Coldfish (2010)

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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

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Rabid (1977)

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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

Sadako vs. Kayako (2016)

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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