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Film Review: 2LDK (2002)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Budding actresses Kimi and Lana share a roomy Tokyo apartment. They manage to work through most of their minor disagreements, but when the girls find out that they’re after the same movie role and the same man, their fights escalate from heated arguments to all-out power-tool battles! The action takes place entirely within the confines of …

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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: 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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