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Warlocks, Demons and Evil Spells: Beginners Guide to Hong Kong Black Magic Cinema

I am, and have always been, a great fan of satanic, occult and black magic themed horror. From The Devil Rides Out (1968) to Hereditary (2018), there’s just something about a story involving the dark forces that appeals to my specific penchant in horror. Crazy death cults, Satanic conspiracies, ritual sacrifice and evil spells being cast on people; I welcome …

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Film Review: Yakuza Apocalypse (Gokudô daisenso) (2015)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: In the ruthless underground world of the yakuza, no one is more legendary than boss Kamiura. Rumored to be invincible, the truth is he is a vampire-a bloodsucking yakuza vampire boss! Among Kamiura’s gang is Kageyama, his most loyal underling. However, the others in the gang view Kageyama with disdain and ridicule him for his inability …

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Film Review: The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale (Gimyohan gajok) (2019)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: When a pharmaceutical company’s illegal experiments inadvertently create a zombie, the strange Park family finds it and tries to profit from it. REVIEW: When it comes to horror comedies, zombies have always been popular subject. The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale, a directorial debut for its director Lee Min-jae, follows many of the rules and convention …

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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: The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang (Shen tan Pu Song Ling) (2019)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A legendary demon hunter (Jackie Chan), tracking down beasts that enter the human dimension, assisted by a lawman protégé and a motley group of friendly monsters. REVIEW: Jackie Chan stars in a fast-paced adventure full of action, monsters and romance. Based on Pu Songling’s collection of stories, Strange Stories From A Chinese Studio, The Knight of …

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Film Review: The Silenced (Gyeongseonghakyoo: Sarajin sonyeodeu) (2015)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A girl is transferred to a mysterious boarding school, where she is forced to discover its secrets to survive. REVIEW:            The Silenced, or more accurately translated Gyeongseong School: The Lost Girls, is a 2015 Korean mystery thriller by the director Hae-Young Lee. Neither the original title or it’s completely unrelated English rendition really give much …

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Film Review: The Witch: Part 1 – The Subversion (Manyeo) (2018)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A high school student with amnesia tries to uncover what has happened to her. All leading her into deeper troubles ultimately revealing a darkness she could not have imagined. REVIEW: From the writer/director Park Hoon-jung comes another ultra-violent offering, this time with a slight sci-fi twist. If the name rings some bells, you might be familiar …

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