Movie Review – The Grotesque Mansion

The Grotesque Mansion Korea (2021) Dir. Jo Ba-Reun Nobody really wants to live in haunted house unless they are ghost hunters or gluttons for punishment. It is usually much later when a building being cursed becomes known -after all, an estate agent isn’t going to say anything! Still, it makes for some fun stories to … Continue reading Movie Review – The Grotesque Mansion

Movie Review – The Snake Girl And The Silver-Haired Witch

The Snake Girl And The Silver-Haired Witch (Hebi musume to hakuhatsuma) Japan (1968) Dir. Noriaki Yuasa Unless you’ve been with your family for your entire formative years, fitting in again after years away is always going to be awkward. Times change and so do people but we tend to hope our kin would be welcoming … Continue reading Movie Review – The Snake Girl And The Silver-Haired Witch

Movie Review – The Untold Story

The Untold Story (Bat sin fan dim: Yan yuk cha siu bau) Hong Kong (1993) Dir. Herman Yau Sometimes, when you watch a brutal film about a sociopathic serial killer the last thing you want to see in the credits is the legend “Based on real events”. The Untold Story is unequivocally one of these … Continue reading Movie Review – The Untold Story

Movie Review – Art Of The Devil 2

Art Of The Devil 2 (Long khong) Thailand (2005) Dirs. Ronin Team Messing around with the black arts to get what you want in life is one of those things they should teach you in school in home economic classes, alongside the usual stuff about cooking, filing in forms, and what have you. At least … Continue reading Movie Review – Art Of The Devil 2

Blu-ray Review – Yokai Monsters Collection

Yokai Monsters Collection (Cert 15) 3 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 79/79/78/124 minutes approx. Release Date – October 18th In case you are not familiar with the term, “Yokai” is an all-encompassing Japanese word for “monster”, commonly used to describe any supernatural creature from Japanese folklore. As staples of Japanese legend, it was … Continue reading Blu-ray Review – Yokai Monsters Collection

Movie Review – Bonsai

Bonsai Chile (2011) Dir. Cristián Jiménez A relationship built on deceit is surely doomed to fail yet people can’t help themselves in spinning the odd white lie to win over the object of their desire. But how far should one be prepared to go in order to keep up the pretence before it gets too … Continue reading Movie Review – Bonsai

Movie Review – Hagazussa

Hagazussa Germany (2017) Dir. Lukas Feigelfeld Ask someone to describe a witch and they will no doubt mention the green skin, messy hair, black pointed hat, evil cackle, and flying broomstick. In the olden days, the criteria for accusing somebody of being a witch was less fussy - basically anyone they didn’t like - and … Continue reading Movie Review – Hagazussa

Movie Review – Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight

Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight (Gam man da song si) China/Hong Kong (2017) Dir. Alan Lo Quite often one comes across a film where the response once it ends is “What the hell?”. This might be because it is a deeply thoughtful, impenetrably symbolic arthouse film, or it is so out there it makes little sense. … Continue reading Movie Review – Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight

Movie Review – Stray Dogs (Sag-haye velgard)

Stray Dogs (Sag-haye velgard) Iran (2004) Dir. Marzieh Makhmalbaf Among the many horror stories in the news at the moment is the return to power of the Taliban in Afghanistan after many years. Their stringent interpretation of Sharia Law has meant misery to many mostly women and children. This daring film takes a look at … Continue reading Movie Review – Stray Dogs (Sag-haye velgard)

Movie Review – Recalled

Recalled (Naeilui Kieok) Korea (2021) Dir. Seo Yoo-Min There are countless stories about amnesiac protagonists plagued by the gaps in their memories. Whilst this is fertile ground for creating tense and often shocking thrillers, they tend to follow a similar path. Is there anything new to add to this genre? Following an accident, Soo-Jin (Seo … Continue reading Movie Review – Recalled