Korean horror thriller THE WICKED goes theatrical

First time director Yoo Young-Seon’s The Wicked premiered at this years Jeonju Int Film Festival back in May, and it appears someone more than liked the looks of his debut feature because it’s gone and scored him a threatrical bow, in Korea next month! The Wicked opens on September 11.

Overview/synopsis: Saeyoung is a new employee who eventually stands against Leesun, her stubborn team leader. Leesun is upset by Saeyoung’s behavior, but she soon learns about ominous stories about Saeyoung. As the stories about Saeyoung are revealed one after another, she becomes a source of fear to Leesun. Saeyoung’s stalking-like bullying continues, and Leesun tries to run away from her. In this film, Saeyoung is the character of a devil incarnate.

As the plot unravels, her unlucky past also reveals itself, which nevertheless does not make her less wicked because she is not a character we can easily develops sympathy with. Director Yoo Youngseon does not pay much attention to explain her wicked behavior based on causes and effects. If the plot explains why she does certain evil acts, that is like the minimum safety valve. Instead, this film focuses on elaborating her evil acts. Saeyoung is angry about that fact that no one has ever loved her and finally succeeds in destroying people around her just because they are loved by somebody. Going beyond the boundary of thriller films, the director seems to try to transmit the strange energy of Saeyoung to the audience. Considering the Korean society that is becoming more and more indifferent to others’agony, this film is all the more realistic with the story of a victim turning into a terrifying assailant. (Kim Youngjin)

Nothing Infernal about REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS

Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) is back in familiar territory with his latest movie, an American crossover that - judging by the intense trailer - could be one of the films of the year.

Justin Chon (The Twilight Saga) and Kevin Wu (Rock Jocks) take centre stage, along with the almighty, all conquering Ray Liotta, whose always at his best in this genre of filmmaking. US fans get to see this in September, you can check out the trailer at the link below.

Synopsis: Revenge of the Green Dragons follows two immigrant brothers, Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu), who survive the impoverished despair of New York in the 1980s by joining Chinatown gang "The Green Dragons". The brothers quickly rise up the ranks, drawing the unwanted attention of hard-boiled city cops. After an ill- fated love affair pits Sonny against his own brother, he sets out for revenge on the very gang who made him who he is.

 

Revenge of the Green Dragons Trailer

Because you know it makes sense SHARKNADO 2 on DVD

Because, sometimes things just...are, and they are too dumb to resist. Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment have announced the UK release of Anthony C. Ferrante’s SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE, which sees the return of Ian Ziering and Tara Reid from the cult hit SHARKNADO.

Frankly it’s all insanely stupid, but thankfully noone is taking themselves at all seriously, and it looks redicuously fun. SHARKNADO 2 arrives on UK shores in November.

Synopsis: Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering, Sharknado, 90210) and his ex-wife April (Tara Reid, Sharknado, American Pie) are flying to New York City when their plane enters the most unnatural of storms and is battered by airborne sharks. As blood is shed and passengers are maimed in the skies, New York awakens and people spill onto the streets, unaware of the peril descending rapidly towards them. Armed with weapons and explosives, Fin realises he must risk all to save his sister’s family from the greatest of danger as floods and storms crash into the city. From the makers of cult hit Sharknado, comes an adventure sequel full of screams, bloodbaths and bite. The sharks are back.

 

First there was INK. Now look who’s in THE FRAME

In 2011 we reviewed a little known, low-budget sci-fi movie called InkInk’s creation was anything but typical. None of the big studios picked the film up for distribution in the US, so Double Edge Films pitched the movie directly to independent cinemas, DVD, Blu-ray and online distribution by themselves. It was a move that worked, because Ink became one of the most downloaded movies on file sharing torrent sites (400,000 times in a single week), exposing the film to a much larger audience in the process.

If you've yet to see Ink, believe us, it's about time you did. It’s not always an easy watch, but the world of Ink comes together like the words on a page. Ambitious, dreamlike and compulsive viewing from start to finish, Ink writes its name at the very top of Independent filmmaking. You can check out our full review here.

Well, Jamin Winans is at it again. His new feature is called The Frame and the trailer looks fantastic. As with Ink, the producers are hoping that positive word of mouth will give their movie the exposure it deserves. It worked with Ink and if the trailer for The Frame is anything to go by, they could well have another hit on their hands. Little is known about the plot right now, but that's probably a good thing, because the less you know about both Ink and The Frame the better. We'll be keeping you up to date with the film's progress and subsequent release info, but for now take a look at the trailer and if you haven't seen Ink yet, what are you waiting for?

Third Window Films offer us a LESSON OF EVIL

Cult legend Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Audition) brings us one of his most audacious films to date, Lesson of Evil. A dark thriller mixing incredibly black comedy about a school teacher on the rampage. Out September 29th on DVD & Blu-ray, you can support future releases from Third Window Films by pre-ordering from their Amazon Store at the link below. The DVD and Blu-ray release include a two hour long 'Making Of' and the new UK Trailer.

Synopsis: Cool and charismatic English teacher Seiji Hasumi (Hideaki ITO) is popular with students and teachers alike. He inspires trust and respect from his class, greeting many with an affectionate, if irritating, ruffle of the hair. But his actions soon take a turn, revealing something dark behind that charming smile. Students become suspicious when friends slowly start to disappear, but little do they know that absolute jaw-dropping carnage is just around the corner.

 

Pre-order at the Amazon Store

Lesson of Evil Trailer

Kung Po Flesh is on the menu in EVIL FEED

You are what you eat. That's how the tagline reads. Evil Feed is a new low budget horror movie that certainly has our full attention at 24FPS. The Long Pig Restaurant, known in the underground world for its cannibalistic cuisine, has a new attraction. The Pit of Gore is where blood thirsty customers get to watch their prospective meals being tenderized, as captured elite fighters are forced to battle to the death for their 'tendertainment'.

Part of me suspects the filmmakers came up with that word first and the rest of the movie just fell into place. The trailer looks pretty damn cool though, offering up an over the top blend of laugh out loud action, comedy and gore. Directed by Kimani Ray Smith, written by Aaron Au, Smith and Jana Mitsoula, and starring Laci J Mailey, Terry Chen and Alyson Bath, Evil Feed serves up a fine feast of sex, violence and severed limbs.

Our review copy came with a menu and recommendations from Jeffrey Dahmer, who went on record to say it's his favourite place to eat. Then there's Hannibal Lecter, who claims the food at The Long Pig Restaurant is "a taste sensation". You really can't argue with that. The house special, by the way, is Nipple Tartare. Though you might want to stay away from the 'Dicky Roll'. Evil Feed is available to watch On Demand & Digital from August 25, 2014. We'll be reviewing it over the next few days so check out the trailer and see if it whets your appetite.

New trailer for KILLERS

We covered pretty much evvvverrrrything you need to know about the UK release of the ‘Mo Brothers’ noir-esque serial killer thriller...Killers...last month, but we thought it well worth a reminder that it hits UK DVD shelves on September 1. Just for the sheer hell of it, they’ve released a new version of the trailer for the DVD bow, check it out via the linkage.

 

 

 

 

Killers UK trailer

In a Nutshell: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Before production began on the penultimate part of phase two, GOTG seemed like a risky venture for Marvel, asking audiences to invest in a rag-tag bunch of reluctant heroes unfamiliar to all but the faithful. Chris Pratt seemed light-years away from becoming a household name, Vin Diesel had been cast as a talking tree, and arguably the film's most bankable star, Bradley Cooper, was to voice the part of a gun-toting raccoon. To make matters more intriguing, GOTG had been put in the 'safe hands' of writer/director James Gunn, the creative genius behind Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. Risky, yes. Smart? You better believe it.

Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill (sorry, Star-Lord) finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering a mysterious orb that attracts the attention of a wretched hive of scum and villainy. Kree terrorist Ronan The Accuser (Pace) wants the orb to strike a deal with Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) for destroying planet Xandar, but rather pleasingly, the bad guys play second fiddle to an unapologetic team of A-holes, played with gusto by Zoe Saldana, Cooper, Diesel, Pratt and wrestler turned actor Dave Bautista.

Gunn (Slither) has a lot of work to do if he's to win over the audience with his new breed of heroes, but he nails it, introducing the key players with smarts, style and humour to spare. Sure, Rocket and Groot bag most of the best scenes, but Pratt is no fool when it comes to comedy, and his likeable lead turn keeps the film grounded on the few occasions it threatens to derail. Not that straying off course is a bad thing, because GOTG is at its best when it embraces the weird and wonderful corners of space, and Gunn is certainly no stranger to wild and wacky. Bautista is a welcome surprise too, adding unexpected depth to the role of Drax. Which more than makes up for the one-dimensional villains that surely deserved better? Yes Karen Gillan (Nebula), I'm talking about you.

Fast-paced, delirious and occasionally demented, GOTG still fits the Marvel template that has proved so popular of late, but thanks in large to a change of scenery, a memorable 80s soundtrack and some superb casting, Gunn's space oddity feels both fresh and familiar at the same time. As Gamora points out halfway through, "I am going to die surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy." Sounds like a great idea to me. Over to you Joss.

South Korea sees green and red with THE WICKED

Park Joo-Hee and Na Soo-Yoon go head to head in Yoo Young Seon's latest thriller, The Wicked, following on from Blood Rain (which we liked) and Muoi: The Legend of a Portrait (which we liked not so much). The new film premiered on May 3, 2014 at the Jeonju International Film Festival and is set for release back home on September 11, 2014.

Reviews have been largely positive so far, ranging from "refreshingly original" and "one of the most deeply creepy and wickedly humorous Korean horrors for quite some time", to "Yoo Young Seon creates a tense atmosphere and gets fine performances out of his two leads". Promising stuff it seems. Check out the teaser trailer below, and we'll be sure to keep you posted on all things The Wicked over the coming months.

Synopsis: Se-Young is the new employee at an office. She's a bit awkward and introverted. Her manager is Lee-Sun, who takes a quick dislike to Se-Young's weird personality. Lee-Sun picks on Se-Young in her backhanded ways, but soon finds herself the target of Se-Young's wicked ways.

THE RAID 2 knocks down UK doors from TOMORROW

This one's a no-brainer, and we've certainly given it plenty of coverage over the last few months, but The Raid 2 is (finally) available to own in the UK. As from tomorrow in fact. Director Gareth Evans reunites with star Iko Uwais for the sequel to their cult hit with the acclaimed, action-packed martial arts epic The Raid 2, available on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD August11 (that's tomorrow) from Entertainment One. Is it even better than the first (if that was even possible!) one? You’d better believe it! U.S. fans have already got their hands on a copy, so it would be interesting to see what you guys think. The Raid 2 is one of the biggest releases of the year, if not the. An exclusive digital release has been available this week but we've managed to hold off until now. Did we mention that it's out tomorrow? Really can't wait for this...

Synopsis: Immediately following the events of THE RAID, Rama (Iko Uwais) is forced to reinvent himself as an undercover cop in order to provide protection for his wife and child. Working for the anti-corruption taskforce led by the one person he can trust, Bunawar (Cok Simbara), he is given a mission to engage himself as an enforcer for a local mob boss, Bangun (Tio Pakusodewo). Finding a way in through Bangun's son Uco (Arifin Putra), Rama must hunt for information linking Bangun with police force corruption. All the while, he harbors a dangerous and personal vendetta for revenge and justice that threatens to consume him- and bring both this mission and the organized crime syndicates crashing down.

THE SECOND COMING makes its terrifying debut on DVD

Asian horror makes a terrifying return with director Herman Yau's The Second Coming, available to pre-order on English subtitled DVD after completing the festival circuit. Kenny Wong (Firestorm) and TVB veteran Maggie Shiu are in for a bumpy ride, with Joey Leong (Blood Ties) and Don Li (The Haunted School) completing the tormented family circle. Or, you know, adding fuel to flames of horror cinema. Choice is yours really. The Second Coming is yours to own from August 14. Stay scared.

Synopsis: Ming and his wife Jen lived quiet an ordinary life with their 13-year-old daughter Lucy while their 20 year-old son, Sunny is at medical school overseas. Everything seems just perfect until Ming accidentally knocks Lucy down with his Car on the cusp of her 14th birthday. From then onwards, Lucy’s behaviour turns bizarre. Sunny returns from school to find Ming more and more distant towards his sister. As Jen and Sunny struggle to decipher the cause of it all, Lucy’s increasingly disturbing behaviour escalates into violence. Dark and hidden secrets are unveiled one by one and the family is forced to confront their past, that deep down they have never truly been able to forget or forgive themselves for. The truth is in twist after twist of shocking terror...

New clip of Takashi Miike’s OVER YOUR DEAD BODY

Its Takashi Miike, and its Takashi Miike doing horror. Nuff said! A new clip of his latest opus, Over Your Dead Body has hit the web. Yes its weird, yes it’s bloody, yes its...MIIKE. Over Your Dead Body opens in Japan, August 23. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Over Your Dead Body new clip

Over Your Dead Body English subbed teaser trailer

13 Beloved director returns to horror with THE EYES DIARY

Director Chukiat Sakweerakul’s superb movie ‘13 Beloved’ (aka 13 Game of Death) was for us one of the stand out horror thrillers to come out of Thailand in the last few years, so its all smiles around these parts that we’ve just found out he has a new horror flick in the works titled The Eyes Diary. A mysterious moniker to be sure, and it looks like it will remain a mystery a little longer, as all we have be able to track down so far is some teaser art. Definitely more when we get it!  

 

Our review of 13 Beloved

13 Beloved trailer

14 BLADES finally arrives in the USA

The phrase “better late than never” does spring instantly to mind, but if you’re a Donnie Yen fan in the US, who didn’t get bored of waiting and picked it up from pretty much anywhere else in the world, the Donmeisters 2010 Wuxia fight fest 14 Blades is finally landing on your shores. It’s in (no doubt a very limited number) theatres August 22, then it drops onto DVD in September.

Got there in the end! Watch it, its gooooood.

Synopsis: Trained in clandestine combat from childhood, the Jinyiwei were masters of the 14 Blades. Above the law and with a license to kill, they devoted their lives and lethal prowess to the service of the Emperor alone. When the Imperial Court is taken over by evil eunuch JIA, the best of the Jinyiwei, QINGLONG is assigned to steal a list identifying those still loyal to the Emperor. Unbeknownst to Qinglong, the Jinyiwei have fallen under the control of Jia, and during the mission he’s betrayed and barely escapes with his life. Now the most wanted man in the land Qinglong must seek out and rally the loyalists to rise against Jia and restore the Emperor to power. In his way are the deadliest assassins in the land, his former brethren, the Jinyiwei.

 

FIRESTORM arrives on U.S DVD

Hong Kong action icon Andy Lau stars in Director Alan Yuen’s (Princess D) action-packed crime thriller FIRESTORM, and it lands on U.S Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Sept. 23. Rounding out the cast are Michael Wong (Triple Tap), Ray Lui (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Ka Tung Lam (Drug War, IP Man), Jun Hu (Bodyguards & Assassins), Chen Yao (Caught in the Web), Vincent Sze (Vengeance), Chi-yin Wong (Life Without Principle) and Shing-Ban Lam (Young and Dangerous: Reloaded).

Cop dramas are bread ‘n’ butter to the HK film industry, and something they always do well. Add to that Mr Lau presence, and we reckon you’ve got a sure “fire” (ahem) bet on your hands here!

Synopsis: A storm is heading toward the city of Hong Kong, threatening the lives of everyone in its path. As citizens scramble for cover, a crew of seasoned criminals stage a series of armoured car heists in broad daylight, showing no mercy to anyone who gets in their way. Hardboiled police inspector Cao Nam (Andy Lau) has had enough. He vows to take back his city, but quickly learns that regular police tactics are no match for the thieves’ unmerciful brutality. The more Nam pursues them, the more unhinged he becomes - and the savage confrontation brewing in the streets may leave an aftermath even more horrifying than the devastating effects of nature itself.

Read our review of Firestorm