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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: Mon Mon Mon Monsters (Guai guai guai guaiwu!) (2017) – Review 2

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: “In MON MON MON MONSTERS, a group of classmates doing community service discover two flesh-eating creatures hiding in an old building. One of the creatures is able to escape, but they capture the other one, torturing her while trying to learn what she really is. It soon becomes clear that the first creature’s escape has dire consequences, as …

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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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Film Review: Riki-Oh: the Story of Ricky (aka Lik Wong) (1991) – CAT III

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Hard man Ricky is incarcerated in a futuristic prison where ultra-violence is his only means of survival in the corrupt, sadistic system. He must battle his way quite literally ‘through’ the feared ‘gang of four’, and undergo multiple tortures before facing the governor in one of the goriest climaxes ever seen. REVIEW: As we open on …

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Film Review: The Butcher (2007) – CAT III

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Relentlessly gruesome, South Korean filmmaker Kim Jin-Won’s torture flick chronicles the making of a snuff film from two perspectives: that of the sadistic producers and that of the unfortunate “stars.” Their terror captured through vérité-style camera work, the victims are made to endure the agonizing screams of their fellow captives before meeting their own grim fate …

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Film Review: Three Extremes (2004)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A sequel to Three, Three Extremes is based around the common theme of the ‘monster’. In Fruit Chan’s, not for vegetarians, Dumplings, the secret to eternal youth lies out of special dumplings made out of the crushed bones and ground down flesh of aborted foetuses. The monster in Park Chan-wook’s Cut is a deranged fan of …

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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: 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: Parasite (2019)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A poor family, the Kims, con their way into becoming the servants of a rich family, the Parks. But their easy life gets complicated when their deception is threatened with exposure. REVIEW:    If you haven’t already heard of Bong Joon-ho’s latest film Parasite, you must have been living in a barrel for the past six months. …

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Film Review: Angel Guts: High School Co-Ed (1978)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Kawashima, Kajima, and Sadakuni spend their days riding motorcycles and terrorizing/raping young girls. Kawashima is overly protective of his little sister, Megu, who does not know about her brother’s terrible activities. REVIEW: Angel Guts: High School Co-Ed, or Jokosei: tenshi no harawata, is the first film in a series of nine Angel Guts films, most of …

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