore School (2009)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Shinichi Sanada, a young high school student, attempts to kill himself by jumping to his death. Shinichi survives but is seriously injured. Hayato Fujiwara (Yusuke Yamada), the High School Student President, senses there’s more to this than just Shinichi being bullied. Hayato decides to talk to Shinichi’s teacher Kyoko Aizawa. Hayato can’t get many answers from …

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Film Review: Keeper of Darkness (2015)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Nick Cheung plays a streetwise exorcist who becomes an overnight sensation when his extraordinary exorcisms are recorded and go viral on the internet. However, this attracts not only the attention from the media but also creatures from the underworld. REVIEW: Directed by Nick Cheung Movies that declare themselves as a certain genre are usually designed to …

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Film Review: Wicked City (1992)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: When humans are cast into an epic war with reptilian monsters, an anti-monster agent falls in love with the enemy. REVIEW: Set in Hong Kong near the turn of the last century, Wicked City (1987) is a Chinese adaptation of the first of a series of Japanese speculative horror fiction novels written by Hideyuki Kikuchi. Directed …

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Film Review: The Wailing (2016)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS:  A desperate policeman fights to rescue his young daughter, who has been possessed and overtaken by a malicious supernatural power after a rash of violent killings plague his small town. REVIEW: A film that definitely made my Top Ten list of 2016, The Wailing is a gorgeously-shot supernatural mystery that dances confidently and compellingly between comedic, …

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Film Review: Funky Forest: The First Contact (2005)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A surreal series of loosely connected and often absurd comedic vignettes touching on themes including alien life, relationships, and the dangers of interpretive dance. REVIEW: 2005’s Funky Forest: The First Contact is less an anthology than an arthouse collection of long-form shower thoughts, anecdotes, and tiny fever dreams. Directors Katsuhito Ishii, Hajime Ishimine, and Shunichiro Miki …

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Film Review: Crows Zero (2007)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A transfer student attempts to take over the most violent high school in the country, whose students form factions and battle each other for power. REVIEW: Directed by Takashi Miike Starring: Shun Oguri, Takayuki Yamada, Kenichi Endo, Kyosuke Yabe Right up front, I should be honest and say I am not the audience for this movie. …

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Film Review: Jigoku (1999)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A teenage girl (who just happens to be a member of a dangerous cult) is taken to Hell by a mysterious older woman and witnesses what happens to the many poor souls that end up there for all eternity.  REVIEW: Jigoku (which translated means “Hell”) is a weird little fever dream of a movie and while it …

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Film Review: Inferno of Torture (1969)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: High demand for tattooed geisha generates an entire industry for their “production”. Europeans pay more for tattooed beauties. Against this background, and considering the gorgeous tattooed women develop the history of confrontation between two highly skilled masters of tattoo. REVIEW: Directed by Teruo Ishii Starring Teruo Yoshida, Asao Koike, Masumi Tachibana, Yumiko Katayama, Mieko Fujimoto My …

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Film Review: Arang (2006)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A salt storehouse near the sea may be haunted. A penniless ex-con dies a gristly death in a house he can ill afford. The detectives assigned the case are Min, newly reinstated after a suspension, and Lee, a new transfer from forensics. Min has nightmares: a sexual assault that haunts her. She and Lee work well …

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