Sunday, 17 April 2016

Yakuza Apocalypse - Reviewed



Director: Takashi Miike
Writer: Yoshitaka Yamaguchi (screenplay)
Stars: Yayan Ruhian, Rirî Furankî, Hayato Ichihara 

In the ruthless underground world of the yakuza, no one is more legendary than boss Kamiura. Rumored to be invincible, the truth is he is a vampire-a bloodsucking yakuza vampire boss! Among Kamiura's gang is Kageyama, his most loyal underling. However, the others in the gang view Kageyama with disdain and ridicule him for his inability to get tattooed due to sensitive skin. One day, assassins aware of boss Kamiura's secret arrive from abroad and deliver him an ultimatum: Return to the international syndicate he left years ago, or die. Kamiura refuses and, during a fierce battle with anime-otaku martial-arts expert Kyoken, is torn limb from limb. With his dying breath, Kamiura bites Kageyama, passing on his vampire powers to the unsuspecting yakuza. As he begins to awaken to his newfound abilities, Kageyama's desire to avenge the murder of boss Kamiura sets him on a course for a violent confrontation with Kaeru-kun, the foreign syndicate's mysterious and seemingly unstoppable leader!



Takashi Miike is known for his prolific output. Some brilliant, some odd and some just bat shit crazy and Yakuza Apocalypse is definitely the latter. After a slown burn 1st 25 minutes it goes truly off its nut!
As you would expect from Miike the cinematography is brilliant. The gore level never let's up and the characters are insane. A stinky yokai monster. A kung-fu frog. An underground slave factory full of men who are constantly knitting whilst having there feet crushed. An Edwardian priest who carries a small coffin on his back and oh did I mention  vampires?
Yes it is as insane as the above would have you think. There were many a time watching it i wondered what the fuck was going on but in saying that it kept me watching and laughing many times through it.
The only thing I would say is the ending is a little frustrating as I would have loved to see more.
All in all well worth a watch but not his best and not his worst. A blast indeed well at least I think it was!
7/10




Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Killers Moon - Retro Review


So on to another Sunday morning in bed with a cuppa. Whilst kettle is boiling and biscuits are found i once again entered the spare room. This time I fancied something off my classic British collection and there it was asking the question "Do you dream in colour Mr Trubshaw?" The mucky classic that is Killers Moon.
I would describe Killers Moon as akin to many a Peter Walker/Tony Tenser production from around that time but slightly dirtier, One of those films that makes you want to shower after seeing it and that's exactly what I did. Maybe not the best choice for a Sunday morning but in saying that a definite classic.
The basic premise is that a school bus full of young school girls breaks down in the remote countryside so they have to walk to find shelter. They eventually do find a guest-house that is closed for the season but the kind old lady (Citizen Smiths mum!)  decides to let them all stay anyway. All sorted, Except that four sexual predators have escaped from the local loony bin and are heading in their direction. Along with this we have a couple of men camping who regularly bring ladies back to the tent.


Things start to get bizarre when a three legged Doberman enters the tent obviously just having its leg cut off by something or someone in the woods.
Things start getting really grim when the lunatics find the guest house. It appears that all believe that they are in a dream brought on by the drugs they are all on, The fact is they are all nuts! Their appearance and some actions make it extremely similar in tone to A Clockwork Orange.
It really is hard to watch in places but also compelling to watch in others. The maniacs all have their own trait and everyone of them are equally unlike-able and terrifying.



The low score on IMDB doesn't do it justice, The end is equally as grim as the rest of the film and it really gives you a feeling like when The Texas Chainsaw Massacre finishes, Just grim but brilliant in equal meseaures, Go seek it out,
8/10 
Jonny T.



Have a look at the trailer, You'll get the idea!


Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Turkey Shoot - Retro Review






So, After the re-watch joy that was Razorback I decided on another Sunday morning in bed and another delve into my Ozploitation shelf.
This time it was the totally insane classic Turkey Shoot.
Set in a government controlled future that is the year 2000 Turkey Shoot tells the tale of the rich taking people who the government have seen as committing crimes against them and locking them up in a camp so that the rich can randomly hunt them down.
It's bonkers, That sums It up really. It has the feeling of classics such as the big bird cage, Logans run etc..  The prison guards are totally evil and over the top and the gore level is up there. The characters of both the hunters and the hunted are brilliant. The huge bald prison gaurd is a pure lunatic. As for the Wolf man/Circus freak well he has to be seen to be believed. The head of the prison camp is called "Thatcher" strangely enough!


It does have a very strong underlying political message but this doesn't distract from what fun it is. Some brilliant one liners and way over the top acting, Brilliant.
I would definitely recommend you tracking this down as it's now readily available fully uncut.
8/10.





TURKEY SHOOT TRAILER


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

'Occupied' from best-selling author Jo Nesbø - REVIEWED

OCCUPIED - OUT NOW ON DVD AND BLU-RAY.








The huge explosion in "Nordic" TV continues with the quite wonderful Occupied, Written by the brilliant Jo Nesbo it tells the story that in the near future in order to protect the environment the government decide to halt oil production which could plunge the country into chaos and with Europe on the brink of war this is not a popular decision in any way shape or form. It echoes the cold war with Russia threatening to invade Norway. It has been said that the show has come in for a lot of negativity from Russia about the depiction of them in the show, I'll leave my comments out on that score in case this is being read in Moscow!

With a budget of £7Million in Filmed in Norwegian, Russian and English It's made by the folks that brought us The girl with the dragon tattoo and the quality shines through. Recently aired on Sky Arts this may have missed many people's radar but out now on DVD and Blu-ray, It's well worth checking out.


The performances are all round solid and as you have come to expect from Nordic TV the cinematography is spectacular. Some have described it as a slow burn but I didn't feel that at all. If you have ever read any Jo Nesbo or seen the film adaptation of his great Head-hunters novel you will know what to expect.
It's 10 episodes long which I felt was just right. It's one of those seasons where you just want to watch the next one straight away so as with me it may result in a few late nights but it's definitely well worth your time.
8/10

OCCUPIED IS OUT NOW ON DVD AND BLU-RAY.

OCCUPIED TRAILER.



Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Exorcism horror ASMODEXIA on DVD 28 March 2016




Hello folks,
Jonny T here wih news that Spanish exorcism movie ASMODEXIA is getting a UK release date on March 28! Heard good things about it so watch this space for a review coming very soon.




Exorcism horror ASMODEXIA on DVD 28 March 2016

"... will chill you to the bone ..." Dread Central

"... wonderfully blasphemous ..." UK Horror Scene

Demonic possession spreads like a plague in a sinister, gothic road movie ….

From the disturbing opening scenes of a possessed mother giving birth, to the gruesome revelations in a grimy mental asylum, ASMODEXIA draws from occult classics THE EXORCIST, ROSEMARY’S BABY and Spanish horror franchise REC, but brings a dramatic new twist to the exorcism sub-genre.



Travelling exorcists battle dark forces in a macabre tale of horrifying possession, religious extremism and paranoia that builds to a shocking finale.  Released on UK DVD on 28 March 2016, ASMODEXIA is yet another distinctive horror movie to emerge from the vibrant Spanish genre scene.





Synopsis:
An aging priest and his granddaughter Alba roam the darkest corners of Spain as travelling exorcists, violently exorcising children, mental patients and drug addicts of a malevolent infestation.  They pass through desolate, sun-bleached landscapes and long-abandoned buildings, ridding the afflicted of this unholy epidemic while counting down the days to a mysterious resurrection.

Pursued by a shadowy cult with a sinister agenda, the duo discover that a mystery from Alba’s past may hold the key to salvation … or open the door to an unspeakable evil.



Genre: Horror | Year: 2014 | Cert: TBC | Country: Spain | Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English | Running Time: 81 mins

Directed by: Marc Carreté
Screenplay by: Mike Hostench and Marc Carreté
Cast: Luís Marco, Clàudia Pons, Irene Montalà


 About director Marc Carreté:
Marc Carreté studied image and sound at the School of Audiovisual Media of Barcelona, before working for some of the leading advertising agencies in Spain.  He has produced corporate spots and commercials for many international brands in the automotive, pharmaceutical, fashion, cosmetics and sports sectors.

In 2010, he created KRT MEDIA and wrote, produced and directed his first short film MAL CUERPO in 2011. The film was subsequently selected for the Official Competition of the 44th edition of the Sitges Film Festival.  In 2012 he filmed CASTIDERMIA, his second short which was also selected for Sitges, as well as several international film festivals. Towards the end of 2012, he wrote what would become his first feature-length film, ASMODEXIA.  Based on Carreté´s own original idea, the script was co-written with Mike Hostench and shot in Barcelona in September 2013.

Marc Carrete's influences lean towards the ‘fantastique’ in both cinema and literature, with Poe, Lovecraft, Stevenson, Flaubert, King, Dario, Maupassant among his favourite writers.



About Sharp Teeth Films:
Sharp Teeth Films promises to bring a taste of the unusual to UK audiences via cinema, DVD and VOD releases. Our carefully selected line-up will include a mix of languages and genres, with a focus on standout stories that are both provocative and fascinating … films with ‘bite’. The first releases include New York sub-culture documentary RUBBLE KINGS, highlighting the true story behind cult classic The Warriors, ‘holiday from hell’ horror SHOPPING TOUR, a thought-provoking, cannibal satire and YOU ARE NOT ALONE, a first-person POV thriller seen from the perspective of the victim.
DVD special features TBC


Sunday, 13 March 2016

'Emelie' Coming to your home soon...



Hey Folks,
Some great news that "EMELIE" is getting a well deserved release in the UK on 14th of March digitally with the DVD to follow on 4th April.
I was lucky enough to catch it a last years MAYHEM festival and it's great! Some really unsettling scenes and the lead actress is super creepy, Watch this space for a review coming very soon. All details below.
Jonny T.


Emelie

Out on Digital HD 14th MarchFrom FrightFest Presents comes Emelie...

Tense, shocking, and unbearably claustrophobic, Emelie is a nerve-shredding thriller that taps into every parent’s worst fear: what would happen if your babysitter isn’t quite what they seem to be? With an unsettling lead performance from Sarah Bolger (Agent Carter), Emelie is a believable nightmare that could come knocking at your door...

Starring
Sarah Bolger (Agent Carter, Once Upon a Time, The Lazarus Effect, The Tudors)
Chris Beetem (Black Hawk Down, TV’s Orange Is The New Black)
Sarah Poufar (Irrational Man, TV’s Scandal)
Joshua Rush (Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Break Point)

Synopsis
The Thompsons, a loving family living in a peaceful suburb are the very definition of wholesome normalcy. But on the eve of their thirteenth wedding anniversary their usual babysitter has to cancel, leaving Dan and Joyce to call upon a new girl who seems like a dream come true to their three children: Christopher, Sally and Jacob. As the night creeps on, the kids slowly realize something is very wrong and this woman is not who she claims to be. Jacob, the eldest, must grow up quickly if he wants to save his siblings from the sinister intentions of Emelie, the disturbed woman masquerading as their babysitter and DVD 4th April




Wednesday, 2 March 2016

ROAR!(1981) Reviewed.


Ravening jungle beasts assemble in flocks to invade an otherwise quiet home where they chase humans up and down stairways and from one room to another.
Director: Noel Marshall
Writers: Noel Marshall, Ted Cassidy
Stars: Tippi Hedren, Noel Marshall, Melanie Griffith

Now, The above synopsis is from IMDB - ROAR and pretty much sums up the film apart from the additional comment that should have been on there "It's off its rocker!"
Described as one of the most dangerous movies ever made you can see why it is touted as that.
Starring Noel Marshall as Hank, He plays a person who is doing research into big cat behaviour and basically lives with them in his cabin, Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Black panthers you name it and that black cat lives there.

Noel Marshall passed away in 2010 and to be honest I'm surprised he and many others made it through this film! There is of course an underlying story to ROAR but that some how gets forgotten as your jaw drops at what a loon he is around the big cats.

  


He charges into packs of fighting lions to try and brake them up, Gets taken down loads of times by packs of lions chasing him it just goes on and on. The editing must have been a nightmare to achieve a good looking film but they definitely achieved it . It says no animals were hurt during the filming but you an guarantee plenty of humans were!
We also get Tippi Hedran and a very young Melanie Griffiths. If you watch the scenes that involve the big cats you can see how genuinely nervous all the actors are except Noel Marshall he doesn't give a damn!.
It really is one of the films hat whilst you are watching and indeed after that you really want to research everything about it and what the hell went on,
All in all an insane price of film making, No CGI here just ROAR power!(sorry about that!)
Go hunt it down
8/10
Jonny T.

Remastered and uncut trailer