English subbed trailer for VENGEANCE OF AN ASSASSIN

Hot off the proverbial press we’ve just been dropped an English subbed version of the trailer from Panna Rittikrai’s (‘Born to Fight’ and ‘BKO: Bangkok Knockout’) last movie as a director... Vengeance of an Assassin, which will be released in November. Hard core fight action, violence galore and subs, ohhhh we spoil you so! Check it out at the link.

Synopsis: Being an assassin has its rules– always keep your eyes on your target; strict to your mission, execute without any hesitation and there is no room for negotiation! Each killer has his own background, but all of them has trade in their blood and losses. Natee is an assassin who decides to protect a girl whom he was ordered to kill. After they escape to a safe house where he had grown up with his brother Than. He is badly injured but is cured by Doctor Xi Fu a Chinese doctor from the girl’s family. Than falls in love with Ploy at first sight without knowing that Natee also has some feelings towards the girl. Finally, the family is together again and his uncle, Tanom decides to unveil the big secret he has kept about Natee and Than’s parents. But the assassins don’t give them a time to breath. Being focus and utilizing all of their capabilities is the only way to survive. They have to be faster, stronger and hit harder.

 

Vengeance of An Assassin trailer (English subs via subtitles/cc control button)

Hellboy, Robocop, The Punisher and Jaa ply SKIN TRADE

Director Ekachai Uekrongtham (The Coffin) changes direction with his latest venture, a fast-paced collaboration with Thai superstar Tony Jaa. It's been a long time since Jaa had a bona fide hit on his hands, and there's little chance of this one breaking the mould, however, he is joined by some awesome talent.

Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables) shares top-billing with the pintsized wonder, but he's not the only big Hollywood star to make an appearance. Sons of Anarchy regulars are currently seeking new employment, which means the likes of Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and Peter Weller (Robocop) have some free time on their hands.

Michael Jai White, fresh from duties on Arrow, more than makes up the numbers in this decent looking action movie. Set in and around Bangkok, we'll bring you more information when we have it. For now though, check out the impressive trailer. Guilty pleasures don't come around that often these days...

Synopsis: After his family is killed by a Serbian gangster with international interests. NYC detective Nick goes to S.E. Asia and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and destroy the syndicates human trafficking network.

Visit THE WORLD OF KANAKO at the London Film Festival

How do you follow up Kamikaze Girls, Memories of Matsuko and Confessions, three of the biggest Japanese films to make it to the UK? If you're Tetsuya Nakashima then why not go in a completely different direction with a pulpy, hard boiled, over-the-top and ultra-violent thriller starring Koji Yakusho, one of the greatest actors of his generation!

Bad cops in cinema. There are your garden variety, on-the-take or displaying a short fuse and violent tendencies. Then there are the crazed nut-jobs whose badge is the only thing keeping them from outlaw status. If you’re partial to the latter, you’re in for a treat. As recently fired detective Akikazu, Kôji Yakusho gives great psychopath on the rampage: drinking, snorting and pillaging with abandon as he tries to uncover the truth about what happened to his angelic teenage daughter Kanako.

Meanwhile, through the flashbacks of a besotted fellow high-schooler, we find that the beguiling Kanako harboured her own share of darkness. Below is a list of screenings, venues and dates this month at the London Film Festival, and be sure to check out the trailer below. You can pur-chase tickets here.

October 13th - 8:45pm at the Hackney Picturehouse with director Q&A

October 15th - 3:30pm at the Vue West End with director Q&A

October 19th - 8:45pm at the Rich Mix Cinema

Fantasy horror BLACK BUTLER arrives in the UK

Kentaro Otani & Keiichi Sato’s Live action version of Black Butler (that has already been adapted for theatre, anime, books and video games) is set for a UK (theatrical no less!) release this very month, and we’ve just been dropped the link to a brand spanking new UK trailer. BLACK BUTLER hits UK cinemas on 17th October.

Synopsis: Mummified dead bodies of various dignitaries from around the world are being discovered, a mysterious tarot card left beside them at the scene. The world is headed towards chaos... Kiyoharu is the young head of the Genpo noble family, owners of a massive toy manufacturing enterprise. He also functions as a secret watchdog for the Queen, a service that his family has provided for generations. The Queen orders Kiyoharu to solve the mummification incidents, and he starts to investigate. He is supported by his perfect butler, Sebastian, who is actually a demon. Kiyoharu has been hiding his true female identity since his parents’ tragic death 10 years earlier. In return for perfect service to his master in public and private, Sebastian will receive his master’s soul after Kiyoharu achieves revenge for the murder of his parents. Who is really behind the serial mummification deaths? Will Kiyoharu finally find out who killed his parents?

 

THE VISITOR: Blu-Ray Review

Review: Adam Wing.

Any film that opens with a conversation between Jesus Christ and a room full of bald children has to be worth watching, right? The Visitor combines stunning imagery with devilish set-pieces, alongside a top-notch cast including John Huston, Mel Ferrer, Shelley Winters and Franco Nero as Jesus. That's right, Jesus! Who could ask for more? The first exchange is priceless. When Jesus asks a mysterious stranger (The Visitor), "Has it happened again?" The Visitor replies, "Her name is Katy Collins and she will be eight years old". Then, quite brilliantly, an overzealous soundtrack kicks in, rocking the TV speakers for all their worth. Be warned. It won't be the last time this happens.

A bizarre mix of The Exorcist, The Omen and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Visitor certainly has its fair share of haters, humorously dubbed by critics as ‘a turkey made of cement’. Yet it has recently gone on to become something of a cult classic in its own right. That's why we can look forward to this newfangled Blu-ray release courtesy of Arrow Film. "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. But we must have that power." I'm not going anywhere with that line of dialogue, I just really like it.

Before we move on however, let's get back to that delirious musical arrangement. It's almost as though they lifted the soundtrack from a 70s exploitation picture starring Pam Grier. There's genius at work here because it encourages you to pay close attention even when nothing is happening on screen. There's a 'nail biting' scene half way through the movie where one of the main characters is undergoing a delicate surgical procedure. It should be tense and terrifying stuff, but there's a small problem. For some reason the scene plays out to the theme tune from an 80s cop show. It's completely out of place but ridiculously entertaining all the same...Continue review.

The Visitor trailer

Times aren’t hard for THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN

The Incredible Melting Man is the ‘70s cult classic that saw special effects legend Rick Baker (Thriller, An American Werewolf in London, Men in Black) lend his hand to another memorable horror creature. The new Blu-ray and DVD editions arrive in time for Halloween on 13th October 2014. Originally starting life as a comedy under the title The Ghoul from Outer Space, The Incredible Melting Man has had remarkable staying power due to the credible comedic performances given by nearly everyone in the cast.

Of course, the effects from Baker still manage to turn one’s stomach decades after they were put on film. Additionally, the score by Arlon Ober (and the Cosmic Consort Orchestra) provides a pitch-perfect accompaniment to the on-screen action. Finally, the film looks darn good. Some viewers have complained about the lighting being flat but the restored print makes the film look as good as it ever could be. The movie includes an audio commentary with writer/director William Sachs, a Super-8 digest of the film, an interview with legendary make-up artist Rick Baker and an interview with William Sachs.

Synopsis: When spacecraft Scorpio V returns to Earth following a mission to Saturn, two of the crew are dead and the third, astronaut Steve West, is in a critical condition. Critical, that is, until he rises from his hospital bed to bite chunks out of a nurse before escaping into the surrounding countryside. The authorities set about trying to track Steve down before he claims any other victims, but they don’t know the really bad news yet – Steve is also highly radioactive!

The Incredible Melting Man Trailer

The Phoenix is proud to present FRIGHTARAMA 2014

If you're in the Leicester area this Halloween be sure to check out The Phoenix cinema art cafe bar. Their annual Frightarama takes place on October 31st, with tickets priced at £25. The all night horror movie marathon returns with five fiendish films to take you through till dawn. Take blankets, sleeping bags, crucifixes, garlic, silver bullets, pyjamas, whatever you think will get you through till dawn. Who will survive, and what will be left of them? Time will tell I guess.

The evening kicks off with The Omen, Richard Donner's masterpiece of creeping terror. Film two is yet to be confirmed but it's likely to be [REC], a film that needs to be seen in the dark and on the big screen. Following a fire-crew on a routine call out to an apartment block, a Spanish camera crew soon become trapped in with something terrifying. Argento's 1977 favourite, Suspiria, is an almost overwhelming nightmare of colour and sound. It's also film number three.

Film four is proud to present Dirty Harry... Only Hairier. Wolf Cop is the perfect film for around 4am! After being cursed, alcoholic Cop Lou is transformed into a werewolf in this gleefully insane Canadian comedy-horror. And finally, a film that needs no introduction, but it will get one anyway. A psychotic murderer escapes his asylum and stalks a young girl in John Carpenter’s masterful horror, Halloween. So there you have it. You can book your tickets here, food and beverages are available at the bar and unlimited coffee is yours for £2, finished off with a breakfast bap in the morning. Happy haunting...

KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE is a kind of magic on HK DVD

For those of you who aren't familiar with it, Kiki's Delivery Service is a live action take on Studio Ghibli's 1989 animated feature, directed by Japan's very own Uncle Walt, Hayao Miyazaki. The new film is based on the children's fantasy novel "Kiki's Delivery Service" by Eiko Kadono, first published in 1985 by Fukuinkan Shoten. In a surprising change of pace, The Grudge director Shimizu Takashi has adapted this enchanting story - about a girl who comes to terms with her magical power - into a charming live-action film.

With a script co-written by Shimizu and Okudera Satoko (Summer Wars), the new Kiki's Delivery Service stars newcomer Koshiba Fuka as Kiki, a young witch who flies to a seaside town to complete her training. The film is available now on English subtitled DVD. It won't set you back too much either because the Hong Kong version is available to buy here now. The question is, will it cast a spell on you like the animated version did all those years ago?

Synopsis: To earn a living, Kiki decides to use her flying ability to start a delivery service. However, Kiki's power is misunderstood by the townspeople, some of whom are scared by Kiki's magic.

The Vault: AN EMPRESS AND THE WARRIORS

When Princess Feiyin (Kelly Chen) takes her place on the thrown, all hell breaks loose. Before he died, her father the king had wanted Donnie (that would be Muyong Xuehu) to take charge, but some of his followers were miffed that he would want a bastard orphan to take his thrown. So they give it to a girl instead and hey, that's okay right? Well no actually. Some of Yan's army don't like the idea of being controlled by a woman either (happens to us all in the end) and fear that his control will be taken from them. Either that or they'll be listening to Kelly Clarkson songs before the day is out. Out of jealousy, the Commander-in-chief dispatches warriors to assassinate Feiyin.

An Empress And The Warriors wastes no time out of the blocks. The opening act is chock full of glorious action, sporadic drama and thumping training montages, as Donnie (it's easier to type) teaches Kelly to become a proper warrior. Donnie is usually topless of course, Kelly on the other hand is not. The production values are high and the pace is swift. Then act two kicks in. It's here that the tone of the film changes dramatically. The Princess and Duan fall in love, I don't have a problem with that, but do we really need a barrage of sappy love songs, sickening balloon rides and log fire sex scenes? Bloodshed, violence and, um, musical interludes set amongst the clouds… did somebody say this was a Donnie Yen movie!?!

Kelly Chen is miscast as the Empress who will unite a kingdom but she was made for sickening romance. I mean blossoming. Obviously. Saying that, I kind of liked the shift in tone. So many martial arts movies take themselves too seriously these days. I certainly cared more about the characters in A.E.A.T.W. than I did in, say, The Banquet. Realism may have been forfeited for the sake of entertainment but when exactly did 'being entertained' become a criticism anyway? Flesh is exposed, slow-mo camera angles are deployed, fiery mane is unleashed and An Empress And The Warriors finds its feet again. So leave your expectations at the door and enjoy the ride. Balloon optional. Just don't be surprised when the all powerful Empress turns into a sulky, lustful teenager who shouldn't be fronting a girl band, let alone an army.

Trailer and synopsis for THE EYES DIARY

Last month we dropped you the news that director Chukiat Sakweerakul (helmer of the superb movie ‘13 Beloved’ (aka 13 Game of Death) was back in the horror game, and today the production company SahaMongkol Film very kindly dropped us a line, with a very full synopsis and a link to the (English subbed no less!) trailer for The Eyes Diary.

Synopsis: When "Death" begins to proof how much "Love" is worth. It has been three months since Nott (Punjan) become full of sadness and suffering like he has never been. It's because that one night that cause him to lose Pla (Focus) his beloved girlfriend in the motorcycle accident. He wants to forget but can not, his hear is full of guilt and sorrow that his heart almost burst with grief. The only way for him to get through this is to meet Pla again in her afterlife. He tries to find a way to see ghost. Finally, he decides to join the emergency crew volunteer and secretly picked up the belongings of the dead ones for himself. He thinks that by doing that, he will be able to see ghosts, then he will be able to see Pla. However, things are not that simple. Nott has never met any ghost while his house mate see them all the time until no one dares to stay in the house anymore Only Motta (Maeko) his friends seem to understand him and is always ready to stand with him. John (Jack) his friend at the volunteer foundation tries to tell him not to ask for problem, seeing spirits are not things to be taken lightly. Nott does not listen to Jack because Nott wants to tell Pla something. Nott elevates his challenges to confront with all the haunting spirits so they might lead him to Pla. Will he be able to meet Pla as hoped? Will he be able to tell Pla what he wants to? Because he has never expected that everything that is happening is under Pla watchful eyes.

The Eyes Diary trailer

The Vault: ALONE

Worthy scare-fests like Shutter, Coming Soon and Phobia took the world by surprise, sneaking up on unsuspecting cinema audiences and slaying them with well-timed scares and short, sharp shocks. Much like the ghost at the heart of the tale, they succeeded in getting under the skin of the movie going public. There was a time when we couldn't get enough of them, a time when coming out from behind the sofa wasn't even an option. Times change however and conformity rears its ugly head. In a world besieged by substandard horror movies, some films just don't cut it anymore. Which is why it felt like a good time to revisit Alone, to see if it has the same impact now as it did back then.

Of course, Alone didn't feel particularly fresh in 2007 either. Not only had we been there and done that, we'd also been chased through the woods wearing the blood-stained tee-shirt. If you've yet to see the movie, do yourself a favour, don't watch the trailer first. All the best bits are ruined by the trailer and believe me, there are some moments to savour in Alone. Pim and her husband return to Thailand to care for her dying mother. When they arrive Pim is haunted by visions of a past she tried to forget. Of a twin sister she was very attached too, both literally and figuratively, and a tragic upbringing she had hoped to leave behind.

Parkpoom Wongpoom and Banjong Pisanthanakun orchestrate memorable set-pieces throughout, but Alone isn't nearly as scary as it ought to be. Perhaps familiarity is to blame, because there's still plenty to enjoy if you're willing to overlook the monotony. The build up is full of promise and some of the imagery is sublime. However, repetitive scare tactics are likely to frustrate and the twist in the tale can be seen a mile off. It's an interesting story though and the two directors know how to keep an audience engaged, even if it does see them repeating the same tricks over and over. Technically impressive but lacking the suspense of Shutter, Alone is a worthwhile venture if you're new to horror, but seven years is a long time in film and this one creaks when it should be creeping.

David Cronenberg is sending us SHIVERS in HD!

Arrow Video is set to release David Cronenberg’s debut 1975 feature, Shivers, one of the most controversial and ground-breaking horror films ever to escape from the wilds of Canada. Drawing influences from works as diverse as Night of the Living Dead (1968), J.G. Ballard’s novel High-Rise (1975) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Shivers will be available on Blu-ray & DVD and as an exclusive Blu-ray Steelbook from 13th October

The film follows the chilling story of a modern apartment complex overrun by a sexually transmitted parasite that insidiously spreads throughout the building’s population, turning the tenants into sex-obsessed zombie-like killers. This new release boasts a host of exciting features including a brand new documentary, Parasite Memories, which features interviews with stars Barbara Steele, Allan Kolman and Lynn Lowry, special effects genius Joe Blasco and film critic Kier-La Janisse.

Synopsis: Starliner Island is an idyllic community. Cut off from the rest of the world, the luxury apartment block affords its occupants the chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. But this isolation is to prove fatal when a new breed of parasite – a combination of aphrodisiac and venereal disease which arouses sexual aggression in its hosts – is let loose in the building, resulting in an orgy terror and mayhem.

Shivers Trailer

Arrow Films Website

THE VISITOR knocks on the door of High Definition

Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the release of the 1979 B-movie sci-fi/horror mash-up The Visitor, available on Blu-ray & DVD from 6th October. A bizarre blend of The Exorcist, The Omen and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Visitor was criticised and humorously dubbed ‘a turkey made of cement’, yet it has recently gone on to become something of a cult classic in its own right. The Visitor combines stunning imagery, incredible set-pieces alongside a truly jaw-dropping cast list which includes John Huston, Mel Ferrer, Shelley Winters and Franco Nero appearing as Jesus! That's right. Jesus.

The Visitor is the ultimate experience in B-movie madness from Ovidio G. Assonitis, producer extraordinaire and director of such deliciously guilty pleasures as Beyond the Door and Tentacles. Described by various sources as “one of the most mind-altering cinematic experiences of the 1970s” and “the Mount Everest of insane ‘70s Italian movies”, The Visitor brings together an astonishing ensemble cast in a hallucinatory intergalactic tale of a demonic little girl and her pet hawk.

Synopsis: At first glance, Katy Collins is just like any other normal 8-year-old girl – but appearances can dangerously deceptive. As it turns out, Katy is the Earthly incarnation of an ancient evil by the name of Sateen – an intergalactic supernatural entity who was vanquished many light years ago. Katy possesses tremendous powers making her capable of great destruction – powers which some are keen to eradicate, and some to harness…

HERO OF SHAOLIN dubsteps out on DVD

I know what you're thinking. Not the old 'fearless kung fu monks battle ninjas to deliver a sacred transcript' storyline again! A heady dose of monks vs. ninjas, what's not to love? The 80s kung fu classic returns to UK audiences next month in its old school English dubbed incarnation. So get the beers on standby and revel in the delights of 80s video cool.

Directed by Cheung Kei and Dai Che, and starring Alexander Lo Rei (Wu Tang vs. Ninja, Shaolin vs. Ninja, Shaolin vs. Lama, Shaolin Dolemite, Mafia vs. Ninja, Ninja in the USA) and Eagle Han Yin (The 36th Chamber: The Final Encounter, Revenge of the Drunken Master), Hero of Shaolin (a.k.a. Ninja vs. Shaolin Guard) comes to DVD in the UK on November 10, 2014 courtesy of Terracotta Distribution.

Synopsis: A troop of monks from the Shaolin Temple embark on a mission to get the Golden Sutra to Tibet after the Shaolin Abbot is killed by their traitorous teacher. They are joined on their quest by a beautiful female warrior, out to avenge her father's death. They traverse forests and mountains on their mission, all the while fighting off deadly ninja assassins, vicious gangsters and even the undead.

Hero of Shaolin Footage

Terracotta Distribution Website

It’s all about the money in FOR THE EMPEROR

This might sound like yet another costume drama but fear not, only the strongest becomes the Emperor. Directed by Park Sang Joon (Bank Attack), the gritty crime action thriller, For the Emperor, brings audiences into the dangerous world of illegal money lending. It's yours to own from October 09, 2014 on Hong Kong DVD and Blu-ray. The film comes with English subtitles, of course, and judging by the bone-crunching trailer, could well be the action fix we're looking for. If you can't wait that long there is also a Korean version on sale six days earlier, but you'll have to pay out a little more if you want to get that version. Check out the trailer below, it's worth it just to see that white dress.

Synopsis: Former baseball player Yi Hwan (Lee Min Ki, Monster) lost everything over match fixing. At his lowest point, he meets loan shark Sang Ha (Park Sung Woong, New World), who sits atop a crime empire. Sang Ha takes Yi Hwan under his wings and into his organization, where Yi Hwan quickly rises to the top of the ranks with his fists. Yi Hwan falls in love with bar owner Yeon Soo (Lee Tae Im, Days of Wrath) but when she mysteriously disappears, Yi Hwan suspects Sang Ha has something to do with it.