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Arrow Video to Release Creepshow 2 and 2001’s Pulse on Blu-ray this December

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Arrow Video has announced their December release slate, including several Blu-rays that horror fans will want to pencil in on their holiday wish lists.

Arrow Video announced that they will release Creepshow 2 on both a limited edition and standard edition Blu-ray with a 2K restoration of the original film elements.

Other December Blu-ray releases include a Us/UK Blu-ray and DVD release of 2001's Pulse, aka Kairo, as well as UK Blu-ray releases of Donnie Darko, The Guyver, Cohen & Tate, The Burning, Hell Comes to Frogtown, and Hellgate. Below, we have official details and cover art images of all the aforementioned releases. Are you planning on adding these films to your home media collection?

From Arrow Video: "New Us Title Announcement: Creepshow 2 Limited Edition Blu-ray + Standard Blu-ray

One of the greatest horror anthologies of all time.

Unleashed December 13th. North American Blu-ray pre-order link should be live soon!
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Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Creepy screening on Fantasia International Film Festival

Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Creepy screening on Fantasia International Film FestivalSTORY75%DIRECTION70%ACTING75%VISUALS72%POSITIVESImposing, horrific atmosphereAll the cast, but particularly Teruyuki Kagawa are greatInteresting storyNEGATIVESSomewhat lagging2016-07-2773%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (0 Votes)0%

Kurosawa’s long-awaited return to his psychological J-horror roots, since his latest films were mostly art-house (Journey to the Shore, Real) or social ones (Tokyo Sonata), finally occurred, and the result is quite similar to “Pulse” (Kairo).

The action in the film starts immediately, as a tragedy occurs when a serial killer detective Takakura was questioning escaped. The result of the incident was for Takakura to resign, and to follow an academic career in criminal psychology. The script then moves in two axes. The first one takes place in the new neighborhood Takakura and his wife, Yasuko move in. While Yasuko wants to become friends with the rest of the neighbors, they treat her with suspicions except for Nishino,
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200 Greatest Horror Films (40-31)

Special Mention: The Most Dangerous Game

Directed by Irving Pichel and Ernest B. Schoedsack

Written by James Creelman

USA, 1932

Genre: Survival Horror

The first of many official and unofficial screen versions of Richard Connell’s short story of the same name, The Most Dangerous Game was made in 1932, in the era known as “Pre-Code Hollywood,” a time when filmmakers were able to get away with sexual innuendo, illegal drug use, adultery, abortion, intense violence, homosexuality, and much more. It was during this time that a film like The Most Dangerous Game was allowed to be made and shown to the general public without fear of censorship. The film was put together by producer Willis O’Brien while in pre-production on King Kong, and features several of the same cast and crew members, as well as props and sets from Kong. Despite these obvious cost-cutting measures, Dangerous Game never feels like a second-rate production,
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Why 2001 was the best year in film history

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Why 2001 was the best year in film history
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Click here for a complete list of our essays. "Mulholland Drive." "Donnie Darko." "Spirited Away." "Ghost World." "The Royal Tenenbaums." "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." "Wet Hot American Summer." "Pulse." "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." If you're not stunned by the sheer variety of greatness in the above list of films, you probably won't be on board with my argument for 2001 as the greatest year in movie history. And if you're puzzled by the exclusion of "A Beautiful Mind," then you might as well stop reading now. "A Beautiful Mind," of course, won Best Picture at the Oscars the following year, an honor that felt undeserved at the time and positively baffles in hindsight. The Ron Howard-directed drama was an ephemeral triumph, the kind of middle-of-the-road Hollywood
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The Definitive Foreign Language Horror Films: 40-31

Horror is really the only genre that has entries that, while “good,” may not necessarily mean “recommended.” So, how does that affect what is “definitive?” A recent conversation brought up the nightmare of a movie A Serbian Film (great review here from Justine) which, by all accounts, is a horror film. But, while everyone in film circles knows about the film (many have even seen it), I can’t imagine anyone actually recommending it. It’s made impact, sure. But at what cost? The best horror films aren’t simply there to scare and disgust viewers. They’re there to serve as metaphors for other issues, however big or small. But the best ones are those that do it in a way that, while still may scare and disgust you, will also make you think and reevaluate your situation.

40. À l’intérieur (2007)

English Title: Inside

Directed by: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury
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31 Days of Horror: 100 Greatest Horror Films: Top 100

Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.

Come Back Tonight To See My List Of The 200 Best!


Special Mention:

Wait until Dark

Directed by Terence Young

Written by Robert Carrington

USA, 1967

Directed by Terence Young,
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31 Days of Horror (J-Horror): ‘Kairo’ a rare bit of apocalyptic horror cinema

Kairo (Pulse)

Written and directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Japan, 2001

With our obsession of technology and isolation, would we realize it if the human race suddenly disappeared one day? We’ve spent decades refining technology that can allow us to be much more sociable, and connect with people from other parts of the world. And yet, many haven’t realized that in our efforts to somehow connect with others and build a web of friends, we’ve closed ourselves off to the world, and have completely accomplished the opposite of technology’s intent.

While surely we’ve constructed friends online and groups of people to commune with, we’re not living a social life, because we’re still just in a dark room in front of a bright screen. 2001′s Kairo focuses on a technology-obsessed world where society has closed itself off, thus failing to live the lives given to them.
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Director & Actor Teams: The Overlooked & Underrated (Part 2 of 2)

Following are some supplemental sections featuring notable director & actor teams that did not meet the criteria for the main body of the article. Some will argue that a number of these should have been included in the primary section but keep in mind that film writing on any level, from the casual to the academic, is a game of knowledge and perception filtered through personal taste.


Other Notable Director & Actor Teams

This section is devoted to pairings where the duo worked together at least 3 times with the actor in a major role in each feature film, resulting in 1 must-see film.

Terence Young & Sean Connery

Must-See Collaboration: From Russia with Love (1962).

Other Collaborations: Action of the Tiger (1957), Dr. No (1962), Thunderball (1965).

Director Young and actor Connery teamed up to create one of the very best Connery-era James Bond films with From Russia with Love which features a great villainous performance by Robert Shaw
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Horror As Metaphor: Pulse (Kairo) and the Dangers of Technology

Pulse (Kairo)

Directed/Written by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

2001, Japan

Technology has us hypnotized. We stare at the blinking blue screen for hours and soak in all the bite-sized information. We are put at ease by our use of social media sites that fool us into thinking that we are socializing with others when in reality we are just sitting alone in a room with nothing but the cold glare of the computer for comfort. In Japanese filmmaker Kurosawa Kiyoshi’s creepy Pulse (Kairo) (and, to a lesser extent, its horrid 2006 American remake), that isolation and mesmerization is explored to its full potential and given a horrifying twist.

Set in Tokyo, the film centers around Michi (Kumiko Aso), a plant sales worker whose boyfriend commits suicide right in front of her in the beginning of the movie, and Ryosuke (Haruhiko Kato) an economics student who has accessed a new internet provider. After installing the software,
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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Real

#22. Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Real

Gist: His first feature since Tokyo Sonata, which won the Un Certain Regard at Cannes, as well as best picture and script at the Asian Film Awards, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Real marks a highly-anticipated return to the big screen. Penance (2012) was made for TV. Real is a science-fiction tale about altered realities and delving into peoples’ consciousness. Kurosawa in an interview said that he knows this is an already much-treaded territory, but he wanted to express this in a way that was surprising and interesting.

Prediction: Having been on the Croisette on four previous occasions Charisma (1999), Kairo (2001), Bright Future (2003) and Tokyo Sonata (2008), this should mark the return of the filmmaker in the Main Comp section.

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The 2000′s: A Vital Decade in Horror Cinema (pt 2)

Special Mention: The Fake Trailers from Grindhouse (2007, USA): The four fake trailers featured in the otherwise disappointing Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino double-feature: Machete by Robert Rodriguez, Werewolf Women of the SS by Rob Zombie, Thanksgiving by Eli Roth and Don’t by Edgar Wright-are all very entertaining trips down horror/exploitation film memory lane and are easily the best part of the film.


2) Other Notable Horror Films Of The 2000’s:

This list focuses on films that are partially successful and even touch on brilliance at times but ultimately don’t pull everything together to fully deliver on their promise.

Intacto (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, 2001, Spain):

This film about a group of people blessed with supernatural good luck has a great premise, several great scenes-the revelation of the plane crash early in the film, the blindfolded race through the trees and the Russian roulette climax-plus the welcome presence of
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100 + Greatest Horror Movies (pt.4) 75-51

Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.

As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.


Special Mention:

American Psycho

Directed by Mary Harrron

Written by Mary Harron

2000, USA

Bret Easton Ellis’s dark and violent satire of America in the 1980s was brought to the big screen by director Mary Harron. Initially slapped with the MPAA’s kiss of death (an Nc-17 rating), American Psycho was later re-edited and reduced to a more commercially dependable “R”. Perhaps the film works best as a slick satire about misogyny,
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5 Underseen Apocalypse Movies To Accompany 'Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World'

Apocalypse is an ever-popular idea in cinema. After all, what could be more dramatic than the possibility -- or even the actuality -- of the end of everyone and everything that you've ever known. It's an all purpose metaphor, and can be used to tell all kinds of stories, in all kinds of tones, as highlighted by this weekend's comedy-drama "Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World," which sees Steve Carell and Keira Knightley brought together by the impending end of civilization.

The film's only semi-successful at melding romantic comedy with the end of days, as you'll find from our review, but there's plenty in the film to recommend it as well. And if you're still looking for a little more end-of-the-world drama, we've picked out five lesser-known examples that are worth seeking out Asap. Check out our selections below, and let us know your own favorites in the comments section.
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Kiyoshi Kurosawa Prepping 'Panic Horror'

It has been four years since Japan's Kiyoshi Kurosawa last trod in horror territory, nine since Kairo marked the end of what most would consider his peak period for the genre. But the man's love for the genre has never wavered and when he's on top of his game - in any genre - he is indisputably one of the finest film makers anywhere on the planet. And his last feature - 2008's domestic drama Tokyo Sonata - says he's still very much on top of his game.

So, head's up horror fans. Ryuganji's Don Brown has tweeted word that Kurosawa is currently at work on a film that he describes only as 'panic horror'. There has been no title given or no further details but Brown also notes that Kurosawa was previously reported as working on a creature feature revolving around a "giant alligator snapping turtle going on a
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2006's Pulse to Release on Blu-Ray September 7th

Pulse Blu-Ray ArtPulse was originally released in 2006 starring Ian Somerhalder and Kirsten Bell. The film was an adaptation of the original Japanese version from director Kiyoshi Kurosawa entitled Kairo. Now, four years later this film will make its way to Blu-Ray formats September 7th. The film has been described as a "technophobic horror flick" (La Times) and as "the spirits in Pulse don't kill you...they drain you of your life-giving energy first" (Village Voice). This reviewer has seen this film and centrally Pulse is a cautionary tale on the overuse of technology e.g. LCDs, wireless internet. The material is gripping and so is the love story between Mattie (Bell) and Dexter (Somerhalder). Fans can decide for themselves, with Vivendi Home Entertainment releasing this product in just a couple days. All the details on the release are below.

The synopsis for Pulse here:

"Pulse takes fear into new territory
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Tokyo Sonata - Trailer

Kiyoshi Kurosawa – the hugely acclaimed Japanese director famous for his groundbreaking, existential horror films such as Cure and Kairo [Pulse] – set Cannes alight last year with a surprising change of pace to, that staple of Japanese cinema, the family drama.

When Ryuhei Sasaki (played by Teruyuki Kagawa) is unceremoniously dumped from his ‘safe’ company job, his family's happy, humdrum life is put at risk. Unwilling to accept the shame of unemployment, the loyal salaryman decides not to tell anyone, instead leaving home each morning in suit and tie with briefcase, spending his days searching for work and lining up for soup with the homeless. Outstanding performances; serene, elegant direction; and Kurosawa's trademark chills are evident as he ratchets up the unsettling atmosphere and the grim hopelessness of Sasaki's unemployment.

Tokyo Sonata is showing theatrically in selected cinemas nationwide (UK) until June 2009 and is released on DVD and Blu-ray on 22 June 2009.

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Sfiaaff 2009: Kiyoshi Kurosawa—Serpent’s Path & Eyes of the Spider

Brian Darr’s and Michael Hawley’s recent previews of the 27th edition of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (“Sfiaaff”) posted, respectively, at Hell on Frisco Bay and film-415, enumerate many reasons to be pleased with this year’s line-up; not the least of which is the seven-film tribute to Kiyoshi Kurosawa. It will be no surprise to readers of The Evening Class to know how excited I am by this tribute, recalling the Kiyoshi Kurosawa Blogathon of last Summer, wherein I included my write-ups on Cure and Bright Future along with hosting essays from welcome contributors. Likewise—anticipating the opportunity to interview Kurosawa at Tokyo Sonata‘s TIFF08 North American premiere—I provided an overview of interviews conducted with Kurosawa. My dream to conduct my own interview with Kurosawa came true at the Toronto International and it now appears I will have a chance to follow-up
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Tiff Review:  Tokyo Sonata

The latest from hugely acclaimed Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa has been hailed as a major departure for the man behind existential horror gems such as Cure and Kairo (Pulse).  And in most ways it is, Kurosawa seeming to have wrapped up the horror phase of his career with Sakebi (Retribution).  Tokyo Sonata leaves the genre trappings behind entirely, operating instead as a low key family drama but if you leave the genre issue aside it is pure, one hundred percent recognizable Kurosawa and a sort of spiritual successor to Bright Future - a more mature, farther down the road of life look at the same issues of identity and purpose (or lack thereof) that drove his earlier hit film.
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Pulse 2 DVD Art, Tastes Like Metal?

The American remake of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Kairo was one of the hardest of the Japanese remakes to sit through. It was akin to being stuck in a dark, grey room while listening to a dull lecture on how technology was isolating people. All the while someone would be flashing pictures of people on their cellphones at you and repeating the phrase "death would taste like metal."

While Pulse (review) was heavy-handed, it never really expanded on what life would be like without all of the technology we've come to love and depend on today. That's where Pulse: Afterlife comes into play! From what we've heard, the main focus will be on humans surviving in the "wild" while also trying to avoid the ghosts that now rule wherever technology and electricity are present. Joel Soisson, director of The Prophecy: Uprising and Forsaken, sat at the helm for this one
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Magnolia has its finger on 'Pulse'

Magnolia has its finger on 'Pulse'
Magnolia Pictures has acquired Kiyoshi Kurosawa's horror thriller Pulse for all English-language territories as well as Mexico, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain. The film was acquired from Miramax Films and Dimension Films, which originally acquired it, along with remake rights, when it premiered in Un Certain Regard at the 2001 Festival de Cannes. The Weinstein brothers have recently started production on a remake of Pulse, starring Christina Milian and Kristen Bell.
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