- Jul 31
- More detailed plotline for Thai horror MY EX
- Posted by Deljhp - 31/07/09 at 01:31 PM
Just over a week ago we took a stab at working out the storyline for upcoming horror My Ex, and now more detailed plotline has arrived online, it seems we weren’t all that far off. Then again, it’s a Thai horror movie, so happy ever after wasn’t really on the cards. My Ex opens in Thailand August 27th.
Story summary: Ken is a heartthrob actor who has a bad boy reputation of loving beautiful women and then dumping them when he finds a new girl. His complicated relationships always lead to much gossip and when Ken surprisingly announces his wedding, public curiosity reaches fever pitch. Soon, Ken is haunted by his fan club, the paparazzi, and most dangerous of all an envious ghost of one of his ex-girlfriends.
- Jul 31
- Ridley Scott to direct new Alien film!?
- Posted by Deljhp - 31/07/09 at 08:03 AM
Variety has reported that Ridley Scott has signed up to direct the 5th Aliens film, which will be a prequel to the groundbreaking 1979 cult classic. We really don't quite know what to think about that just yet - Except that if there was anyone who could inject some originality, style and excitement into this flagging franchise – Scott, the man who redefined an entire genre, would be the one to do it. It could be phenomenally good. Fingers crossed.
- Jul 30
- ONECHANBARA: Review
- Posted by Deljhp - 30/07/09 at 07:21 PM
Director: Yohei Fukuda. Review by: Madman.
You'd think a movie about a bikini-clad, cowboy-hat-wearing, zombie-killing samurai siren would be fun to watch, but unfortunately that's not the case in “Onechanbara Bikini Samurai Squad the Movie.” Based on PS2 and Wii game series by the same name, Onechanbara attempts to recreate the bloody fun of the games and fails miserably. Literally everything in this movie is CG, and VERY bad CG at that. All the blood effects are computer-generated...poorly.
The film opens with some extras picking off the undead as they lurch toward their little shanty house. Out of the shadows pops our heroine, Aya (Eri Otoguro), who proceeds to slice, dice and dismember each and every creature in the joint. We're given a short back story on Aya and her bumbling over-weight protégé, Katsuji (Tomohiro Waki). We learn Aya's sister is responsible for her father's death, and as a result, is an emotionless killing machine hellbent on killing her sister and exacting revenge.
Aya joins forces with another attractive heroine by the name of Reiko (Manami Hashimoto) out to avenge the “death” of her daughter. If the plot line sounds familiar, that's because it is almost exactly like the recent “Blood the Last Vampire” live-action film. Simply replace all the zombies with vampires, and poof, same flick. I'll briefly mention there is air fighting, teleportation, a double-barreled shotgun with unlimited rounds, and an ACTUAL armpit sword stab (ya, like from high-school Shakespeare plays) in this film.. Continue reading here.
- Jul 30
- English subtitled teaser for Thai horror movie PHOBIA 2
- Posted by Deljhp - 30/07/09 at 06:32 PM
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Story by: Madman.
The English subtitled teaser has been released for the upcoming Thai horror film Phobia 2. Phobia 2 is a five part horror anthology with some of Asia's best directors at the wheel. This includes segments from Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom (of 'Shutter' fame), as well as Paween Purikitpanya ('Body #19'), Songyos Sugmakanan ('Dorm'), and Visute Poolvoralaks. After viewing the first 'Phobia' and watching the 'Phobia 2' trailer, I must say this looks like another gem from Thailand. Being a fan of all the directors in this movie, I don't think 'Phobia 2' will let the genre buffs down. The full trailer is set for release next week, and the movie hits theaters in Thailand on September 9th.
- Jul 29
- New poster and stills for Russian horror PHOBOS
- Posted by Deljhp - 29/07/09 at 08:16 AM
It’s been well over a year since we first covered news on the Russian fright flick Phobos - and to be honest - after seeing nothing new on the production in all that time, we were starting to think the production had hit the rails. Well it looks like we thought too soon. Swinging by the site for Russian filmhouse “Art Pictures Studios” yesterday, we stumbled across an updated page for the film including a great new poster and some stills.
The plot revolves around a group of 20 some-things who are invited to the opening night party for a trendy new nightclub, housed in a huge disused underground bomb shelter. As the last of the revellers arrives, the huge blast door slams shut, blocking ALL communication with the outside world. Then total darkness envelops them…. Shortly after that, we imagine the screaming starts. Check out the poster and photos from the link.
Phobos Stills (far right of the page)
- Jul 28
- Sony Pictures to distribute new Zhang Yimou film
- Posted by Adgy - 28/07/09 at 10:16 PM
Chinese director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House Of Flying Daggers) will once again have his newest film distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Classics. The film, currently going under the name Amazing Tales: Three Guns, is a remake of Blood Simple, the first Coen Brothers film. The release will also mark the 11th time Sony Pictures Classics has distributed a film by Yimou. The remake will move the story from a bar in Texas to a noodle shop out in the Chinese desert, whose owner plots to kill his cheating wife and her lover.
Filming on the picture began in early June with a release expected later this year. It stars Sun Honglei (Blood Brothers, Mongol), comedian Xiao Shenyang and actress Yan Ni. Amazing Tales: Three Guns will be Yimou’s first film since 2006’s Curse Of The Golden Flower.
The poster for the North American release of Tony Jaa's fight fest, Ong Bak 2 has appeared on the films U.S site. We’re all slightly under whelmed to say the least - as it’s exactly the same as the Thai one sheet - except for that weird addition to the title of “The Beginning”? The beginning of what exactly? Yes OB2 is set centuries before the original, but story and character wise its nothing to do with the first film. So unless it refers to a still only rumoured third movie, we’ll just have to put it down to Hollywood executive’s current obessional fetish for title by-lines. Ong Bak 2 hits video on demand in September, followed by a limited theatrical release starting on October 23rd.
- Jul 28
- THE FOX FAMILY: Review
- Posted by Deljhp - 28/07/09 at 06:59 AM
Director: Lee Hyun-gon. Review Adam Wing.
Some films defy description; Lee Hyun-gon’s Fox Family is one such film. Fans of Takashi Miike’s Happiness Of The katakuris may have some idea of what to expect when I tell you that this is the latest in a very short line of quirky black comedies with song and dance interludes. Fortunately for me, that’s just the kind of film I like to watch, so colour me intrigued. Fox Family tells the tail (sorry, that’s the first and last of the fox puns) of a family of foxes who want to become human, and once every thousand years they get their chance.
The only catch being that they have to sacrifice a human being in order to become human themselves, and if they eat that persons liver their dreams will take shape. Throw in a dim-witted cop who suspects them of murder and a sprinkling of human sacrifices that prove harder to keep alive then keep dead, and what you end up with is a curious blend of genres that will undoubtedly find an audience on western shores. The only question being, how many fox loving, karaoke dwelling, song and dance fanatics are there with a taste for the tasteless? I mean, other than me, that is...Continue review here.
- Jul 27
- More gore! SAMURAI PRINCESS heading to the U.K
- Posted by Deljhp - 27/07/09 at 09:47 AM
An early heads up for Brit fans of Japanese, scantily clad, gore laden exploitation Cinema. Kengo Kaji’s (who wrote Tokyo Gore Police) splatter-fest Samurai Princess, is to be released on DVD in the UK in October. Featuring special make-up effects by Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police, Machine Girl and Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl) we can be sure it won’t be short on bloody weirdness. Its too early for a look at the UK cover art, but as soon as we get our hands on it you’ll be the first know.
Samurai Princess pits android assassin against mutant madmen in an alternate universe version of feudal Japan. Detachable chainsaw limbs and breast grenades are commonplace occurrences, while mad scientists twist the laws of nature to create sentient robots that can pass as human and crave souls. Enter an android warrior (AV starlet Aino Kishi) and her human partner (Dai Mizuno), whose eardrum-crushing electric guitar riffs are so loud, they’re literally weapons of mass destruction. When our heroine is infused with the souls of eleven of her fallen sisters, she uses their combined power to take down anyone who stands in the way of her quest to save humanity.
- Jul 26
- Canada goes Zombie with AUTUMN
- Posted by Deljhp - 26/07/09 at 01:17 PM
Story by: Madman
One of David Caradine's last movies Autumn, has completed production, and it is currently being sent to reviewers and distribution companies. Although it has no release date yet, the website offers stills, the trailer, the poster, and a fond farewell to Caradine. Autumn is a Canadian-made zombie film directed by Steven Rumbelow and is based on a novel of the same name.
The film takes place in Ontario and focuses around four survivors of a zombie apocalypse trying to stay alive. To make matters worse, the infected seem to be regaining their senses and become more clever and aggressive. The film also stars Dexter Fletcher (“Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels”). By the looks of the trailer, this appears to be your average low-budget zombie flick, but with the critical praise of the novel- Caradine at the helm- this could be a fun a ride.
- Jul 26
- A big 24fps welcome to our new contributors
- Posted by Deljhp - 26/07/09 at 12:28 PM
Some of you may have noticed a couple of weeks ago, our call for new contributors to 24fps. Well we’re happy to say we can now officially announce two new members to the team; Richard (aka Adgy) and Adam (aka Madman), who will be helping fill the site with more weird and wacky news from the world on genre Cinema. Welcome guys.
- Jul 25
- Beauty has a horrific price in YOGA SCHOOL
- Posted by Deljhp - 25/07/09 at 07:50 AM
Like us you may need to take a second to get over that “huh, eh, what?” moment, when first reading the title for this latest Korean horror, Yoga School. Aside from pulling a muscle performing the “Lion Pose” (had to look that up on Wiki!) badly, Yoga doesn’t strike you as fertile ground for scares. Well perhaps we’ll need to think again. Yun Jae-yeon who previously displayed her horror filmmaking skills with ‘Whispering Corridors 3: Wishing stairs’ is at the helm of this particular frightener. Add to that a star cast, more than half of which (including; Lee Young-jin, Kim Hye-na, Cha Soo-yeon and Park Han-byul) have had previous experience in horror films, makes for a very intriguing mix on its must-see-o-meter score. Yoga School is released in Korea on August 20th.
Synopsis: The Yoga School was the answer to their dreams. A perfectionist career woman who had been successful until she was outshined by a younger co-worker, a former popular actress who faded into obscurity, a girl battling weight issues, and a woman beset by numerous personal misfortunes including a divorce and a failed plastic surgery procedure. All of them have something in common: a belief that beauty will help them overcome the difficulties they face. They all are told to abide by several rules when they sign up for the yoga class. Cutting themselves off from the outside world for seven days of rigorous training, a period in which they are not allowed to see themselves in a mirror or eat without permission. Soon they discover, that the quest for beauty has a terrible price.
- Jul 24
- Third FRITT VILT (aka Cold Prey) movie on the way!
- Posted by Deljhp - 24/07/09 at 10:08 AM
Who says you can keep a good horror franchise down!? The hugely enjoyable Norwegian slasher Fritt Vilt (aka Cold Prey) series is set to get a third instalment. While it’s very early days for much info on the production, we have learnt that the film will be a prequel to bloody events in the first two movies, and is to be directed by Mikkel Sandemose. Shooting is tipped to start in September, with an eye to release in October 2010. More, as we get it.
- Jul 24
- British horror WISHBABY: Review
- Posted by Deljhp - 24/07/09 at 06:59 AM
Director: Stephen W. Parsons. Review: Adam Wing.
Stephen W. Parsons might not be a name you’re familiar with but it’s fair to say that he’s been around a bit. Parsons writes, directs and scores his own movies these days, so he’s kind of like an early John Carpenter, he also appeared in 1985’s Howling II but it’s probably best if we don’t mention that for now. Wish Baby is Parsons first attempt at directing and his debut effort hit the headlines recently when he banned young children from seeing it. Officials at the BBFC had originally given the film a 15 rating but the nature of the movie, not to mention some of its more disturbing content, led the director to urge censors to raise their game. So that’s what they did, which is why Wish Baby now comes complete with an 18 certificate on its R2 debut. Be careful what you wish for in this creepy urban fairytale, concerning the growing pains of teenager Maxine (Tiana Benjamin) and her wayward family life. Maxine rescues a strange old lady from a gang of bullies and is rewarded with the gift of a terrifying secret, how to make and operate a wish baby. If you make it right, and if you love it right, the wish baby will grant you every wish your heart desires, needless to say that things don’t work out the way they’re supposed to. We’re in Wishmaster territory here with a Pet Cemetery twist, and look how well they turned out…Continue reading review here.
- Jul 23
- Dragon Dynasty releasing BATTLE OF THE WARRIORS
- Posted by Adgy - 23/07/09 at 05:01 PM
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Dragon Dynasty has announced that it will be releasing Jacob’s Cheung’s 2006 period war epic A Battle Of Wits on DVD September 8th under the name Battle Of The Warriors. The film, starring Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs, House Of Flying Daggers) and Fan Bingbing (Lost In Beijing, Shinjuku Incident) is based on a popular Japanese manga about China during the Warring States Period. Andy Lau plays Ge Li, a warrior defending the people of a small city-state from the army of a nation. The film also features Korean actors Ahn Sung Ki and Choi Si Won, Taiwanese singer Nicky Wu and boasts stunt choreography by veteran Wei Tung, also responsible for choreographing action in films like Zhang Yimou’s Hero, Tsui Hark’s Seven Swords and Gordon Chan’s Painted Skin.
The DVD includes a making of featurette and commentary by Hong Kong film expert Bey Logan. It’s unclear what, exactly, was Dragon Dynasty’s problem with the original title, but given their history it’s no surprise that they’d give it such a bland one that sounds like every other Asian war epic. Still, it's great to see this movie finally get a U.S. release.
- Jul 23
- CHANBARA BEAUTY slashes her way onto R1 DVD
- Posted by Deljhp - 23/07/09 at 10:40 AM
Hang onto your Stetsons America - Its Zombie killing, Cowgirl time! OneChanbara: The movie is heading for U.S DVD. Based on the PS2 game series, Chanbara brings the adventures of slayer Aya to the big screen in all its Katana-wielding glory. Written and directed by Fukada Yohei, the flick stars up-and-coming actress Otoguro Eri (Shutter, Shaolin Girl) as our heroine Aya, hacking her way through the movie in the character's signature cowboy hat, boots, feather boa and…..oh yes......Bikini. Cue the cheesy J-Pop and on with the Zombie bloodletting.
Synopsis: In the year 20XX, scientifically created zombies roam the world in record numbers. Despite this, Aya is determined to track down her father's killer, a person who was once close to her. With sword in hand and wearing nothing but her trademark bikini and cowboy hat, she sets off to settle the score. Aya is joined on her path to vengeance by the chubby Katsuji and the gun-toting Reika. Together, they hack, slash, and shoot their way through a sea of the undead to reach the final showdown with a mad scientist and the destined duel with Aya's own sister.
- Jul 23
- THE HOST sequel finally on the way?
- Posted by Deljhp - 23/07/09 at 09:28 AM
'Screendaily' have reported today that Singaporean production company Boku Films have just sealed a deal with Korea’s Chungeorahm to co-produce and invest $5m in the Korean (not to be confused with an upcoming Chinese version) sequel to hit monster movie The Host. Odd that they have had to look to Singapore for extra cash. We'd have thought Korean investors would have been falling over themselves to stump up the money for a share in what’s bound to be a sure fire hit? In any case, it looks like the ball is finally starting rolling on this creature feature fans, dream come true. A director has yet to be announced for the sequel, but currently they aim to "have it completed in 2010." An ambitious target that.
- Jul 22
- Full trailer for Korean horror DISTRUST HELL
- Posted by Deljhp - 22/07/09 at 05:01 PM
More mystery, more intrigue, more Demonic possession…? The full trailer for Korean horror Distrust Hell (aka Faith) is now up on the films official site. The new clip takes a different tone to the teaser, concentrating more on the characters, plot and creeping tension. This isn't going to be one for the hack’ n ‘slash fans methinks. Distrust Hell opens in Korea next month.
Synopsis: In a rural province, a 14 year old girl has disappeared! Hee-jin’s sibling So-jin lived with her mother who is obsessed with the church. One day Hee-jin receives news that her sister has disappeared and hurriedly returns home from her college in Seoul. When she arrives home she finds her mother constantly praying for So-jin’s return. Police investigator Tae-hwan, assumes that this is just another teenage runaway case. During that time a will left for So-jin by Jung-mi, a young girl who jumped to her death from the roof of the apartment is found. The security guard and residents of the apartment tell ‘Hee-Jin’ and ‘Tae-hwan that So-jin was possessed and the two are left in disarray. Later they find out that Jung-mi was a member of the church Hee-jin and So-jin’s mother attends and the next day the security guard is found dead. Their mother refuses to say anything and only resorts to praying. What the Hell happened on the day So-jin disappeared?
Yet another cult Manga/Anime classic is heading for the big screen, with news today that U.S and Asia-based Convergence Entertainment has secured feature rights to the hugely popular Gungrave. Based on Yasuhiro Nightow’s story of a murdered crime syndicate member who returns from beyond the grave to avenge his death, a live action Gungrave is set to go into production next year and the project will have a budget around $30-35m range. This could actually work. That’s not bad at all as funding goes - but the ever the important question of who will direct and star - will probably decide if this lives, or dies on its (undead) ass. Source.
Pinch me I’m dreaming! We’ve been waiting well over two (count them, TWO) years to see this flick released anywhere with English subs! Joe Ma’s reboot of the classic 70’s extreme hard core revenge Manga series, Sasori (Female Scorpion Convict) is up for release on R2 DVD and to say we’re over the moon about this, would be a teeny bit of an understatement. Sasori is release by Cine Asia in the U.K on August 10th. Joy!
Synopsis: Faced with a do-or-die ultimatum, Nami (Miki Mizuno) is forced to commit a homicide, by a trio of sadistic murderers. Abandoned by her family and imprisoned by a brutal regime, she wins the battle for supremacy in a series of punishing bare-knuckle brawls, only to be tortured and buried alive by the ruthless warden. Left for dead, she is revived by the mysterious Corpse Collector, who transforms her into an unstoppable killing machine, that will relentlessly pursue a brutal quest for revenge. At the point of transformation, Nami dies, and Sasori (The Scorpion) is born…
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