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Ju-on 2 (Ju-on: The Grudge 2)
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

listening to : [i]generation 666[/i] - nekromantix


on friday night, i got all "duded" up and headed out the the angelika film centre in dallas. what was the special occasion you ask? to see an awesome japanese horror film, [b][i]ju-on[/i][/b]. what better than a horror film on friday the 13th, right?

"there is a curse, born of a powerful rage ..." rika, a social worker, is assigned to go to the home of an old, bedridden woman. while cleaning, she hears an odd scratching coming from a taped up, blocked off closet in an upstairs bedroom. when she opens it, she finds a small child, toshio, huddled up inside. little, does she know that she has just realeased an evil from
inside this house. anyone it comes in contact with, will surely die.

this wonderful film is brought to us by the creators of the american crossover sensation, [b][i]ringu[/i][/b], which is both good and bad. good, because we know that they know how to scare, but bad, cause people think this is just a [b][i]ringu[/i][/b] ripoff. i'm here to tell you that it's not. i guess you could say there are some similarities, but the story of ju-on was around first. this is an old japanese ghost story that they decided to put in celluloid for all to see, and i'm very glad they did. they've remade this here in america, with sarah michelle gellar in the lead role. the best news about this is that directing is
noneother than takashi shimizu, the director of this original. i can't wait to see what he did with an american cast, and a little bit different of a storyline.

some really good actors were picked for this movie. megumi okina, who played rika, was great. the only complaint i really had on her was when she fainted near the beginning. it was VERY cheesey looking, and i've never seen anyone faint quite like that before. all the women were great though, as were the men. i especially loved a transition on katsuya's (kanji tsuda) part. he is crouched down crying, and as the camera pans down, and the light goes dark, swiping down his face, he changes to a very menacing look. it's such a great transition, it happens as the dark shadow creeps down his face. another great was the old man in the wheelchair. i don't remember his character's name, but if you see it you'll know what i'm talking about, he's

tansitions were a big part of this movie. i already mentioned the change in katsuya's face/mood, but there were many more. like in hitomi's bedroom when the static on the tv changes the news anchor to our young toshio. every scene in a bedroom in this movie was sure to be a good one. there was a real dark hue the the look of this film, with a little blue in it.
cinematographer tokusho kikumura (who also held the D.P. position in the film [b][i]cure[/i][/b], which i wanna see), did such a wonderful job at the appearance of this movie. one particular move i liked was a particular scene where hitomi in in the hallway at her work and the camera does this nice sweet across her face, with a close-up of her eye, then following through to end up on the backside of her facing the bathroom door.

the make-up effects in here were wonderfull as well. the blueish-white bodies of the dead, with their dark eyes and bloody tears was just plain creepy. when you add in a small child to that, or a girl walking similar to an aligator, it just makes it even more unnerving.

i find it funny, while watching these asian films, the differences between the american culture and theirs. one small one that i just thought was intesting here in [b][i]ju-on[/i][/b] had to do with the police. when it shows detectives searching a crime scene they are not wearing the normal latex gloves, but instead they are wearing white cotton gloves. i would think that could cause extra problems. if your holding some possible evidence and it is of a slick material, you would probably be more likely to drop it with that slick cotton glove. but what do i, and other americans know, the japanese are way ahead of us.

with the exception of a few moments of cheesey acting, this movie was superb. the japanese horror never ceases to amaze me.

Forbidden Zone
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

i've been slacking on writing in here, which i'm sure hasn't really been noticed all that much, but still i'm sorry for anyone that does read it . . . simon. :)

last friday i went, with my g/f and her mom, to a midnight showing of a cult classic and landmark's inwood theatre in dallas. this was for richard elfman's [i]forbidden zone[/i]. this film is a black and white comedy/musical/b-movie from 1980. the story follows the hercules family and the doorway to the sixth demension, which resides in their basement. when the hercules young daughter, frenchie, gets fed up she heads down into the basement to see what this is all about. she meats an assortment of characters. . . the nude princess, queen doris (susan tyrell), and king fausto (herve villechaize, tattoo from [i]fantasy island[/i]). the king quickly falls in love with her, and, enraged with jealousy, the queen is out to kill. meanwhile up in "normal" world frenchie's brother, grandpa, and friend squeezit all come down to save her, as well as squeezit's twin "sister" renee. this follows into a twisted, musical journey into the sixth demension. . . with a guest appearance by danny elfman as the devil.

ok, so i didn't really know much about this film, except from the trailers for it that i had seen at the inwood at the past couple of midnights that i had gone too. man this movie is bad, but it kicks soooo much ass! the songs were great, the acting was horrible, the sets were really cool, and the story was crazy. all good things for a movie. danny elfman and the mystic knights of the oingo boingo provide the soundtrack, as well as singing from most of the cast (even tattoo!). they way they did a lot of the sets was really cool. they just used butcher paper and drew them on there. very low budget i know, but it was also really sweet looking. overall i found this movie very entertaining and i recommend those who like odd, cult movies go see this. i will include the rest of the schedule at landmark theatres across america. go see it if you can!

[b]Houston [/b]
Friday, May 28, 2004 - River Oaks Theatre
Saturday, May 29, 2004 - River Oaks Theatre
*Dates have been changed, please note the new dates
2009 West Gray
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 866-8881

[b]New York[/b]
Friday, May 28, 2004 ? Sunshine Theatre
Saturday, May 29, 2004 - Sunshine Theatre
Sunday, May 30, 2004 - Sunshine Theatre
Friday - Saturday
(Special Appearance By Richard Elfman)
Sunday - schedule permitting. 143 East Houston Street on the Lower East Side
New York, NY 10002
(212) 330-8182

[b]Palo Alto [/b]
Friday, June 4, 2004 ? Aquarius Theatre
Saturday, June 5, 2004 - Aquarius Theatre
430 Emerson Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 266-9260

Friday, June 4, 2004 - Main Art Theatre
Saturday, June 5, 2004 - Main Art Theatre
118 North Main Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 263-2111

[b]St. Louis[/b]
Friday, June 11, 2004 - Tivoli Theatre
Saturday, June 12, 2004 - Tivoli Theatre
Friday, June 18, 2004 - Tivoli Theatre
Saturday, June 19, 2004 - Tivoli Theatre
6350 Delmar Boulevard, west of Skinker
University City, MO 63130
(314) 995-6270

Saturday, June 12, 2004 - Uptown Theatre
2906 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 825-6006

Saturday, June 19, 2004 - Mayan Theatre
110 Broadway, Between First and Second Avenues
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 352-1992

[b]Berkeley [/b]
Friday, June 25, 2004 ? Act 1 & 2
Saturday, June 26, 2004 ? Act 1 & 2
2128 Center Street, just east of Shattuck
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 464-5980

[b]South Pasadena [/b]
Saturday, June 26, 2004 - Rialto Theatre
(Special Appearance By Richard Elfman) 1023 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 388-2122

[b]Atlanta [/b]
Friday, July 9, 2004 - Midtown Art Cinema
Saturday, July 10, 2004 - Midtown Art Cinema
931 Monroe Drive
Atlanta, GA 30308
(678) 495-1424

[b]Austin [/b]
Friday, July 30 - Dobie Theatre
Saturday, July 31 - Dobie Theatre
2025 Guadalupe Street in the Dobie Mall
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 472-FILM

[b]San Francisco [/b]
Friday, August 27, 2004 - Lumiere Theatre
Saturday, August 28, 2004 - Lumiere Theatre
1572 California Street at Polk
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 267-4893

Night Corridor
11 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[font=Verdana][color=#d1d168]Writer and Director Chi Chui Lee gives us a film based on a book that he wrote with the English title of [b]NIGHT CORRIDOR[/b]. Instead of the typical Asian horror ghost story, this attempts to take the viewer on an odd psychological journey dealing with the devil (to a small degree), but what it achieves is a film that is not really scary at all and down right confusing. [/color][/font]
[font=Verdana][color=#d1d168]Sam Yuen is a struggling artist trying to make his way as a photographer in England. He wakes up the day of his big exhibition opening to find that his twin brother, Ah Hung, has been in an accident and is in a coma. He proceeds to his photography show and receives an award for best foreign talent which is followed by a little speech dedicating the honor to his brother who is the only one who ever believed in him. After all is done, Sam packs up and heads back home to Hong Kong to see how his brother is doing, but once he arrives his new stepfather, a burly and very hairy man, breaks the news to him that Ah Hung has died. [/color][/font]
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[font=Verdana][color=#d1d168]His mother comes home from the funeral, drunk and in hysterics with the local priest Father Chan, and all hell begins to break loose. Turns out the mother got pregnant with the twins by another man, which devastated her husband and drove him to suicide. Then the boys were sent off to private school where Sam was subjected to the pedophilic defilement of Father Chan. After getting a message at his mother?s house, which he has not lived at for quite some time, that he has overdue books at this library he takes them there to find that his Ah Hung had checked them out under the guise of him. There he meets the librarian, Mr. Luk, and finds in a newspaper that his brother really died after being attacked by a pack of wild monkeys who tore his limbs completely off. As Sam sets out to find the truth the mysteries shrouding the death of his twin become more and more peculiar, and his mind becomes more and more confused. [/color][/font]
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[font=Verdana][color=#d1d168]This film strains to be so much more than it actually is which would be the main reason it fails to deliver. Throwing in subjects of homosexuality, pedophilia, identity crisis and an attempt at psychological horror it?s like you are watching a potluck dinner come to life instead of a movie. Not only does it jump from one of the many subjects to the other more than a soap opera, it does so in the, barely feature length, 72 minute running time. Obviously everything never fully fleshes out and what is put out there feels extremely rushed. [/color][/font]
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[font=Verdana][color=#d1d168]The film is accompanied by nothing in the way of extras, shoddy editing and a very cheesy ending but there is one really nice thing about it, the added ?character? of Henry Fuseli?s gorgeous 18th Century painting, [i]Nightmare.[/i] In this painting, that opens and closes the film along with playing into the climax, there is the depiction of a woman sprawled out asleep with a monkey-like demon sitting on her chest while a mischievous, wild eyed mare looks on from behind. A beautifully haunting painting that has a right to be appreciated, but save yourself the time of watching for it in the movie and just pick up an art book at your local library. [/color][/font]
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Zombie Honeymoon
12 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]at the USA film festival this year there was only one horror flick on the bill. one show, at 11:15 on a saturday night, and best believe that i was there. the film was not even a full fledge horror film, but a zombie horror comedy - or as i call it a zomedy.[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][/size][/font][font=Times New Roman][size=3]ZOMBIE HONEYMOON follows denise and danny zanders as the run from the church after getting married and are off to a beach house for a month. after being there and relaxing on the beach after some surfing a man comes from the water and attempts an attack on david. in the fight he throws up a reddish-black liquid all over him that he chokes on and dies. the doctors try to save him but they have no luck, then he miraculously comes back on his own while their trying to console denise. of course he's back and feels good, that's until his wife notices that the once vegetarian now has a taste for meat, and more specifically human meat. [/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]t[/size][/font][font=Times New Roman][size=3]his is not a great movie, but it was fun and had it's moments. the make up is pretty good, and there are some nice scenes of gore and flesh eating. the comedy is ... "eh". the young high school aged girls that were behind me found it hilarious, but it was not near as funny as they made it out to be. i did like the struggle his new wife had, not wanting to leave her husband and trying to deal with coming home and finding him in a bathtub eating the guts of a man she had seen jogging. she was a trooper, most women would have left at the first sight of cannibalism, but it takes true love to stand by your man as he's throwing up blood and guts because "vegetarians don't make good cannibals". [/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][/size][/font][font=Times New Roman][size=3]it's a nice effort in the horror-comedy subgenre and i would recommend a watch from a rental, but not really worth paying for a theatrical showing. [/size][/font]