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It’s 13 years since Eli Roth made his debut with the grisly, inventive virus thriller Cabin Fever. And despite only directing four other full features since then — the latest of which, Knock Knock, is about to be released on June 26th — he’s made an indelible mark, a gory, bloody mark, on American horror cinema.
He’s one of that rare breed of directors, like a Scorsese or a Tarantino or a Hitchcock, that you know what they look and sound like. That aren’t just names behind a camera, but faces in other people’s movies, chat show guests, and have celebrity other halves. It doesn’t always mean that they are a great filmmaker, but it usually means that they are far more than just a person with technical skill. »
The road home is a downhill slide for Nipponese genre kingpin Takashi Miike. A supposed “return to origins,” his vampire-gangster action-comedy “Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld” is a lazily executed dud padded out with infantile pranks, shambolic plot turns and knockabout action. Recalling the kitschy “Sushi Typhoon” series churned out by the pic’s distributor Nikkatsu, only boasting higher production values, it’s instant ramen for fanboys at rowdy midnight fest sidebars, but “Sukiyaki Western Django” this isn’t.
Before becoming gentrified by major festivals, Miike’s bread and butter was V-Cinema — low-budget, often X-rated direct-to-video gangster pics that allowed the helmer to mash up genres in darkly imaginative ways. Following a recent string of mind-numbing splatter films like “Lesson of the Evil” and “As the Gods Will,” Miike and his production team claimed they wanted to recapture the spirit of his V-Cinema standards, like “Fudoh: The New Generation »
- Maggie Lee
We saw a trailer over the weekend [watch it here], and now a poster has been released for Yazuka Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld, the latest offering from cult Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi the Killer)…
Akira (Hayato Ichihara) admires Genyo Kamiura who is the most powerful yakuza. Genyo Kamiura has been targeted numerous times, but has never died. He is called the invincible person.
Because of Genyo Kamiura, Akira enters the world of the yakuza. His yakuza colleagues treats him like an idiot, Akira can’t even get tattoos because of his sensitive skin. Akira becomes disappointed in the yakuza world, because it’s not like what he say in the movies. Especially, in terms of loyalty and charity depicted of the yakuza.
An assassin is then sent to take out Genyo Kamiura. The killers know that Genyo Kamiura is a vampire.
Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the »
- Gary Collinson
Last year, Takashi Miike (Audition, Visitor Q) returned to the horrific with metatextual, somber ghost story Over Your Dead Body (coming to DVD and Blu soon from Scream Factory). This year, he blends the yakuza film with vampires for what’s likely a uniquely Miike result. See a new, pop-colored madhouse teaser for Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld, below. …
The post Miike Madness: New Teaser for Vampire Movie, Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Recently, Indiewire gathered up a bunch of film critics and asked them what they thought the best horror film of the century was to date. The article, which you can read here, is really interesting. The big debate seems to focus on whether It Follows or The Babadook is the best horror film we’ve seen in the first 15 years of this young century, but there are plenty of other films getting props. I don’t disagree with any of the choices – which range from Takashi Miike’s unsettling Audition to Guillermo Del Toro’s uber-creepy Pan’s Labyrinth, but I was surprised by a few things. First, it was pleasant to see that A Serbian Film – a title that had my colleagues waxing orgasmic a few years ago – wasn’t even mentioned in passing. I...
- Mike Bracken
We chat to legendary producer Mario Kassar about the return of Carolco, its forthcoming sci-fi film Bot, Hollywood studios, and more...
First Blood. Total Recall. Terminator 2. For a generation versed in the major action films of the 80s and 90s, the Carolco brand holds a special place in the memory. Its distinctive logo became a byword for bold, often brash movies starring some of the biggest names of the day - not least Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Founded by producers Andrew Vajna and Mario Kassar in the 1970s, Carolco went from indie outsider to a company with the size and clout of a Hollywood major; the studio became famous - and infamous in some quarters - for its headline-grabbing deals. (Legend has it that, when Arnie signed up to make Terminator 2: Judgment Day, he was given a $17m private jet.)
At the height of its powers, Carolco was making smaller-scale, »
The good news? TVLine’s got your exclusive first look at the full list of song spoilers for tonight’s two-hour installment (8/7c on Fox) — the first live telecast of the season.
RelatedAmerican Idol Wednesday Night Recap: And Then There Were 12…
Not only will the Top 12 perform for the second time this week — under the fairly loose theme of “Get the Party Started” — but one singer will be eliminated (most »
Last year, Takashi Miike (Audition, Visitor Q) returned to the horrific with metatextual, somber ghost story Over Your Dead Body (coming to DVD and Blu soon from Scream Factory). This year, he blends the yakuza film with vampires for what’s likely a uniquely Miike result. See the first teaser for Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld, below. In the…
The post Teaser: Miike’s Vampire Movie, Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Anime News Network is reporting that a live-action movie adaptation of Kenichi Tachibana and Yū Sasuga’s sci-fi manga Terra Formars has been given the green light, with cult Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi the Killer) set to direct.
Launching in 2011, Terra Formars has sold over 10 million copies to date across 11 volumes, with a 12th set to be released this month. It has also spawned an anime series, while an original video animation is currently in the works.
Here’s the plot description from Viz Media, who will be released the manga Stateside:
In the late 26th century, overpopulation on Earth is reaching the breaking point, and humanity must find new frontiers. The terraforming of Mars has taken centuries, but is now complete. The colonization of Mars by humanity is an epoch-making event, but an unintended side effect of the terraforming process unleashes a horror no one could ever have imagined. »
- Gary Collinson
Almost 20 years after it closed, Carolco is back. CEO Alex Bafer tells us about its revival and a "very big" future sci-fi blockbuster.
At the height of its 80s and 90s powers, Carolco was one of the biggest independent film studios in Hollywood. Its distinctive logo appeared on some of the most successful movies of the era - the Rambo series, Terminator 2, Total Recall, Basic Instinct - but the studio also found a place for smaller-scale, unique films such as Angel Heart and Jacob's Ladder.
Then a combination of recession, a faltering TV and home video label and cinematic misfires - not least the infamous Cutthroat Island - saw Carolco file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December 1992. And with that, Carolco seemed to be finished.
On the 20th January, however, it was announced that the Carolco brand is back. A company once called Brick Top Productions has acquired the Carolco name, »
10 items from 2015
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