Thursday, April 30, 2009
Otogiriso (a.k.a. St. John's Wort) is a 2001 Japanese horror film directed by Ten Shimoyama, and starring Megumi Okina, Yoichiro Saito, Koji Ookura, Minoru, and Reiko Matsuo.
Nami, a game designer, has been creating artwork for a new video game based on weird and creepy images she has been recurrently seeing in her dreams. Together with one of the game producers, Nami goes to an old abandoned house that she inherited from her father and that seems to match what she has seen in her dreams. After they enter the house, Nami and her friend Kohei start exploring around, and she begins to experience more strange visions of her long forgotten childhood. As things get even more strange, Nami comes across an old picture of baby twins that is labeled Nami and Naomi. It becomes clear for Nami that she has a twin sister, that she had forgotten about. As she and her friend continue to explore, they go around all the rooms in the house where yet creepier things are about to happen and a secret is awating in a mysterious hidden room.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The Coffin is a 2008 Thai horror film directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham, and starring Ananda Everingham, Karen Mok, Napakpapha Nakprasitte, and Florence Faivre.
The film is inspired by a true Thai ritual in which people actually lie in coffins to supposedly cheat death and get rid of bad luck. Following this tradition, Chris and Zoe decide to undergo this Thai ritual and get into a coffin; Chris wanted his girlfriend to recover from a coma, and Zoe wished to be cured from lung cancer. Although both of them initially find their wishes fulfilled, they soon begin to experience bad dreams and it seems that they can actually see dead people. Since they don't know each other at the beginning, both their destinies will come across as Zoe will have to enlists the aid of an expert in the paranormal to try to resolve her supernatural difficulties and Chris will be there to help her.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Ghost System is a 2002 Japanese horror film directed by Toshikazu Nagae, and starring Atsuko Rukawa, Chikako Sakuragi, Hiroshi Tamaki, and Maria Yanagisawa.
Misaki receives an email from a long missing friend; so she and her friend's boyfriend, Wataru, decide to investigate and find the place depicted in the message. In their search, Misaki and Wataru come across a large abandoned creepy-looking facility deep within the forest. Inside the building they find a woman scientist that explains how she has been investigating the world of the dead and the possibility that our thoughts remain long after our bodies start to rot. The scientist has develop a machine she calls the Ghost System that she uses to contact spirits. However, soon after Misaki and Wataru enter the building, the research project goes berserk, and begin to tear down the thin line between the world of the dead and the world of the living.
Monday, April 27, 2009
The Vanished is a 2006 Japanese horror film directed by Makoto Tanaka, and starring Yoko Maki and Toshihiro Wada.
A young reporter receives a task to write a story about a child who was found dead with weird injuries but inexplicably all his internal organs went missing. While in the morgue, the child suddenly rises up and walks away. The journalist then finds out where the child was originally from and decides to go and investigate. With the help of a young girl from the city office, the journalist discovers that thirty-five years ago a group of 30 young school children disappeared in the woods without a trace. Later on, he realizes that the children are undead, and have not aged in the 35 years since they disappeared, and they are haunting their families who are now trying to end such a creepy situation. It will be the journalist's decision whether to stay and help or run away and live the scary children behind.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
The Ring Virus is a 1999 South Korean horror film directed by Dong-bin Kim, and starring Eun-Kyung Shin, Seung-hyeon Lee, Jin-yeong Jeong, and Du-na Bae. The movie is the Korean adaptation of Koji Suzuki's 1991 novel, Ring.
Sun-ju is a reporter who, after the mysterious death of her niece and other three teenagers on the same hour and with the symptoms of heart attack, decides to uncover the series of inexplicable deaths. Her investigation takes her to a resort, where she finds a videotape filled with mysterious images and a strange message. After watching the film, Sun-ju finds that the message that appears on the screen is incomplete, but somehow she knows that she has just been cursed too. Later on, she finds out that in order to save herself she must find the origins of the videotape to end with the curse. Things become yet more awkward after Sun-ju's little daughter watches the movie; then, Sun-ju has a stronger reason to untangle the mystery and save her daughter and herself.
Ringu 0: Basudei (a.k.a. Ring 0: Birthday) is a 2000 Japanese horror film directed by Norio Tsuruta, and starring Yukie Nakama as Sadako Yamamura. The film is based on a Koji Suzuki's short story, and it is the prequel to the 1998 film Ringu.
Being the prequel to the original film, Ringu, this final installment in the series provides the background story of how Sadako becomes a vengeful wicked spirit. The story starts 30 years before the original Ringu (1998) film and shows Sadako as a shy, innocent-looking, drama student. Even though she works hard to get the main role, and the director thinks she is talented, she is still shadowed by the rest of the actresses. But after the death of the main actress in strange circumstances, Sadako gets the main role and thus the other performers start to get jealous of her. Meanwhile, a reporter whose husband died during Sadako's mother ESP demonstration, is investigating Sadako and her mother's past. The reporter thinks there's something very suspicious about Sadako, and that there should be a connection between her husband's dead and the current events at the academy where strange things have started to happen. When the reporter finally confronts Sadako, she realizes that there is more to know about the sweet looking Sadako, and that her father is keeping a secret from the eyes of the rest. It could even happen that Sadako is more innocent that everybody could have ever imagined.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Ringu 2 (a.k.a. Ring 2) is a 1999 Japanese horror film directed by Hideo Nakata, and starring Miki Nakatani. The movie is the direct sequel to the 1998 film Ringu, after the poor response received by the previous installment in the series, the 1998 sequel named Rasen. However, this new sequel is not based on Koji Suzuki's novel, and thus it completely ignores the story of Rasen.
In this film, Mai Takano is trying to find out more about the sudden death of her boyfriend, Ryuji Takayama. She soon hears stories about the supposedly haunted videotape that kills everybody who sees it exactly seven days after seeing it. It seems that the spirit is that of a girl named Sadako, who died many years earlier after her own father threw her inside a deep dark well. After some investigation, Mai learns that Ryuji's son, Yoichi, might be developing some psychic powers that may reflect Sadako's when she was still alive. Mai then, decides to continue her investigation and eventually comes across a reporter who is also interested in the story concerning the videotape. Both of them visit a mental hospital where they meet Masami who after the happenings in the first film is still alive. They learn that Masami has developed some abilities and is being studied by a doctor who has an interesting theory about psychic powers that he wishes to carry out in the light of such curse. Later on, Mai must find some way to keep Yoichi and herself from becoming Sadako's curse next victims.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Rasen (a.k.a. Spiral) is a 1998 Japanese thriller directed by Jôji Iida and starring Miki Nakatani, Hinako Saeki, and Koichi Sato. The movie is the first sequel of the 1998 Ringu, and as it predecessor, it is based on Koji Suzuki's novel of the same name.
The movie starts when doctor Mitsuo Andou is called to perform the autopsy on his recently deceased friend, who die under strange circumstances. Soon after, doctor Andou comes into contact with the same cursed videotape that supposedly caused the death of his friend, his wife and son. He learns that his friend's wife was doing some research on the video which is seemly haunted by the curse of Sadako, a relentless spirit searching for revenge. After watching the tape, Andou starts experiencing strange things happening around him. Soon, he will discover that the tape's evil spirit has different plans in store for him and the ones around him, and that there are more ways in which the curse can continue passing on.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Ringu (a.k.a. Ring) is a 1998 Japanese horror film directed by Hideo Nakata, and starring Nanako Matsushima and Hiroyuki Sanada. The film is an adaptation of Koji Suzuki's novel of the same name.
Reiko is a reporter who, after the death of her young cousin Tomoko, starts interviewing people who have heard the story of a videotape that, supposedly, kills everyone who sees it exactly seven days after viewing it. At the beginning, it seems that everything is just rumors, but later she learns about Tomoko's friend who also watched the video with her and died at the exact same time. During her investigations, Reiko discovers the tape and decides to watch it, but soon after, strange things start happening as she receives a call telling her that she will die in an exact week too. As she tells Ryuji , her ex-husband, they decide to team up to try to stop the curse before their time is over.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
301/302 is a 1995 South Korean psychological drama directed by Cheol-su Park and starring Eun-jin Bang, and Sin-Hye Hwang.
The film tells the story of two neighbors, both of them obsessive-compulsive. One of them is a chef and the other one an anorexic writer. The two women live in the same floor of an apartment building; the chef lives in the 301 and the writer in the 302. After the cook discovers that her neighbor is a solitary woman like her, she decides to treat her to delicious home-made meals. The writer, however, refuses to eat everything her neighbor gives her and instead throws away all the food. Such refusal begins an awkward relationship that pushes both women to dig into their pasts to unveil their darkest secrets.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Forbidden Siren (a.k.a. Sairen) is a 2006 Japanese horror film directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi and starring Yui Ichikawa. This is a movie adaptation of the videogame series Siren, and it is loosely based on the sequel of the original game Forbidden Siren 2.
As Yuki moves to her new home in a remote Japanese island, she is approached by the neighbors who warn her not to go outside when the island's siren starts wailing. Even though it doesn't sound like something really serious, a lot of weird things begin to happen around Yuki and her family, and everything seems to be connected to the sound of the local siren. Later on, Yuki discovers the secret behind the siren and the islanders' weird behavior and she will have to save her family and herself before is too late.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Apartment 1303 is a 2007 Japanese horror film co-written and directed by Ataru Oikawa and starring Noriko Nakagoshi.
While celebrating with her friends her moving into a new apartment Sayaka unexpectedly jumps off the balcony and falls to her death. Her older sister, Mariko, decides to investigate the mysterious death of her sister, right after she finds out that there have been many more apparent suicides of young women who were living in the same apartment, 1303. After she meets detective Sakurai, Mariko discovers in a book he shows her about the tragic story of the Yukiyo, a previous tenant, and her mother who might be directly related to the suicides in the apartment. It will be then up to Mariko to unveil the violent story of apartment 1303 and its inhabitants.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Strange Circus is a 2005 Japanese thriller directed by Sion Sono, and starring Masumi Miyazaki, Rie Kuwana, Mai Takahashi, and Hiroshi Ohguchi.
Being still a young 12 year old teenager, Mitsuko is raped by her dad right after she sees her parents having sex. Her depraved dad then makes her mom, Sayuri, witnesses how her daughter is raped by her own dad. Gozo, Mitsuko's father, rapes both of them constantly as he pleases. Such is the plot to an erotic novel novelist Taeko, a wheelchair-bounded woman, sets on to write. But as she writes, her assistant, Yuji, is actually on a mission to discover the reality of such a gruesome story, and its relationship with Taeko's own past. But Yuji's main motivation is to find out what her boss hides in the locked room in her apartment. But what truly lies beneath the nightmare-like world created by Taeko is a yet more twisted story than ever imagined which might by too much for Yuji to bear.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Isola: Multiple Personality Girl (a.k.a. Isola: Persona 13) is a 2000 Japanese psychological thriller directed by Toshiyuki Mizutani and starring Yoshino Kimura, Ken Ishiguro, and Yû Kurosawa.
When Yukari, a psychic with the ability to hear other people's thoughts, comes to help the survivors of the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, she meets a girl named Chihiro who has Multiple Personality Disorder. Since the very moment the two girls meet, Yukari starts feeling a certain affinity with Chihiro as she thinks both of them are alienated because of their uncommon qualities. When Yukari discovers that one of Chihiro's 13 different personalities is a vengeful ghost named Isola, she decides to help Chihiro get rid of Isola's spirit. The psychic will try to find a way to help her friend without killing her in the trying.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Joyû-rei (a.k.a. Don't Look Up) is a 1996 Japanese horror film directed by Hideo Nakata and starring Yurei Yanagi, Yasuyo Shirashima, and Kei Ishibashi.
While rehearsing for a forthcoming film, a group of actors and the director start seeing weird things happening around them, and it seems that the set they are filming in is haunted. Later on, after the dead of one of the main actresses, the director starts investigating and realizes that both the set and his own film are being haunted by the spirit of an actress who died during the filming of a tv show in the early 70's. Then, the director will have to decide whether to finish or not his film in such an eerie environment before his whole crew end up dead.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Shikoku (a.k.a. Land Of The Dead) is a 1999 Japanese thriller directed by Shunichi Nagasaki and starring Yui Natsukawa, Michitaka Tsutsui, and Chiaki Kuriyama.
Hinako was very young when she was separated from her two best friends, Fumiya and Sayori. She moved with her parents to Tokyo, but now some years later, Hinako is back to her hometown known as Shikoku. Soon after she arrives, she learns that Sayori died several years ago and that her mother, who used to perform rituals, has gone almost insane, and her father has been in a coma for eight years. Since the very moment Hinako is back, she starts seeing Sayori's ghost; after consulting with some locals she discovers that Sayori's mother has something planned for her daughter.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Kakashi (a.k.a. Scarecrow) is a 2001 Japanese horror film directed by Norio Tsuruta, and starring Maho Nonami and Kou Shibasaki. The film is based on a Junji Ito's manga.
The movie tells the story of Kaoru who after reading a note left to her brother from his girlfriend, decides to go searching for him. Her search leads Kaouru to a remote lonesome village. On her way to the village her car breaks down, and she has to spend the night with some villagers. The residents seem to be preparing for some sort of Scarecrow Festival. While, spending the night at the villager's house, Kaoru starts experiencing unsettling dreams, and weird things begin to happen around her. Later on, she will discover the real meaning behind the festival and she will have to decide whether to continue in the village or leave forever and forget about her brother.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
White Lady is a 2006 Filipino horror film directed by Jeff Tan and starring Pauleen Luna, JC de Vera, and Angelica Panganiban.
The film's story centers on Pearl, a new student in the Arts Academy. Since the very first moment, Pearl starts being bullied by her new classmates; and besides that, for no reason, she seems to be haunted by the ghost of a white dressed lady. As the apparitions become more constant, the intrigued and determined Pearl decides to solve such mystery. She then discovers that there is an apparent connection between the legend of the White Lady and the story of Christina, a simple girl who supposedly suffered bullying too. From there on, Pearl feels a certain affinity towards Christina and starts investigating the real story behind her disappearance and her seemly weird connection with the White Lady.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tomie vs Tomie is a 2007 Japanese horror film written and directed by Tomohiro Kubo, and starring Yû Abiru as Tomie.
As the evil Tomie begins to copy herself, the newly reborn copies need the original Tomie’s blood to maintain their beautiful bodies before their skin starts to rot.
In this, the eighth installment in the Tomie series, two Tomies are struggling to survive as their bodies are suffering from some kind of disease. With the help of their men, both Tomies will finally meet and fight for the survival of the strongest.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tomie: Revenge is a 2005 Japanese horror film written and directed by Ataru Oikawa, and starring Hisako Shirata, Minami Hinase, and Anri Ban as Tomie.
The story revolves around a young, female doctor named Kazue who, while driving around at night, accidentally runs into a naked girl. Right after a quick glance, the mysterious naked girl disappears into the woods. Doctor Kazue runs behing the girl and ends up at a weird looking building that seems to be abandoned. Inside, the doctor finds a seemly unconscious girl named Yukiko who she brings to a nearby clinic where she works.
A year later doctor Kazue is appraoch by a detective who is inquiring about the naked girl she said she saw a year before in the woods; the detective then tell doctor Kazue about Tomie and that they think Tomie and the naked girl might be somehow related. Soon after, Yukiko is kidnapped by a strange man who said she needs to meet Tomie; when doctor Kazue realizes Yukiko is missing, she decides to go after her and discover the real relationship among Tomie, Yukiko and the naked girl.
Tomie: Beginning is a 2005 Japanese horror film directed by Ataru Oikawa (Tomie 1999) and starring Rio Matsumoto as Tomie, Asami Imajuku, and Kenji Mizuhashi.
This sixth installment in the Tomie film series is a prequel to the 1999 film. The film is based on Junji Ito's manga Tomie. The movie is basically the set of events that took place right before the first film. Tomie, appears at the beginning of the film as a new transfer student, as is common in her, she starts enchanting all the boys, and raising the wrath in all of the girls. Soon, Tomie becomes friends with Reiko, one of the girls in her class, who appears to be sympathetic to Tomie's alienation. As in the previous film, Tomie and her friend seem to share a lesbian-like relationship. It doesn't take too long until Tomie starts to show her typical charming powers over males, thus making them understand that the only way to get rid of their hex is to kill Tomie. Years later, at a class reunion, the eyed-patched guy that appears in the 1999 film Tomie will be introduced and everyone will know how it all began.
Tomie: The Final Chapter - Forbidden Fruit is a 2002 Japanese horror film directed by Shun Nakahara, and starring Nozomi Ando and Aoi Miyazaki.
Tomie Hashimoto is a teenage school girl who finds refuge from her boring reality in her writing of horror stories in which she imagines herself as a vampire named Ann Bathory. Tomie is a lonely girl who keeps being picked on and bullied by four of her classmates. One day, she meets a beautiful girl named also Tomie; the strange girl has a mole under her left eye and becomes friends with Tomie immediately. Later on it becomes clear that the meeting of the two girls is not casual, and that Tomie Kawakami has some plans regarding Tomie Hashimoto and her father.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Tomie: Rebirth is a 2001 Japanese horror film directed by Takashi Simizu, and starring Miki Sakai as Tomie, and Kumiko Endou as Hitomi. The movie is the fourth installment in the Tomie film series.
At the beginning of the movie, Hideo is seen painting his girlfriend Tomie, but she doesn't seem to like the painting and after an anger episode, she tries to destroy the painting; but Hideo manages to control her and he ends up killing her. When his two friends discover what happened, they help him bury the body. Later on, when the three friends are at a friend's party, Tomie mysteriously shows up, then Hideo is found dead in the bathroom with a knife in his neck.
Tomie then starts going out with one of Hideo's friends but after the young man appears to be losing his mind, his mother kills Tomie and both of them cut her up in a gruesome ecstasy. They also burn her head, which was already regenerating some sort of limbs for locomotion.
Soon after, as Tomie's portrait has some kind of blood-paint mix, it allows for Tomie to regenerate. Then Hitomi, one of Hideo's friends' girlfriend, becomes possessed by Tomie, in what looks like a rather viral spread. Later on, the two newly reborn Tomies will try to eliminate each other.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Tomie: Replay is a 2000 Japanese horror film directed by Tomijiro Mitsuishi, and starring Sakaya Yamaguchi and Mai Hosho as Tomie. Even though this is the third installment in the Tomie series, this is the actual first sequel to the 1999 movie Tomie.
The movie starts with a young girl having surgery due to an unusually distended stomach. When the doctors begin to operate, they find a severed head, Tomie, alive and growing inside the girl. The doctors then place the head inside a tank containing alkaline solution. Soon after, the hospital workers present during the operation mysteriously leave the hospital or disappear, including hospital director Morita. After finding her father's notes, Yumi Morita, discovers something weird written about the incident with Tomie's head that apparently drove the doctor insane. All that is written in the log looks normal until the last page, where the name Tomie is referred to several times. The last pages are apparently written in blood. As Yumi discovers the truth about Tomie, it seems clear that the only thing to do with such "monster" is to kill her.
Tomie: Another Face is a 1999 Japanese horror film directed by Toshiro Inomata and starring Runa Nagai as Tomie. The film is an unofficial sequel to the 1999 original film Tomie.
This second installment in the Tomie film series is split into three separate stories. The three parts being a different time in Tomie's life; first she is presented as a high school student, then as a young woman who after being stalked by a photographer falls for him, and finally, as a seemly more mature woman who is about to be married. In all three stories, Tomie is killed by the men who love her after they discover her unusual secret; nonetheless, she somehow manages to return to take her revenge, but it seems that this time, Tomie also manages to multiply herself.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Tomie is a 1999 Japanese horror film directed by Ataru Oikawa, and starring Miho Kanno and Mami Nakamura.
After suffering some kind of trauma in her past that has since been repressed by means of amnesia, Tsukiko is trying to heal her memories with the help of her doctor. By using hypnosis, the doctor has manage to make Tsukiko bring out some of her lost memories; however, one of the most recurrent events in the sessions is her repeating the name Tomie. Nonetheless, she is completely unable to remember how or where she knows that person from. At the same time, the police are investigating a series of gruesome murders that seem to be also connected to someone named Tomie. Later on, it is revealed that both Tsukiko and Tomie share a strange connection and only one of them will be able to come out alive.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Panggil Namaku 3x (a.k.a. Say My Name 3x) is a 2005 Indonesian horror film directed by Koya Pagayo, and starring Hayria Lonton as Lara and Nita Ferlina as Sharon.
Lara is a very smart and somehow nerdy student, due to her simple appearance, she is always the target of the school's bullies, especially a girl named Sharon. One day, after being bullied and badly beaten by Sharon and her friends, Lara hears a voice that tells her to called upon the name Rosemary Marian three times, since she would help her get her revenge on the bullies.
After summoning Rosemary's spirit, Lara becomes more confident and decides to improved her appearance.
As the days pass, Lara becomes happier with the presence of Rosemary's spirit in her life; however, when the wicked spirit begins to take over, Lara finds out that Rosemary Marian is using her to fulfill her own revenge on her wrongdoers. Later, Lara will have to decide whether to help Rosemary or go back to her simple, nerdy life.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Ouija is a 2007 Filipino horror film directed by Topel Lee and starring Judy Ann Santos, Jolina Magdangal, Iza Calzado, and Rhian Ramos.
On the day the reunite to bury their grandmother, Aileen and Romina, along with their cousins Ruth and Sandra, decide to call upon the spirits of the dead with the help of their old Ouija board they found in their grandma's belongings. While performing the seance, the Ouija board is burned by accident, and the ritual remains unfinished. Soon after, the girls begin to experience strange visions as they all realize that they have brought an evil spirit upon themselves. Later on, Romina decides to ask a local shaman about the haunting and he tells her that they have to perform another session to summon the spirit again and thus, after they find out who it is, they will be able to destroy it and end their terror, since only by guiding the spirit to its burial ground the girls will finally be released from the fatal haunting.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Death Bell is a 2008 South Korean horror film co-written and directed by Chang, and starring Lee Beom-soo, Yoon Jeong-hee, and Nam Gyoo-ri as I-na.
All the elite students, twenty of them, are taking special classes for their college entrance exam. After one of them is almost strangled and disappears in the restroom's ceiling, the schools' TV screens switch to the image of one of the top-ranking student who is caged inside a fish tank that is being slowly filled with water. Later, a strange voice on the intercom announces that her life depends on the answers to an exam that students will have to pass, and that if they cannot answer, a student will die for every wrong answer they get. Trapped inside the school with the students, two teachers, the head teacher and the English are trying to keep students calmed while thinking of a solution to their problem. After some students continue disappearing, and eventually dying, I-na, one of the students, gets away from the group of students and manages to discover that they are being killed in order of their rank in the class, and she is going to be the fifth to be killed. It seems that all the current events are linked to the death of one of the top students who die two years ago. It is then I-na and the teachers' duty to help everybody get out of the school alive.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Sukob (a.k.a. The Wedding Curse) is a 2006 Filipino horror film written and directed by Chito Rono, and starring Kris Aquino and Claudine Barretto.
After coming back home, Sandy learns about Helen, and old friend, who even after her father died decided to proceed with her wedding. Some weeks later, Helen's husband dies in a plane crash, and then she dies in a bus accident while going to the crash place. Their bodies have never been recovered, not even Helen's mom who disappear from her house some days after her daughter's death. Sandy, who is about to get married, proceeds with her own wedding; but right before, and during the wedding a lot of weird things start happening around her, and she keeps seeing a ghostly flower girl. As she finds out later, she is not the only one who sees the girl, as her cousin, Joya, can see her too. Later, after the wedding, Sandy and her husband learn that the van in which two of their guest were going back home was involved in an accident. When Sandy and her husband get to the site, both the bodies of the victims have already disappear. Things turn to worse when Sandy receives her wedding photos, as some of the people, including the ones who died, are headless in the pictures. Soon, Sandy will realize that all the headless people in the photos are about to die and it will be the time for her and Joya to discover what dark family secret is linked to the deaths and the way to end the curse before it takes away all the people they love.