Sailor Suit and Machine Gun 1981 Cover Photo

To say that Shinji Sômai is one of the greats of cinema is an understatement. He is quoted as describing his directing philosophy as “humanity observing humanity,” his approach was vastly different from that seen in Japan at the time. As such, his films all have an unyielding  realism to their story and characters, strongly

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Re:Born (2016) Cover Photo

The evolution of action films has come a long way over the years; from cheesy one-liners and over the top shootouts, the genre has progressed to slick visuals and epic hand-to-hand combat. Although the old style is still prevalent with fans today, these present-day techniques are vastly superior in displayed skill from both director and

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Red Room: The Antisocial Network Cover Photo

For as long as it has been a viable means for sharing media, the internet has been a fascination of the morbidly curious. Forums and sites set up on both the surface and deep web dedicated to the spread of gratuitous, real life videos of death, becoming common knowledge in our society and reflected in

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Japan Film Fest Hamburg Shorts cover photo

One of the biggest highlights of the Japan Film Fest Hamburg rests within the diverse selection of short films. For the audience, this means getting the chance to see original shorts seldom screened outside of Japan and unlikely to ever release in the West. The fest embracing multiple genres, too, ensures a varied experience. This

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One Cut in the Life 2020 cover photo

Featured in JFFH (Japanese Film Fest Hamburg), One Cut in the Life is a poignant drama written, produced, and directed by Shintaro Hachi- a relatively unknown, up and coming filmmaker. He stated, “I would like to show my own determination regarding violent events of all sizes that I encounter in my daily life, and with

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Death Trash Cover Photo

Previously announced at E3 PC gaming showcase, Death Trash is a unique mix of Eldritch body horror, cyberpunk aesthetics and old school gaming that got me pretty excited when watching. Death Trash is an isometric, pixel art action RPG with strong influence from the work of H.P. Lovecraft and Clive Barker. “Humankind travelled to the

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It may seem odd to call a film as austere and violent as Undergods beautiful, with its bleak tones against a setting reminiscent of Cold War Era Brutalist architecture, all populated with unhappy violent people. However the cinematic achievement of the film lies in appreciating the soft visual touches and peeks at vulnerable humanity beneath

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‘The smiley face murders’ exists as a modern urban legend, a way to explain the mysterious drowning deaths of college/university age men. This comes from a multitude cases where near the discovery of the body a smiley face was found in spray paint. Not to explore too in depth, as you can find sources with

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At the start of John Schlesinger’s 1987 horror film The Believers, police psychiatrist Cal Jamison (Martin Sheen) is having a quiet morning with his wife and child. Within minutes, a malfunctioning coffee maker electrocutes his wife, boiling her insides as she stands tremoring from the shocks. It has nothing to do with the rest of

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READER WARNING: Ghosts starring in this review may contain an excessive amount of exploding glitter. Konnichiwa! Bonjour! What’s the story, bud!? Straight Outta Kanto here, bringing you a big fat oozing slice of bonkers Thai horror that will keep you in suspense – AND suspenders. I know in this current global climate, hospitals are the

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