Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Ju-Rei (a.k.a. The Uncanny) is a 2004 Japanese horror film directed by Kôji Shiraishi.
The movie starts in chapter ten when a group of high school girls are dancing on an alley and after the practice one of them is distracted by a weird black figure; then, the rest of the girls start to see a pale woman kneeling right in front of their distracted friend unaware of what is about to happen to them. Then, in the following chapters the movie itself tells the story of how all the victims are related to one another and how, after discovering the truth about an urban legend of a black figure, a group of high school girls begin to die under mysterious circumstances. Then in the prologue the movie will tell who the black hooded figure that kills everybody who encounters is and how everything started.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Shinsei Toire No Hanako-san (a.k.a. School Mystery) is a 1998 Japanese horror film directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi (2LDK), and starring Maya Hamaoka and Ai Maeda.
Satomi Kurahashi, a new student, takes her assigned seat during her fist day of school. Her friend, Kanae Sawaguchi has also been assigned to the same class. Soon after they enter, weird things begin to happen around the school, and the two friends learn about an incident that took place eleven years ago in the old school building, and that it revolves around and old legend of a girl named Hanako that haunts the school. As the girls learn more about the mystery, they realize that it is also linked to the disappearance of Satomi's sister eleven years ago. With the help of a substitute teacher, that happens to be a psychic too, the girls try to give and end to the terror inside the school before it claims more victims.
Curse, Death & Spirit is a 1992 Japanese horror film directed by Hideo Nakata (Ringu, Dark Water). The movie is divided into three different stories: The Cursed Doll, The Spirit Of The Dead and The Haunted Inn.
The Cursed Doll: The story begins with a group of teenagers telling stories in a slumber party. When is time for Satomi to tell her story, she tells her friends a seemly true story about how she has been haunted by an evil doll. She says that she is being called by someone with a child's voice in her dreams. Once, after she followed the voice, it became apparent that the voice was coming from a doll that was hidden inside a box in a closet. Later on, Satomi's mother tells her that the doll has been in the family for some time; it will however, be revealed that the doll, in fact, has a spirit living within it. It will be up to Satomi to get rid of the evil spirit before she or her parents end up being hurt.
The Spirit of the Dead: After Takako's husband dies, she decides to take her son camping together with her best friend and her children. On their way to the river, Tanako finds a flier about a boy that disappear sometime before. Soon later, Takano's son, Yuta, starts seeing the spirit of a woman that calls him from within the waterfall. The ghost haunting Yuta is that of a woman that killed herself jumping off the top of the waterfall after losing her own son. It becomes apparent that the spirit thinks that Yuta is her child and is trying to kidnap him and kill him to take him with her. It is then Tanako's task to save her son from the evil spirit.
The Haunted Inn: Three girls who are on a vacation in a traditional Japanese inn start experimenting weird visions soon after their arrival on the inn. Yukari, one of the girls, seem to be haunted by a spirit, after finding a nailpolisher that she decides to put on. Unaware of the tragedy that happened at the inn some time before, the three girls find themselves in the presence of a spirit that is looking for some company.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Dead Girl Walking is a 2004 Japanese horror short film directed by Koji Shiraishi and starring Ayaka Maeda, Moe Karasawa, and Yoshiyuki Morishita. The movie is the second of six short stories in a collection entitled Hideshi Hino's Theater of Horror that features different Japanese horror film directors.
After Sayuri is pronounced dead by her doctor, her body continues to function with her being able to talk and walk; however, she keeps slowly decomposing. When realizing that their daughter won't die, Sayuri's family attempts to burn her animated corpse, but she manages to run for her life. Later on, while wandering around, she meets a strange man who takes her prisoner and makes her perform at a freak show. Sayuri eventually escapes, but she doesn't get far as her parents find her and try to burn her again. She then flees again and finds refuge in an abandoned house where she hopes to finally rest in peace.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Cursed is a 2004 Japanese horror film directed by Yoshihiro Hoshino, and starringKyôko Akiba, Yumeaki Hirayama,Takaaki Iwao and Hiroko Sato.
Nao Shingaki is a part-time worker at a convenience store that has a malevolent air. As she start experiencing weird visions, more awkward events begin to happen in the seemingly normal convenience store. Everything turns for the worse as Nao's co-worker, who she seems to care about, becomes very strange after an evil encounter with one of the costumers who was apparently faceless. Now she and a co-worker named Ryoko witness how all the world seem to be going mad around them as people start to suffer mysterious gruesome deaths. Totally overwhelmed by wicked curse surrounding the store, the girls decide they have to do something in order to survive the curse.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Eko Eko Azarak (a.k.a. Wizard Of Darkness) is a 1995 Japanese supernatural horror film directed by Shimako Sato and starring Kimika Yoshino. This film is based on a popular horror manga by Shinichi Koga.
Right after Misa Kuroi, a seemly normal high-school student, arrives at her new school she starts being picked on by her classmates. Later on as some students are trying to cast a spell on the principal, Misa decides to show her real powers as a witch and cast the spell herself. However, right after the casting of the spell on the principal, everything begins to go all weird in the school and Misa has to deal with assumptions by her fellow classmates who believe her as the one behind it all.
Misa and twelve of her classmates are kept late after school as they have to retake an exam. Then, when darkness arrives, their teacher suddenly leaves the classroom and the entire school looks deserted. Since some students become desperate and anxious to go home, they decide to go out only to find themselves trapped inside the school with no trace of their teacher. As the time passes, one by one, the thirteen students start to suffer horrific deaths. It is then up to Misa and her few followers to try and stop the evil behind everything before it is too late.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Evil Twin is a 2007 South Korean film directed by Kim Ji-hwan and starring Park Sin-hye.
The film is set during the Chosun Dynasty. After awakening from a ten year coma, So-yeon discovers that the accident claimed the life of her twin sister. It seems that while running around with a group of other kids, Hyo-jin and her twin sister So-yeon fell into the lake, and despite her efforts, their mother could only save So-yeon.
Soon after So-yeon starts her recovery, a series of mysterious deaths begin to take place around the village and some of her neighbors are sure that she has something to do with the killings. While she fights to recover her memory, So-yeon realizes that people around her seem to like more her sister than her, and it looks like it is due to her being the one that used to mistreat people in the past. Despite her quiet position about all the happenings around her, So-yeon's mother appears to know more than she seems to know and her more dark secrets will soon be revealed.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Chermin (a.k.a. Mirror) is a 2007 Malaysian horror film written and directed by Zarina Abdullah, and starring Natasha Hudson and Deanna Yusoff.
While driving in her car, Nasrin gets herself into a car accident. Seconds before, she had seen someone seating in the backseat which caused her going off of the road. Later on, after awakening in the hospital with a big disfiguring scar, Nasrin breaks up her fiancé Yusuf as she doesn't feel confident of her new appearance.
Soon after, her mother discovers an old mirror that apparently belonged to Nasrin's grandfather's first wife. It seems that the mirror is not ordinary; it looks like there is a spirit trapped inside it that is taking over Nasrin and makes her see what she wants to see. Nasrin then becomes obsessed by the mirror and starts acting as if she was in some kind of possession. It is later revealed that the spirit is in fact Mastura's, Nasrin's grandfather's first wife, and she is in search of an unsatisfied need for blood and revenge. As the efforts to get rid of the evil spirit begins, Mastura does her best to break free of the mirror that holds her and take possession of Nasrin's body forever.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Wag Kang Lilingon (a.k.a. Don't Look Back) is a 2006 Filipino horror film directed by Jerry Lopez Sinengneng and Quark Henares, and starring Anne Curtis and Kristine Hermosa.
Wag Kang Lilingon is divided into two stories: Uyayi and Salamin; however, at the end of the second segment, both stories are connected through a common character.
In Uyayi (Lullaby), a Filipino hospital has become famous due to the death of some of its male patients. Concerned about the incidents at the hospital, Melissa, one of the nurses, together with her boyfriend James, try to find out who the killer is and thus end the increasing number of deaths among the patients. Soon after, the segment will come to an end unveiling the apparent murderer and then the second part starts.
In Salamin (Mirror), a three member family, all females, a mother and her two daughters finally find a place to stay and call home in the rural provinces. Their new house is an old style colonial building that hasn't been inhabited for some years. Right after the three women enter their home the mother, Rosing, senses a strange smell of blood, but they don't pay much attention to it. Later on, Angel, the eldest daughter, discovers an old mirror in the basement; then she tells her young sister an old story that says that if you make a wish in front of a mirror at midnight by the candlelight you can be told the future and whomever you will marry. But instead of being told her future, Angel opens a portal to unleash spirits. As the story progresses, the three women will experience pure terror as they become haunted by ghosts.
The connection: the ending of the movie happens to work as the epilogue to Salamin and a prologue to Uyayi.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Inhyeongsa (a.k.a. The Doll Master) is a 2004 South Korean film directed by Jeong Yong-ki and starring Lim Eun-kyeong, and Kim Yoo-mi.
Five people are invited to be models for dolls at a remote place where the sculptor is waiting for them. There they meet the doll maker who is a strange woman in a wheelchair. The five visitors soon find that they all came mysteriously from the same village. After they all are introduced to the artist and owner of the huge house, one by one, each of the young visitors is mysteriously killed. However, the last survivors manage to find out the truth about the mysterious dolls that inhabit the house.
Sexual Parasite: Killer Pussy is a 2004 Japanese horror/Pinku Eiga film directed by Takano Nakano.
A group of explorers travel to the jungle in Botswana, Africa, in search of a mysterious creature. What they find however, is a fish-like creature that according to the natives is very dangerous; the explorers then decide to store it inside a foam cooler. When the witchdoctor of a local tribe discovers that the scientists are trying to take the creature away, he becomes very angry and tries to attack and kill the creature, this causes one of the researchers, a woman, to sit on the cooler to protect the animal. All of a Sudden, the creature breaks through the cooler entering the woman’s body, apparently through her genitalia.
One year later, while driving around, a group of teenagers arrive on an abandoned building in the middle of a Japanese forest where they find a frozen woman inside a freezer. The woman happens to be the researcher that was attacked by the creature in the jungle, but the teens don't seem to care about the woman and leave her in the freezer. Later on, one of the girls is taking a bath inside a hot tub and is approached by the now unfrozen researcher who enters the tub and attacks the girl releasing a tadpole-like creature inside her mouth. Now infected and possessed by a parasite, the girl goes back to re-join her friends. But, the parasite uses her body to kill via sexual intercourse and attempt to spread its offspring to others.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Kuchisake-Onna (a.k.a. Carved: A Slit-Mouthed Woman) is a 2007 Japanese horror film directed by Koji Shiraishi and starring Eriko Sato, and Haruhiko Katô.
In a small suburban town, rumors start to spread among children at a school about a disfigured woman wearing a surgical mask and holding a big pair of scissors. It is said that she is back to kidnap children and take them into her hideout where she cuts their faces from cheek to cheek. After some children start to disappear, two school teachers, Matsuzaki and Yamashita, decide to research about the legend and try to find the missing kids. It is later revealed that there is a strange connection between the slit-mouthed woman and Matsuzaki that might help the teacher both rescue the children and put and end to the curse of Kuchisake-Onna.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Feng Shui is a 2004 Filipino horror movie directed by Chito Roño and starring Kris Aquino.
After Joy (Kris Aquino) finds a Bagua mirror on a bus, she and her family become very lucky. Joy then becomes worried because together with the good luck, mysterious deaths begin to happen around her and close friends. Scared and desperate because of all the strange situations around her, Joy start looking for some answers and then it is revealed that everybody who looks into the Bagua's will die, and their death will be somehow related to their correspondent animal in the Chinese calendar which depends on what year the victim was born.
Joy then decides to consult an expert on Chinese folklore who tells her how to destroy the curse and possibly save some lives before the curse get to her and her family.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Muoi: The Legend Of A Portrait is a 2007 horror film directed by Kim Tae-kyeong. The movie is a South Korean/Vietnamese co-production starring Jo An, Cha Ye-ryeong, and Anh Thu as Muoi.
Yun-hee (Jo An) is a South Korean writer but hasn't published a book in three years, but things seem to be getting better as she receives a call from an old friend, Seo-yeon (Cha Ye-ryeong), who has been living in Vietnam for quite some time. The call is about Seo-Yeon informing Yun-hee about a local Vietnamese folklore legend about a woman named Muoi and her haunted portrait.
Yun-hee then decides to travel to Vietnam to help her friend with her research; there she learns that over a hundred years ago Muoi was a beautiful woman who after posing for a local artist became his lover.
Now, it seems that some monks protect Muoi's painting and warn people about her ghost, which is said to haunt the village. The longer Yun-hee works with Seo-yeon in knowing about Muoi, the more she feels that the curse maybe haunting her; soon after, she begins to suspect that her friend, Seo-yeon, has a sinister secret and a strange connection to the story.
Hansel And Gretel is a 2007 South Korean horror fantasy film directed by Lim Pil-Seong and starring Cheong Jeong-myeong, Eun Won-jae, Sim Eun-kyeong, and Jin Ji-hee.
Eun-soo (Cheong Jeong-myeong) crashes his car on a country road while talking on the phone with his girlfriend; soon after he manages to recover, he meets a young girl who offers to help him and leads him to her house in the middle of a deep thick forest. There Eun-soo is welcomed by the girl's parents and her two young siblings, they appear to be a portrait of a perfect family.
The morning after his arrival on the house, Eun-soo tries to get back to his car, but the forest seems infinite and after a while he is lead back to the house. Later on, Eun-soo will realize that he has been trapped in a children’s dark fairy-tale that appears to be their alternate reality; it is a world no other adult has managed to escape before.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
13 Beloved (a.k.a. 13: Game of Death) is a 2006 Thai psychological thriller with black comedy elements directed by Chukiat Sakveerakul and starring Krissada Sukosol Clapp.
Chit (Krissada Sukosol Clapp) is having some serious problems with his job, his car, his debts are growing, and it seems that he has recently broke up with his girlfriend.
Soon after it seems that nothing could be worse, Chit receives a mysterious phone call on his cellphone inviting him to take part in a supposedly underground game that promises to help him solve all his financial problems if he manage to get to the end of the game. In order to succeed in its game and win the millionaire prize, Chit will have to accomplish thirteen tasks that are designed specifically for him and that would push him to the edge of sanity. The game starts out innocently enough to make Chit think that it is going to be very easy to win; however, it rapidly progresses into more and more life-or-death situations.
Chit's 13 tasks:
- Kill a fly.
- Swallow the fly.
- Make three children cry.
- Beat up a beggar and take his money.
- Eat a plate of feces.
- Give his mobile phone to a mentally unstable man at a bus stop and then take another mobile phone from a gang of youths on a bus.
- Retrieve a dead body from a well.
- Beat up ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend with a chair.
- Find an old woman in a hospital and escort her from the building while evading police.
- String up a wire clothesline across a highway, which eventually decapitates several motorcyclists.
- Kill his former co-worker or her dog.
- Slaughter cattle and find a key in their intestines.
- Kill John Adams (a hooded man in a wheelchair).
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Haze is a 2005 Japanese thriller written, directed and starring Shinya Tsukamoto.
A man (Tsukamoto) wakes up in a tight dark place that looks like a tiny concrete room, where he can barely move. He seems to be suffering from amnesia and he doesn't know why he is there or how he got there. As he starts feeling his body, he realizes he has a stomach injury and he is slowly bleeding. He decides he has to get out of there and begins to explore around the narrow chambers of his concrete prison; he crawls around the labyrinth-like room, until he can finally arrive to a place that seems to stink of rotting corpses. There the man meets a woman who has just awaken in his same circumstances; both of them decide that they have to get out of there even if they can't recall where they came from. At some points, however, their little and blurry memories are so uncertain that they are not even sure whether or where they want to return. As their path seems to be leading nowhere, the man appears to be ready to give up but the woman keeps encoraging him and insists on going forward. While they crawl across the narrow chambers and between the walls, neither of them can even think of what sort of end to their journey they will have.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Sick Nurses is a 2007 Thai horror film written and directed by Piraphan Laoyont and Thodsapol Siriwiwat.
At a run-down Thai hospital, a doctor and seven of the nurses engage in selling corpses. However, it seems that there is a terrible rivalry among the nurses, and jealousy eventually causes Tawan, one of them, to start acting weird regarding her colleagues, so the others decide it is time to kill her.
At midnight, on the seventh day of Tawan's death, each of the remaining nurses as well as Dr. Taa, face what seems to be a vengeance from beyond.
All women in the movie seem to have their own little obsession and weakness, which is used by Tawan's ghost as she returns to kill each one of her former co-workers and take her revenge.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Rofuto (a.k.a. Loft) is a 2005 Japanese horror film written and directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and starring Miki Nakatani.
The movie revolves around Reiko Hatuna, a novel writer, who after becoming extremely stress with her forthcoming work, moves to a quiet country side house to finish up her new novel.
One night, as she is looking through her bedroom window, she realizes there is a man living in the building right across from hers. She finds out that the man is Makoto Yoshioka, an archaeologist researching ancient mummies, and has recently discovered a thousand year old mummy.
One day, Reiko finds out her room once belonged to a woman who disappeared not long ago. As the movie progresses Reiko discovers that there is a connection between the ghost that is haunting her and his new friend's profession.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Korei (a.k.a. Seance) is a 2000 Japanese thriller film directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and starring Koji Yakusho.
Junco is a psychic housewife who possesses great clairvoyant powers, she has steadily built a reputation as a medium. As the police are desperately searching for a young girl who was kidnapped by a pervert, Junco is called upon to help find her. Ironically, the girl manages to escape her captor and finds refuge inside Katsuhiko's (Juncos's husband) equipment case while he is in the forest recording some sounds for his job. The next morning, Junco's psychic powers help her discover the missing girl in their own garage. This strange circumstance awakens an apparent hidden ambition in Junco to become a famous psychic.
As the movie progresses, Junco's plans go astray and the young girl meets an awry end. Junco's ambitious behavior turns her own abilities into a deadly boomerang, and both she and her husband Katsuhiko are haunted by the ghost of the girl.
Cure is a 1997 Japanese psychological thriller written and directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the film stars Koji Yakusho.
After a series of gruesome murders start happening around Tokyo, detective Takabe (Koji Yakusho) and Sakuma, a psychologist, are called in to figure out the connection, but it seems that it is only an X shaped wound carved into the neck of each of the victims. However, in all cases, the apparent murderer is found close to their victims but they don't remember anything about the crime.
When detective Takabe's investigations seem to lead nowhere, a strange man is arrested near the scene of one of the latest murders; the man seems to suffer from amnesia and surely has a strange effect on everyone who tries to talk to him.
Detective Takabe starts a series of interrogations to find out the man's actual connection with the killings, but the detective will find himself a little too much involved in the case and with the suspects apparent mermerizing and psychological powers.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Love Ghost (a.k.a. Lovesick Dead) is a 2001 Japanese horror film directed by Shibuya Kuzuyuki and starring Lisa Goto, Ryuhei Matsuda, Asumi Miwa, and Hitomi Miwa.
The movie starts with Midori (Lisa Goto) returning to her place of birth, which she grew up and stayed until she was seven years old. At her first day in school, she comes across an enigmatic boy who happens to be her old playmate. As Midori reconnects Ryusuke (Ryuhei Matsuda), some of the schoolgirls begin to talk about a mysterious boy in black who possesses the unique ability to predict the future and find out exactly what love has for people. Midori realizes the story has some sort of connection with a recurrent nightmare she has almost every night.
However, after some girls decide to summon upon the mysterious boy in black, they start to commit suicide, and act somewhat crazy in the classroom. Midori is then forced to confront the black dressed boy of her dreams as she tries to maintain her sanity in all the surrounding chaos of the town and specially the school.
At some point it will be unclear for Midori whether she is living in reality or just one of her recurrent bad dreams.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Ryeong: The Ghost (a.k.a. Dead Friend) is a 2004 South Korean horror film written and directed by Kim Tae-kyeong and starring Kim Ha-neul, Nam Sang-mi, Jeon Hye-bin "Bin", and Shin Yi.
Three friends are conducting a séance with a Bunshinsaba-like ouija board; they decide to call upon ghosts; meanwhile, one of the girl's sister, who is sleeping in the next room, wakes up screaming after having a nightmare.
The movie then turns to Ji-won (Kim Ha-neul), a college student who suffers from selective amnesia due to a near-dead experience. Her missing memory seems to suggest that she has a close connection with the Bunshinsaba playing girls.
As the movie progresses, Ji-won friends, who appear to be members of a high school clique, are beginning to die or end up in a madhouse. Ji-won then, starts to investigate the possible identity of the ghost that is also haunting her, and how it is supposedly linked to her forgotten past.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Marebito is a 2004 Japanese horror movie directed by Takashi Shimizu, and starring Shinya Tsukamoto and Tomomi Miyashita.
Masuoka (Shinya Tsukamoto) is a cameraman who carries a camera wherever he goes. One day he becomes obsessed with the idea of fear and horror after seeing a frightened man shove a knife in his eye to commit suicide.
Trying to find the physical component of terror, Masuoka finds a mysterious tunnel that takes him to the underground. There Masuoka learns about a supposedly existing race of robots who terrify people both beneath the Earth and on the surface; on his way down, he finds a strange naked woman and decides to rescue her and take her with him to the surface.
Soon after, Masuoka discovers that F, as he called the girl, can survive only on blood. At the beginning, he is capable of taking care of her by providing her with animal carcasses, but later he begins to kill people to collect the necessary blood to feed her.
Later on, he will discover the real nature of his guest and his own reason to be obsessed with terror and fear.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Dark Water is a 2002 Japanese horror film co-written and directed by Hideo Nakata, and starring Hitomi Kuroki.
Yoshimi Matsubara moves with her young daughter Ikuko to a weird looking and totally run-down apartment complex. Soon after she moves, she notices that the ceiling of the apartment is constantly dripping water and that there is a dark and active leak. Yoshimi later finds out that the upstairs apartment, that seems to be the source of the water leak, was formerly the home of a young girl named Mitsuko Kawai, who went missing some months ago, and her mother. Many incidents keep happening repetitively, becoming more strange, and even though Yoshimi told the landlord about it, they only change the wallpaper.
One night, after yet more strange things keep occurring, Yoshimi decides to go to the upper level and then to the roof of the building, there she discovers the truth about all the missing girl and the strange events in the building.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
The Machine Girl is a 2008 Japanese action/gore film written and directed by Noboru Iguchi. The film stars Minase Yashiro as Ami, and Asami as Miki.
After her brother is killed by the son of a Yakuza leader, Ami, a young Japanese schoolgirl, decides to take revenge on the Yakuza members and all those who bullied her brother.
However, when she goes looking to avenge her brother, she finds herself captured and eventually losing her left arm. Nonetheless, Ami manages to survive and escape, and seeks shelter from two mechanics, who were the parents of her brother's best friend. This family take pity on her, eventually fitting her with a high-powered gatling gun. She then teams up with Miki, the chainsaw-wielding mother of her brother's murdered best friend and together they unleash a bloody, unstoppable carnage fest against the killers of their beloved ones.