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Film Review: Cure (1997)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A wave of gruesome murders is sweeping Tokyo. The only connection is a bloody X carved into the neck of each of the victims. In each case, the murderer is found near the victim and remembers nothing of the crime. Detective Takabe and psychologist Sakuma are called in to figure out the connection, but their investigation …

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Film Review: Horrors of Malformed Men (1969)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A medical student searching for his father discovers a deranged scientist on a remote island whose experiments combine humans and animals to produce terrifying creatures in this surreal and horrifying tale. The student soon unearths disturbing facts that link him to some appalling truths. Adapted from stories by horror author Rampo Edogawa and directed by Japanese …

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Film Review: Red Room 2 (New Red Room: The Broken Dolls ) (2000) – CAT III

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Daisuke Yamanouchi directs this shocking film that depicts a card game in which the winners dole out increasingly violent and perverse punishments to the losers. Just how creatively cruel can the winners get? And how much abuse will the losers take before they quit the twisted game? Miyuki Katô, Salmon Sakeyama, Yuka Takahashi, Yuuken Yoshida and …

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Film Review: Tomie: Replay (2000)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A young girl looking through her father’s notes finds something written about the last experiment he worked on before he went insane. Everything looks ordinary until the name “Tomie” begins appearing throughout the notebook. REVIEW: The regenerating she devil is back once more in the third installment of the nine-part Tomie series directed by Tomijiro Mitsuishi. …

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Film Review: Ghost Game (2006)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Ghost Game tells the story of 11 contestants who sign up for a scary reality show which forces them to confront the supernatural and their innermost fears. They’re brought to an ancient war museum in Cambodia, which was used as a Khmer Rouge prison twenty years before. Thousands of innocent people were tortured and killed there …

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Film Review: Midnight Hair (Yèbàn Shūtóu) (2014)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: An expecting couple move to a rural mountain villa. Shortly after arriving, they begin experiencing horrific supernatural occurances. REVIEW: Midnight Hair is a Chinese horror thriller by the director Liu Ning. It starts as what seems like a bog standard haunted house movie, but changes pace towards the end morphing into a crime mystery. So, a …

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Film Review: The White Haired Witch of the Lunar Kingdom (2014)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: In the twilight of the Ming Dynasty, the Imperial court is plagued by corruption as tyrants rule over the land. With the Manchurians preying on a weakened empire, war is imminent. To save the victims from their suffering, sorceress Jade Raksha fights the soldiers that oppress people for their own gain. As payback, local government officials …

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Film Review: Ichi the Killer (2001)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Filmmaker Takashi Miike takes inspiration from Hideo Yamamoto’s manga, Koroshiya 1, to tell this bloody and bleak tale about the Japanese yakuza. Blond-coiffed Kakihara’s “mentor in crime” disappears, and Kakihara vows to find out who’s responsible. He’s also on the lookout for Ichi, a sadistic killer who may be able to inflict the level of pain …

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