Cyclops 1987

While the 1980s was a fairly lacklustre era for Japanese genre cinema on the major studio front, it was quite an exciting time on the independent scene. A whole new generation of filmmakers — emboldened by available 16mm cameras (the novel home video distribution format) and a robust economy — burst onto the scene, pushing

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Guzoo: The Thing Forsaken by God - Part 1

Guzoo: The Thing Forsaken by God – Part 1 is a 1986 Japanese monster horror film written and directed by Kazuo Komizu with additional writing from Hitoshi Matsuyama and Junzô Takagi. Kazuo is most notable for directing the gore films Entrails of a Virgin (1986), Entrails of a Beautiful Woman (1986), and Rusted Body: Guts

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In 1934, vaudevillian Will Hammer (real name William Hinds) diversified into the film industry. Hammer Productions Limited joined forces with Spanish entrepreneur Enrique Carreras to create Exclusive Films Limited, before returning to the Hammer name two decades later. 1955 saw the release of The Quatermass Xperiment, an adaptation of the wildly successful BBC series. Quatermass

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Pop culture is currently experiencing a boom of 1980s nostalgia. From Stranger Things on Netflix to Grady Hendrix’s My Best Friend’s Exorcism, science fiction and horror are squeezing every last drop of neon-soaked nostalgia from their audience. Before this, the 1980s experienced its own longing for 1950s culture. Back to the Future (1985) is perhaps

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The Classic Movie Monsters of Hollywood from the 1930s During the Great Depression, Americans sought relief in the comforting darkness and fantasy worlds they found in movie theaters. In the years following the violent conflict and subsequent societal upheavals of WW I, the United States suffered an epic economic crisis caused by the stock market

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Japanese Monster Slashers

It’s Halloween and I therefore decided to do a recap of a horror-related tropes or subgenre in Japanese entertainment! An obvious choice, taking up a fair amount of the genre landscape, are slashers – something much less associated to Japanese cinema. Now, clearly, Japan has no shortage of iconic slasher movies: …However, as my core

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5 Monster Movies You May Have missed

What makes a monster horror movie? For the purpose of this article I will do my best to define their je ne sais quoi as “man vs beast.” Blending violence with survival horror, our main characters must contend with something that is both violent and a viable threat. That something could be humanoid in build

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Pulgasari North Korean Kaiju

Since the division of Korea into two separate countries in 1948, North Korea have used its cinema to spread propaganda for their “Juche” or self-reliant ideology to the masses in the guise of entertainment, some of which are more controversial than others. Today we are looking at the  lesser-known Kaiju film, Pulgasari, released in North

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