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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: Arang (2006)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A salt storehouse near the sea may be haunted. A penniless ex-con dies a gristly death in a house he can ill afford. The detectives assigned the case are Min, newly reinstated after a suspension, and Lee, a new transfer from forensics. Min has nightmares: a sexual assault that haunts her. She and Lee work well …

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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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Film Review: Haunted School: The Curse of the Word Spirit (Gakkou no kaidan: Noroi no kotodama) (2014)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Ayano, Yuri, Miyu and Mei are high school female students victims of paranormal incidents that may be linked to a gas accident occurred to first-year students in class number 4, years ago. REVIEW: From the director Masayuki Ochiai (Infection; 2004, Shutter; 2008) comes a somewhat unbalanced but not entirely uninteresting supernatural romp, set in a haunted …

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Film Review: Hide & Seek (2007)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Eric Quizon plays Oliver Alicanio, a university professor who is tried and then acquitted in a high profile crime. He and wife Leah (Jean Garcia) with children, Uno (Julijo Pisk) and Nica (Jennica Garcia) go to the province to take a breather after a very stressful event in their lives. Nica actually resents her stepfather whom …

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Film Review: The Bridge Curse (2020)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: University students, planning a bravery initiation test for their fellow classmates, choose a campus bridge rumored to be haunted by a vengeful female ghost. REVIEW: Taiwanese ghost horror The Bridge Curse brings Netflix audiences a predictable tale of ghostly revenge with very few original ideas. The story may take its cue from a real-life urban legend, …

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Film Review: The Closet (Keullojet) (2020)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: After Sang-Won’s daughter Yi-Na goes missing in their new home, a mysterious man approaches him and tells him to look for her in the closet. REVIEW: Director Kwang-bin Kim’s debut feature film The Closet offers melancholic thrills and atmospheric family drama, in a tidy 97-minute package. Some spoilers ahead. After losing his wife in a dramatic …

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Film Review: Wishing Stairs (Yeogo goedam 3: Yeowoo gyedan) (2003)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A staircase leading to the dormitory of a remote boarding school usually has 28 stairs, but every so often there appears to be 29. When someone steps on the mysterious extra stair, the horror begins REVIEW: The third installment in the Korean Whispering Corridors horror franchise once again takes us to the bitterly competitive world of …

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Film Review: Howling Village (Inunaki Mura) (2019)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A young psychologist heads to an infamous haunted place named ‘Howling Village’ in order to find out her family’s dark history. REVIEW: Takashi Shimizu’s Howling Village seemed to go largely under the Western horror radar last year. Of course, there was a global pandemic to worry about, but I was still very surprised that a new …

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Film Review: Don’t Click (Mi-hwak-in-dong-yeong-sang) (2012)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: You better not click if you want to survive. REVIEW:           From the director Tae-kyeong Kim (Dead Friend, Muoi: Legend of the Portrait) comes an unbalanced and unimaginative techno horror. It tried to cash in on the Ringu inspired viral curse trend but fails to deliver on the scare and the story department. At the centre of …

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