- Feb 28
- BATTLE GIRL: THE LIVING DEAD IN TOKYO BAY review
- Posted by Deljhp - 28/02/10 at 03:30 PM
Director: Kazuo 'Gaira' Komizu. Review: Tim Irwin.
Battle Girl: The Living Dead in Tokyo Bay is not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination. It is campy, gruesome fun, and interesting as a predecessor to the shock films that Japan has been producing recently, ranging from Tokyo Gore Police and The Machine Girl to Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl, but it is not a good film. And honestly, who would expect a film with this title to be good? And would anyone seek it out if they weren't anticipating gory, campy, science fiction?
The story combines elements of post-apocalyptic films, zombie infection, and a singular female hero who is a war machine. As the movie opens there is a large meteor heading toward earth, where it proceeds to collide with Tokyo Bay. The heat from the impact creates a vast cloud of steam that forms a shield around Tokyo, bathing the city in an eerie fog. There are other effects, too, as the shield cloud seems to contain a strange element named cosmo amphetamine.
Amidst the confusion of a city quarantined and beset by hordes of living dead there are small pockets of humans and a squad of military men led by the evil General Hugioka (Kenji Otsuki). He has declared martial law, and commands his soldiers as he performs perverse experiments with the cosmo amphetamine. But there is a rogue warrior on the loose, the titular Battle Girl (Cutie Suzuki). Her name is Keiko Kirihara and she is the daughter of the ranking army commander. He has been lost in the shuffle, leaving behind only an instructional video and a battle suit for his daughter. Donning the odd-looking black outfit Keiko teams up with a roaming squad of ammunition hawkers to fight through hordes of undead, a squad of Human Hunters, and some of the General's monstrous beasts, enormous women who have been exposed to cosmo amphetamine....Continue review here.
- Feb 27
- Impressive first trailer for Turkish horror SES (aka VOICE)
- Posted by Deljhp - 27/02/10 at 03:02 PM
Turkey isn’t a country best know as a prolific producer of horror movies, but the quality of those they have released over the last couple of years has been consistently on the rise and the latest to surface, the horror thriller SES (aka Voice) directed by Ümit Ünal really seems to upped the ante again. It looks beautifully shot, and absolutely chock full of atmosphere. To check out the trailer, head over to the films official site and crank up the volume. Whoever did sound production and score for this, really knows their stuff. SES opens in Turkey March 5th.
Synopsis: Derya (Selma Ergeç) works in a bank's call centers to support her elderly mother One day her life is suddenly turned upside down as she begins to hear a strange voice whispering to her. The source of the voice is a mystery and it tells her things and facts noone else would know. Word gets out, and many in the community start to believe she is receiving messages from the divine. But soon the voice starts to become louder and louder, its tone becomes more and more threatening and Derya’s life starts spirally into a nightmare.
- Feb 26
- Dual release for Brit horror SALVAGE!
- Posted by Deljhp - 26/02/10 at 08:40 PM
The theatrical trail has just dropped for Lawrence Gough’s very promising Indy scare flick Salvage. To our eyes it’s virtually identical to the previous one we posted a couple of weeks ago, but better quality, and with a couple a minor additions. Still looks great, and we are keen as the proverbial mustard to see it. On that front, we’ve news of note for all those outside the UK - including all you region free savvy folk in the U.S - eager to give it a watch. Salvage is release in UK cinemas on 19th March, but we’ve just learnt that it also hits DVD just one short week later, on March 22nd. Nice!
Synopsis: Christmas Eve. When a ship container washes ashore nearby to a sleepy cul-de-sac, the residents are plunged into a world of violence, terror and paranoia. A group of heavily armed military personnel storm their road ordering them at gunpoint to retreat inside their homes. Unsure if this is the sign of a terrorist attack, or something much worse, one local mother finds it in herself to desperately fight to save her estranged daughter stranded across the street. However, with growing dread, the residents soon discover that the threat is more monstrous than any of them could possibly imagine, and survival is no longer a guarantee...
- Feb 26
- New 35mm print of Kurosawa’s RAN on tour
- Posted by Adgy - 26/02/10 at 06:35 PM
In order to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Akira Kurosawa's epic King Lear adaptation Ran, Rialto pictures is sending a brand new 35mm print of the film on tour. The print has already been in New York, but will be hitting Los Angeles, Chicago, DC, Portland and others during the first half of this year. Check out the full schedule over at Rialto's website for Ran.
Check out the trailer for the new print.
- Feb 25
- Thai Action movie THE SHADOW OF THE NAGA official site
- Posted by Deljhp - 25/02/10 at 01:45 PM
After a long and troubled journey, Pawat Panangkasiri’s crime/action flick The Shadow of the Naga (aka Nak-Prok) is now racing towards a release. That means new stuff! Enter stage left a cool new poster and an official site featuring a full length trailer. Naga opens on March 18th.
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 an extension to the 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.
- Feb 25
- Hong Kong horror CURSE OF THE DESERTED teases
- Posted by Deljhp - 25/02/10 at 10:51 AM
It was March last year that we first reported that ‘Inner Senses,’ ‘Koma’ director Chi-Leung Law was heading back to horror with his latest scare flick Curse of the Deserted, starring Kitty Zhang and Shawn Yue. Since then it’s been more than a little quiet and - a year being a long time in Hong Kong movie production - we were starting to think the production had hit the rails. But now out of the blue an impressive (if short) teaser trailer has appeared.
One reason it may be taking its time is the need for a long post production. We’ve also turned up an FX reel for the film, which shows some pretty complex CG work is being done. It definitely looks like they’ve spent some real coin on this one. A small word of warning. The teaser trail is bordering on not work safe. Its not overly gory or violent, but your boss may not appreciated discovering you looking a video featuring a scene with a nude Asian babes, bare behind...in full view. Cheeky. More as we get.
Synopsis: In his new book “The Deserted Village”, young writer GUO (Shawn Yue) wrote about the titular curse….It began 500 years ago in the Ming Dynasty, when one of the villagers died of terminal illness. The widow Yanzi vowed to stay with her husband forever. When the man suddenly returned to life, his horrified neighbours believed him to be a monster. They burned him to death and torched his mansion. The devastated Yanzi upheld her vow and threw herself into the fire. Since then, the village was cursed, and the mansion residents all resulted in mysterious death. Some say only couples who share true love can survive in that village. Those who are unfaithful will come to their demise...” To the world, the book was pure fiction. Only Guo and his ex-girlfriend Zhi (Kitty Zhang ) had lived through the horror to know its existence. When four college students decided to explore the village themselves, the trip led them to an ancient well in Yanzi’s mansion, where the curse was unleashed once again.
- Feb 24
- NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD - 3D: DVD review
- Posted by Deljhp - 24/02/10 at 06:37 PM
Director: Jeff Broadstreet. Review: Adam Wing.
Lets be brutally honest here, 3D movies are rubbish. Up until Avatar’s release last year, ‘3D movie’ was a term most commonly used to describe a horror sequel that had nowhere else to turn. Freddy and Jason have both had stabs at the third dimension, and last years horror remake My Bloody Valentine took us to hell and back three times over. Probably best if we don’t mention Jaws and The Final Destination, there’s a trend starting to develop here. When I tell you that I’m not convinced by the concept of 3D you can probably understand why, and that’s without mentioning just how ridiculous we all look in the cardboard glasses they expect us to wear. Is it too much to ask for somebody to design a pair of glasses that look as cool as Neo’s from The Matrix, rather than the bog-standard pair as modelled by Bingo from The Banana Splits? Like everybody on the face of the Earth, I went to see Avatar at the local cinema and was blown away by the future potential of 3D. Nothing could prepare me for what happened next though; surely nobody would be foolish enough to mess with horror classic Night Of The Living Dead? What do you mean, have I never heard of Jeff Broadstreet? Hold on tight folks, this is going to get messy...Continue reading review here.
With more battles, more drama and more jaw dropping action than you could shake a bloody sword at, John Woo’s epic Three Kingdoms adaptation Red Cliff is up for pre-order on R1 DVD, and better yet Blu-ray! There are two versions on offer - the 1 disc “Theatrical” and 2 disc “international” cuts - but we’d highly recommend you go for the international version. Yes it’s a little pricier, but well worth the stretch as you will get to see the whole thing as it was intended - a four hours plus, eye popping epic spectacle - rather than a hugely edited down, two hour flash in the pan. Red Cliff goes on sale on March 23rd. You know the right thing to do.
Synopsis: In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minster Cao convinced the fickle Emperor Han the only way to unite all of China was to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus began a military campaign of unprecedented scale, led by the Prime Minister, himself. Left with no other hope for survival, the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu formed an unlikely alliance. Numerous battles of strength and wit ensued, both on land and on water, eventually culminating in the battle of Red Cliff. During the battle, two thousand ships were burned, and the course of Chinese history was changed forever.
Johnnie To’s 2009 revenge thriller Vengeance, is set for a US theatrical release via IFC films. The film hasn’t been without some very mixed reviews, but you can still expect great action and gorgeous cinematography in spades. A definite must for all die hard To fans. In Vengeance, Costello (Hallyday) is a father who travels to Hong Kong to take revenge on behalf of his daughter, whose family was murdered by hired killers. Officially, he's a French chef; however, twenty years prior, he was a lethal hitman. Vengeance opens in US theatres on May 14th.
- Feb 23
- Theatrical poster for Gothic horror BLACK DEATH
- Posted by Deljhp - 23/02/10 at 12:28 AM
Not letting the bad news to get us down, that the UK release date for director Christopher Smith’s (‘Triangle’) latest project - the gothic horror Black Death - has been pushed back until May, we’ll consoled ourselves by grabbing a look at the theatrical poster for the film. Still no news for those wondering when it will be opening Stateside, but as soon as we know you will. In the mean time check out the poster full size, some great looking stills and an early review of the pic, below.
Synopsis: Medieval England has fallen under the shadow of The Black Death. In this apocalyptic world, filled with fear and superstition, a young monk called Osmund is charged with leading a fearsome knight, Ulric (Sean Bean) and his group of mercenaries to a remote marsh. Their quest is to hunt down a necromancer - someone able to bring the dead back to life. Torn between his love of God and the love of a young woman, Osmund discovers the necromancer, a mysterious beauty called Langiva. After Langiva reveals her Satanic identity and offers Osmund his heart's desire, the horror of his real journey begins....
- Feb 22
- More from OUTLAW
- Posted by Deljhp - 22/02/10 at 01:06 PM
Whist the latest teaser poster for Korean serial killer thriller The Outlaw isn’t really floating (the earlier one was better) our boat all that much, the newly released second trailer, is right on the money. It definitely shows first time director Kim Cheol-han knows how to ramp up the tense action, and of course it never hurts to have a big name actor like Kam Woo-Seong (‘R-Point,’ ‘Big Bang’) as your lead. Outlaw arrives in Korean on March 18th, so it should be available on English subbed DVD around May-June time.
- Feb 21
- Aussie horror ROAD TRAIN gets London screening
- Posted by Deljhp - 21/02/10 at 01:38 PM
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If you’re in or around London and - from our earlier coverage - you liked the looks of upcoming Aussie road horror movie Road Train, this could be your chance to catch the movie on the big screen, as its set to get an airing at the London’s Barbican Australian Film Festival in March. The directorial debut of Dean Francis, Road Train stars Xavier Samuel, Bob Morley, Sophie Lowe and Georgina Haig. For full details on the screening, check out the fests official website here, and a great promo trailer for the film below.
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.
- Feb 20
- VAMPIRE GIRL VS FRANKENSTEIN GIRL: DVD Review
- Posted by Deljhp - 20/02/10 at 11:32 AM
Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura & Naoyuki Tomomatsu. Review: Adam Wing.
From the makers of Tokyo Gore Police, The Machine Girl and Samurai Princess comes the most romantic movie of the year. Probably. Tokyo Gore Police director Yoshihiro Nishimura teams up with Zombie Self-Defence Force director Naoyuki Tomomatsu for cult hit Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl. Based on Uchida Shungiku's manga, Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl stars Yukie Kawamura (Carved 2) and Eri Otoguro (OneChanbara: The Movie), with support from Takumi Saitoh, Eihi Shiina and J-horror director Takashi Shimizu.
Schoolgirl Monami (Yukie Kawamura), complete with fetching school uniform, is in love with classmate Mizushima (Takumi Saitoh), unfortunately he already has a hot Japanese girlfriend called Keiko (Eri Otoguro). It’s Japanese tradition for girls to give boys chocolate on Valentines Day and Monami is no exception, apart from the whole sexy vampire schoolgirl thing of course. She laces her chocolate in order to infect Mizushima with vampire blood, before confessing her true identity and undying love for him. Unbeknown to the pair of them, Keiko is clearly the jealous type, and she does what any raging psychopath of a girlfriend would do in this type of situation; she attempts to throw Monami off the school roof. However, things don’t go according to plan and she falls to her death instead, I bet you can see where this is heading. It turns out that Keiko's father (Kanji Tsuda) is a mad scientist who resurrects his daughter using the body parts of dead classmates (no longer in school uniform). Vampire Girl and Frankenstein Girl face off in the bloodiest, funniest, and most outrageous Yoshihiro Nishimura splatter-fest yet....Continue review here.
- Feb 20
- Maggie Q is the new LA FEMME NIKITA
- Posted by Adgy - 20/02/10 at 08:17 AM
US television network is planning a new series rebooting La Femme Nikita with actress Maggie Q starring in the title role. Hopefully, you're familiar with the original 1990 film of the same name, starring Anne Parillaud and directed by Luc Besson. If you aren't go fix that ASAP. The character was also played by Bridget Fonda in the english language remake Point Of No Return and then the USA network did a TV series of La Femme Nikita with Peta Wilson. This time around, Maggie's character will be replacing the original Nikita who has gone AWOL.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Maggie Q's casting "would mark the highest-profile series role for an Asian actress on a broadcast drama series and the highest-profile CW minority casting in the network's four-year history."
That's cool. Hopefully, the show won't be too bad, either. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
- Feb 19
- UK prepare to be BITCH SLAPPED
- Posted by Deljhp - 19/02/10 at 10:22 AM
Take all the class and sophistication of a glamour model photo shoot, add a silly crime caper storyline into the mix, lastly sprinkle liberally with a whole lot of over the top violence and you have everything you need to know about Bitch Slap, Rick Jacobson’s “homage” to the exploitation genre of the 50s - 70s. Julia Voth, Erin Cummings, and America Olivo provide the on screen titillation (sorry couldn’t resist) that’s about as subtle as a brick in the face. If lewd, crude, tongue in cheek - boobs and blood - exploitation cinema is your thing (you know who you are) then Slap should go straight onto your must see list. Bitch Slap on DVD, arrives March 22nd.
Three badass babes – stripper Trixie, corporate powerbroker Hel and psychotic drug-runner Camero – as they crash at a remote desert hideaway with a plan to steal $200 million in diamonds from a ruthless underworld kingpin. But as allegiances change and bitter truths are revealed, the girls’ plan spirals dangerously out of control, forcing them to face a variety of villains much worse than themselves and leaving the very fate of the world in the balance.
- Feb 18
- Watch the first 6 ZATOICHI movies online for free
- Posted by Adgy - 18/02/10 at 06:23 PM
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Got some free time on your hands? Then you may want to head over to Hulu, where the Criterion Collection has put up the first 6 films in the original Zatoichi series for free streaming! Unfortunately, Hulu is only available in the US due to rights issues. Sorry, everybody else.
Interesting that these are being presented by Criterion. Back in 2005, a company called Image Entertainment bought a company called HVE (Home Vision Entertainment), which released many DVDs that were co-produced by Criterion, including a number of Kinji Fukasaku films, the Hanzo The Razor box set and 14 of the first 15 original Zatoichi movies. At the time Image purchased HVE, they signed an exclusive home video distribution agreement with The Criterion Collection that expired at the start of this year.
So now all of those titles are back in Criterion's hands. No word yet on Criterion's plans, but we expect to see more of things like this with those titles. And we're just fine with that.
Thanks to Wildgrounds for the heads up!
- Feb 18
- Fantastic new posters for REVOLVER GANGSTER GANG
- Posted by Deljhp - 18/02/10 at 01:29 PM
If we weren’t already sold on the idea of ‘My Wife Is a Gangster’ director Hyo-jin Kang’s latest quirky criminal themed action comedy, Revolver Gangster Gang - about three very mature international lady bank robbers - then the fantastic new teaser posters for the film, would have pretty much sealed the deal. It all looks like highly enjoyable nonsense, and its released in Korea in March. If you missed it first time around, check out our earlier coverage of the film here.
Revolver Gangster teaser trailer
- Feb 18
- Fresh stills from Spanish horror EXCORCISMUS
- Posted by Deljhp - 18/02/10 at 10:35 AM
With it’s hugely successful scare flicks [REC] and ]REC]2, Spanish movie house Filmax has been making quite a name for itself on the quality horror front, and with the arrival of some new stills for their latest creation the English language possession horror Exorcismus, they aren’t showing any signs of letting up anytime soon. Spaniard Manuel Carballo is directing, whilst the all grown up Sophie Vavasseur (yes indeed, the schoolgirl in ‘Resident Evil: Apocalypse’) leads an international cast, including; Tommy Bastow, Stephen Billington and Douglas Bradley. No word yet on a release date, but the pic has already scored rights sales in most English speaking regions, so it wont be long before it arrives.
Official synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Emma Hawkins is like any other teenage girl; she thinks that her parents don’t understand her. She longs for independence and a life free of family ties and responsibilities and she is prepared to do anything to achieve it. But one day she will be forced to face up to the consequences of her actions. Life seems to be carrying on as normal, until one day Emma starts experiencing frightening fits. Her parents are convinced that her problems are either medical or psychological, but when doctors´ tests are unable to draw any conclusions, the family is forced to look elsewhere for answers. It all started off as a bit of fun, Emma never really believed it, but the truth is there is something dark and sinister within her, and it won’t take long to surface.
Exorcismus stills (bottom of the page)
- Feb 17
- Indy apocalyptic horror THE DEAD OUTSIDE on R2 DVD
- Posted by Deljhp - 17/02/10 at 11:08 AM
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Helmed by former music video director Kerry Anne Mullaney, the Scottish micro budget post apocalypse horror, The Dead Outside is getting a well deserved release on DVD. Following the story of two central characters under siege from “the infected” in the desolate Scottish borders, Outside is more of a bleak thought provoking and suspenseful scare flick, so don’t go into this expecting 28 Days Later. But if beautifully shot, in your face psychological horror is your cup of Java, this could well be worth a look. The Dead Outside goes on sale Feb 22nd.
Synopsis: In the stark aftermath of a neurological pandemic, two strangers come together on an isolated Scottish farm. April, a 16 year old survivor with a dark past has survived alone for months. Daniel, a man bereaved, clings desperately on to hope of life in the outside world. Questioning his own sanity in the face of the maddened and distant cries of the lethally dangerous infected, he finds that the true enemy lies much closer to home.
- Feb 17
- LALA PIPO: Review
- Posted by Deljhp - 17/02/10 at 08:58 AM
Director: Masayuki Miyano. Review: Adam Wing.
Based on Hideo Okuda’s collection of short stories, Lala Pipo (taken from the English phrase "a lot of people") is the debut feature from Masayuki Miyano, who worked on Tetsuya Nakashima’s Kamikaze Girls and Paco and the Magical Picture Book. Hiroki Narimiya headlines, alongside Yuri Nakamura, Mari Hamada, Tomoko Murakami, Takashi Yoshimura and Sarutoki Minagawa. Six characters, six stories, ninety minutes of comedy heaven. If you’re a fan of Nakashima’s quirky cinematic offerings, Lala Pipo should be right up your street. It bares all the hallmarks of a Tetsuya Nakashima picture, no great surprise really, he did write the screenplay after all. Colourful, comical, hypnotic and bizarre, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Nakashima directed it himself. Never a bad thing in my book, Masayuki Miyano has certainly chosen wisely, imitating one of the most exciting directors in the world today...Continue review here.
- 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
- Official poster and trailer for NINJA II: SHADOW OF A TEAR
- The End is Nigh: Apocalyptic Blu-ray double bill review
- SHACKLED: DVD review