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Film Review: Umma (2022)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Amanda and her daughter live a quiet life on an American farm, but when the remains of her estranged mother arrive from Korea, Amanda becomes haunted by the fear of turning into her own mother. REVIEW: Sandra Oh stars in a middle of the road ghost story by Iris K. Shim. The melancholic story of mothers …

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Film Review: The House That Never Dies (Jing Cheng 81 hao) (2014)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Story based on the legendary mansion at No. 81 on Chaoyangmennei Street in Beijing, which local legend says is haunted by the ghost of a Kuomintang official’s wife, who committed suicide in the home around the time of the Cultural Revolution. The film follows Xu Ruoqing a woman whose presence in the notorious mansion draws up …

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Film Review: The Cursed Lesson (2020)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Yoga classes to rejuvenate, but at what cost? REVIEW: Korean horror mystery The Cursed Lesson by Jai-hong Juhn and Ji-han Kim offers repetitive scares, lacklustre tension and very little originality. Hyo-jung (Lee Chae-young) is young woman struggling with typical superficial insecurities that most women at least point in their life struggle with. Even though there is …

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Film Review: Sadako (2019)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A group of people must find out how to stop the newborn deadly curse, which has born and gone viral after a Youtuber accidentally captured a vengeful ghost on camera. REVIEW: As the name would suggest, Sadako is the latest instalment in Hideo Nakata’s Ring film franchise. Unfortunately, it fails to bring on the terror and …

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Film Review: Get the Hell Out (2020)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Taiwan’s parliament turns deadly when a virus transforms politicians into ravenous zombie mutants. REVIEW: Taiwanese director Wang I-Fan’s long format debut Get the Hell Out offers intensely energetic zombie action, filled with blood, guts and a whole lot of action. Ying-Ying (Megan Lai) is a proud member of the Taiwanese parliament that takes her job very …

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Film Review: Karate Kill (2016)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: When a mysterious loner and Karate master Kenji’s little sister goes missing in Los Angeles, whoever stands in his way of finding her will face the wrath of a lethal KARATE KILL! REVIEW: Director/actor Kurando Mitsutake brings us an old-fashioned revenge exploitation with gory action and gratuitous nudity. Karate Kill might not win any awards for …

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Film Review: The Beast and the Magic Sword (La Bestia y la Espada Magica) (1983)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: In the 16th Century, the lycanthrope Waldemar Daninsky travels from his native Europe to Japan, seeking a way to cure himself of being a werewolf. Only a Japanese sorcerer named Kian and a magic silver sword can save him. REVIEW: The actor/director/screenwriter Paul Naschy is a name undoubtedly familiar to any fans of Spanish horror cinema. …

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Film Review: Stigmatized Properties (Jiko Bukken: Kowai Madori) (2020)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Yamame Yamano (Kazuya Kamenashi) is an unpopular comedian. His senior informs him that “…it will air on TV, if you stay at the stigmatized property where a murder took place.” That is how Yamame Yamano begins to stay at stigmatized properties. And at those stigmatized properties, he experiences various unnatural phenomena. REVIEW: Terrible title, terrible film. …

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Film Review: Eyes (Aizu) (2015)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A student is haunted by chilling visions surrounding her, leading to sinister acts that put her life and those around her in danger. REVIEW: The rather weirdly titled Eyes (weirdly as in, the story has nothing to do with eyes) is a 2015 horror offering from the director Yôhei Fukuda. It presents a thoroughly forgettable story …

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