Monday, December 28, 2009
All Night Long R (a.k.a. All Night Long 4) is a 2002 Japanese horror film co-written and directed by Katsuya Matsumura, and starring Yuuki Fukuzono, Kazumi Hiraishi, and Kiyori Miyamae. The film is the fourth installment in the All Night Long movie series released six years after the original trilogy had been finished.
As with the previous films in the series, All Night Long R tells about a very lonely and emotionally unstable young man with too much free time and lots of crazy ideas. The man, obsessed with a girl named Reika, decides to kidnap her and perform some weird experiments on her that include implanting a third breast and a set of lateral ears.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Jangan Pandang Belakang Congkak is a 2009 Malaysian comedy/horror film directed by Ahmad Idham, and starring Belalang, Dina, Cat Farish, Shafiee Jaafar, Shaheizy Sam, and Lisa Surihani.
Three men receive a telegram telling them that their grandfather has died. The three of them decided to go immediately and see what happen. Soon after they arrive, they are told that they will inherit everything their grandpa left, but the only clause in the will is that they stay in the old-man's house for three consecutive nights, without touching anything, especially the old Congkak. But while checking around the house, the three men tip the Congkak over, and soon that night weird things begin to happen.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Cruel Restaurant is a 2008 Japanese horror comedy film co-written and directed by Kôji Kawano, and starring Mihiro, Katsuya Naruse, Sakae Yamazaki, and Yûsuke Iwata.
The Tougen Dumplings are increasingly becoming more and more popular. Along with their popularity, the dumplings have attracted a lot of people trying to uncover the truth behind the secret ingredient. However, it seems that everybody who gets closer to revealing the truth ends up dead or disappears without a trace. Meanwhile, the police, a reporter and a food critic try by all means to prove that the chef is using human meat as stuffing.
Lantai 13 (a.k.a. 13th Floor) is a 2007 Indonesian horror film written and directed by Helfi C.H. Kardit, and starring Widi Mulia, Ariyo Wahab, and Virnie Ismail.
Luna has always dreamed of working for the Imperindo Visipratama company. After she receives a letter from the company, it seems that her dream will come true. Upon arrival in the building, Luna is asked by one of the employees to follow her to the office, which is supposedly located in the thirteenth floor. However, when Luna gets there it seems that the place is empty and she ends up having a really creepy experience there. Later on, when she manages to get out of there, she asks the receptionists about events, but she says there's no such thirteenth floor. But since Luna is still going to work for the company, her nightmare is just about to start.
Niku Daruma (a.k.a. Tumbling Doll of Flesh) is a 1998 Japanese adult/horror film written and directed by Tamakichi Anaru, and starring Kanako Ooba, Kikurin, and Yuuji Kitano.
Kana is hired as the new star for an adult film. At the beginning everything seems to be an average adult film, but as things become more awkward, Kana decides to quit. However, the crew has an alternate ending for the film beyond imagination.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Lost Paradise is a 1990 Japanese gore horror short film directed by Masami Akita and starring Asako Mochiduki. The movie is a mock snuff film emphasizing on the practice of Harakiri or Seppuku.
The movie is a very straightforward harakiri film with no plot whatsoever. It starts with a young girl in a military attire who after entering a house, proceeds to uncover her belly and perform the seppuku ritual of disembowelment.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Rasukan Ablasa is a 2009 Malaysian horror film co-written and directed by A. Razak Mohaideen, and starring Gambit Saifullah, Fouziah Ghous, Almy Nadia, and Jalaluddin Hassan.
A group of friends decide to enter a contest about the sounds of nature. They choose to go on a field trip to the country side and record some sounds to participate in the contest. However, while in the forest, they find a chest containing some weird bones. Soon after they come back to the city, they start hearing weird sounds and experiencing strange visions. After most of his friends have fallen under some sort of possession, Ashraf decides to investigate and finds out that everything seems to be connected to an incident that occurred fifty years ago. It will be up to Ashraf to try to solve the mystery and save his friends.
The Butcher is a 2007 South Korean gore/horror film directed by Kim Jin-Won, and starring Kim Sung-Il, and You Dong-Hun.
The film tells about a group of bloody perverts who after kidnapping six people, proceed to rape-murder them all. The trio of "butchers" set cameras in the top of their victims heads to have different angles of their actions. They pretend to put all the filmed parts together and sell their snuff movie in the American market. The film then is shot entirely from the point of view of handy-cams, some set on the helpless victims and one more for the perpetrators.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Fear Factors is a 2007 Hong Kong thriller film directed by Mak Kai Gwon, Ally Wong, and Wang Tao-Nan; and starring Candy Lo, Shiu Hung Hui, Ken Chang, Tiffany Lee, and Terence yin. The film is divided in two totally different and unconnected short stories.
A man is kidnapped by a couple of siblings who left him in an empty building. When the man wakes up he realizes he is tied up and blindfolded, but doesn't remember anything about how he got there. He takes off the blindfold and notices a woman in the same room who is trying to reach a key that's outside the door. Both of them will try to escape out of there alive.
Tin King has inherited a building from his recently deceased uncle. The only problem is that he has to spend the night at the place and it seems that there are a lot of crazy things going on in there.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Kokkuri-san is a 2005 Japanese drama/horror film directed by Kazuyuki Sakamoto, and starring Nao Nagasawa, Aiko Ito, and Hitomi Kurihara.
Thirteen years ago, Cammy and three of her friends decided to play a Ouija board-like game named Kokkuri-san. All of a sudden, one of the kids seems to be possessed by a strange force and disappears without a trace. Now it seems that everything is in the past, and Cammy is living a normal life. However, one day, she has to investigate some strange events in a house; but, it seems that the big house was the home of her old friend who vanished in the past. Later on, it appears that it is not coincidence and that everything is connected to a new tendency in the Kokkuri-san game named Angel-sama. To try and solve the mystery, Cammy and a psychologist named Yuki decide to go back to the house and play Kokkuri-san one last time.
Notice: not to be confused with the 1997 film, Kokkuri-san.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Masters Of Horror: Imprint is a 2006 Japanese/American co-production directed by Takashi Miike and starring Billy Drago, Youki Kudoh, Michié, and Toshie Negishi. The film is the thirteenth episode of the first season of the popular American television series, Masters Of Horror. However, due to its graphic and violent content, the episode was banned from cable broadcast.
An American journalist named Christopher is in Japan looking for a young prostitute to whom he promised he would come back to take her with him to the US. However, when he arrives, it seems that Komomo has disappeared and nobody seems to know about her. To avoid spending the night by himself, Christopher accepts the company of one of the prostitutes in the island he's visiting. But the girl, who is extremely disfigured, has some quite scary stories to tell Christopher; not only about herself, but also about his beloved Komomo.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Sumpah Pocong Di Sekolah is a 2008 Indonesian horror film directed by Awi Suryadi, and starring Marcell Darwin, Fandy Christian, Hardi Fadhillah, and Henidar Amroe.
After three teenagers at an all-boys school hire and film a stripper they get into a big trouble. To avoid being spelled out of school, they end up lying about what they did and eventually allowing the school to put them under Pocong swearing. The boys perform the ritual unknowing the terror that they were about to bring upon themselves and those around them. By lying while Pocong swearing, they unleash an vengeful evil spirit that wants to see everybody dead.
Rumah Pondok Indah is a 2006 Indonesian horror film directed by Irwan Siregar, and starring Asha Shara, Ricky Harun, Chintami Atmanagara, and Amelia.
A very famous sculptor is trying to sell one of his houses. However, it seems that there is a terrible curse going on in there. The first family who tried to live in the house ended up dying in a terrible accident. The next family, after knowing about the bargain, decide to move to the house and pay no attention to the rumors. But after Elsi becomes possessed by a vengeful spirit, everything in the house becomes a terrible nightmare, and it seems that everyone is at risk of being killed.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Guinea Pig VI: Devil Woman Doctor is a 1990 Japanese bizarre gore film directed by Hajime Tabe, and starring Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Kobuhei Hayashiya, and Masami Hisamoto. The film is the sixth and last installment in the original Guinea Pig series.
The film is about a crazy she-male doctor who tells the audience about his unorthodox procedures to cure strange diseases. The movie is on a sketch program style, in which the doctor treats her patients often mutilating them or killing them in the process.
Guinea Pig V: Android Of Notre Dame is a 1988 Japanese gore horror film directed by Kazuhito Kuramoto, and starring Toshihiko Hino, Mio Takaki, and Tomorowo Taguchi. The film is the fifth installment in the Guinea Pig series.
The film tells about a mad scientist who tries to find a cure for his sister's terminal disease. As he starts developing a cure, he realizes he needs a guinea pig to perform experiments in. Then, he decides to contact a body seller who can supply him with corpses for his gruesome experiments.
Guinea Pig IV: Mermaid In A Manhole is a 1988 Japanese gore horror film directed by Hideshi Hino, and starring Shigeru Saiki, and Mari Somei. The film is the fourth installment in the Guinea Pig series.
After the death of his wife, an artist decides to live in solitude and dedicate his time to painting. One day, he decides to go down into the sewers where he finds a young beautiful mermaid. It seems that after the drying of a river she ended up stranded there. It looks like during her staying in the sewers, the mermaid developed some king of infection and her body is getting full of some sort of boils, and she won't stop bleeding.
Kazuo Umezz's Horror Theater: Volume 3 is a 2005 Japanese drama/horror anthology. The complete collection comprises three volumes each of them with two unrelated short stories. All of the tales written by popular manga author Kazuo Umezu.
The Present: directed by Yûdai Yamaguchi, and starring Mai Takahashi, Kiyo Ôshiro, Takamasa Suga, and Yoko Mitsuya.
Yuko has a recurrent nightmare during Christmas and has developed a certain kind of phobia. One year on a Christmas eve, she decides to spend the night having fun with her friends at a hotel. But soon, their fun turns into fear as they run away from a revenge-seeking bloody Santa.
Death Make: directed by Taichi Itô, and starring Alice, Koichiro Hama, Hitomi Miwa, and Anna Nakagawa.
Searching for new audience for his TV show, a producer decides to gather a group of amateur clairvoyants and self-proclaimed psychics. They choose to shoot the special at a supposedly haunted building where five young girls where reported missing. However, what they discover is much creepier and out of this world.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Kazuo Umezz's Horror Theater: Volume 2 is a 2005 Japanese drama/horror anthology. The complete collection comprises three volumes each of them with two unrelated short stories. All of the tales written by popular manga author Kazuo Umezu.
Snake Girl: directed by Noboru Iguchi, and starring Ruriko Narumi, Arisa Nakamura, and Riko Suzuki.
After experiencing some gruesome events at her school, Yumiko is sent to spend the summer vacation with some relatives in the countryside. Soon after arriving, she feels some sort of rejection from the locals who avoid her and look at her weird. It seems that everything has to do mainly with a local superstition regarding the appearance of a snake-like woman who will consume the town.
The Wish: directed by Atsushi Shimizu, and starring Natsumi Okumura, Toshinori Omi, and Kyôko Toyama.
Hitoshi, a young middle school student, is always concerned about his lack of friends. One day he finds a piece of wood that looks like a human head and decides to make himself a new wooden friend. Some time later, when a new friend enters Hitoshi's life, his friendship with the wooden man becomes really creepy and much more difficult than he imagined.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Kazuo Umezz's Horror Theater: Volume 1 is a 2005 Japanese drama/horror anthology. The complete collection comprises three volumes each of them with two unrelated short stories. All of the tales written by popular manga author Kazuo Umezu.
Bug House: directed by Kurosawa Kiyoshi, and starring Tamaki Ogawa, Hidetoshi Nishijima , and Hisako Shirata.
A young couple see how their marriage is drifting away. All of a sudden, they come up with a solution for their problems. Referring to Kafka's book The Metamorphosis, each day they survive their misunderstandings by morphing into a more tolerant self.
Diet: directed by Tadafumi Ito, and starring Naomi Kaizuka, Miku Ueno, and Yuki Tsujimoto.
A young and pretty high school girl tries by any means to get one of her classmates to notice her. However, he keeps rejecting her what makes her feel really frustrated. One day, she looks herself at the mirror and discovers she is grossly overweight. Now that she knows the reason why she's being rejected, she will try to put an end to her problem.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Invitation Only is 2009 Taiwanese slasher horror film directed by , and starring Bryant Chang, Vivi Ho, Jerry Huang, and Kristian Brodie.
An ordinary chauffeur is sent by his boss to represent him in a pompous party. Soon after his arrival, the young man is treated as one of the VIP guests and receives all the privileges he is entitled to. The party host promises to give everybody the gift of their dreams. But after the newest members in his club are taken away to receive their presents, things become extreme weird. Soon, one by one the new members star to die, and it seems that managing to escape alive is their newest most precious dream.
The Boy From Hell is a 2004 Japanese horror film directed by Mari Asato, and starring Mitsuru Akaboshi, Mirai Yamamoto, and Baku Numata. The movie is the first of six short stories in a collection entitled Hideshi Hino's Theater of Horror that features different Japanese horror film directors.
After her only sons dies, a prominent surgeon decides to take a witch's advice and try to resurrect him. However, things don't come out as expected and the child turns into a flesh eater monster. It will be up to her mother to decide whether the kid can continue his human flesh frenzy, or has to go straight to hell, where he belongs.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Hitori Kakurenbo (a.k.a. Hide And Seek) is a 2009 Japanese horror film co-written and directed by Masashi Yamada, and starring Yukie Kawamura, Mayuko Kawakita, Masahiro Usui, and Ben Yuzawa.
A new tendency is keeping Japanese teenagers busy in front of their computers. This time is about a "game" named Hitori Kakurenbo. The game consists on stuffing a doll or teddy bear with rice and other items and then tying it. After this logistics are done, there comes a kind of ritual in which the toy receives someones name and a task, the performer should then hide to avoid being haunted. However, after some students at a local Tokyo school start to disappear, a teacher decides to investigate what the game is all about; but, she becomes more involved in the game which happens to be even scarier than she could have thought.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Darah Janda Kolong Wewe is a 2009 Indonesian comedy/horror film directed by Mamahit Luigi Donie, and starring Mario Pratama, Shiddiq Kamidi, Dian Aditya, Lia Ladysta, Iva Novanda, and Andini.
Gono has always had very crooked teeth and he is treated by everybody as the ugly boy. However, regardless of his appearance, Gono is crazy about the beautiful girls from pop music trio Macan. To make his dreams of having one of the girls as his girlfriend, Gono decides to go to a local shaman to cast a spell and call upon the demon know as Kolong Wewe. According to the shaman, the she-demon will help Gono get the girl but there will also be some consequences. Gono then becomes a different-looking person; but because of his carelessness, he ends up being haunted by the Kolong Wewe.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Suster Ngesot: The Movie is a 2007 Indonesian horror film directed by Arie Azis, and starring Nia Ramadhani, Donita, Mike Lewis, and Lia Waode.
Vira and Silla are two new nurses that are assigned a crappy run-down room to stay, as the rest of the rooms are already occupied. Since the very first moment they enter the room, they start to feel that there is something strange going on in the place. Plus, Vira is continuously haunted by the presence of a dirty diary that appears to her and depending on the letter showing, someone she knows would die. Soon they discover that someone died in the house twenty years ago, and the girls cannot help but feel even scarier.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Black Night (Hak Yae) is an Asian horror film co-written and diredted by Takahiko Akiyama, Tanit Jitnukul and Patrick Leung; and starring Annie Liu, Dylan Kuo, Takashi Kashiwabara, Asaka Seto, Pitchanart Sakakorn, and Athipan Chantapichai. The film is a Hong Kong, Japanese and Thai co-production. It is divided into three unrelated segments.
Next Door (Hong Kong): directed by Patrick Leung. Starring Annie Liu, Dylan Kuo Pin Chao, and Race Wong.
Jane returns home after three months and decides to look for her boyfriend, Joe. However, she soon discovers that he is having an affair with his beautiful next-door neighbor, Hosie. But there is something about Hosie that none of them knows and it's about to make their lives miserable.
Dark Hole (Japan): directed by Takahiko Akiyama. Starring Takashi Kashiwabara, Asaka Seto, and Tomorowo Taguchi.
Yuki has lately been suffering from terrifying nightmares. One day, a boy in a yellow poncho who appears in her nightmares makes himself present in her real life. After this event, flashbacks regarding Yuki's past begin to haunt her. Encouraged by Satoshi, her boyfriend, Yuki decides to finally go see a psychiatrist. Under her doctor's hypnosis, she starts to reveal about the secrets of her past, and the real reasons behind her nightmares.
The Lost Memory (Thailand): directed by Tanit Jitnukul. Starring Pitchanart Sakakorn, Kajonsak Ratananisai, and Nutsha Bootsri.
Prang, a single mother living with her son, lives in constant paranoia, after a car accident. To make things even worst, she keeps having visions of a strange woman. Later, she realizes the woman is her friend and decides to trace back her past and try to remember whatever happened before the accident.
Hikiko: Urban Legend Story is a 2008 Japanese 3D animation horror film written and directed by Kaisei Kishi, and starring Daiki Ueda, Saitô Mizuki, Mizuki Saito, and Daisuke Suzuki.
School can sometimes be very traumatizing for children as they can realize that classmates can be really cruel. Satoko is the new girl that's been transferred to Satoshi's class in elementary school. From the very first day, she is bullied and tormented by her classmates, and even looked down by teachers. Despite everything, she finds Satoshi's sympathy and friendship. But there are some secrets not even Satoshi knows about Satoko and soon things will become really scary.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Inagawa Junji's Horror Of A Shiver is a 2002-2003 Japanese horror anthology directed by Tatsurô Kashihara and Taichi Noumoto, and starring Junji Inagawa. This is the second installment in the Inagawa Junji's Horror Anthology; as with the previous one, this is divided into four unrelated short stories.
Lamp Of Peony
A young man receives the visit of his long lost lover. However, he later realizes she is not the same person he fell in love with, and that she has a dark and creepy secret.
Two high schools girls experience the real meaning behind an urban legend. They have a face-to-face encounter with the Kuma Onna (She-Bear) who is said to collect unusual mementos from her victims.
Two journalists from a magazine decide to go on the field and research about the legend of Yamamba. The legend tells about a man-eating demon, but the two friends will go deeper into the story.
This short is about a friendly ghost that appears before a boy whom he befriends. Even though the ghost seems to be playful and harmless, it turns out to be much more courageous than everybody thought he could be.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Inagawa Junji's Horror Of Legend is a 2002-2003 Japanese horror anthology directed by Taichi Noumoto and Kiyomi Yada, and starring Junji Inagawa. The film is divided into four unrelated short stories.
After her grandma died a young woman feels alone and desperate. She tries by any means to commit suicide but fails in very attempt. She finally remembers her grandmother's words and decides to move on.
Trip Of Broken Hearts
Two young women decide to take a trip to forget about their love problems. However, only one of them starts the trip and the other decides to join later on. The only problem is that it looks like the hotel they chose seems to be haunted.
A medical trainee is given the task of taking care of a dead boy's body. However, when he gets to the morgue, he finds the boy's mom already waiting for him. To the doctor's surprise, the woman insists that her son is still alive and that he should help him.
After a long trip by the lake, a young couple decide to stop by a restaurant and have a plate of noodles. Since the very first moment they enter the place, they are advice not to look to the other costumers. However, the task may be more difficult than they think.