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Film Review: Kuroneko (1968)

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SYNOPSIS: Two women are raped and killed by samurai soldiers. Soon they reappear as vengeful ghosts who seduce and brutally murder the passing samurai. REVIEW: “Fires everywhere in war, sparks fell even here.” Kaneto Shindo is a filmmaker well-acquainted with ghostly folk tales (Onibaba, Akuto) but he has also made a career out of high drama (Children of Hiroshima, Sorrow ...

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Film Review: Through a Glass Darkly (1961)

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SYNOPSIS: A young woman, Karin, has recently returned to the family island after spending some time in a mental hospital. On the island with her is her lonely brother and kind, but increasingly desperate husband (‘Max von Sydow’). They are joined by Karin’s father (‘Gunnar Björnstrand’), who is a world-traveling author that is estranged to his children. The film depicts ...

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Film Review: Mimic 2 (2001)

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SYNOPSIS: When a cockroach-spread plague threatened to decimate the child population of New York City in the original Mimic, biologist Susan Tyler and her research associates developed a crossbreed species of insect, the “Judas Breed” and introduced them into the environment, where they were to spread a toxin, lethal to the cockroaches. The plan worked until the bugs evolved to ...

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Film Review: The Long Island Cannibal Massacre (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: A series of horrible murders prompts a massive police investigation. Inspector James Cameron, a two-fisted roughneck with his own philosophy on handling crime, heads the investigation. A group of lepers living in the Long Island wastelands have created a terror network, killing and feeding off the flesh of innocent victims. Their leader has mutated into an invulnerable monster; he ...

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Film Review: Angel of Darkness (1995)

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SYNOPSIS: Mitomo Women’s College is having a major problem with its students. The teachers are unable to prevent them from peddling their ass in the streets after dark and stripping off their panties for immediate sale to complete strangers. To make matters worse, one by one, they are being raped and killed by a disgruntled customer who enjoys ripping whores ...

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Film Review: The Zero Theorem (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Set in a futuristic society Qohen, an entities programmer has been commissioned to decipher the meaning of life. REVIEW: Directed by: Terry Gilliam Starring: Christoph Waltz, David Thewlis, Melanie Thierry, Matt Damon, Lucas Hedges, Tilda Swinton “Zero must equal one hundred percent” From the opening credits the audience bears witness to an infinite black hole, forever spiralling and engulfing ...

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Film Review: Dark Summer (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: A 17-year-old is on house arrest for the summer while his mother is away on business. A horrifying incident occurs leaving an ominous presence in the house. REVIEW: At first glance, Dark Summer looks like it’s going to be a horror tinged retread of Disturbia, itself a yoof-orientated unofficial remake of Rear Window. However, replace the rear window for ...

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Film Review: The Phoenix Project (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: Four scientists craft a machine to reanimate deceased organisms. REVIEW: Setting up a makeshift laboratory in a garage, a group of scientists fail to heed the warnings laid out in Mary Shelley’s seminal Frankenstein and work together to try and crack the secret of resurrection. Whilst some amongst you may be thinking there’s potential here for Flatliners or Re-Animator ...

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Film Review: Project Almanac (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control. REVIEW: Project Almanac confidently blends time travel, teen adventure drama and found footage into an entertaining lightweight cinema fare. While it never takes advantage of its own premise and stumbles in its third act, the movie has ...

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Film Review: Out of the Dark (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A couple and their daughter moves to Colombia to take over a family manufacturing plant, only to realize their new home is haunted. REVIEW: So this is a ghost story, but it’s also something else. The story follows Paul and Sarah Harriman ( Scott Speedman, Julia Stiles) and their daughter Hannah (Pixie Davies) as they leave England to take ...

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Film Review: Torched (2004)

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SYNOPSIS: Deanna, a young, pretty and upwardly mobile nurse is about to face the most difficult challenge of her life…Deciding whether five men should live or die. In a moment which would change her life forever, Deanna is brutally raped, but the pain she suffered is nothing compared to that which her five suspects are about to endure. One by ...

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Film Review: Kyoko vs. Yuki (2000)

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SYNOPSIS: Kyoko, a 17-year-old assassin, finishes her training and is sent after her first target. Meanwhile Yuki, a teenage prostitute, has lured an unsuspecting customer to a hotel room, where she knocks him around, ties him up and steals his briefcase. Before leaving, her girlfriend Maki arrives, and they engage in a little bump and grind to celebrate Yuki’s success. ...

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Film Review: Ragnarok (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: The ancient and modern worlds collide when archaeologist Sigurd Svendsen finds the true meaning of the secret runes found in the Oseberg ship. REVIEW: I love me a viking film, truly I do. Most of the time, you get something really cheesy or, at best, wildly historically inaccurate. To have a chance to see a viking film directly from ...

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Film Review: The Signal (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: On a road trip, Nic and two friends are drawn to an isolated area by a computer genius. When everything suddenly goes dark, Nic regains consciousness – only to find himself in a waking nightmare. REVIEW: The Signal, William Eubank’s second stab at directing, poses two common enemies against each in a war older than time itself: the heart ...

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