2023 has been quite the year for new releases, from sci-fi thrillers, to splatter horror, to sequels and remakes out the wazoo, the year has seen a wide variety of cinema be released in cinema, DVD and Blu-ray, and on streaming services. However, this year has seen some fantastic extreme cinema released to satiate our
The international shorts on offer at this year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival are among the strongest of the entire lineup. From a bizarre reunion with a lost family member to a futuristic Thai cyberpunk dystopia, these films comprise a dark, unconventional, and undeniably memorable experience. Here are our thoughts on the International Shorts Showcase.
Originating in 1980s Japan, V-cinema was a term that was trademarked by the film giant Toei Company as a general label for their direct-to-video content. With the rise in VHS players being purchased, as well as difficulty recouping their investments in their big-budget productions (as well as the popularity of OVA’s), the decision to move
In the realm of anime, one genre stands out for its ability to transport viewers to otherworldly realms and delve into the unknown—the supernatural genre. From ghostly encounters to battles with demons, supernatural anime offers a captivating blend of mysticism, horror, and the fantastical. With its rich storytelling, stunning visuals, and thought-provoking themes, supernatural anime
Compared to the last few years of veritable stagnation in the film industry, this current year has a considerable treasure trove for film fans around the world. Boasting some of the most unique and original ideas to be released in years, the industry looks to be back in full swing after suffering from severe difficulties
Due to the oversaturation of the genre, you are bound to come across many zombie films you know nothing about beyond containing some form of undead. Sadly, these entries in the genre are often marked by a mundanity or a quick turn of the buck (much like ‘shark’ films) where creativity and ingenuity seem absent.
People tend to underestimate just how unsettling reading horror can be. Granted, there are no images or music, but sometimes the brain fills in the blanks all too well and some stories just won’t leave you after finishing them. If said stories come from Japan, you bet they will haunt you because they have a
The term pinky violence is a retroactive term used to collectively refer to Toei’s various films of the early 70’s focused on sukebans, girl gangs and bad girls in general. Initially sparked as a reaction to the girl gang films of their rivals Nikkatsu and Daiei, pinky violence films soon took on a life of
Although psychological horror will always hold a special place in my heart, once in a while, everyone needs some blood and guts sprinkling the pages of their manga. Sometimes, it does not matter if the story is that good. If the author gets creative enough, even the edgiest story can catch the eye of even
It is a pleasure to research weird internet mysteries, above all, when they come from Japan. Due to the language barrier and its distinctive online culture, creepy stuff that originated in this country seems unusually eerie even for the most well-versed fans of the uncanny. Since I am a fellow seeker of disturbing content, I