- Nov 30
- Thai action movie NAK PROK to finally get its day
- Posted by Deljhp - 30/11/09 at 07:05 PM
Stuck in limbo for over a year, is seems Phawat Panangrasiri’s crime, action movie Nak Prok (aka “In the Shadow of the Naga”) has finally been given the green light for release in Thailand. The flick was apparently delayed due to fears that the films content (I.E Buddhist monks with Guns) might not go down to well with the authorities, but it seem that’s all been ironed out. Sahamongkol Film are producing, so we should expect some high end production values and kick ass action. The only media we have from the film so far are the posters, but a trailer is due any time now. Shadow of the Naga opens in Thailand February 4th.
Synopsis: Three robbers - Pan, Poor, and Singh - have robbed an armoured truck, and are being chased by the police. With nowhere to run, they decide to hide the loot by burying in the grounds of a Buddhist temple. When they come back to dig up the money, they are astonished to find that a monastery has been built directly above it. The thieves have no other options but to get themselves ordained into the temple just for a chance to dig up the cash. That is the start of an unexpected story which is about to get turned upside down.
- Nov 29
- Hair that kills. Sion Sono’s EXTE on R1 DVD
- Posted by Deljhp - 29/11/09 at 04:14 PM
Autere and all round filmic genius Sion Sono’s (director of Suicide Club) weird and wacky Exte: Hair Extensions - a horror film about killer hair, no less - is now finally going to be available on R1 DVD. If the bizarre premise wasn't reason enough to want to see it, there's a second. The movie stars one of our favourite Japanese actresses Chiaki Kuriyama, best known in the west as the psychopathic schoolgirl "Go Go," in Tarantino's 'Kill Bill.' Tokyo Shock will release Exte on a very nifty 2 disc special edition, December 1st.
Synopsis: What if extensions carried the grudge of the individual to which the hair originally belonged too and started attacking people wearing them at random? Customs agents discover a huge amount of human hair used as materials for 'hair extensions' along with the dead body of a young girl with a shaved head. The results of the autopsy determine that the woman's internal organs have been harvested. The possibility is that she was kidnapped in some foreign country and was a victim of black market human organ smuggling ring.
It’s been a long time coming, but a first teaser trailer - English subtitled no less - has hit the net for Russian slash horror Phobos. The clips doesn’t give too (as is only proper for a tease) much away, but seems to hint that this wont just be a straight up Slash fest, as we get the impression there’s going to be a sprinkling of survival horror thrown into the mix as well. For all the background on the movie, plus a summary of the storyline, check out our earlier stories on the film here and here.
Thanks to Pokerface for the heads up.
- Nov 27
- New stills for Spanish supernatural thriller HIERRO
- Posted by Deljhp - 27/11/09 at 07:20 PM
Premiered at this year Cannes, Gabe Ibáñez's supernatural horror thriller Hierro has been gathering some good (albeit more for its stunning visual style, than its narrative and storytelling) reviews on the festival circuits. The boys over at Quietearth were one of the first to nab a look at suitably impressive and down right spooky trailer and we’ve been tracking news on the flick ever since. The latest tidbits to surface are a few enticing new stills from the film, which have turned up on several French sites - Where it looks like it may open, before even Spain gets it. Head to links to check out those, and the superb teaser trail for the film, below.
Synopsis: While travelling by ferry to the island of El Hierro, Maria's the young Diego goes missing. Has he fallen overboard? Has he been abducted? Nobody knows. Nobody knows. Diego simply vanished. Six months later, as Maria is fighting to overcome the pain of her loss, to pick up the pieces of her life and start over again, she receives an unexpected telephone call. A child's body has been discovered and she has to return to El Hierro. On the island, a strange and threatening landscape, populated by sinister, malevolent looking characters, Maria is forced to confront her worst nightmares. As she travels along the terrible path that will lead to her son, Maria will ultimately make that most unbearable discovery of all: that some mysteries are better left unanswered.
Heads up all you New Yorker [REC] fans, you’re in for a treat! [REC] 2 will have a two night screening at the Walter Reade Theatre in Lincoln Centre, Manhattan, NYC this December 5 and 6, 2009 at 9PM each night. Not only that, but the original [REC] will be screened on December 6, 2009 at 7:15 PM before the 9PM screening of the sequel [REC] 2, which would make that one hell of a (undead, Demonic, Zombie, blood bath) double feature night. For those of you in the New York City area, you can order tickets for these [REC]2 screenings on the Film Society of Lincoln Centre website here. You lucky **###!
- Nov 26
- Muay Thai fight fest FIREBALL arrives on R2 DVD/BRD
- Posted by Deljhp - 26/11/09 at 10:05 AM
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We tipped it was coming and those of you in the UK had best get ready for some truly bone crunching fight fun. Blending martial arts with Basketball (work with me here people) Thanakorn Pongsuwan’s ('Opapatika') action movie Fireball is a refreshing genre flick that fans of Muay Thai movies and Martial Arts should enjoy if they aren't too sniffy about text book moves. For everyone else who enjoys seeing tough fighters rip bloody hell out of each other, welcome to your new favourite film! Fireball goes on sale on DVD and Blu-ray, January 18th.
Synopsis: Tai gets out of jail and discovers that his twin brother, Tan has been in coma for the past year. Tan had entered the world of Fireball, a violent game based on basketball hosted by underground criminal gangs, so as to raise money for Tai's early release. However, he was brutally beaten by another player, Tun. Tai agrees to join Den's team so that he can track down the man who hospitalized his brother. Tai is befriended by his team-mates: Singh, a Thai boxing champion who wants to prove that he is the best; Muk, a guy who needs money to support his family; IQ, a cheerful character who only wants to help his mother; and K, an old friend of Tan who has a mysterious past. He and his team-mates must risk their lives and fight their way to the final round of the deadly Fireball championships so that Tai can avenge his brother on the court.
- Nov 25
- TAXIDERMIA: Review
- Posted by Deljhp - 25/11/09 at 10:39 PM
Director: Gyorgy Palfi. Review: Tim Irwin.
It's hard trying to figure out how to review Taxidermia. It's not particularly similar to many other movies I've ever seen. I suppose it's a black comedy; there's no other way to describe it. It is visually arresting, that's for sure. It is also very graphic, in absurd and often hilarious ways. There's a plot, I suppose, though the narrative really just follows common themes as it portrays three generations of Hungarians. The first 25 minutes are pure absurdist genius. We meet a lowly soldier who is stationed on a farm with a lieutenant and his family. This poor guy has a harelip and some serious hang-ups.
He has a strange assortment of fixations and fetishes and I suppose Freud's head would explode trying to psycho-analyze him. Some of his many problems include making out with a candle and then somehow blowing fire out of his member. The next morning he naturally must cool off his genitals in an icy trough of water. At one point he mistakes a gutted pig for the lieutenant's rather large wife, with disturbing and decidedly unsexy results. I didn't think I would see another movie involving a man and a pig so soon after watching Wedding Trough. It makes the man/sheep entanglement in Animalada somehow seem pure and innocent by comparison...Continue reading review here.
- Nov 25
- First reviews for Peter Jackon’s THE LOVELY BONES
- Posted by Deljhp - 25/11/09 at 04:18 PM
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Reviews are starting to drop left and right and indeed dead centre for Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, his screen adaptation of Alice Sebold’s haunting novel of the same name. It’s a mixed bag to be sure, with no real winner between “the lovers,” “the likers” and the “not too keen whatsoevers.” Here’s a selection - ranging in no particular order - from gushing praise, to errrm, lets just say not so much. The Lovely Bones goes on limited release in the U.S on December 11th, followed by a wider American opening in January. Those in UK keen to see it will have to hang on until the end of Jan.
- Nov 24
- What’s happening with the new CROW movie?
- Posted by Adgy - 24/11/09 at 06:57 PM
Did you know Hollywood is planning a new movie in The Crow series? They are. The new Crow movie in development is set to be written and directed by Stephen Norrington, whose 2003 comic book adaptation League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen was so bad that neither he nor actor Sean Connery has made another movie since. The film is being produced by Ryan Kavanaugh, who recently spoke with io9 and informed them that the project still has not been officially greenlit and that it will be a re-launch instead of a remake, "We're just relaunching it and making it with a much more present day character, someone more relatable to everybody."
Talking about the upcoming film, Norrington told Variety his spin would be drastically different from the first, most famous and best Crow film starring Brandon Lee. “Whereas Proyas’ original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style,” he said.
One of the cool things about The Crow story, about people being resurrected to exact vengeance on the people that murdered them and their loved ones, was that it allowed for sequels to introduce brand new characters and stories each time, rather than try and go over the same ground as the previous one. A device that was put to good use in the comic book sequels, but not so much in the movie ones. Hopefully, Norrington is planning to head down that route.
We're not sure what to think of this one just yet, but we'll definitely keep following it as it develops.
- Nov 24
- Aussie chiller LAKE MUNGO gets the DVD treatment
- Posted by Deljhp - 24/11/09 at 12:39 PM
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Back in September we covered news on Joel Anderson’s first feature length project Lake Mungo, but up until now - aside from its impending appearance at Januarys “After Dark Horrorfest 4” - chances to see it have been thin on the ground. Well not any more. If creepy and atmospheric horror is your thing you can now pick it up via Aussie genre label “Madman films” who are set to drop this intriguing little chiller onto R4 DVD next month. List price is around $34.95 Australian dollars, but a quick search online and it can easily found it for less. Lake Mungo goes on sale December 2nd.
Synopsis: If you’ve never seen a Ghost…look closer. Sixteen-year-old Alice Palmer drowns while swimming at the local dam. When her body is recovered and a verdict of accidental death returned, her grieving family buries her. The family then experiences a series of strange and inexplicable events centred in and around their home. Profoundly unsettled, the Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist, Ray Kemeny. Ray discovers that Alice led a secret, double life. A series of clues lead the family to Lake Mungo, where Alice's secret past emerges. Lake Mungo is a mystery, a thriller and a ghost story.
Magnolia has announced details and cover art for their upcoming release of Tony Jaa and Panna Rittikrai's ass-kicking Ong Bak 2: The Beginning. On February 2nd, 2010 you'll have the option of 1-disc DVD, 2-disc DVD or Blu-ray.
The 2-disc DVD and Blu-ray will include a HDNet: A Look at Ong Bak 2 featurette, interviews with cast and crew, never before seen footage from Ong Bak 3, behind the scenes featurettes, making of featurettes, and more. Suggested retail price for the Blu-Ray and 2-disc DVD is $29.98.
- Nov 23
- A WORLD WITHOUT THIEVES: DVD Review
- Posted by Deljhp - 23/11/09 at 04:10 PM
Director: Feng Xiaogang. Review: Adam Wing.
Hong Kong cinema star Andy Lau stars in director Feng Xiaogang's crime story about con-artist couple Bo (Andy Lau), an expert thief from Hong Kong, and Li (Rene Liu), a beautiful thief from Taiwan. The pair travel across China plying their crooked trade, that is until Li decides to break free from her criminal lifestyle, and from Bo. Which is where she meets Dumbo (Wang Baoqiang), an unsuspecting hick returning to his hometown to find a wife and get married. As luck would have it, he also happens to be carrying his life’s savings with him. So they board a train, along with an assortment of thieves and wrong doers, headed by Uncle Li (Ge You) and his gang of misfits. Trust turns to mistrust, loyalty turns to deceit and Andy Lau’s hair goes from unintentionally hilarious to shampoo commercial perfection in no time at all.
I’ve never been a big fan of Feng Xiaogang’s movies, so I’m probably not in the best position to review this 2004 commercial hit. The Banquet didn’t do much for me; the same can be said for If You Are The One, though I do have a soft spot for Assembly. The word plodding springs to mind, his movies tend to take an age in order to get where they want to be, and though his talent behind the camera should never be ignored, somebody really needs to have a word with him about pacing. But then, maybe it’s just me. Like I said, I’m probably not in the best position to review this movie...Continue reading here.
- Nov 22
- CARRIERS infect the UK this December
- Posted by Deljhp - 22/11/09 at 01:16 AM
Despite a much delayed - and what can only be described as “token” - theatrical release in the U.S, Alex and David Pastor’s post-apocalyptic horror Carriers still managed to do pretty good business, and on the whole, garnered some very favourable reviews. So with that in mind, we thought it worth a mention to our British readers the flick is set to open in the UK next month. Piper Perabo, Emily VanCamp and Chris Pine star – putting a tick in the eye candy quota box - against the back drop of continental America, descending into the grip of a pandemic meltdown. Carriers opens in the UK December 11th.
Synopsis: Four kids are driving through the desert on the way to the beach, their faces anything but cheery: this isn't Spring Break. They're trying to outrun the end of the world and each other. no one is safe from the viral pandemic threatening to wipe out the human race. Determined to elude the deadly virus, Danny, his brother Brian, his girlfriend Bobby and Danny's school friend Kate speed across the Southwestern U.S. to reach a place of possible safety. Over the course of four days, the group is faced with moral decisions that no human should ever be forced to face. They discover that their greatest enemy is not the microbe attacking humanity, but the darkness within themselves.
- Nov 21
- Dario Argento’s cult horror SUSPIRIA on Blu-ray!
- Posted by Deljhp - 21/11/09 at 09:41 AM
Having undergone a brand new high definition transfer courtesy of Nouveaux Pictures and Cine-Excess, Dario Argento's horror cult classic Suspiria is heading to Blu-ray for the first time ever, with a HD disc due to go on sale in the UK. The new release will also feature a host of newly commissioned extras including a brand new documentary and a feature length audio commentary by Argento, and experts Alan Jones and Kim Newman.
We don’t have a full list of all the extras and specs yet, but here’s what we know is included so far: "Fear At 400 Degrees: The Cine-Excess Of Suspiria" documentary featuring director Dario Agento and composer Claudio Simonetti; audio commentary by leading Dario Argento experts Alan Jones and Kim Newman; "Suspiria Perspectives" featuring Claudio Simonetti, Norman J. Warren and Patricia McCormack. Suspiria goes on sale on BRD in the UK 18th, January 2010.
Synopsis: Suzy Bannnion is an American ballet student, travelling to Germany to study at an exclusive dance academy in the Black Forest. After one of the students and her friend are hideously murdered (in the first of Argento's breath-catching set-piece killings) Suzy discovers that the academy has a bizarre history and, as the body count rises, she gets involved in a hideous labyrinth of murder, black magic and madness.
- Nov 20
- Indonesia goes slasher happy with WATERFALL BRIDE
- Posted by Deljhp - 20/11/09 at 12:27 AM
What’s this…An Indonesian horror movie with a storyline that doesn’t revolve around teens being chased by Pocong, or long haired girl ghosts?! Watching the great looking trailer for their latest frightener Waterfall Bride (they do still need to work on their titles) it does seem that convention is well and truly out the window for this bloody little gore fest. We have a full blown Indonesian slash ‘em ‘up on our hands.
But does it have all the right ingredients for success? A big name local pin up girl and actress (aka Tamara Bleszynski) in the lead. Check. A parade of Bikini wearing babes on a fun packed, care free weekend break to a deserted island. Check. The deserted island actually turns out to the lair of a deranged madman. Check. He’s hell bent on one by one knocking off our team of tanned fun seekers, in the most bloody manner imaginable. Chhheeecck. All present and correct. Let the blood letting begin.
Waterfall Bride opens in Indonesia next month.
- Nov 19
- MOON: DVD Review
- Posted by Deljhp - 19/11/09 at 08:36 AM
Director: Duncan Jones. Review: Adam Wing.
How many times have you heard the phrase ‘they don’t make them like that anymore’? Well next time some smart arse film fanatic bangs on about the golden age of science fiction cinema, point them in the direction of Moon. Not the actual moon you understand, that would be taking things a little too far, I’m talking about Sam Rockwell’s (Frost/Nixon) latest movie, an engrossing journey directed by Duncan Jones.
You can forget the smash, bang, wallop of Star Trek, this is an altogether different kind of cinematic beast, feeling more at home with genre classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Silent Running. Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is nearing the completion of his 3-year contract with Lunar Industries, mining Earth’s primary source of energy on the dark side of the moon. The only company he has is a vigilant computer called, wait for it, Gerty (voiced by Kevin Spacey). The only contact he has with the outside world comes via satellite messages from his wife and young daughter. He can’t wait to get home, but a freak accident changes everything he thought he knew about his world, leading to paranoia, altered fates and shocking revelations...Continue review here.
- Nov 18
- Roy Chow’s MURDERER on English friendly DVD
- Posted by Deljhp - 18/11/09 at 09:11 AM
Bloody and brutal thriller, Murderer, the debut feature from ‘Lust, Caution’ assistant director Roy Chow is up to own on English subtitled DVD. Starring Aaron Kwok as a Hong Kong police detective suspected of being a sadistic serial killer, Murderer delivers tense gory suspense, topped off with an equally large dollop of campy over the top nonsense. A cult classic, for all the right reasons perhaps? Murderer goes on sale today.
Synopsis: There's a brutal serial killer on the loose, and the latest victim is cop Tai, who lies comatose in the hospital after getting thrown off a building. Also at the scene of the crime was fellow detective Ling (Aaron Kwok), who wakes up with no injuries and no memory of the incident. Rumours spread quickly in the police force as Ling turns into the prime suspect. Convinced that someone's out to get him and his family, Ling searches desperately for the murderer, but all the clues he encounters point back to himself
- Nov 18
- VENGEANCE TRILOGY pushed back to March… for Blu-Ray!
- Posted by Adgy - 18/11/09 at 08:46 AM
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Yes, my friends, you read that right! We just got word straight from Palisades-Tartan that the release of their 8 disc Vengeance Trilogy box set of Chan-wook Park's Oldboy, Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance and Lady Vengeance has been delayed until march of 2010 so that it can be released simultaneously with it's Blu-Ray counterpart!!!
Check out our previous story on the boxset for release specs.
- Nov 17
- Tadanobu Asano joining Branagh’s THOR?
- Posted by Adgy - 17/11/09 at 07:04 PM
Don't get too excited just yet, but word is out that Tadanobu Asano may have joined the cast of the upcoming Thor movie, to be directed by Kenneth Branagh. I say "may" because the story, which we read about over at ComingSoon, links to a Variety article that is no longer in place. Maybe someone spoke too soon about something not yet confirmed? The original report stated that Asano had joined the cast as one of The Warriors Three, alongside Ray Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone) and Stuart Townsend, who fight alongside Thor in battle.
The cast for Thor already includes Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Colm Feore, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander and presumably Samuel L. Jackson in a cameo as Nick Fury. If it's true that these other three have also signed on (and we really, really, hope it is), then... wow. I wonder what kind of budget this movie has?
Once more information is available, you know you'll hear about it here.
- Nov 17
- Death on Wheels. First trailer for Aussie horror ROAD TRAIN
- Posted by Deljhp - 17/11/09 at 12:38 PM
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There’s nothing like a good road (horror) movie and from the looks of this first trailer for local director Dean Francis’s Road Train, he may well soon be adding to the list. Unfairly or not, in past coverage we’ve drawn similarities in RTs storyline to Steven Spielberg’s Duel, but watching the trail it seems Francis (and writer Clive Hopkins) have thrown some new twists into the mix, and if nothing else we want to see what the hell is in the back of that truck! Still in post production there’s no word yet on when or where it’s due to open, but this has an American release written - right down to its 20-something slaughtering hub caps - all over it.
Synopsis: Four young friends on a camping adventure in outback Australia are run off the road by an erratically driven road train - a massive three-trailer truck. With their own vehicle wrecked, and the road train stopped, the friends march off to remonstrate with the drivers. But mysteriously, there is no one to be found. Suddenly, the silence is broken by the sound of gunshots. A distant figure in the bush screams and runs towards them. Have they become witnesses to a murder? There’s no time to discuss it. The friends commandeer the road train. The next town is only three hours away. But the next town is somewhere they will never reach. And what they discover inside the vehicle’s trailers proves more terrifying than anything out there on that lonely road.
- The UK is SAVING GENERAL YANG on DVD
- Korean crime thriller FRIEND 2 gets U.S release
- A GAME OF ASSASSINS finally starts on Dec 26
- Epic KING NARESUAN series reaches number 5!?
- Are we ready for a FIRESTORM?!
- Hong Kong celebrates new year AS THE LIGHT GOES OUT
- Poster & trailer for Malay horror THE TRANSCEND
- New poster for THE EXTREME FOX