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Here we go again...with a twist [19 May 2009|01:13pm]

evilgrins
[ mood | intimidated ]

9:41 PM 5/18/09 · I kinda mentioned this in a little blurb on my journal but the main reason I rented this, cuz I didn't think it was going to be any good, was to see if it continued to balance things out. This series was spawned from a Japanese horror classic called Ju·On: The Grudge that was hands down one of the scariest things I'd ever seen. The Grudge & The Grudge 2 tell the same story it does in two parts...

...Ju·On was really fucking long!

There's a Ju·On 2 and I wanted to know if The Grudge 3 was the same story that was, or had a lot of elements from it. After having watched it, and what I remember from the 2nd in the Japanese part of the series, I'd have to say that would be a no.

What I didn't expect was for the 3rd Grudge to be so fucking good!

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This movie was un·fucking·believably excellent!

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Maybe you guys can help me. [14 May 2009|08:50pm]

jovan_scorn
There is a movie from slashers early days I'm trying to remember the name too.

It was a slasher movie, but a comedy. The main killer turns out to be a football player who really wanted to be a ballet dancer. All I can remember is a few of the death scenes (on it a tub of cookies and milk another with a blender to the face) and a scene on a football field where the killers dead parent's spirits try to advise him, and then get into a fight with each other. One disembodied head starts strangling the other.

Someone on the Cracked.com forums posted the link for something like 2600 VHS movies covers, mostly dating from the late 70s to mid 90s, here but nothing rings a bell. Brought back some memories though.

Anyone know what the name of this movie is?
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Chakushin Ari~ [25 Nov 2006|10:29pm]

mokona_modoki
I first watched Chakushin Ari when I saw it as a free movie on On Demand. It was my first time actually watching a jhorror film and I liked it a lot. Not very scary, but I thought it was pretty interesting. The ending confused the hell out of me, though.

Anyway, does anyone know where I could get the mp3 for the "ringtone of death"? I've been wanting to use it as my ringer for a while (it just sounds so cool!) but I haven't been able to find a good quality version of it. Any help would be much loved. ♥
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Edmond [15 Aug 2006|01:30pm]

chidder
[ mood | headachy ]



When this film first opened in Manhattan, its run was so short that, by the time I read about it, it was gone. So it was with considerable delight when I discovered the film had returned, this time to Brooklyn, last week. 

Edmond seemed to have everything going for it: a script by David Mamet, based on his 1982 play of the same name; starring the incomparable William H. Macy, always marvelous but especially so in Wayne Cramer's wonderful 2003 film The Cooler; and director Stuart Gordon, who did HP Lovecraft proud with his adaptations of Re-Animator and From Beyond. On the surface, this film seemed like a winner. 

Therein lies the problem: Edmond is all surface. 

Edmond is the same character at the end of the film as he is at the beginning -- but it's not Macy's fault. The way the story is written, we don't know if the racial epithets Edmond spews are a sudden eruption or part of his daily routine, whether he's at the tail end of a journey toward violence or whether it's a destination he's inhabited for some time. It's not a one-note performance but a one-note character, devoid of any sense of what, if anything, has been lost. Just as Gordon's direction plods from one scene to the next, Edmond is a dead man walking from the first shot to the last (where he becomes a dead man lying down). Because we are not permitted to experience his fall, but rather just follow his somnambulistic walk on the wild side, there is no tragedy. We, like Edmond, feel nothing. 

Unlike Cape Fear's Max Cady, who promised, "You're gonna learn about loss," Edmond offers no such lesson. To paraphrase Dorothy Parker's famous obvservation, the film runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.

Similarly, a litany of usually fine actors are put through their paces so quickly and without distinction that often they're gone from the screen by the time we realize who they were: Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), Dule Hill (fine here in a role that's about as far from The West Wing's Charlie as he can get), Joe Mantegna (always amazing, but especially so as Dean Martin in The Rat Pack), Denise Richards (the Charlie Sheen-Denise Richards divorce), Julia Stiles (so memorable in Mamet's State and Main), Mean Suvari (the American Beauty herself), Rebecca Pidgeon (also fine State and Main -- and married to Mr. Mamet), and Debi Mazar (not used nearly enough in Entourage). Despite all this thespian firepower, the only onscreen chemistry occurs in the scene between Macy and Stiles in her character's apartment, when, for a fleeting moment, it seems as if she and Edmond might have found in each other a twisted kindred spirit. Alas, even that spark is extinguished before it can ignite anything else.

A gentleman, a few rows ahead of us, served as spokesman for the sparse audience when the film faded out and the lights came up. "That's it?" he said. Indeed.

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Humans and Vampires have lived in Harmony. [21 Jul 2006|05:34am]

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Shutter [11 Jan 2006|12:12am]

aethyrkitten
How many of you have seen the Thai horror movie "Shutter"?

I bought the R3 DVD in Chinatown while in SF this past November, and I have to say, I'm pleased with my purchase. It's nothing super-original compared to all the other ghost-of-girl-seeking-vengeance type films, but I enjoyed the storyline with its (not unexpected, I admit, but not unoriginal either - you can just see it coming if you're paying attention) twisty windingness, and I *loved* the ending. They did a, if not original, then at least uncommon take on the end result of a haunting. Nothing was too terrifyingly scary (for me, at least, but I don't scare much), but there were some cleverly done scenes that may or may not freak you out. My personal creepy favorite was a scene reminiscent of the duvet bedcovers scene in Ju-On.

Those of you who've seen it, if there are any, what did you think? Hated it, loved it, feeling same as me?
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Asian Horror + Google [09 Dec 2005|01:57pm]

vkxonline
We just added this one for Dark Water:


CLICK HERE


You can customize all the links and make it your homepage. If you have a question (or just don't get this) there's also an FAQ.

Almost half of our movie themes are from the genre. Here's a few others we've done recently.


Ringu



Audition



Tale of Two Sisters


And some more coming every day this week.
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One Missed Call 2 [20 Oct 2005|02:48pm]

catsfilmingtea
Okay, my friends and I rented One Missed Call, and we loved it, and I found a download file for the second movie, but it doesn't have English subs. Does anyone have a copy, or know where I can download the sub files?? +___+

- Rachel
http://doujinshiadoptions.net
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My review of The Amityville Horror [17 Apr 2005|06:47pm]

neithersparky
...And before you say anything: you're welcome. ;D

Okay. I don't believe I ever saw the original movie but I've read the book numerous times. I love that book. Too bad my copy's gone missing...I need to replace it.

Review with spoilers:

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Unrelated the the plot of the movie...There was a crazy guy in the theatre. He was sitting in the center nearer the front than anyone else, and the only people anywhere close to him were me, and I was alone, and another lady, also alone. Neither of us, I'm sure, felt any desire to go tell an obviously disturbed person to shut the hell up, as he was talking not only to the characters on the screen but also to himself; he was also laughing at every little thing in the movie (okay, that was kinda funny, considering that it was supposed to be scary) and bobbing his head to music that just wasn't there. :P Oh well, it takes all kinds...

(x-posted to neithersparky)
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More Upcoming Remakes [01 Apr 2005|08:45am]

neithersparky
Yeah, I know, neither of these is obscure or foreign but the community's been quiet so I thought I'd sneak this in. ;)

So as y'all may or may not know we've got two new remakes of American horror classics coming up. The first is The Amityville Horror, which will be released on April 15. I am so there. I never saw the original movie but I have a copy of the book somewhere and read it for the first time when I was maybe 13 or so. The pig creeped me out the most, especially the drawings done by the little girl of him at the end of the book. And something that happened in the book happened at my house! One day I was in my room minding my own business when my mom suddenly flew in screaming that I had poured ink in the toilet. She dragged me into the bathroom and sure enough the inside of the toilet was completely black! Unlike in the book, it did eventually come out with repeated scrubbings with bleach, and I do guess it was caused by some kind of back-up, but it was creepy as hell. And I didn't appreciate the accusation. :) Mom never did believe that I was innocent.

Anyways I believe I saw a special edition of the original movie on DVD at Best Buy. Has anyone seen this? Does it have good features? I love the book so much that I may buy it if the features are good.

The other remake coming out, and I don't know the release date, is The Fog. I saw the original movie only last year and while I thought it was good, I was disappointed that it wasn't scarier. So I do hope that the remake will be creepier. I'm sure we'll have lots of rotting, bloated bodies glimpsed through greenlit fog. :) And the gratuitous Mom-has-to-save-her-kid-from-the-beasties scene. Oh well.

~Sparky
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Remakes [09 Feb 2005|02:44am]

aethyrkitten
Since we've touched on this before, and the reviews are thin on the ground at the moment (and I lack the time to put a good one together with screen caps and whatnot), I thought I'd get an "official" discussion going on this.

What's everyone's opinion of remakes? And please make a distinction of remakes of really old movies (like remaking an old early 50s horror movie in the 21st century) and movies that just came out within the past 5 years but didn't happen to be in English and thus must be remade or Americans just won't watch them (or whatever logic is being used now), or movies that've come out from the 70s/80s onward that are being/have been remade, such as Amityville or Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Hate 'em? Love 'em? Have no opinion? Take 'em case by case? Approve of remakes of native movies but not foreign ones? Vice versa? Some other special condition by which you judge them? Etc.
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Men Behind the Sun [11 Jan 2005|03:59pm]

emotivating
[ mood | I have no human motion ]

4 words: Men Behind the Sun…

title or description

My first response: ewwwwwwww,

Well you’ve all certainly heard of this film and its role in the forefront of Tokyo shock cinema (along with the likes of Guinea Pig: Flower of Flesh and Blood) but for those of you who haven’t…

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My final response: ewwwwww, that actually happened *shudder*

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The Attic Expeditions: Review [10 Jan 2005|04:49pm]

aethyrkitten
[ mood | bored ]

And now for something a bit different, a movie that's actually not Asian! Yes, amazing, I know. I'm talking about The Attic Expeditions, a weird and colorful romp into psychology and H.P. Lovecraft. (Official website here)

Now, this movie isn't *great*, but neither is it the horrible piece of crap most of its critics seem to review it as. Let's start at the beginning.

Plot Summary: The main character we follow is Trevor Blackburn. He wakes up in a hospital, and is told by very creepy Dr. Ek (Jeffrey Combs, who you'll recognize from just about any H.P. Lovecraft movie known to mankind) that he's lost all his memories and has been in and out of a comatose and amnesiac state for years now, and furthermore, he's committed for killing his girlfriend in some sort of occult ritual. Trevor is sent to the "House of Love," a halfway house filled with technicolor interior design and a whole group of is fellow lunatics; however, things quickly begin to unravel, and as his memories begin to return and he starts having visions, Trevor begins to suspect that the patients may not really be patients, and that Dr. Ek may not have such good intentions in trying to cure him. He also keeps having dreams of his own brain surgery and of a mysterious trunk in the attic.

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A Tale... [07 Jan 2005|08:52pm]

librarygeek77
I just watched the Korean horror film A Tale Of Two Sisters. I have to say that I really enjoyed it. The atmosphere in the film was excellent and the actors did a great job and making their characters come to life. The photography in this film was superb. The colors really set the mood in the film and I even enjoyed the music that was played threw out the film. It was a great movie, but like most things it did have a few flaws. It was confusing at points and somethings that happened threw out the movie didn't add up. Yet, other than that the movie is a must see. I recommend this movie to movie lovers everywhere.
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Ju-on 2 and some random stuff [04 Jan 2005|01:35pm]

neithersparky
*Dusts this place off*

So I finally got around to watching Ju-on 2 (being the second part of the TV movie, and I've yet to see Grudge 2). It is now my favorite Grudge movie. :) The effects were really good, Kayako was scary, the big Kayako face in the ceiling was great, and the multiplying Kayakos everywhere kicked ass. :) Oh yeah and the lady whamming her hubby on the head with the frying pan was terrific, especially after he had been being such an asshat about the stupid coffee.

Saw a trailer for the American Dark Water in front of Life Aquatic this weekend. Didn't get much from it. I haven't yet seen the Japanese movie but I just finished the book (and have already read the manga). The actual short story is very good but I wouldn't have seen to make an all-out horror movie from it. Oh well, it worked for Ring...

My brother has promised to buy me a multiregion DVD player so now I can stop being so careful to always get region 0 bootlegs. Anyone know if that region 2 or 3 (I forget which) Ring boxset is out yet?

~Sparky
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The Grudge (American) [30 Oct 2004|05:08pm]

neithersparky
I hope that is it okay that I comment on this movie here, as it is neither obscure or really foreign. :) However considering the nature of this LJ I will speak openly about the original(s). Those of you who have *not* seen the original(s) can just muddle along. ;)

Just got back from seeing this. Went alone. Enjoyed the squealing teenagers behind me muchly. :)

I don't believe the following review contains any real spoilers to be concerned about. But I will not restrain myself in the comment section. ;)

I don't want to make any culteral comments, so I'll just let the whole "Americans in Japan" thing that bothered me slide. :) We'll just pretend it all makes sense.

Short review: imagine an amalgam of the Ju-on movies - taking elements from each, leaving out others, shuffling stuff around, making certain things happen to different characters this time around, etc - and change three major factors:

1) The special effects. Put a lot more money into the special effects and makeup. Now for example, Kayako really looks dead, instead of just looking like she's covered in white makeup with heavy black eyeliner (I'm not slamming the original, just reporting what they did. It's like how they changed the victims in the Ring).

2) The structure of the whole overlapping timelines thing. No longer do we get six seperate "chapters" titled with the main victim's name. They changed the flow for the remake and while I thought that was a jarring change I'll bet if they hadn't of changed it lots of people would have been scratching their heads, and those squealing teenagers might not have been squealing as much.

3) The ending. I'm not a fan of the original ending but this one wasn't much better.

One final note: I was *so* jazzed they used the missing jaw bit in the remake. It was awesome. I know I was the only one in the theatre who knew what was coming. 8) (But I did miss the distorted face on the TV newscaster, they left that out.)

Overall, I don't prefer it over the original, but I liked the effects (I do like scary visual effects, they aren't essential to a movie but they can be fun). I didn't like the restructuring-deal; I thought the way they had Geller's character find out what had happened in the house in the past was hokey. And I didn't like the ending (and I couldn't help comparing it to a certain scene in Ring 2, although Ring 2, in regards to that similar scene, was creepier IMHO). But I did like Kayako lots more in this version. :)

Okay that's all I can think of right now. :)

~Sparky
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Ju-on [24 Oct 2004|04:26pm]

neithersparky
(Yeah I still don't have a new avatar, leave me alone. :) )

I just got done (finally) watching my copy of Ju-on, the theatrical one...or the 3rd in the series, whatever you want to call it. :) The one they just remade, not either of the sequels.

Here is my big fat opinion: it wasn't scary. The dead naked miaowing kid wasn't scary. The crunchy chick wasn't scary. And that noise the director was making all the time wasn't scary. :) Not to say there weren't *any* creepy bits - I dug the distorted face on the TV - but I just wasn't scared. And believe me, I'm a big chicken. I *will* go see the remake, but now I'm not afraid of going alone anymore. Anyways that's my review. :) Mostly I just posted this to see some action on this community. ;) You can yell at me if you think I'm wrong. Or if you just feel like yelling at someone. 8)

~Sparky
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[20 Oct 2004|01:05pm]

neithersparky
[ mood | working ]

Yay here's a community for me. :) I discovered Asian horror movies a couple of years ago but still have not seen all that many...I'm also all about the most obscure horror films I can dig up...I'd love to get recommendations from people in the know before I go and buy copies though. At work so I have to keep this short...Cheers. :)

~Sparky

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Review: Chakushin Ari [21 Sep 2004|10:19pm]

aethyrkitten
[ mood | sleepy ]

Sooo many movies I could review.. I'll probably stick a blurb on The Attic Expeditions here later so it's not all Asian stuff, but for now...

Today I watched the Japanese horror flick Chakushin Ari (Official Website), which can be translated as "One Missed Call" and often is. I couldn't wait until the October 9th release of the HK DVD, so I got to see some rather inventive subtitling in my copy as well.. hopefully the HK version will be better. I'd love the original Japanese DVD or even the Korean one, but the Korean one has no English subtitles and the Japanese one's undoubtedly Region 3 only. Tsk.

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