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Film Review: Rasen (Spiral) (1998)

Rate This Movie 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 …

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Film Review: Zebraman (2004)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A down-and-out school teacher receives the calling to become the real life personification of an old television superhero, Zebraman. REVIEW: The image that opens Zebraman is a lady sitting in a hair drying machine in what appears to be the sidewalk outside of a bathhouse, when suddenly, a zebra walks by. The text on the screen …

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Film Review: Tomie (1999)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A traumatized young woman is trying to recover her memories with the help of a psychiatrist. During her hypnosis sessions, she repeats the name “Tomie” but is unable to recall where she knows it from. REVIEW: You never forget the first time you encounter Junji Ito. Some of you may have stumbled across the image of …

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Film Review: Battle Girl: the Living Dead in Tokyo Bay (1991)

Rate This Movie(aka: Batoru gâru: Tokyo crisis wars) SYNOPSIS: A meteor lands in Japan and the fallout creates a “shield” around Tokyo, encasing the city in a foggy darkness. A state of martial law is declared. People are in a panic as violent crime and corruption spreads throughout the region and punk gangs are ruling the streets. As if things …

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Film Review: Mai-Chan’s Daily Life (2014)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Based on the popular manga by Uziga Waita, MAI-CHAN S DAILY LIFE is a diabolical dark comedy that takes fetish violence to shocking new extremes. A young woman, Miyako (Akane Miyako) responds to an advertisement for a live-in maid, and is given a job alongside the playfully alluring Mai-chan (Koshi Ann). Miyako quickly learns that housecleaning …

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Film Review: The Wizard’s Curse (1992)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A sorcerers’ cult resurrects two of their slain members as one dual-sexed monster, who will achieve ultimate invincibility and strength if it is allowed to eat the brain of a female virgin born during a spiritual time. REVIEW: Hong Kong fantasy-action sex-comedy The Wizard’s Curse is directed by Cheung-Yan Yuen, whose previous works include Kung Fu …

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Film Review: Pulse (2001)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Often referred to as one of the scariest films ever made PULSE tells the story of a group of young friends rocked by the sudden suicide of one of their own and his subsequent ghostly reappearance in grainy computer and video images. Is he trying to contact them from beyond the grave or is there something …

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