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Film Review: 3 A.M. 3D (2012)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A trio of creepy stories from Thailand that includes a tale about a haunted wig, one about a mortician in training falling in love with the ghost of a dead woman, and two jokesters learning that there are dire consequences for playing pranks on certain people.  REVIEW: I wasn’t very familiar with 3 A.M. before I watched it …

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Film Review: Be My Guest (2009)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A peaceful family vacation on the mountainside turns deadly when a man’s disgruntled ex-employee arrives seeking a bloody revenge. REVIEW: South Korean films hold a very special place in my heart for their predilection toward genre-bending. Films like Madeo (2009) and The Wailing (2016) exquisitely blend elements of drama, horror, intrigue, and light comedy, offering film …

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Film Review: Cello (2005)

Rate This Movie 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 …

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Film Review: Death Trance (2005)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: The fate of the world hangs in the balance as an apprentice monk is tasked with retrieving a powerful, enchanted coffin stolen from a temple by an opportunistic thief with possibly nefarious intentions. REVIEW: Let me preface this review by saying that I’ve not read the manga on which this action-fantasy film was based. Fangirls and …

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Film Review: Visits (2009)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Set in cosmopolitan Kuala Lumpur, VISITS presents a disturbing omnibus of four interwoven ghost stories directed by cutting-edge Malaysian filmmakers, Low Ngai Yuen, James Lee, Tian Hann, and Ho Yugang. When the dead have unfinished business with the living…. REVIEW: 4 Stories from beyond. New Asian thriller “Visits” is a 4 story anthology dealing with issues …

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Film Review: School on Fire (1988)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A young schoolgirl gets involved in the triads of Hong Kong after a classmate is killed in a fight. REVIEW: Of all the taboo subjects discussed in movies, school shootings and gratuitous violence among teenagers probably hits close to home for all of us. Which can only make excellent fodder for dramatic cinema. School on Fire …

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Film Review: The Pirates (2014)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: On the eve of the founding of the Joseon Dynasty, an unprecedented robbery shocks the nation-in-waiting: a whale has swallowed the Emperor’s Royal Seal, and a bounty placed on its retrieval. Now, every infamous gang of thieves, thugs, pirates, and government agents take to the seas, battling the elements, creatures of the deep, and each other …

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Film Review: Patient X (2009)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: After twenty years, local police captures the murderer of the older brother of a young boy. Now a doctor, he must go back to his old town and face the murderers himself. He then discovers that the murderers are Aswang (folkloric Filipino vampire-like creatures) and they pose a deadly threat not only to him but also …

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Film Review: Meat Grinder (2009)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: MEAT GRINDER takes you to taste the bizarre horror of traditional noodle recipe cooked by Boot, a woman who owns a noodle stall, a unique noodle stall REVIEW: Director: Tiwa Moeithaisong Actors: Mai Charoenpura * Rattanballang Tohsawat * * Duangta Tungkamanee Who watches the horror movies from Thailand? I watch them, that’s who! And here is …

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