Friday, July 31, 2009
Dark Devil is a 2005 Thai horror film directed by Denchat Rakyart, and starring Puwanat Muennark, Amy Rojer, and Krissana Na Ayuthaya.
The film tells about a Thai Black magic master named Pun who, after being hired by some guys from the village, is killing young girls by casting evil spells on them. Most of his spells cause sharp rusty objects to get in the victims' stomach; this objects can only be removed with the aid of a local monk. After suffering from some of master Pun's evil spells, Phaka and her boyfriend Pee Plew finally recover and decide to end with the master's evil plans. To accomplish their mission, they get help from a White magic master named Nai Sing.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Gozu is a 2003 Japanese drama/mystery/thriller directed by Takashi Miike, and starring Hideki Sone, Sho Aikawa, Kimika Yoshino, Shohei Hino, and Renji Ishibashi.
The film is considered one of Japan's strangest films ever made. It tells the story of Minami, a member of a Yakuza crew named Azamawari. Minami highly respects his Yakuza brother, Ozaki, who has saved his life many times before. Nonetheless, in the very last days, Ozaki's weird behavior and eccentricities have been making everyone wonder whether or not he is worthy of being in the group, but mainly about his sanity. Their boss, Azamawari, is quiet upset and is feeling more and more unsympathetic to Ozaki's little outbursts; so he secretly orders Minami to take Ozaki to a disposal facility in a different city. There, in the city of Nagoya, the fate of these two friends take a weird twist and a path full of violence. All of a sudden, they end up surrounded by old woman's milk, strange looking locals; and finally, the strange disappearance of Ozaki whose corpse Minami desperately tries to recover.
The Park is a 2003 Hong Kong horror film directed by Lau Wai Keung, and starring Bobo Chan, Laila Boonyasak, Tiffany Lee, Edwin Siu, Wing-Hong Cheung, and Matthew Paul Dean.
Right after a terrible accident on the Ferris wheel which killed a little girl, a rather creepy amusement park has to be closed down. Years later, Yen's brother, Alan, has gone missing, and it has been six days already. Somehow, his disappearance seems to be connected to the strange amusement park where he was taking some pictures. Yen's mother, who claims to have the power to capture ghosts with her picture camera, has the idea that her son might already be dead. Despite such comments from her mother, Yen decides to go to the park and look for Alan. Before heading to the park, Yen calls a group of her closest friends to accompany her in her search. Soon after their arrival in the park, Yen's friends start to die mysteriously. It becomes clear that only Yen will be able to solve the mystery about her brother and friends before she end up dead too.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Yes, I Can See Dead People is a 2008 Hong Kong horror film directed by Lee Kwong-yiu, and starring Steven Cheung, Mandy Chiang, Yee Tong, and Yu Gu.
Nam, an apparently normal young man, is not at all your typical teenager. Nam spends a little too much of his leisure time on his computer; and when away from the computer screen, he tries a little too hard to meet the beautiful stewardess who lives in his same building. Mysteriously, in the last couple of days, three of Nam's friends have committed suicide. Not so bad for him, since, as the title of the film suggests, he sees ghosts all the time. However, this recent set of events only seems to foreshadow even more creepier things to come. On one ordinary day, Nam's brother, along with Chee, the stewardess he's got a crush on, begin to act strangely; besides, his visions of ghostly children and other odd apparitions grow more frequent. With the aid of his brother's girlfriend, Charlie, Nam decides to set out an investigation around his haunted building, to uncover its past and, thus help these malevolent spirits cross over and leave his beloved ones alone.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Susuk is a 2008 Malaysian suspense/horror film directed by Amir Muhammad and Naeim Ghalili; and starring Ida Nerina, Diana Rafar, Adlin Aman Ramlee, and Hairie Othman.
The film follows the life of two seemingly different women. In the first place, Soraya, a young nurse who is beginning to feel a little disaffected by her own life. As a chance to be introduced to the world of glamour piques her earlier ambition to be a star, she does not succeed at first, but she is told that the forbidden practice of Susuk can help. However, on her way to succeeding, she has to make a dessision whether to stay the way she is, or cross a misterious line that devides reallity and unhuman life. In the second place, Suzana, a successful and misterious diva with a terrible secret. She has been a practitioner of the black arts and magic for too long. She has apparently succeeded due to her use of a extreme form of Susuk named Keramat. But beauty has a price, and every time Suzana violates a certain taboo, a human life is required to be sacrificed. It will finally come a moment in which the lives of these two women will come cross and the story will get to the true secret of this dreaded charm.
Pamahiin (a.k.a. Superstition) is a 2006 Filipino horror film directed by Rahyan Carlos, and starring Dennis Trillo, Iya Villania, Marian Rivera, Jacklyn Jose, and Paolo Contis.
The movie tells the story of Noah right after he is back in his native Philippines. Fifteen years has passed and Noah has returned to his home town for his friend's funeral as he has committed suicide. Remembering how strong his friend Damian had always been, Noah cannot help but think why he took his own life. Since during their childhood, it was always three of them, Noah is also haunted by a distant childhood memory concerning his other best friend, Becca who apparently has long since left the town. Damian's death starts a series of weird and unexplained deaths and eerie haunting that has even reached Noah's girlfriend, Eileen. Skeptic, and not wanting to believe and accept the fact that superstitions are real, Noah tries to give a more practical explanation for everything until he experiences the haunting himself. Later on, Noah discovers that there is a lot he does not know about his childhood friends and it will be up to him and his girlfriend to stop such nightmare.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Zoo is a 2005 Japanese collection of psychological drama/horror short films. The movie comprises five unrelated stories, all based on Otsuichi's short story collection. It stars Patrick Harlan, Yui Ichikawa, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Ryôko Kobayashi, Miyuki Matsuda, and Sakamatsu Mei.
Kazari and Yoko directed by Ryu Kaneda.
In this first short film, the mother of identical twin sisters, Kazari and Yoko, seems to love only one of her daughters, while abusing and mistreating the other. But one day, when the abused girl decides to break free, things take a shocking and unexpected turn.
Seven Rooms directed by Masaki Adachi.
The second short film tells the story of a young boy and his older sister who find themselves trapped in a small, concrete vault-like room. Soon, they discover that there are seven rooms in all, and each of them has a different female prisoner. As the boy manages to talk to the rest of the prisoners, they find out that on the sixth day of their captivity, each and everyone of them will be massacred. It will be up to the boy and his sister to get out of this place alive and try and save the others.
S.O-Far directed by Komiya Masatetsu.
After what seems to be a tragic traffic accident, a young boy's father is convinced that his mother is dead. But paradoxically, the mother is alive and seems to be convinced that her husband is the one who is dead. The boy is the only person that both father and mother can see, and will be the only one capable of solving such a mystery.
When the Sun Shines (a.k.a Poem Of The Gathering Sunlight) directed by Junpei Mizusaki.
This, the fourth short film, is the only CG animation in the entire film. It is about a lonely man who, while learning about life and death in a world where most of humanity has already died out, decides to develop a female android companion. The man hopes that she will ease some of the loneliness he has felt for many years.
Zoo directed by Hiroshi Ando.
The fifth short film tells about a man who after being ditched by his girlfriend, decides to kill her at an abandoned zoo. The psychotic man, then decides to take pictures of her dead decomposing body everyday.
Friday, July 3, 2009
XX (a.k.a. X-Cross) is a 2007 Japanese horror film directed by Kenta Fukasaku and starring Nao Matsushita, Ami Suzuki, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Ayuko Iwane, and Nozomu Iwao.
Escaping from some personal problems, two young women head to a remote hotspring spa that one of them found on the internet. When they arrive in the place, the girls soon discover that the seemingly quite village is the home of an ancient and strange cult with a fetish for cutting off female legs. As the two friends try to escape such a nightmare, they have to split up and keep in touch via mobile phones. However, it looks like there are some secrets that are still being kept in the girls relation and they will have to trust their instincts if they want to survive their fate.