Monday, August 31, 2009
Hantu Jamu Gendong is a 2009 Indonesian horror film directed by Koya Pagayo and starring Julia Pérez, Dimas Aditya, and Fendi Trihartanto.
A young woman who is desired by many men around her small town disappeared one day without a trace. Now her spirit wanders in the area, scaring everybody. It is also said, that if people go around the area with an egg in a glass saying Jamu Ne, she would appear. Kafka, a young student, who is rather skeptic about the whole story, starts seeing the ghastly images after one of his friends died apparently haunted by the ghost. Even his friends Meisya and Andi get to experience the wrath of the spirit. It seems that it is up to Kafka to go out and solve the mystery of the ghost and her reasons to be haunting them.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Battle Royale II: Requiem (BRII) is a 2003 Japanese action/thriller directed by Kenta Fukasaku/Kinji Fukasaku, and starring Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ai Maeda, Shugo Oshinari, Ayana Sakai, Haruka Suenaga, Yuma Ishigaki, and Miyuki Kanbe. The movie is the sequel to the 2000 controversial film Battle Royale.
Three years have past after the events in Battle Royale; Shuya Nanahara, the survivor of the firts BR is now a well-known terrorist with only one thing in mind bringing down the adults. To find and annihilate the so-called terrorists, the adults order the creation of the Battle Royale II program. To accomplish their mission, they send a class of junior-high students to catch and kill Nanahara and all of his allies. However, when the BRII team meets Nanahara and his comrades, they discover what his real plans are and decide to join him in his crusade. Of the forty new members who entered the island, only a few get to join Nanahara and his Wild Seven.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Ju-On: Old Lady In Black is a 2009 Japanese horror film directed by Ryûta Miyake, and starring Akina Minami, Hiroki Suzuki, Mihiro, Aimi Nakamura, and Marika Fukunaga. The Film is the sixth installment in the Ju-On series that started in 2000.
Once again creepy things begin to happen in the suburbs and strange visions appear everywhere. This time the events take place at a seemingly familiar house, where five members of a family are brutally and methodically murdered. It is later known that the assassin also killed himself, leaving behind a cassette recorder at the scene on which he can be heard saying, that he will come back, and some other phrases in unison with a strange female voice. It is later revealed that voice belongs to a victim of the family massacre, his young sister and a very close friend of a girl named Akane, who has a strong sense of the supernatural. Seven years after the events, Akane begins seeing visions of a female ghost wearing a yellow hat and red satchel. Some other people around the city, also experiment creepy visions but this time is an old lady in white who seems to be lurking in the dark.
The House is a 2007 Thai film directed by Monthon Arayangkoon and starring Intira Jaroenpura, Chutcha Rujinanon, and Chamanun Wanwinwatsara.
Chalinee, a young reporter, inspired by true story of three horrible homicides that happened to three women in different times, decides to find out the truth of the mysterious murder cases. She intensively starts searching for clues until finally arriving at the house where the crimes started. The house she discovers is the same house where three women were killed by their lovers. Soon after Chalinee steps inside the house, weird things begin to happen and she senses that there is someone or something following her everywhere she goes. What Chalinee does not know is that she will end up being more involved in the cases that she would have ever imagined.
Dumplings is a 2004 Hong Kong horror/drama film directed by Fruit Chan, and starring Miriam Yeung, Bai Ling, and Tony Leung Ka Fai. The film is an expansion from a short segment in the 2004 horror compilation Three...Extremes.
As in the original short, the film tells about an old retired actress who finds a woman who sells some sort of special dumplings that are said to help you rejuvenate. Even though the woman finds out what the dumplings are made of and the gruesome secret behind them, she continues to consume them and finally enjoys their taste. At the end, her hunger for youth and beauty will take her to the limits of sanity.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
4bia (a.k.a. Phobia) is a 2008 Thai horror film directed by Youngyooth Thongkonthun, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom, and Paween Purikitpanya; and starring Laila Boonyasak, Pongsatorn Jongwilak, Maneerat Kham-uan, Kantapat Permpoonpatcharasuk, Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, Witawat Singlampong, and Chon Wachananon. The film is an anthology divided into four short films directed by four different directors.
Happiness; directed by Youngyooth Thongkonthun: The first short fill tells about a young woman, who after a car accident is stuck in her apartment with a cast on her leg. The girl communicates with the outside world via text messages. One day, she begins to receive text messages from a stranger, who seems friendly enough and wants to become friends with her. After the stranger decides to share pictures with the girl, things become really spooky and she will end up crying for survival.
Tit for Tat; directed by Paween Purikitpanya: The second story is a tale of black magic and vengeance. A young boy is constantly bullied by a school gang but the payback time will eventually come and the bullies will be sorry for their deeds.
In The Middle; directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun: While camping on a remote camping around a lonely jungle, four young men begin to tell ghost stories to entertain themselves. However, after some minutes, one of them becomes frightened by their own stories. Eventually, they begin to fight over who gets to sleep in the middle of the tent as they believe, is the safest and most secure spot to sleep; at least, that is what they think.
The Last Flight; directed by Parkpoom Wongpoom: In the fourth tale, Pim, a flight attendant, goes on a charter flight for a princess. But, what was supposed to be an ordinary flight turns into a tragedy as the princess develops an allergic reaction to some shrimp she ate. After her royal house requests that her body needs to be repatriated for her funeral, Pim is required to remain on the plane and escort the body, who is, by the way, the only passenger on the return flight.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Evil Dead Trap is a 1988 Japanese horror film directed by Toshiharu Ikeda and starring Miyuki Ono, Aya Katsuragi, and Hitomi Kobayashi.
A late night show hostess named Nami receives a video tape for her program; it appears to be a real snuff film shot in the same city as her show. Nami and her crew decide to investigate the location and the truth behind the tape. They embark on a journey towards the place where Nami meets a naive looking-man who is searching for his brother. Even though the man warns her to stay away, Nami decides to keep investigating in the place. However, as she gets closer to unveil the truth, she and her friends are subjected to a brutal nightmare and all of them begin to be killed one by one. At the end, only Nami will stay alive to try and solve the mystery.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Arang is a 2006 South Korean horror film directed by Ahn Sang-hoon, and starring Kim Hae-in, Jeong Won-joong, Song Yoon-ah, and Lee Dong-wook.
So-young a young detective is back on duty after being suspended for some time due to an incident involving a suspect. She is assigned a rookie detective as her new partner. Their first case together is an incendiary homicide case. While Hyun-gi, the young new partner, is all the time goofing around and distracting So-young, she, on the other hand, senses that there is something wrong in the case as it seems that there is something else involved. Later on, they discover that their current case is somehow related to the mysterious death of a girl ten years ago. Now, So-young starts to experience weird nightmares in which a girl in white appears before her. As the serial killings continue, So-young is hinted towards a common pattern in the cases which will eventually uncover a much horrible secret.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Grotesque is a 2009 Japanese horror film directed by Kôji Shiraishi, and starring Hiroaki Kawatsure, Tsugumi Nagasawa, and Shigeo Ôsako.
The film tells the story of Kazuo and Aki who, after having a nice conversation at a Tokyo cafe, are followed and ultimately kidnapped by a sadistic psychopath. Some hours later, after they were hit in the back of their head and went unconscious, Aki and Kazuo wake up at a barely lit room. They find themselves tied up and gagged, with no idea about what will happen to them or how they got there. Later on, a weird looking guy appears in the room armed with a set of power tools. Aki and Kazuo's nightmare is about to begin and there is nothing they can do to dodge their fate.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
All Night Long is a 1992 Japanese exploitation film directed by Katsuya Matsumura; and starring Eisuke Tsunoda, Ryôsuke Suzuki, and Yôji Ietomi. The film is the first installment in the original All Night Long movie trilogy.
Right after witnessing the brutal murder of a high school girl, three young men find themselves united by this event and become friends. Just after the events, they decide to make a party to celebrate their success in getting rid of the assassin. But later on, their joy becomes a thirst for blood and vengeance, as a local gang of thugs rape and kill one of the friend's newly-found girlfriend. The three friends decide to take justice in their own hands for which they plan to use extreme violence.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Yeogo Goedam V (a.k.a. A Blood Pledge) is a 2009 South Korean horror film directed by Lee Jong-yong, and starring Oh Yeon-seo, Son Eun-seo, Jang Kyeong-ah, Song Min-jeong, and Yoo Shin-ae. The film is the fifth installment in the South Korean horror film series Yeogo Goedam that started in 1998 with Whispering Corridors.
Soon after Eon-joo's suicide, a lot of strange rumors start to spread around a Catholic all-girl high school. As Eon-joo’s younger sister, Jeong-eon, starts to investigate, she discovers that her sister was one of four girls who made a blood pact to kill themselves by jumping off the roof of the school. However, the other girls are still alive and it seems that all of them share a lot of weird secrets and it will be up to Jeong-eon to clarify the circumstances under which her sister decided to take her own life.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Zibahkhana (a.k.a. Hell's Ground) is a 2007 Pakistani horror film directed by Omar Khan, and starring Ashfaq Bhatti, Rubya Chaudhry, Osman Khalid Butt, and Sultan Billa.
After lying to their parents about going on a field trip, five college students leave their suburb neighborhood on Islamabad and decide to go into the wild. The idea is to go to a concert but they decide to take a weird shortcut. After a while, their van breaks down and they end up in a creepy forest known as The Hell's Ground. There, they become the target of a crazy burqa-wearing killer.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Four Roads To Hell (a.k.a. Tales of Terror From Japan: Four Roads to Hell) is a 2007 Japanese horror film. It consists of a series of 5 minute long short stories, each of them directed by a different director. The film is part of the series Tales Of Terror From Japan.
Another One: directed by Keisuke Toyoshima. A solitary man checks into a hotel, only to discover that he is not alone in the room.
The Men in Black: directed by Keisuke Toyoshima. Two young kids decide to go out and take pictures of what seems to be UFOs; as one of them goes missing, the other one, who took the film from the camera, begins to be harassed by strange-looking all dressed in black men.
Purification Doesn’t Work (or The Bloodied Armor): directed by Hirohisa Sasaki. While working at a prop storehouse, a young girl comes across an old helmet. It appears that it once was worn by an actor who died while wearing it.
Overtime, part 1 & 2: directed by Shunichi Hirano. At a Tokyo office, there is an urban legend among employees, whoever gets to work overtime on a certain day of the month faces a terrible destiny.
Second Round: directed by Wataru Furuta. While working at night, a cab driver finds out that there's something weird going on around the city. First, he is stop by an old lady, his second customer is a young woman and his third customer is middle-aged crazy-looking guy.
A Woman Next Door: directed by Kenji Murakami. A young man is developing a strange obsession about his neighbor who seems to have a weird secret.
Mai’s Voice: directed by Hirono Yamada. After the death of their young daughter, a man and his wife start listening to her voice in strange circumstances.
The Promise: directed by Keisuke Toyoshima. During an afternoon with his grandmother, a young man decides to ask her to return after her death so that he could meet a real ghost. Years later his grandma will fulfill her promise.
He’s Home: directed by Kenji Murakami. Even though it has passed a year since he first moved in with his girlfriend, a man still doesn’t dare to sleep in the same bedroom with her as she is keeping a picture of her deceased husband in the room.
Breath of Mononoke: A woman has to go across a parking lot at night only to witness the mystery behind the place.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Dark Tales Of Japan is a 2004 Japanese horror film. It comprises 5 different unconnected short stories directed by five notable Japanese directors.
The Spiderwoman: directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura; starring Shôzô Endô, Yoshinori Okada, Miyako Yamaguchi, Yoko Maki, Anri Sugihara, and Kanako Fukaura.
In this first short film, a journalist is tracking down a legend of a woman who after an encounter with a spider has become a horrible creature with a growing hunger for human flesh. Without knowing it, the young man will be closer than anybody else to the horrific creature.
Crevices: directed by Norio Tsuruta; starring Shunsuke Nakamura, Shigenori Yamazaki, and Kyusaku Shimada.
While visiting the apartment of a friend that's gone missing, a young man finds that every crack and crevice inside the apartment has been sealed with red tape. After checking in the computer and a video camera, it seems that his friend suffered some kind of nervous breakdown and was completely obsessed with the idea that someone was watching him. It will be up to the young man to find out the truth about his friend's disappearance and the dark secret of the apartment.
The Sacrifice: directed by Kôji Shiraishi; starring Yû Yamada, Moro Morooka, and Megumi Asaoka.
The third story is about a young woman who after receiving a message has to return to her rural home town outside Tokyo; it seems that her mother has fallen sick and wants to see her. Once there, she finds out that her troubles with a stalker might have followed her to her family home. Haunted by a scary childhood memory and the growing fear of the obsessed co-worker who is stalking her, she wakes in the middle of the night only to discover a terrifying truth about her family.
Blonde Kwaidan: directed by Takashi Shimizu; starring Tetta Sugimoto.
A Japanese businessman has to visit Hollywood, California as part of his job. It seems that he has an obsession with natural blond white women. Unfortunately for him, the house he has to stay at is haunted by a blond woman.
Presentiment: directed by Masayuki Ochiai; starring Teruyuki Kagawa and Hijiri Kojima.
The fifth and last tale is about a Japanese businessman who after stealing sensitive data from his employer, boards the elevator to make his escape. When the elevator stops, three unusual passengers are already inside it. The three persons mysteriously display a deep knowledge about himself and what he has juts done. When the elevator suddenly breaks down, a real nightmare begins. The time passes and things become really creepy inside the elevator with his strange company.
Tales of Terror: The Haunted Apartments is a 2005 Japanese horror film directed by Akio Yoshida, and starring Mei Kurokawa, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, and Ayaka Maeda.
Right after her mom's death, Aimi and her father decide to move to a new home. Soon, they find an old apartment building that seems just right for the both of them. But it doesn't take too long until they learn that things are quite abnormal around here. The caretaker tells Aimi about an existent curfew. According to the man, all residents must cross the rope at the entrance in front of the property by midnight, not a second later. Also, nobody can move out until a new tenant has arrived. It seems that everybody who has been brave enough to break the rules have been violently killed. Since the very first day at the apartment, Aimi begins to have visions of a young girl; but when she asks around, her neighbors tell her that there is no other girl living in the building. After further investigations, she learns that the girl is Ai, the daughter of the first owner of the building who lived here 30 years ago; Aimi also learns that Ai vanished one day on her way home from school without a trace. However, as Aimi's curiosity becomes stronger, she is driven to find out more about Ai, and finally discovers that Ai wasn't abducted, but in fact came back to the building the day she apparently disappeared. It appears to Aimi that she can find out the truth about Ai's disappearance, and the disturbing secret that the two girls seemingly share. It will be up to her to stop the haunting and, thus free the rest of the tenants.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
P (a.k.a. The Possessed) is a 2005 Thai horror film directed by Paul Spurrier, and starring Suangporn Jaturaphut, Opal, Pisamai Pakdeevijit, and Manthana Wannarod.
The film tells the story of Aaw, a young girl who lives with her grandmother. Since she was very young, Aaw was taught the arts of magic by her grandma. But one day, as her grandmother falls sick, Aaw is convinced by a neighbor to go to Bangkok to work, and thus be able to buy medicine. While in Bangkok, Aaw, now known as Dau, finds herself working at a go-go bar. Her naivety and innocence are torn apart as she discovers what her job is about. Soon after arriving, Dau finds herself struggling against the hatred of her co-workers. As things become more and more unbearable for her, she decides to use the magical skills her grandmother taught her to get rid of her enemies. However, she has forgotten some of her grandma's main advices and her magic is now getting darker; the consequences for her irresponsible use of black magic are now horrific, and she is gradually losing control as evil is taking over her; and it seems that there is no way to stop her.
Signos (a.k.a. The Sign) is a 2007 Filipino horror film directed by Aloy Adlawan, and starring Luis Alandy, Ricky Davao, Irma Adlawan, Lauren Novero, D.M. Sevilla, Eloisa Yap, Nicolet Bell, and Nancy Castiglione.
Right after receiving a text message telling him that his father had suffered a heart-attack, Luis decides to go back to his home town to visit his dad and his step-family. Upon arrival, Luis meets his dad who looks in perfect condition, and who tells him that he had to go to the doctor for a routine examination. Also, it seems that everybody in the household ignores the text message, and everybody denies having sent it. Although everything seems to be OK at his father's house, Luis soon realizes that a mysterious amount of deaths have been happening around the town. As he doesn't want to leave his dad in such dangerous situation, Luis decides to stay for a little while and try to find out what is happening to the people around them. All the people seem to have died covered in mud, which have called the attention of Luis' childhood friend who has also lost his wife recently. It will be up to Luis to help his family and manage to get out of there alive.