- May 31
- Teaser trail for Norwegian horror DETOUR
- Posted by Deljhp - 31/05/09 at 11:27 AM
After suffering a little bit of an identity crisis back in April, Norwegian horror pic Snarveien aka “Detour” is now back on course and has a teaser (English subtitled no less!) trail of its very own. Check it out at the link.
"Lina and Martin are smuggling cheap booze from Sweden across the border for a wedding party in Norway. At a roadblock, they are told to take a detour, due to an accident. Deep inside the Swedish woods, their car suddenly suffers a tire blowout, and they seek assistance at an abandoned gas station. Soon after, they encounter a girl screaming for help. They assist a policeman in returning the now unconscious girl to a spooky house in the middle of the woods, unaware that they are under constant video surveillance. Unwittingly they have landed leading roles in an Internet snuff film…"
- May 30
- A little more CHAW
- Posted by Deljhp - 30/05/09 at 07:22 AM
It’s very much a variation on a theme, but if the Korean teaser poster and trailer for creature feature Chaw wasn’t enough to whet the appetite of all you schlock horror fans out there, how about the Malaysian one sheet for seconds? As well as a poster, theres also the Malay version of the storyline to be read. Handy.
In a calm and peaceful mountain village Sameri where there has not been a crime for years, the community’s headman dreams about developing the village to bring an economic boost to the town. One day a terribly mutilated dead body is discovered in the grove of the new development and as the news break the entire village descends into a panic. Upon investigation it’s confirmed that the victim, a young girl was murdered and attacked by a cannibalistic wild boar. The villager’s call for the project to be closed but the headman greedy for money ignores the pleas and pushes the project ahead. Soon CHAW attacks again and terrorizes the entire town.
- May 29
- Korean gangster pic KICK THE MOON: DVD review
- Posted by Deljhp - 29/05/09 at 08:32 PM
Director: Kim Sang-jin. Review: Adam Wing.
The term ‘fighting over a girl’ has never been more appropriate, let alone more literal, then here in Kim Sang-jin’s (Attack The Gas Station) quirky Korean comedy Kick The Moon. Gi-dong ( Cha Seung-won) and Young-joon (Lee Sung-jae) went to the same school together, Gi-dong was the tough, cool as a cucumber gang leader at Gangsan High. Young-joon was, well, the kind of vegetable used to make your plate look colourful - that would be tasteless, unwanted and left to rot then. He did get good grades in class though, not many vegetables are known for that. There’s a joke about root vegetables here somewhere but I’ll try to avoid mathematical grocery puns for now. Besides, I don’t really want to get into the whole is it a fruit or vegetable debate.
The kids are all grown up and how things have changed, Gi-dong has left his fighting days behind him to become a well-respected teacher. Young-joon is admired too, but that’s probably because he’ll carve you up into small pieces if you don’t play nice. In a surprising twist of fates it’s Young-joon who became the certified gangster type, and after the two ‘friends’ are reunited it’s not long before they’re at each other’s throats again. Lets not forget though that this is a story about a girl (aren’t they all?), and Ju-ran spends most of her time serving noodles. The rest of her day is devoted to bailing out little brother Ju-sup from the local police station. He’s not getting good grades either, that goes without saying, but he sure does idolise Young-joon. Like his hero, he wants to become a gangster. Not quite sure what his sister would make of that but he spends most of the movie trying to improve his grades (Young-joon doesn’t like thick people) and well, I guess that would be fighting then. You’ve probably gathered by now that there’s more than a little brawling involved in Kick The Moon...Continue reading review.
- May 28
- R2 DVD release date slips on TOKYO GORE POLICE
- Posted by Deljhp - 28/05/09 at 05:57 PM
There’s good and bad news for all you Brits eagerly waiting to get your hands on a copy of Yoshihiro Nishimura’s hugely enjoyable; shock, gore filled, splatter-fest of a horror pic - Tokyo Gore Police. The good – unlike the bare bones U.S release, for the U.K you will be a getting a very spiffy two disc special edition. The Bad – the release date for said spiffyness, has slipped a whopping three months to August. But from reading through the list of extras, it looks like it’s worth the wait.
In the near future, the Tokyo Police Corporation is locked in a bloody war with the "engineers." These genetically modified super-criminals can bio-fuse their open wounds with weapons, turning self-mutilation into a combat form. Ruka, the daughter of the police chief's murdered right-hand man, is now the top engineer hunter. With cold-blooded efficiency she cuts through the psychotic engineers and tracks down their base, a truly bizarre fetish club. Nothing keeps her from her duty, even when she finds out the truth behind her father's death.
• 24 page book
• Making-of Tokyo Gore Police
• Interview with the Director Yoshihiro Nishimura
• Interview with the star Eihi Shiina
• Japanese Premiere
• TV adverts from film
• Original Japanese Trailer
• Original Promo Reel
• UK Trailer
- May 28
- New Image for LA HORDE (aka THE HORDE)
- Posted by Deljhp - 28/05/09 at 07:53 AM
The runaway train of superb scare flicks coming out of France is soon to have a new addition in the form of upcoming Zombie apocalypse movie - La Horde, and we’ve just turned up a new image from the film. Helmed by the relative newcomers Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher the movie has the added kudos of being produced by another big name (no doubt also appearing heavily in the marketing campaign) in French horror - Frontière(s) director Xavier Gens. Cops, crooks and Zombies battling to the undeath high up in an apartment block - whilst Paris burns around them - in a Zombie fuelled apocalypse…..Where do we sign up! Additional pics and behind the scenes trailers can be seen on the films MySpace site. La Horde opens in France in September.
- May 27
- Jay Chou’s KUNG FU DUNK hits U.K DVD!
- Posted by Deljhp - 27/05/09 at 02:11 PM
Jay Chou’s (Initial D, Curse of the Golden Flower) Kung Fu Dunk is heading for release on R2 DVD and Blu-ray in the UK. When it came to a slightly dodgy premise for an action movie - on paper at least - martial arts and Basketball perhaps don’t sound like best of bedfellows - so don’t expect too much in the way of a plot - but for action at least, Dunk delivers the goods in the OTT fun and fights dept. KFD is on sale from July 13th.
Synopsis: Orphaned from birth, Jay is raised in a martial arts school, and becomes a prodigious master in the ancient art of Kung Fu. When he is expelled for overshadowing his teachers in an epic showdown, he quickly learns that lightning fast reflexes are good for more than just fighting, and agrees to play for the college basketball team in exchange for information on his long-lost family. After a dazzling display of backboard-breaking slam-dunks, alley-oops and gravity-defying circus-shots, he emerges triumphant as the team’s new star-player. However, when faced with a headlong race to the finals against a team of legendary brutality, he soon discovers that skill alone will not bring home the gold.
Discs special features:
• Original Theatrical Trailer
• Interview Gallery
• Behind the Scenes
• Lost Scenes
• Just for Fun
- May 26
- Now including chainsaws. New trailer for CARRASCO RIDER
- Posted by Deljhp - 26/05/09 at 05:40 PM
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A new trailer is out on the official site for Kôtarô Terauchi's (Slit-Mouthed Woman 2) - baseball team mascot turned super hero - action pic, Carraco Rider. Suffice to say it reveals nothing new about about the "plot," but instead goes for more mental action, with the hero taking on Egg headed tail coat wearing (with a chainsaw wielding sidekick in tow) villains?! We’ve said before, only in Japan. It all looks totally barmy, but good fun none the less. Carraco Rider opens in Japan next month.
- May 25
- Killer Boar! First look at Korean creature feature CHAW
- Posted by Deljhp - 25/05/09 at 08:49 AM
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It’s a fleeting (as it should be for a teaser trail) glance but we’ve finally been treated to a first glimpse of the Korean - giant Boar on the rampage killing everyone in sight - creature feature Chaw. This has been billed as a horror comedy but from the tone of the teaser at least, it seems far heavier on scares than laughs. Many of the Korean movie sites are listing the release date as some time in July, but communication we’ve had from the production company for the flick suggests it will be hitting (or is that rampaging?) across Korea from August. Bacontastic!
Synopsis: One day in a small and peaceful village Sameri, boasting no criminal cases for 10 years, a terrible accident happens. Ecologists studying wild animals on a nearby mountain, discover a collection of dismembered body parts. Policeman KIM Kang-su just transferred to Sameri from Seoul takes the case. The victim turns out a grand-daughter of Chun il-man, who was once a legendary hunter. Chun is convinced that it wasn’t a human that murdered his granddaughter but a man-eating boar, Chaw. Terrified, the people of Sameri invite one of the most famous hunters Baek to catch the Chaw. Baek leaps at the chance hoping it will prove himself to be the best ever hunter. Baek, Chun, detective Sim in charge of the case, ecologist Soo-ryun and KIM Kang-soo (whose mother is also missing) head into the deep dark mountains to confront the beast.
- May 25
- Thai action flick THE TIGER BLADE: R2 DVD review
- Posted by Deljhp - 25/05/09 at 08:17 AM
Director: Theeratorn Siriphunvaraporn. Review: Adam Wing.
I feel sorry for any Thai director releasing an action movie these days; comparisons to the hugely successful cross over hits Ong Bak, Warrior King and Chocolate are bound to be made. Theeratorn Siriphunvaraporn adds a twist to his 2005 tale with the inclusion of some fantasy style black magic mumbo jumbo. Special Agent Yosthana is on the trail of Commander Kaoyot, a political prisoner who has broken out of prison. Kaoyot and his gang are protected by black magic, which means bullets can’t hurt them and they’re pretty much invincible most of the time, but Yosthana has discovered the only weapon that can harm them - the Tiger Blade. A rather rubbish looking sword that needs the blood of a virgin to bring about its power.
Thai comedy is a hit and miss affair, the humour can be somewhat juvenile at times and performances are usually of the over the top, I want to shake you to death variety. Petchtai Wongkamlao got away with it in Ong Bak, but then he is one of Thailand’s biggest comedians so we should expect nothing less, and if you ever catch Sars Wars you’ll discover that when Thai filmmakers get it right the results can be a whole world of fun. Not so here, some of the performances are incredibly annoying and the characters get on your nerves right from the outset. Luckily Tiger Blade doesn’t rely on comedy to see it through, the opening five minutes set the tone for the rest of the movie. Our hero, a good looking and occasionally wooden Atsadawut Luengsuntorn, fills the screen with rapid gunfire and high kicking carnage. Actually, that’s not strictly true. His martial arts abilities are surprisingly limited and unconvincing at times. Perhaps that’s down to the work of the action choreographer, who knows, but Tiger Blade certainly lacks the bone crunching realism of films like Ong Bak. Welcome back to the world of wire-fu then, where raw adrenaline and actuality are thrown out the window headfirst....Continue reading review.
It's not every day an English subtitled trailer for a yet to be released Japanese movie turns up online, but that’s exactly what has just appeared, for the very promising apocalyptic thriller MW. Directed by Hitoshi Iwamoto and based on Astro Boy creator Osamu Tezuka's Manga, MW tells the story of a secret U.S chemical weapon called "MW" which accidentally leaks and wipes out the population of a southern Japanese island. Michio Yuuki survives the accident - though he emerges from the ordeal without a trace of conscience, to become a cold blooded and psychotic killer. His one true goal, to spread MW around the world.
MW opens theatrically in Japan in July, and Hong (which is what we reckon this trailer is for) Kong, in October.
- May 22
- Andrew Lau’s THE STORM RIDERS remastered for DVD
- Posted by Deljhp - 22/05/09 at 11:13 PM
The Storm Riders is back on DVD! Ten years on (and conveniently before the upcoming sequel is due) it’s now being re-released in a very spiffy 2 disc, 10th anniversary re-mastered special edition. A true blockbuster martial arts fantasy The Storm Riders broke box office records galore on its release in 1998. Based on Ma Wing Shing's best-selling comic and directed by Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs), the film boasted some of the most cutting edge special effects ever seen in a Hong Kong film. Throw into the mix a ton of wire-fu action from young stars Ekin Cheng (Young and Dangerous) and Aaron Kwok (After This, Our Exile) and they couldn’t really go wrong.
Power-hungry overlord Conquer is out to take over world, and his victory depends on two children named Wind and Cloud. Acting on a prophecy by the Mud Buddha, Conquer hunts down the two boys, kills their parents, and takes them as disciples. Ten years later, Wind has grown into a laidback, kind-hearted swordsman, and Cloud, a cold and silent brooder, both with superior martial arts skills. As the top lieutenants in Conquer's clan, Wind and Cloud have as prophesized aided their master in his evil quest to dominate the world. But as he stands at the brink of absolute power, Conquer finally hears the second half of the prophecy: Wind and Cloud will bring him victory... and also downfall.
- May 22
- Teen suicide in WHISPERING CORRIDORS 5
- Posted by Deljhp - 22/05/09 at 11:10 AM
The hugely popular Korean “Whispering Corridors” horror franchise series returns for a fifth instalment, with a tale of teen suicide pacts and vengeful (aren’t they always) spirits, in Whispering Corridors 5: Blood pledge.
The bloody fun centres on a group of schoolgirls who swear a blood pact of friendship so strong, that they even agree they will all die together. When one of the troop of teens tops herself by skydiving off a roof, the remaining gals see the error of their ways and decide death isn’t all that enticing after all. The ghost of their dead friend - on the other hand - is hell bent on ensuring they honour their promise.
Head to the link to check out the now live official site, for the trailer, and a selection of some great looking posters. Corridors opens in Korea next month.
- May 21
- OPAPATIKA (DEMON WARRIORS) on English subtitled DVD
- Posted by Deljhp - 21/05/09 at 09:19 AM
It’s taken two whole years to arrive, but Thanakorn Pongsuwan's (Fireball) uber violent Thai supernatural action thriller Opapatika is finally heading for an English subtitled DVD release. For the U.S it’s been re-titled with the suitably (suppose it could have been a whole lot worse) inaccurate and ridiculous tag of “Demon warriors” - Whilst in the U.K they’ve met half way and gone with “Opapatika: Demon Warriors.” The Thai official site for the film has long since gone the way of the Dinosaurs; you can however take a gander at load of clips and pics, on the French site for the flick.
The plot: The Opapatikas are beings who have died only to be resurrected with immense supernatural powers. They are invincible in combat and cannot be killed by human hand. Detective Techit (Putthipong Sriwat) is a police investigator who has learned the secrets of the Opapatikas, and wants to join their underground fraternity; he approaches Opapatika master Mr. Sadok in hopes of turning this dream into reality. Sadok allows Techit to become an Opapatika after the detective takes his own life, but as Techit gains the ability to see into the future, he begins to realise immortality holds a high price. The more he uses his 6th sense in ritual battle with other Opapatika, the more he loses his 5 other mortal ones.
Opapatika streets in the U.S on August 4th. The UK is still tbc.
- May 20
- Korean disaster pic HAEUNDAE heading for the U.K
- Posted by Deljhp - 20/05/09 at 09:17 AM
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Opening its home country in July - Korean giant tidal wave disaster movie Haeundae, is now heading for the U.K! Korean movie powerhouse "CJ entertainment" has just sealed the deal at Cannes with UK’s Optimum releasing, which goes to guarantee us an English subtitled release of one form or another, sometime soon. Nice!
- May 20
- Website and new trailer for Spanish horror PAINTBALL
- Posted by Deljhp - 20/05/09 at 07:57 AM
The bonkers premised Spanish (but it was filmed in English?) scare flick from first time director Daniel Benmayor - Paintball - is heading for release there in July, so that of course means….website and trailer time. Early reviews from its premiere at the Tribeca Film Fest have been mixed to say the least, but it looks good and splattery, which (if for no one else) should be enough keep the gore fans happy.
Synopsis: A truck rumbles down a potholed track. In the back sit a group of passengers, their eyes blindfolded. They don’t know each other, but they have a lot in common: they’re young, urban workaholics, with an appetite for extreme experiences. They’ve signed up for a weekend of adventure. As they head out into the unknown, they hear the others breathing in the darkness, steadying their pulses in silence as the adrenaline begins to flow… The blindfolds come off to reveal in a dense forest. Each player is equipped with supplies to last the weekend, a powerful paintball gun, ammunition, maps and instructions. They have to complete an adventure trail that takes in ravines, caves and obstacle-ridden trekking paths. The group is split into two teams. The winners will be the team that wipes out their opponents and completes the circuit. They wanted adventure? They got it. Deep in the woods, one group is ambushed. Invisible snipers pin them down in a hail of paint – then one of their number collapses, writhing in agony. Red blood mixes with the paint. Confusion reigns. Who is shooting at them? In the silence, they stare round at each other, and into the forest, looking for a traitor – or some kind of explanation. The rules of the game have changed. The only law is the law of the jungle, and nobody trusts anybody else. Hidden among the trees, camouflaged by leaves and branches, there are deadly traps. Hunted down like prey in a lethal game, the teams face a desperate struggle for survival. There’s nothing like a brush with death to make you feel alive.
- May 19
- 20TH CENTURY BOYS UK, giveaway winner
- Posted by Deljhp - 19/05/09 at 09:46 AM
Our giveaway to mark the UK release of Yukihiko Tsutsumi’s fantastic screen adaptation of 20th Century Boys on DVD has come to an end, and we have a winner. Congrats go to John Kingsway who takes away a copy of the 2 disc special edition DVD, a 20th Century Boys poster and limited edition T-shirt. More great giveaways soon.
- May 19
- WANDERING GINZA BUTTERFLY 2: R1 DVD review
- Posted by Deljhp - 19/05/09 at 07:00 AM
Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi. Review: Tim Irwin.
Along with the first Wandering Ginza Butterfly movie, Synapse Films has released its sequel. Once again the transfer is clean and neat, and the subtitles are again very well done. And once again, the sequel is basically the same movie as the first time around, but with Sonny Chiba added to the mix and gambling taking the place of hustling pool. Nami (played again by Meiko Kaji), is once again wandering around Tokyo and the surrounding areas. She’s a professional gambler, following in the footsteps of her wrongly murdered father. She’s still a tough cookie, and still quite beautiful. Her first act is to save a girl sold into prostitution. She rescues her and takes her back to Tokyo to work as a hostess (without the sex) at a club run by an old friend of Nami´s. She also runs into a no-good gambler thug and helps him out, putting him forever in her debt. Then she runs into Sonny Chiba, this time playing a character named Ryuji (like the first movie, but not the same character). He runs the only other prostitution ring outside of the Aoshida Company, which is the evil corporation of Yakuza this time around. But he’s a nice guy and very kind to his girls. In any case, things go okay until Aoshida starts muscling in on the club and Ryuji´s racket. It doesn’t help matters that he might have had something to do with Nami´s father’s death. Eventually everything ends up in another orgy of violence and destruction....Continue reading review here.
Sam Raimi returns to his horror roots with his new horror Drag Me To Hell, and Curzon Cinemas have arranged a special “Midnight Movie” preview screening on Tues 26th May at Curzon Soho, London - As well as the main event, there will be goody bags, prizes and a special intro as well as a DJ and free cocktails from 9:30pm, in the freaky themed bar - Tickets are on sale now and you can find out full details on the event here.
- May 18
- Detailed plotline for THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS remake
- Posted by Deljhp - 18/05/09 at 11:33 AM
There’s a whole lot of optimistic anticipation around these parts for the upcoming (2x2 hour) re-working of John Wyndham’s classic sci-fi horror The Day of the Triffids. Things in its favour include having a great writer “Patrick Harbinson” (Millennium, ER, "Law & Order) on board, and a superb leading cast (Dougray Scott, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson). Now reading through the latest detailed summary of the plot, they seem to be in the ball park for a credible/contemporary take on the story. To complete the recipe for success all its needs are some good (fingers crossed) visual and creature FX, and we could be in for a real classic in making. Now in post, the series is due to air later in the year.
Synopsis: Scientist Bill Masen (DOUGRAY SCOTT), has dedicated his life’s work to the study of the complex plant species called Triffids, Genetically modified, they are mass-produced for their ‘Triffoil’, a vital source of renewable fuel. Bill has noticed an unnerving change in their behavioural patterns. The Triffids are starting to communicate. Meanwhile, crowds gather across the globe to witness a much-anticipated solar storm. But the spectacle blinds all those who watch it and the world goes into free fall. In London, fear and panic rage as the blind desperately depend for survival on the few remaining sighted. An even greater nightmare awaits. The Triffids are hungry and moving toward the cities for the most abundant source of their prey - mankind.
Having narrowly escaped blindness, Bill forms an instant attraction with a fellow sighted survivor – the outspoken journalist, Jo Playton (JOELY RICHARDSON). They meet Torrence (EDDIE IZZARD), a flagrantly amoral opportunist, who delights in his new appointment: presiding over the weak and the blind - laying down the foundations for his autocratic government. The Triffid invasion is the perfect crisis for Torrence to work to his own spurious agenda. Despite his feelings for Jo, Bill knows he must leave London. Their one chance of survival lies in reaching the only man who knows more about the Triffids than he does - his estranged father, Dennis (BRIAN COX).
On his perilous mission, Bill breaks free of Torrence and his henchmen, is offered as a sacrifice to the Triffids by the maniacal, messianic community leader Durrant (VANESSA REDGRAVE) and rescues two sisters, Imogen and Susan. These children have lost everything and seek his protection in the final leg of an extraordinary journey. Jo finally finds her way to Bill and the children but their happy reunion is short lived. The desperate efforts of Bill and Dennis to stop the Triffids’ pollination are interrupted by Torrence and his army who surround their house. Caught in the crossfire between the bullets of Torrence’s subordinates and a fast approaching horde of Triffids, Bill’s hopes of saving his newfound family seem doomed to fail. With insurmountable odds against them - how will they make it out alive?
- May 18
- Miike takes on more Manga with TAKERU
- Posted by Deljhp - 18/05/09 at 09:40 AM
Is it just us or is it starting to look like Takashi Miiki is working through his entire back catalogue of fave Manga, to turn them all into films? Hot on the heals of his big budget reworking of Crows Zero and recently Yatterman, comes the news he has now signed up for yet another Manga re-do. This time he’s taking on a $30m adaptation of Buichi Terasawa’s Takeru. Set to be a pan-Asian co-production the films producers are in talks to hire a swathe of A-list actors (ensuring plenty of ticket sales in as many countries as possible) from China, Korea and Japan. Shooting is expected to start in 2010 for release at the end of 2011.
- THIS GIRL IS BADASS: U.S DVD review
- Korean disaster epic THE TOWER: DVD review
- Official site for Sion Sono’s WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL
- APARTMENT 1303: DVD review
- Indie horror THE HUMAN RACE gets picked up for release
- New poster for HK horror TALES FROM THE DARK: Part 1
- TV spot for Hideo Nakata’s THE COMPLEX
- This new clip from Neil Jordan’s BYZANTIUM