Monday, May 30, 2011


Dalaw (a.k.a. Visit) is a 2010 Filipino horror film directed by Dondon S. Santos, and starring Kris Aquino, Diether Ocampo and Gina Pareño.

Three years after her husband died, Stella decides to marry another man. Anton, a younger man, was her love even before she was forced to marry Danilo. But right after the wedding, she starts to experience strange visions of a dark figure. She soon realizes that her life is endanger  as well as the people around her. Everything that happens around her seems to point to her dead husband as the culprit in the events. As she starts to feel guilty about her late husband's death, Stella tries to save everyone in her family from the ghost's wrath. To her bad luck, she also begins to suspect her husband is cheating on her with another woman whom he apparently got pregnant. Along the way, a lot of secrets start to unveil and Stella is now unsure of whose haunting she is being victim of, and more important, why she is being haunted.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Kadokawa Mystery & Horror Tales: Volume 1 is a 2005 Japanese horror short films anthology. This is the first in a series of three collections released by Kadokawa Films. Each collection contains three tales by three different directors.

* Mei Nichi [Death Anniversary] (directed by Akaishi Tomoyuki).
This first short stars Mizukami Asami.
The story follows family that moves into their new strange house. Soon after they move, the weakest member of the family, one of the two girls living there with their parents, proves to be very vulnerable to the spiritual forces inhabiting the house. Although mysterious signs slowly emerge, no one in the house realizes the real nature of the malevolence until its strange cycle of curse soon devours the entire family.
* Cruel Kidnapping (directed by Akaishi Tomoyuki).
The story tells about Kamijo, a father whose infant is suddenly kidnapped  and for whom a 3 million yen ransom is asked. At first, he is completely devastated because of his unsuccessful schemes; but, he soon embarks on a foolish and ultimately tragic plot which discards any common sense that is left on him.
* Desire to Kill (directed by Nakanishi Kenji).
All alone in her house, a mother comes face-to-face with a cold-blooded murderer. Determined to protect her only son, she makes a lot of desperate attempts to convince the man to leave them alone. However, the crook has some plans of his own.

Monday, May 16, 2011


Rampo Noir (a.k.a. Rampo Jigoku) is a 2005 Japanese fantasy|horror film directed by Akio Jissoji, Atsushi Kaneko, Hisayasu Sato, and Suguru Takeuchi. The film stars Tadanobu Asano, Yûko Daike and Chisako Hara. The film is compilation of four short stories by four Japanese directors. Each of the segments is an adaptation of stories written in the early twentieth century by Taro Hirai -better known as Rampo Edogawa.

Mars Canal (directed by Suguru Takeuchi).
Within absolute silence, a naked man wanders through a dark and depressing landscape recalling the excruciating details of his last encounter with his former lover. He finally collapses at the edge of a lake that descends, seemingly into the bowels of hell itself.
Mirror Hell (directed by Akio Jissoji).
A series of women are discovered with their faces burnt and skulls charred for no apparent reason, a young detective decide to take over the case and discovers that a unique hand mirror is always found in the scene.
Caterpillar (directed by Hisayasu Sato).
A war hero returns home with no limbs and only his eyesight remaining. His beautiful wife, tired of taking care of him, turns to torturing her crippled husband for amusement.
Crawling Bugs (directed by Atsushi Kaneko).
A sexy actress is returning home from a successful night on stage, until her chauffeur becomes obsessed with her and decides that she should come home with him.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Suicide Manual 2 is a 2003 Japanese drama|thriller film directed by Yûichi Onuma, and starring Nozomi Andô, Yûko Daike, and Katsuya Kobayashi. The film is a sequel (althought in name only) to the 2003 Suicide Manual; both films are based on Wataru Tsurumi's novel The Complete Manual of Suicide.

Around Tokyo, a series of suicide cases have kept the police busy for some days. The main fact linking the suicides, and the reason to believe is a series of planned suicides, is a mysterious DVD that has been found on the victims. When even a police officer's girlfriend falls into depression, she decides to join a cult that promises to help her get cured. In the meantime, the suicides continue and new DVDs appear to be passing around among youngsters who get them looking for the thrill of watching something weird and sick. But, it soon becomes apparent that the cult and the recurrent DVD are somehow connected.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Prayer Beads is a 2004 Japanese horror TV series directed by Masahiro Okano. The complete series comprises a total of 9 stories ranging from horror to fantasy and drama.

*First Bead: Prayer Beads (director: Masahiro Okano).
Miki, a very depressive woman, whose two miscarriages and the mysterious disappearance of her husband keep her very stressed out., receives the visit of friend Hiroko, who herself has become pregnant. Later is revealed that the women are experiencing bizarre hallucinations and there is a mysterious connection among them.
*Second Bead: Vending Machine Woman  (director: Shigehito Kawata).
A couple of youngsters decide to take a field trip on a remote mountain cabin. But since the very first moment they arrive, they learn it is a bad idea to leave the house after dark due to a local superstition. In need of water and refreshment, they head out into the night looking for a store. Soon, they find an old and seemingly abandoned vending machine with a few remaining cans of a certain beverage. Later, the couple realize that the energy drink is more addictive than any other, and it's due to really gruesome reasons.
*Third Bead: It's Me  (director: Naoki Kusumoto)
Yuki and his friend, a couple of yakuza wannabes,  decide to embark on a phone scam in which they target the elderly. The fraud consist on calling and saying "It's me", to which the victim suggests a name. With such name, they make up an emergency that requires the victim to receive money. The finish by stating that someone will collect the cash. However, things go awfully wrong when one of the victims seems to know one of the crooks.
*Fourth Bead: Real (director: Masahiro Okano).
After the strange, self-destructive behavior of one of his co-workers, and his increasing migraines, an otherwise aspiring surgeon finds his career on the edge of breakdown. Following the only way that seems clear to him, he decides to subject himself to back-alley psychedelics whose horrific visions he will soon understand.
*Fifth Bead: Mushroom Hunting (director: Masahiro Okano)Some friends at a chat-room decide to meet for the first time and go on a field-trip into the wild to collect edible mushrooms. After a long drive, they meet an mysterious man who warns them into going to a certain shack apparently inhabited by a witch. To their bad luck, the friends stumble upon the house where they decide to spend the night. Soon, they discover the severity of the mysterious warning.
*Sixth Bead: Eddie (director: Toshikatsu Kubo).When all of a sudden, a cute seal-like creature appears in the Edo River, the locals and the media decide to dub it Eddie. Soon after, people in the surroundings start to go missing to later appear headless. It looks as though little Ikuo, a local kid, is destined to be the only one suspecting there is something wrong about Eddie. 
*Seventh Bead: Echoes (director: Naoki Kusumoto).
After realizing that Yumika, a beautiful young girl, was violently murdered at the hands of a gangster, her grandparents decide to track the thug down an plot revenge. It looks like a rather difficult task, however these old folks have a weapon of uncanny and formidable skills.
*Eighth Bead: Cat's Paw (director: Masahiro Okano).
Young Shota's life is dismal indeed. His father is abusive, his parents fight endlessly, he's bullied at school; but one day, he stumbles upon a children's cartoon that promises special results. The cartoon's main character, a humorous cat-like samurai that goes by the name Nyan-chan, promises a cartoon character boy, also named Shota, to grant three wishes. It is not long until real-life Shota discovers that the cartoon overlaps his own life and that having his wishes granted can have strange results. 
*Ninth Bead: Apartment (director: Masahiro Okano)
In the final Bead, an abusive father and husband brings his family to a breaking point. This final story tries to tie up together all the prior tales as pieces in a puzzle.

Friday, May 6, 2011


White House is a 2010 Filipino horror film directed by Topel Lee, and starring Gabby Concepcion, Iza Calzado and Lovi Poe.

The film is about six young people who join as contestants in a new horror reality show. The winner will get a million pesos. The only condition is to survive for five days inside an abandoned creepy old mansion while dealing with some strange occurrences and ghastly appearances. As the night approaches, they soon realize that their lives are in great danger as it seems that most of what is happening is real.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Midnight FM is a 2010 South Korean thriller directed by Sang Man Kim, and starring Kim Min-Kyu, Su-Ae and Ji-tae Yu.

Ko Sun-young, a very popular announcer and midnight DJ, decides to quit her job and leave to the USA. her plans include taking her ill daughter, Eun-soo, for a surgery. She begins her last day of work with the promise that it is going to be memorable, soe her sister has to babysits her nieces at Ko Sun-young's apartment. Right after she is on the air, Sun-young receives a call from Han Dong-soo who claims to be her fan. He informs her that he has just kidnapped her entire family and if she doesn't play the songs on his list or attempts to call the police, he will kill her family.