Sevi: Meet The Feebles: Do we even want a remake of this? Haha. Not a bad film to introduce people for the wacky factor, but I think it pretty much did what it set to to do the first time around. That said, I certainly wouldn't mind a BD release of any of Peter Jackson's classics. Dead Alive is absolutely a zombie favorite. It just gets everything right. Bad Taste, much like Meet The Feebles, I like to thing is better served for having the goofy rubber prosthetic masks & backyard special effects. All, in my opinion, were quite impressive, given the assumed budget & experience on hand.
Most recent watch for me was House. A very goofy/silly Japanese horror/comedy that is simply utterly insane. Be careful of the trailer, it has just the slightest bit of nudity.
You will either enjoy the movie for being wild & crazy weird or you will find it to be a horrid & stupid mess. If you like the concept of a silly horror film, enjoy the trailer, but want something a bit more promising: I 100% recommend and hold in very high regard Takashi Miike's Happiness of the Katakuris.
Go to DMC! Go to DMC! Suffice it to say, it was a real treat to see the transfer to live action. What a riot. They did a surprisingly good job. Kenichi Matsuyama was outstanding. His duel with Gene Simmons has to be seen to be believed.
No matter where you go, there you are.
The Great Horror Family An interesting 13-episode Dark Comedy series about a family (the Imawanos) who move into a house that's in the middle of a spiritual nexus [in other words lots of things that go bump in the night]. The main characters consist of Osamu, the occult obsessed father who is the only one who can't see spirits; Yuko, the somewhat flaky mother; Kyoko, the teenaged sister who thinks she's too rational to believe in spirits; and Kiyoshi, the 22-year old son who is charged with saving his family from impending doom. There's also Asami, the ghost who resides in Kiyoshi's room; the Grandparents-- the Grandfather dies in the first episode and stays in a sealed room in the house; a Buddhist exorcist; Japanese men in black; a bizarre occult store owner and her Goth Lolita daughter and tons of other weird stuff. It's a short series that doesn't take itself seriously and is very easy to follow. If you're into dark comedy it's definitely worth checking out. If you're expecting straight horror though this isn't it.
"I'm not who you think I am. I'm not good or real. I'm evil, and imaginary."- Karen Walker
A friend of mine recently emailed me about a trio of Korean films that sounded interesting, so I decided to see if I could get them through the library system (being in difficult financial straits I'm on a kind of self-imposed buying moratorium) and was able to get all 3 and watch them.
First I watched R Point (which I believe was recently re-released as Ghosts of War). The title refers to a fictional location in Vietnam which has been used as a staging area for military operations several times, with disastrous results. The film takes place in 1972. Six months prior to the action of the film, a Korean patrol code-named Donkey-30 was sent to R Point; when recovery is made, the only survivor is the commander who has been horribly disfigured. He insists his entire patrol was killed by something that was not the Viet Cong, but will not say anymore; in spite of this headquarters keeps getting radio messages from the patrol pleading for someone to save them and saying "we're all going to die". Finally, headquarters decides to send another patrol in to get to the bottom of whatever happened. A nine-man patrol of stereotypes heads out, first encountering and defeating a Viet Cong woman with a machine gun, then finding a stone which bears an inscription telling how the Chinese attacked some Vietnamese there and slaughtered them; now a temple has been built there, where they find incense burning. Arriving at R Point where they set up in a large ruin which was once a colonial French mansion. At this point, one might think this would just be some kind of cheesy gorefest, but it is anything but. There are some gory scenes, but the horror is exclusively psychological and is very creepily done. (And, yes, there is a Creepy Girl With Long Black Hair-no Asian horror film should leave home without one.) Mention must also be made of the soundtrack; both the music and the sound effects do an excellent job of enhancing the creepy mood of the film. I highly recommend this movie to anyone looking for a good scare. It is available on DVD and BD from Tartan Asia Extreme.
Next I watched Woochi, a big-budget special-effects heavy fantasy/comedy about Jeon Woo Chi (given as Jun Woochi in the subtitles), a rambunctious, skirt-chasing, trouble-making wannabe Tao master. The film starts in ancient times, where monsters have been accidentally released into the human world. Three priests try to get them and the flute which controls them back with the help of Hwadam, only to run into Woochi who's own master has sent him to get the flute. The two Tao masters meet snd the flute is split in two, with each taking one part. Unfortunately, Hwadam is soon possesed by a demon; while Woochi is off escorting a young widow home (and hitting on her) Hwadam murders Woochi's master and frames Woochi for the crime. The three priests decide to seal Woochi and his sidekick Chorangyi in scrolls; unfortunately Woochi takes part of the flute with him. Fast forward to modern day Korea, where monsters are again on the loose, disguised as humans. The three priests are still around, and, believing Hwadam to be dead, they decide they have no choice but to release Woochi and Chorangyi to help them capture the monsters. Woochi has his own agenda-he is searching for an artifact that will help him become a Tao master, and he also pursues a woman who looks just like the widow he fell for in ancient times. Then the evil Hwadam shows up, and things get really crazy. Some of the plot elements seem contrived, but then this is not a film to be taken too seriously as it is clearly intended to be comedic. The special effects are quite good, with characters flying around and throwing cars at each other (shades of Project A-Ko). The only real complaint I have with this film-and it's a small one-is that it kind of goes on a bit too long (the case gives the runtime as 115 minutes, but it's actually 135 minutes). All in all, Woochi is a fun film that's definitely worth a look for fans of Asian fantasy film. It is available from Shout Factory.
Lastly, I watched The Thieves, an excellent crime/caper film. The plot concerns a plan to steal a huge diamond called "The Tears of the Sun" from it's owner, a reclusive Hong Kong gangster named Wei Hong, who stole it from a Tokyo exhibition and gave it to his mistress. The plan is developed by a thief named Macau Park, who assembles two "crews"-one from Korea that includes his former partner Popie and female safe-cracker Pepsee (who Park split from after an incident during an attempted robbery), along with trashy wire-walker Yenicall, old lady Chewingum and assistant Zambano, and a Chinese team which includes veteran thief Chen and Julie, the daughter of a professional safecracker, among others. Almost everyone in both crews has their own agenda, so things don't go quite as planned. One of the interesting things about this film is that it not only deals with the heist itself, but the aftermath, as the heist actually takes place 2/3 of the way into the film. You might need a scorecard to keep track of all the double-dealing going on here, and then there's Wei Hong and his gang and the police as well. According to Wikipedia this is currently the second highest grossing movie in Korean film history, and I can see why. Highly recommended. This is available on DVD and BD from WellGo USA.
You look at it, I'm bitter.
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