The Butcher (2008) snuff director, torturers

Discussions on snuff films will always include the controversial Japanese horror series Guinea Pig, which garnered a cult trailing that even prompted an FBI investigation after its release. However, other horror films occupying the same premise are either overlooked or unseen due to lack of audience regard or distribution. One of them is Kim Jin-won’s

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Great Yokai War Guardians Review

There’s a funny kind of serendipity when you’re a fan commentator on popular entertainment, where you can sometimes just barely miss a critical piece of information that hits a smidge after you’ve published your piece. For example, in July of 2020, Kyle Byrd and I gave a presentation titled “Great Yokai War or GREATEST Yokai

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 The Maid takes place in a sumptuous mansion, where Joy is the most recent maid in a high-turnover position. Upon her first introduction, she learns the rules of the house, most importantly: don’t pry into other’s personal business and don’t enter the mistress’s bedroom. The master (Nirach) and madam (Uma) have a daughter, Nid, with

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Midnight 2021 Film Review

South Korean cinema has carved out an incredible niche releasing thrillers tinged with a deliciously dark tone. From brutal revenge-fueled classics like Old Boy to soul-destroying crime thrillers often focused on serial killers like I Saw the Devil, these films have made a noticed and beloved impact on the genre that is here to stay.

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Prisoners of the Ghostland Film Review

Prisoners of the Ghostland wastes no time engaging viewers with its opening scene depicting the curious contrast of the stark white interior of a bank with its many patrons donned in bright vibrant solid colors. Seconds later, Nicolas Cage, as our lead simply dubbed Hero, bursts through the front door clad in black and wielding

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The Sadness Film Review

The Sadness has been a film making some early commotion due to an extreme and graphic nature – a new angle on the zombie genre in the age of our pandemic. As such, Rob Jabbaz debut film poses positives superseding the concerning elements, with the state of extreme cinema split between lazy gross-out sequences and

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Yakuza Princess Film Review

There is probably no better place to start discussing Yakuza Princess than with its setting of Sao Paulo, Brazil. As the film quickly points out in its introduction, Sao Paulo has the largest concentration of individuals of Japanese descent outside of Japan. Centered around the Japanese community in the Liberdade neighborhood, there are estimated to

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Jigoku (1960) Film Review

Jigoku narrates the tragedy of unatoned wickedness with poetic piquancy, proving that Japan and horror are efficacious accessories that constantly innovate cinema. As expected from the monumental master of Japanese horror, Nobuo Nakagawa‘s seamless combination of surreal imagery and horror: a feat that breathes frenzy and immortality to a classic and timeless arthouse horror. The story

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Eri's Murder Diary Film

Proposing itself as an intimate look at a killer, Eri’s Murder Diary caught my attention among the many titles at Japan Film Fest Hamburg. Directed by newcomer Koji Degura, I was excited to take a deep dive into the mind of a killer and see what I would find. What Is It About? Looking to

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Story of Southern Islet film

Set to screen at the 2021 Fantasia Film Festival, Story of a Southern Islet rests as Malaysia’s only entry into the prestigious festival. Having found myself intently interested on the new wave of horror films coming out of the region, I was excited for a chance to get Ket Aun Chong’s debut film, particularly off his

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