Sunday, May 31, 2009
Someone Behind You is a 2007 South Korean horror film directed by Oh Ki-hwan, and starring Yun Jin-seo, Gi-woong Park, So-eun Kim, and Ki-woo Lee.
Right after witnessing one of her aunts thrown off of a balcony by her fiance on her wedding day and the other one violently stabbed to death, Ga-in realizes that she might be the next one in line. She desperately tries to find out the reasons why her relatives area dying, and at some point, why those around her seem to be taking turns to try and kill her as she seems to be marked for death. In her search for the truth, Ga-in is joined by a young man who always lingers around her and tells her that she should trust nobody if she wants to live. However, as the movie develops, it seems that even her closest friends seem to be out to kill her, and she starts to doubt she will live long enough to uncover the truth.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Living Hell is a 2000 Japanese horror film written and directed by Shugo Fujii, and starring Hirohito Honda, Yoshiko Shiraishi, Rumi, Kazuo Yashiro, Naoko Mori, and Shugo Fujii.
After two gruesome murders have taken place in a Tokyo house, Ken and his family are forced to invite their relatives who lived in the same house where the killing occurred; even though they are a little bit skeptical about bringing two strangers into the household, they have no other choice but to accept the situation. Soon after the arrival of the two strange ladies, Ken's wheelchair-bound brother, Yasu, senses that there is something wrong with the old lady and her granddaughter. It doesn't take too long for the two creepy women to show who they really are, and one day when the house is empty, Yasu is sadistically tortured and driven to the limits of pain by the wicked games of the old woman and her granddaughter. When his siblings come back home, none of them believes what Yasu say, and instead, they think that his confinement to a wheel chair is driving him crazy. Despite his attempts to get out of the house, Yasu is again left at the women mercy, and his suffering becomes more and more intense as their games become more violent making his life a living hell.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Ghost Game is a 2006 Thai horror film directed by Sarawut Wichiensarn and starring Pachornpol Jantieng, Supatsiri Patomnupong, Thanyanan Mahapirun, and Phongsak Rattanapong.
Five Million Baht in Cash, 11 Contestants ... Who will be left alive?
The film tells the story of a very underground reality show and its 11 contestants who sign up. The show forces the participants to confront the supernatural world and their innermost fears. All eleven contestants are taken to an ancient prison that was transformed into a creepy war museum in Cambodia. The setting is said to be the place where a Khmer Rouge prison existed twenty years before and over a thousand innocent people were tortured and killed during the 1970s Cambodian war. The single winner of the game will supposedly be rewarded with a cash prize of five million Baht, about 130,000 USD, the highest amount ever offered on a Thai game show. All motivated by the big reward, the contestants risk their lives in the museum, confronting traps set by the producers of the sick show. However, not everything is fictional and it seems that there are some traps set by real ghosts whose spirits haunt the place. One by one, everybody will begin to die, and only a few will be left alive. Nobody knows what awaits outside those walls for the unlucky survivors.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Long Dream is a 2000 Japanese horror film broadcast in Japan television only. The film is directed by Higuchinsky, and starring Ken Arai, Kaei Asano, Shima Ashizawa, Eriko Hatsune, and Masami Horiuchi.
In a Tokyo hospital Dr. Kuroda and his assistant are tending Mukoda Tetsurou, a patiente whose strange dreams have become longer and longer in the last few days, to the point where they a single night of sleep can last nearly a decade from Tetsurou's perspective. Even though the time seems to be following his normal course, in Tetsurou's dream world he is living a whole new life. This is causing strange mental and physical mutations, reaching a point in which it becomes difficult to tell whether Tetsurou is still human or not. Dr. Kuroda on the other side, appears to have his own mysterious reasons to study this case closely.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The Deserted Inn is a 2008 Hong Kong suspense film directed by Zhang Jing and starring Kenny Kwan, Kar-Ying Law, Mei-tian He, and Shan Xue. The film is based on a novel by Huang Cun.
Meng Fan a music composer is witnessing his career hitting rock bottom as he seems unable to come up with another hit after the success of his song Sorry, I Love You. Since he is determined to go somewhere else and find his inspiration, he decides to break up with his long time girlfriend, He Ying. One day, while surfing the internet searching for a place to go, he comes across an old town which picturesque landscape seems just right. Fan then decides to search for a local inn and finds one named “The Deserted Inn”. He thinks this is the place he wants to go to in order to take his mind off his current problems and seek for his long gone inspiration, and thus write the next hit song he needs. Upon checking into the inn, Fan begins to feel that there is something wrong and a series of strange events start to happen. He even hears singing every night and sometimes sees strange people wandering around in traditional Ming dynasty clothes on the streets narrow alleys. As his nightmares become more often, Fan feels he is being pushed to the verge of a nervous breakdown, but not before unveiling the hidden past of the innkeeper and the mysterious legend surrounding the village.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Forest Of Death is a 2007 Hong Kong thriller directed and co-written by Danny Pang, and starring Qi Shu, Ekin Cheng, Rain Li, and Siu-Ming Lau.
While trying to solve a rape/murder case, detective C.C. Ha is lead out to a forest where young girls have been found dead, including the one case she is investigating. Soon after arriving in the forest, she realizes there's something mysterious going on and there is something more than plants and trees out there in this forest. As she continues her investigation, she gets in touch with a scientist who has done some research and written a thesis on plants being sentient creatures. As both of them join forces to solve the mystery, new cases of dead girls appear and it seems that only the forest itself knows the reasons. It becomes apparent then that there is something even more absurd lurking in the deep forest and it is beyond detective Ha's skills to find out the answer.
A Wicked Ghost III: The Possession is a 2002 Hong Kong film directed by and starring Gigi Lai Chin, Tat-Ming Cheung, Patrick Keung, Yiu-Cheung Lai, and Grace Lam. The Film is the final installment in the A Wicked Ghost trilogy that started in 1999.
During the shooting of a new horror film, crew member May is assigned to search for a new location and she eventually finds an abandoned building that seems just right for their film. However, in the eerie house, she finds an ancestor post during an outdoor shooting in the location, but she decides not to pay much attention to it and just continue with her job. To avoid problems with spirits, and damages on the relic, she takes it with her an place it inside the house; but instead of being for the better, she causes weird things to happen and her friends either start to die or get involved in serious accidents with terrible injuries. Finally, after further investigations, May realizes that the spirit is connected to the ancestor post she found and is trying to lead her to her own death. In order to survive, May needs to stop the spirit's curse before it is too late for her.
Friday, May 22, 2009
A Wicked Ghost II: The Fear is a 2000 Hong Kong horror film directed by Francis Nam and starring Ken Wong, Alice Chan, Angie Cheung, Yee-Man Man, and Joyce Chan. The film is a sequel to the 1999 A Wicked Ghost.
Right after policeman Cha-siu fails to arrest a rapist in an isolated alley, the suspect appears with his legs dismembered out of nowhere and his left arm and torso turn up in three separate locations near the area. Moments later, officer Cha-siu kills himself and dies with a creepy unexplained smile on his face. Inspector Li and his girlfriend Peanut decide to investigate the strange case that also arouses the curiosity of some reporters from the Moon Weekly magazine. Author Blue, a writer who happens to be collecting materials for her new novel, also takes part of the investigation as she finds it interesting right after giving a tape recorder to a young woman called Ada who has gone blind after watching a horror movie, and then experiencing a ghastly apparition. Both separate investigations on the mysterious cases come to a dead end when Balm, one of the reporters, jumps to his death after meeting the spirit of the dead rapist. Later on, Ada, the other reporter, stabs herself to death with a kitchen knife. After further investigations, Ada's tape recorder is found and the recording is played back at high speed; out of the background noise Blue and Master Li can barely hear someone saying the name of Peanut's grandmother who died 93 years ago and what might lead to the end of their nightmare.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
A Wicked Ghost is a 1999 Hong Kong horror film directed by Hung Wah Leung and starring Chun-Kit Hoi, Gigi Chi Lai, Ka-Yiu Mok, Francis Ng, and Nim-Tsz Sze.
The film tells about some friends who decide to do a certain kind of a ritual to summon spirits of the underworld; however, things go really wrong and the spirits actually manifest. One by one all the participants of the seance start to die mysteriously. One of them, who seems to be unaffected by the haunting of the spirit decides to go on a research to try and uncover the truth behind the ghost. He decides to contact a very close friend who apparently knows a lot about ghosts. They soon find out that everything is connected to a village where 66 people died long ago of mysterious causes. Both men will have to go to the village and end the curse of the wicked evil spirit.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
All Night Long 3: The Final Chapter is a 1996 Japanese horror/exploitation film written and directed by Katsuya Matsumura, and starring Yuujin Kitagawa, Ryôka Yuzuki, Tomorowo Taguchi, Meika Seri, Mitsuzô Ishii, and Herachonpe. The film is the third and final installment in the All Night Long movie series original trilogy.
As with its predecessors, All Night Long 3 tells the story of a nerdy teenager that due to his alienation from society decides to bring to reality his darkest thoughts. The young man develops a sick obsession for the beautiful clerk of a small supermarket near his house. As the young man's obsession becomes more and more sick, he starts to collect objects from the girl's garbage that he keeps in a museum-like old apartment he lives in, and even eats her leftovers as if it was fresh food. But his craziness doesn't end there and as he learns about his city's lowlife, he learns new forms to feed his obsession. However, for the girl's misfortune, the boy's ideas don't end in collecting garbage as he has a complete plan set for her; a nightmare that she could have never imagined she could experience.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Bloody Beach is a 2000 South Korean horror/slasher film directed by Kim In-soo and starring Kim Hyun Jung, Jae Hee, Lee Se-eun, Lee Seung-chae, Lee Jeong-jin, Kim Min-sun, and Lee Eun-ju.
A group of people meet at a chat room and decide to get together in person for a party on the beach and have a little fun in the sun. Even though their vacation seems perfect at the beginning, it transforms into their worst nightmare. It appears that somebody else has followed them to the beach house and each of them is being gruesomely murdered. After a while, the remaining youngsters discover that everything seems to be connected to someone they met before and they chatted with a long time ago. The guy, who used to call himself "Sandmanzz", apparently killed himself after some other guys at the chat room started to ignore him. At the end only a few will stay alive to find out who the real murderer is and end with their horrible nightmare.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Crazy Lips is a 2000 Japanese horror/comedy film directed by Hirohisa Sasaki, and starring Hitomi Miwa, Kazuma Suzuki, Hijiri Natsukawa, and Yoshiko Yura.
After her brother Michio is accused of murdering four young women, Satomi, desperate to prove his innocence, decides to go to a psychic searching for help. But the psychic has some unconventional methods in mind to solve this case, and the price she asks is far from what Satomi was expecting. Although the answers seem at hand, they will bring something she could never have imagined.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Shibuya Kaidan 2 (a.k.a. The Locker 2) is a 2004 Japanese horror film directed by Kei Horie and starring Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Chisato Morishita, Maki Horikita, Chiaki Ôta, Tomohisa Yuge, and featuring Asami Mizukawa as Rieka (during flashbacks). The movie is the sequel to the 2003 film Shibuya Kaidan.
The film starts seconds before Rieka dies in a hospital. With her very last breath, she gives the key to the coin locker to her student Ayano who, after a hunt for the right coin locker around Shibuya, finally finds the right one. She soon realizes that there is a terrible legend about the locker and that it might have been the reason behind her teacher's death. Later on, as some other students from Ayano's school find the coin locker and decide to use it in search of good luck, the curse begins once again and people start to die mysteriously. The long haired creepy girl is once again out to kill and to get anyone who opens her coin locker. Ayano then finds herself involved in a race for survival before the curse gets to her.
Shibuya Kaidan (a.k.a. The Locker) is a 2003 Japanese horror film directed by Kei Horie, and starring Asami Mizukawa, Fumina Hara, Maki Horikita, Chisato Morishita, Mayuka Suzuki, Toshihiro Wada, and Tomohisa Yuge.
After returning from a day out in the countryside, a group of teenagers stop by a coinpaid locker to get their stuff. As the girls check their purses, they realized they are dirtier than they left them, but they don't pay much attention to it and start talking about an urban legend that says that if you leave a gift in one of the lockers you will be lucky. However, the results of their stopping at the lockers are anything but lucky as creepy things start to happen and the mysterious apparitions of a baby and a female ghost soon show up and everybody begin to die one by one; none of the remaining teenagers can tell who will be next and whether someone will be left alive to end the curse.
Katasumi (a.k.a. In A Corner) and 4444444444 are two 1998 Japanese horror short films written and directed by Takashi Shimizu. The two stories are the actual foundations of Ju-on and are considered the prequels of the main story.
Katasumi (In A Corner) starring Takako Fuji.
The short starts with two school girls at school during summer break feeding their rabbits, as Kanna pricks her finger, her friend Hisayo goes to into the school to get her a bandage; when she returns, Kanna is nowhere to be found, so she starts calling her but she gets no answer; after calling for her friend a few times, a pale long-haired woman (Kayako) appears right in front of Hisayo and begins to crawl out of the bushes toward her. As Hisayo grabs a gardening trowel to defend herself from the apparent attack, Kanna can be seen on the ground, now pale and bloody. Then, as Kanna and Kayako start crawling towards Hisayo, the scene fades out. (Running time 3:24)
4444444444 starring Kazushi Ando.
This short starts with a young man who, while riding his bike on an alley close to a school, hears a cell phone ringing on the ground and decides to pick it up. The incoming call number shows up as 4444444444. As the man answers, the only reply he gets is the sound of a cat-like meow. He, eventually, asks if the person on the other end is watching him, then he hears "I am!" on the other side and as he turns around, he sees a pale naked boy (Toshio) sitting next yo him. The camera then zooms in on the boy's face as he suddenly meows and black liquid pours out of his mouth. (Running time 2:58)
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Good Will Evil is a 2008 Taiwanese horror film directed by Yu-fen Lin and Ming-chan Wang, and starring Terri Kwan, Tammy Chen, Leon Dai, Yi-Ching Lu, Hsin-Ling Chi, and Wen-Cheng Chen.
A successful rising politician tells his wife that the best help for his upcoming campaign would be to have adopt a child. Although at the beginning his wife resists to do it due to her own emotional problems, they end up adopting a lonesome shy eight year old girl named Shaw-Tian. But, the little girl seems to have a lot of emotional problems too and starts acting weird since the beginning. The secret the girl keeps from everybody will soon come out in the creepiest ways possible.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Unholy Women (a.k.a. Kowai Onna) is a 2006 Japanese horror film. The movie is a compilation of 3 different unconnected short horror films written and directed by different people.
Rattle Rattle is the first segment written and directed by Keita Amemiya, and starring Noriko Nakagoshi, Kosuke Toyohara, and Yuko Kobayashi.
Right after returning home from an evening with her boyfriend, Kanako finds a little girl standing in the streets; but before being able to speak to the girl, Kanako hears a weird rattling noise and when she looks up she's struck by something falling from above that knocks her out immediately. When she finally wakes up, she finds herself pursued by an evil other-worldly woman-like being. Later on, as she manages to scape, Kanako will wake up in a hospital room not knowing whether her nightmare is over or just about to begin.
Hagane is the second segment co-written and directed by Takuji Suzuki, and starring Tasuku Emoto, Teruyuki Kagawa, and Nahana.
The short tells the story of Sekiguchi, and how one day his boss decides to ask him to take out his young sister, Hagane, on a date. A little bit skeptic, Sekiguchi accepts, but when he arrives to pick up the girl, he sees her operating an empty sewing machine with a burlap bag covering the top half of her body. Hagane's brother immediately asks her to go get appropriately dressed to go out. As she comes back for her date, she's wearing a skirt, high heels, and to Sekiguchi's surprise, she still wearing the burlap bag. Speechless, Sekiguchi takes the woman out but she keeps running side by side aimlessly, first falling down off the side of the road and then into a nearby river. The next day he tries to avoid both his boss and Hagane but they refuse to stay away. It is clear then that Sekiguchi has fallen into a world more frightening than he ever dreamed possible, and it seems that there is no way he can get rid of the mysterious face-covered woman.
The Inheritance is the third and final short film, co-written and directed by Keisuke Toyoshima, and starring Maki Meguro, Kenta Suga, Shunsuke Matsuoka, and Tokie Hidari.
Right after getting divorced, Saeko returns to her childhood home with her young son to take care of her elderly ill mother. However, upon arrival, she realizes that her mother still resents her for divorcing her husband and breaking up her family. Later that first night, Michio, the young boy, sees a momentary glimpse of a young ghastly boy. The next day the boy finds a picture of the boy he saw the night before and after asking his mother he finds out he was Saeko's long-thought dead brother Masahiko. One day Saeko goes out of a shed in the back yard and finds a small wooden chest. The contents of the chest bring back childhood memories and from then on she begins to act strangely toward her son. Even though his grandma tries to warn him, Michio refuses to believe there is something wrong going on with his mom; soon, the little boy will find himself scarred by abuse and psychological trauma.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
A House Of Mad Souls is a 2003 Thai horror film directed by Sivavut Vasang-Ngern, and starring Sirinya Burbridge.
The film tells the story of Jitta, a young doctor who after breaking up with her boyfriend decides to move to the suburbs to get a more peaceful and quiet life, and thus try to forget about all her problems. Soon after arriving in her new apartment, Jitta settles into her new life working in a nearby poor hospital. However, the serenity of the suburbs doesn't seem to be the answer to her search for peace of mind as, all of a sudden, strange things begin to happen inside Jitta's house and around the hospital. Strange visions, weird sounds, and the disturbing nightmares regarding a young boy begin to haunt her almost everyday. As the boy seems to have a strange resemblance to one of Jitta's former patients, she decides to look for answers and unlock the boy’s secret before her own life becomes a living nightmare.
Friday, May 8, 2009
To Sir, With Love (a.k.a. My Teacher or Bloody Reunion) is a 2006 South Korean horror film directed by Im Dae-woong and starring Oh Mi-hee, Seo Yeong-hee, Yeo Hyeon-soo, Lee Ji-hyeon, Park Hyo-joon, Lee Dong-gyoo, Jang Seong-woon, Yoo Seol-ah, and Kim Eung-soo.
Mi-ja has been taking care of her old retired teacher, Miss Park, and after she realizes that the wheelchair-bound woman is on the verge of death, she invites several of her former classmates to her teacher's house. It has been 16 years after their graduation and the group is overwhelmed by emotion, as they start to remember their old times together. But happiness soon turns to wrath of long hidden memories and everybody begins to realize that it was Ms. Park's peculiar teaching style that set them all down a deeply dysfunctional path, and that she made them all feel like losers back in their school days. As old grudges come out back and long-buried secrets gradually begin to resurface, the once-happy meeting turns into a nightmare rampage of death driven by deep-rooted childhood anger.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Tokyo Psycho is a 2004 Japanese suspense film directed by Ataru Oikawa and starring Sachiko Kokubu, Masashi Taniguchi, Seiji Chihara, and Yuka Hayashi.
Yumiko, the beautiful owner of a Tokyo design agency, finds herself stalked by a mysterious man who one day sends her a letter that says, "I know you were born to marry me!", the paper scraps are stitched together with piano wire and apparently stained with blood. As further messages come she decides to investigate to uncover the identity of her tormentor. Soon, Yumiko will find out that her stalker is closer than she could have ever imagine and even her closest friends seem to be threatened by Yumiko's prowler.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The Loner (a.k.a. Hikikomori) is a 2008 South Korean horror film directed by Park Jae-sik and starring Ko Eun-ah, Jeong Yoo-seok, Chae Min-seo, Lee Da-in, and Jeong Yeong-sook.
This film highlights a very controversial condition suffered by many teenagers and young adults in several countries including South Korea and Japan, in which someone decides to confine themselves to solitude locked in inside their bedroom or house. Soo-na, a 17 year old high school student who seems to have it all, belongs to a wealthy family and lives in a huge mansion with her uncle and grandmother after her parents apparent death in a car accident. Soo-na is driven to madness and over the edge of sanity after the suicide of her best friend who was constantly bullied in school. Right after her friends burial ceremony, Soo-na decides to lock herself in her room, and soon after she starts talking to someone that nobody else can see. Every time someone tries to approach her, she tries to kill herself in front of her family. Worried about her niece's condition, Soo-na's uncle, Se-jin, enlists the help of his girlfriend, Yoon-mi, who happens to be a very skilled psychiatrist and who specializes in Hikikomori. After some analysis of the case, Yoon-mi begins to suspect that Soo-na's condition has something to do with some hidden family history and her uncle needs to help her before it is too late to save her.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Sigaw (a.k.a. The Echo) is a 2004 Filipino horror film directed by Yam Laranas, and starring Iza Calzado, Angel Locsin, Richard Gutierrez, James Blanco, and Ella Guevara.
Right after Marvin moves to his newly acquired apartment in an old-looking building he starts listening to loud and awkward noises from an apartment unit down the hallway in his same floor. This strange occurrences around his apartment seem to be becoming more often and weird, and there is a woman who comes every now and then to knock on his door. Meanwhile, the noise and disturb down the hall intensify and Jude is getting more and more scared since it seems that his neighbor's husband is a cruel cop who thinks Marvin is his wife's lover. However, every time the woman knocks on Marvin's door, she keeps calling another tenant named Jude. As Marvin gets drawn into the couple's frequent quarrels, he witnesses the cop chasing his wife and beating her up in the corridor. All this violence affects Marvin and he decides to talk to the landlord about the situation. Marvin then learns a secret that will change his life and his girlfriend's too.
Monday, May 4, 2009
The Maid is a 2005 Singaporean horror film written and directed by Kelvin Tong, and starring Alessandra de Rossi, Benny Soh, and Nur Awal'liyah Ja'afar.
When Rosa arrives in Singapore from the Philippines, she doesn't know it isn't the right time for her to be in a new culture. Rosa, unluckily arrives on the Seventh Month of the Chinese calendar, and it is said that during this month, the gates of hell are opened and all evil spirits are let loose; for 30 days the dead can walk among the living. As young Rosa start to settle in her new home, she starts listening to terrifying ghost tales from the locals regarding the Seventh Month, although at the beginning she is skeptic, she starts to realize that the stories have a certain grade of reality and she is about to experience pure terror during 30 days.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Narok (a.k.a. Hell) is a 2005 Thai horror/fantasy film directed by Tanit Jitnukul, Sathit Praditsarn, and Teekayu Thamnitayakul, and starring Nathawan Woravit, Wuttinan Maikan, Punyapon Dhajsonk, Kom Chauncheun, and Dollaya Polthipattayakul.
The film tells the story of the crew members of a documentary production company, who while driving at night, find themselves involved in a terrible car accident. Though none of them die immediately, they all are dragged into Hell where they witness how everybody is torture according to their sins on Earth. At the end, everyone of them will have to find their way out of such terrible place before being tortured for all eternity and consumed by the fires of Hell.
Friday, May 1, 2009
The Haunted School is a 2007 Hong Kong horror film directed by Chin Man-Kei, and starring Amanda Lee and Theresa Fu.
The film tells the story of an all-girl rigid school with a creepy urban legend that says that the school is haunted by a wicked ghost, and every time students break the school rules, they are called to the main office to be vanished or found dead. As the school has decided to accept a group of male students, the new kids eventually fall in love with a group of girls including a very dedicated leader and monitor of the school named Yat-Man. Since their relationships start to become public, the couples begin to disappear or be killed as it is against the first rule of the school. Miss Fong, the school principal, finally decides to tell students the real story and uncover the mystery; she tells the students that twenty years ago her own aunt, who was the music teacher and the headmaster's wife, discovered that the her husband was having an affair with one of the teachers. Soon after she discovered the love affair, she decided to burn her husband's lover inside the principal's office. Now the angry spirit of the burned woman lives inside the school and has capture some of the students, including Yat-Man friends, it will be up to her and the remaining students to save the others and end with the haunting.