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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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