Not to be confused with Catfish, the documentary about the perils of online dating released in the same year, Coldfish is the story of a mild-mannered husband who unwittingly becomes the pawn of a manipulative serial killer. Nobuyuki Syamoto runs a small fish store with his young wife Taeko and daughter Mitsuko. After Mitsuko is caught shop-lifting, the family is “saved” from the shop-owner pressing charges by the intervention of a man named Yuko Murata. Murata instantly befriends the family and offers to have Mitsuko stay with him and his wife Aiko and work in his much larger fish emporium. Mitsuko readily agrees, and Murata is thus able to bend Nobuyuki to his will. Continue reading
Rabid is the third film from cult director David Cronenberg (Videodrome, Scanners) in which he further plays with his ideas regarding body horror. Former porn star and 2004 and 2008 Vice Presidential Candidate, Marylin Chambers stars as the lead, a young woman named Rose. At the opening of Rabid, Rose and her boyfriend Hart are involved in a motorcycle accident. A catatonic Rose is hospitalized and given an experimental skin graft for her burn injuries. A month later she comes out of her coma only to find she has a mutated appendage that pops out of her armpit and feasts on blood. After feeding on them, Rose’s victims become infected with a need for blood themselves, and she inadvertently causes a zombie like epidemic throughout Canada. Continue reading
REVIEW CONTAINS SLIGHT SPOILERS.
In the proud tradition of Frankenstein vs. the Wolfman and Freddy vs. Jason, director Koji Shiraishi (The Curse) brings us the J-horror beatdown, Sadako vs. Kayako. As is the case with versus films in the horror genre, the focus isn’t on the fight but on the two mythologies crossing over. Sadako vs. Kayako does a better job than most of bring these two worlds together by establishing the curses of Ringu and Ju-on being seen as on-line urban legends by the general public. Unfortunately two school girls, Yuri and Natsumi, inadvertently watch Sadako’s cursed VHS tape. The two desperately seek help, and end up in the care of a powerful psychic who decides to break the curse by playing the VHS in the cursed house, thus forcing Sadako to go after Kayako and her infant son Toshio. Continue reading
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS A SPOILER THAT THE NETFLIX AND IMDB DESCRIPTIONS ALSO GIVES AWAY.
John Wayne Cleaver is a troubled young man. He’s a sociopath whose trying to stay on the right side of the law while helping his mortician mother in their family business. When he figures out that kindly old neighbor Mr. Crowley (Christopher Lloyd) moonlights as a killer, it makes John confront his own demons while trying to find a way to stop Crowley’s killing spree. Continue reading
Since Disney acquired the Star Wars rights from LucasFilm, they’ve eschewed the expanded Star Wars universe. For those who aren’t geeks, the expanded universe of Star Wars weren’t films, but rather a large library of books, comics and video games that have been written and created over the past thirty some years to flesh out the story. For geeks, what this means is that all the time we spent in 1997 trying to steal the plans for the Death Star in the video game Dark Forces have been made irrelevant by the latest Star Wars film, Rogue One. Continue reading
Lady Snowblood is the vicious tale of a cycle of vengeance carried out by a young girl named Yuki (Meiko Kaji — who also played the lead in the Female Convict 701: Scorpion series). Yuki was born to her mother in a prison and given the sole mission to avenge the circumstances which led to the event. A group of bandits killed her mothers family, kidnapped, and raped her. After her mother kills one, she is sent to prison and sleeps with all the guards in order to breed a child for the sole purpose of vengeance. Born in blood during the middle of a snow storm, Yuki the asura is given her task. After twenty years of grueling training, Yuki sets out on her mission. Continue reading
Since I have fallen behind so much for the last week and I can barely remember all that I watched, I’m just going to spurt out some movies I saw and give a brief sum of my thoughts. Continue reading