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Exploring a Variety of Horror in Japanese Anime

In the early 2000s, Japanese horror films took American audiences by storm. These pictures took form through numerous remakes, with such classics as Ringu (The Ring), Ju-on: The Grudge (The Grudge), and Honogurai Mizu no soko kara (Dark Water). These J-Horror remakes offered stories woven with Eastern folklore, dealing with ghosts, precognition, and yōkai, including […]

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DVD Review – Pyewacket (2017)

Pyewacket, 2017.

Directed by Adam MacDonald.

Starring Nicole Muñoz, Laurie Holden, Chloe Rose, Eric Osborne, James McGowan, Bianca Melchior, and Neil Whitely.

Synopsis:

A teenage girl summons a witch to kill her unstable mother after the death of her father.

The proverb that begins ‘Be careful what you wish for…’ has been the basis for many a horror movie over the years and because of this Pyewacket, the second directorial feature from actor-turned-director/writer Adam MacDonald, treads some familiar ground as it sets up its terrors but, to use another overused phrase, the devil is in the detail.

Angst-ridden teenager Leah (Nicole Muñoz – The Last Mimzy) is having a tough time growing up as she has recently lost her father and her mother (Laurie Holden – The Walking Dead) seems to be spiralling out of control, drinking heavily and generally being all over the place mentally. Finding comfort in the occult and
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Film Review: Inner Senses (2002) by Lo Chi-Leung

“Hong Kong is so crowded these days, where would the ghosts live?” Back in 2002 it would seem that they lived in the Multiplexes. The tremendous success of “Ringu” saw an explosion of supernatural horror in Eastern Cinema and Hong Kong was no exception, with a proliferation of ghostly stories released to capitalize on the trend. From the quirky “My Left Eye See’s Ghosts” to “Visible Secret” and beyond, the screens at this time were full of spectres. With “Inner Senses”, Lo Chi-Leung crafts a more considered horror film behind the required jump moments. Whilst sadly forever linked with the tragic fate of it’s lead the following year, it still remains a film worthy on it’s own merit.

Cheung Yan (Karena Lam) moves into an apartment complex and starts to find herself haunted by the ghosts of the landlord’s deceased wife and son. Reluctantly,
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Film Review: House (1977) by Nobuhiko Obayashi

For many of my generation, Japanese Horror started with the release of “Ringu” back in 1998. Horror though has a much richer history in the orient and slowly some of the earlier releases are being rediscovered for new audiences to discover the works that had an influence on what was to become known as J-Horror. One such movie is “House”, made back in 1977 by Nobuhiko Obayashi.

Angel is excited about spending summer vacation with her father, until she finds out that his new beautiful girlfriend Ryouko would be going as well. Oshare decides she will be going to her aunt’s house in the country instead. She brings with her, her friends from school – Fantasy Kung Fu, Prof, Sweet, Mac and Melody. Arriving at the house, slowly they become aware that not everything is as it appears to be with the aunt nor the house itself and are
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Lin Shaye to Co-Star in New The Grudge Movie from Director Nicolas Pesce

You've seen her enter The Further in the Insidious film series, and now Lin Shaye will enter another horror franchise, one that's known for making meowing a seriously scary sound.

Variety reports that Shaye (all four of the Insidious films, 1982's Alone in the Dark) is set to join the cast of the new reimagining of The Grudge (2004), which is itself a remake of the Japanese film Ju-on: The Grudge. Details on Shaye's character have yet to be revealed, but she joins a growing cast that includes Andrea Riseborough, Demian Bichir, and John Cho.

The latest film in The Grudge franchise is being directed from a new screenplay draft by Nicolas Pesce, the filmmaker behind 2016's The Eyes of My Mother, a big hit on the festival circuit and a film that our own Heather Wixson called "a hauntingly provocative slice of gothic cinema" in her review. A previous screenplay
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The Grudge Reboot Sets Main Cast & Filming Start Date

Sony’s The Grudge reboot has revealed its main cast and filming start date. American audiences already experienced one version of The Grudge, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as a nurse menaced by a supernatural curse. That film was itself a remake of the 2002’s Ju-On, a movie widely recognized as a classic of Japanese horror.

Released amid a flurry of Japanese horror classics like Ringu and Dark Water (both of which also got American remakes), Ju-On concerned a pair of vengeful ghosts marking and pursuing anyone unfortunate enough to enter their house.
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The Eyes of My Mother helmer to direct The Grudge remake

Back in March 2014, it was announced that Ghost House Pictures would be rebooting its remake of the Japanese horror The Grudge, and now it seems they are finally ready to move forward with Deadline reporting that Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother) has signed on to direct.

The new film is based on a script from Jeff Buhler (Midnight Meat Train) and is being produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise. Plot details are being kept under wraps.

Pesce made his directorial debut with The Eyes of My Mother, and is currently in post-production on his second film, the psychological thriller Piercing, which stars Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott.

Created by Takashi Shimizu, The Grudge has spawned nine feature films in Japan – most recently Sadako vs. Kayako, a crossover with fellow J-horror Ring. The English-language remake was released in 2004, and was followed by sequels in 2006 and 2009.
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The Grudge Reboot to be Helmed by The Eyes Of My Mother Director Nicolas Pesce

Meowing might become a scary sound again, as a reboot of The Grudge, itself a remake of the Japanese film Ju-on: The Grudge, now has a director.

According to Deadline, the latest film in The Grudge franchise is set to be directed and rewritten by Nicolas Pesce, the filmmaker behind 2016's The Eyes of My Mother, a big hit on the festival circuit and a film that our own Heather Wixson called "a hauntingly provocative slice of gothic cinema" in her review.

Pesce is expected to provide additional work to a previous screenplay written by Jeff Buhler, who adapted Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train for the screen and also co-wrote the upcoming Jacob's Ladder remake.

A Ghost House Pictures film, The Grudge reboot will be executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise. Roy Lee, Doug Davison, Joe Drake, and Nathan Kahane.

The American Grudge franchise
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The Grudge Reboot Gets Eyes of My Mother Director

The Grudge Reboot Gets Eyes of My Mother Director
Nearly six years after The Grudge reboot was first announced by Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures, a director has finally been found. Filmmaker Nicolas Pesce, whose critically-acclaimed directorial debut The Eyes Of My Mother debuted at Sundance last year, has signed on to direct The Grudge reboot, and rewrite the script. While no production schedule or release date has been announced yet, it seems this horror reboot is finally moving forward in the right direction, after years of languishing in development hell.

Deadline reports that Nicolas Pesce will rewrite the existing script, which was first worked on by Jeff Buhler (Midnight Meat Train), who came aboard to write the script in 2014. No details have been given about the existing script, or Nicolas Pesce's new vision for the project, or how it may diverge from the original Japanese movie, or the American remake. The original Japanese movie, Ju-on: The Grudge
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Doctor Who: Extremis geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard May 20, 2017

The references and nerdy spots we caught in Doctor Who series 10: Extremis...

This article contains spoilers. Lots of them.

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Whether you like it or not, we’re now halfway through this series of Doctor Who, and it’s time for the stakes to get higher; we now know who’s in the vault (or at least, who the Doctor thinks is in the vault), there’s a massive alien invasion waiting to strike, and oh yeah, the Doctor’s still blind. While you bite your nails waiting for next week’s instalment, here are our viewing notes with all the vaguely interesting things we noticed about this week’s episode. As ever, if you’ve noticed things we haven’t,
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Film Review: ‘Death Note: Light Up the New World’

Film Review: ‘Death Note: Light Up the New World’
Too many Grim Reapers spoil the wake in “Death Note: Light Up the New World” — an over-plotted, action-heavy reboot of the groundbreaking Japanese vigilante fantasy that makes murder as easy as jotting down someone’s name. Picking up 10 years after Shusuke Kaneto’s two-part Asian hit, the new installment helmed by Shinsuke Sato tries to multiply the fun by unleashing three shinigami (“Gods of Death”) and six Death Notes on the world. Lacking the scintillating mind games that made the original so watchable, the film is at best a broad action-thriller. Despite good pre-sales in Asia, the movie has yet to bow Stateside but may serve as a warm-up to Adam Wingard’s remake of Kaneto’s superior version.

A 2003 manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takashi Obata, “Death Note” centers on Light Yagami, alias Kira, who decides to “cleanse the world of crime” after receiving a
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Exclusive Interview: ‘Rings’ director F. Javier Gutiérrez shares all

The Hollywood News sits down with director F. Javier Gutiérrez to chat about haunted videotapes and his new movie Rings.

It’s been twelve years since Samara scared cinema-goers silly in The Ring Two. Now the ghost girl returns in Rings, directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez. Based on the Japanese fright flick Ringu, the film series tells the story of a haunted videotape, which, if you watch it, will cause you to die in seven days. Rings looks set to bring the story bang up-to-date as that dreaded VHS tape ends up online…

On the eve on the film’s release we caught up with director F. Javier Gutiérrez to find out why it has taken so long to bring Samara back, and just what we can expect from Rings.

How familiar with the series were you before joining the project?

Well when I got the call from the producer
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Rings review: Dir. F. Javier Gutiérrez (2017)

Rings review: Samara Morgan and her haunted video tape get a digital upload in the latest Ring film, aptly titled Rings.

Rings review by Kat Hughes, February 2017.

1998 saw Japan introduce one of the creepiest horror icons in history, Sadako. The character came from Ringu, directed by Hideo Nakata, which told the story of a haunted video cassette. The film was sinister and chilling, and has had countless sequels and crossovers, as well as two American versions. Now comes a third American outing, this one twelve years since the last, featuring Sadako’s Us counterpart, Samara, once more.

This time around Samara has had a digital upgrade as The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki foolishly decides it’d be a good idea to upload that creepy video online and study it. It’s down to young woman Julia (Matilda Lutz) to solve the mystery of Samara after she is persuaded
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'Rings' Review: Latest Entry in Haunted-Video Franchise May Kill You With Boredom

'Rings' Review: Latest Entry in Haunted-Video Franchise May Kill You With Boredom
If crap movies carried penalties for inflicting torture on audiences, then Rings would merit a death sentence. This overdose of cinematic Lunesta takes the horror out of horrorshow – and the show is lost as well, since Spanish director F. Javier Gutiérrez doesn't seem remotely interested in rousing anything in us besides all-consuming apathy.

Seriously, how do you screw up so bad when the source material is so fertile? Ringu, the 1998 Japanese horror movie directed by Hideo Nakata, scared audiences on a global scale with its tale of a cursed videotape
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‘Rings’ Review: Watch It, and Seven Days Later You’ll Have Forgotten It

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‘Rings’ Review: Watch It, and Seven Days Later You’ll Have Forgotten It
Was there a clamoring we all somehow missed for a movie that would bring back the killer videotape that turns a viewer’s life into a seven-day rental? One would have thought that 2005’s “The Ring Two” had drained that well dry (pun intended); that follow-up even got us all to feel sorry for its director, Hideo Nakata, who made the original Japanese films (“Ringu” and “Ringu 2”) that got Hollywood interested in gore-less creeps and sinister girls with long black hair in the first place. It seemed there just wasn’t that franchise zip in “The Ring” the way “Saw” and “Paranormal Activity” could.
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Ghost in the system: has technology ruined horror films?

Well-dwelling Samara gets streamed in Rings, an HD reboot of The Ring, yet the genre has shown that a tech update doesn’t always lead to more scares

Nearly 12 years after The Ring Two – and 15 years after The Ring and 19 years after Ringu, the original Japanese horror movie that inspired it – Rings opens in theaters this Friday. The producers, Walter F Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, have stuck around for all three American versions, but there are no holdovers from the cast and crew – no Naomi Watts, no Gore Verbinski (director of The Ring) or Hideo Nakata (director of Ringu and The Ring Two), no Ehren Kruger (screenwriter of both the first and second Americanizations). In terms of continuity, it feels like a game of telephone where the line has been severed completely and we’re not even hearing gibberish on the other end. We need to be reminded why, exactly,
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‘Split,’ #1 Again? Why Shyamalan’s Movie Could Be the Rare Horror Threepeat

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‘Split,’ #1 Again? Why Shyamalan’s Movie Could Be the Rare Horror Threepeat
On the last quiet weekend before elevated titles enter the fray, M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” (Universal) gets a shot of repeating #1 for the third week, with the only significant contender being “Rings” (Paramount), yet another horror franchise entry.

In addition to “Split,” “Rings” will battle “Hidden Figures,” “La La Land,” and the second weekend of “A Dog’s Purpose” (Universal) for positions among the top six. There’s also “The Space Between Us” (Stx), the second science-fiction romance after “Passengers” in under two months. None of these films are likely to bring in even $15 million, and not all are guaranteed to top $10 million.

Super Bowl weekend is reliably one of the lowest grossing of the year. Like other weak weekends (post Labor Day, some Halloweens, early December), there’s an element of self-fulfilling prophecy as studios avoid it for top releases. Still, free from direct competition, it’s a
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Sadako v Kayako is a Split Decision: A Film Review

Director: Kôji Shiraishi. Writers: Takashi Shimizu, Kôji Suzuki. Cast: Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro and Aimi Satsukawa. There have been a combined total of twenty plus films, set in the Ringu and Ju-on film universes. Spanning eighteen years, these villains have killed untold numbers victims. Now, both cursed spirits face each other in Sadako v Kayako! Shot in Japan, the film was put together after an April Fool's Joke went viral. And, this outing is lighter in tone, compared to the earlier, more horrifying titles. This film fan was reminded of Hong-jin Na's The Wailing (2015), while watching this title. In both films, shamans are powerless to fight the supernatural. Still, the outcome of Sadako v Kayako can be predicted from a mile away. There is no way these iconic, money-making characters can take a final sleep. Sadako v Kayako is a bit predictable, but it is also an entertaining film.
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‘Sadako vs. Kayako’ Review (Shudder Exclusive)

Stars: Runa Endo, Elly Nanami, Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro, Aimi Satsukawa, Misato Tanaka, Masahiro Kômoto, Masanobu Andô, Rintaro Shibamoto, Maiko Kikuchi | Written by Takashi Shimizu, Kôji Suzuki | Directed by Kôji Shiraishi

In the battle of horror film icons, it is fair to say that the dream match-up was of course Freddy vs. Jason. A fun film, it could never live up to the expectation created around it, which could be a problem faced with Sadako vs. Kayako. Pitting The Ring against The Grudge is something of a dream match, but can it live up to expectation?

When the cursed video tape is once again watched, two friends find themselves on a race against time to stop the curse. With the help of spiritual medium Kyozo (Masanobu Andô) their may be a chance, by pitting Sadako against Kayako the known ghost who haunts a nearby house. When another girl is cursed by the house though,
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Official Sadako vs. Kayako Image Gallery Ready to Rumble

Rejoice! Sadako vs. Kayako is Now Available exclusively on Shudder, and we have an image gallery from the big clash to get your geared up! Dig it! Hideo Nakata’s Ring and Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-On: The Grudge are known worldwide as… Continue Reading →

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