Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Bride with white Hair 1 and 2

R2 Spain





Zhuo Yi-Hang is raised by his master Tzu Yang to be his successor in the leadership of their clan. Yi-Hang meets Lien, a warrior adopted by wolves and accepted by a tribe leaded by the evil magic twins Ji Wushuang, in a lake, and they fall in love for each other. Yi-Hang promises to trust her forever. However, Ji Wushuang also loves Lien and she is sent away from their tribe. When the clan of Yi-Hang is attacked, he does not believe on Lien, thinking that she killed his master and cursing their love.




Thursday, February 19, 2009

Zombie Honeymoon

R2 France



In Sickness and in Health! How far will you go for true love? After pledging their undying love for one another, happy newlyweds Danny (Graham Sibley) and Denise (Tracy Coogan) head to the Jersey Shore for their honeymoon. The romantic start to their new life is cut short when Danny is attacked on the beach and Denise discovers that her new husband has become a flesh eating zombie! As he tries to contain his cannibalistic behavior for the sake of their marriage, Denise decides to stand by her man "for better or worse". But will Danny's decay eventually cause Denise to forsake her true love?


Monday, February 16, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Two Thousand Maniacs!

R2 Spain



Flush from the breakthrough success of Blood Feast in 1963, producer David F. Friedman and pioneering goremeister Herschell Gordon Lewis followed up a year later with Two Thousand Maniacs!. The drive-in movie would never be the same. Filmed in 14 days in St. Cloud, Florida, on a luxurious budget of $62,000, this instant cult classic revels in the grisly fate of three unwitting Yankee couples who've been falsely detoured to the Southern hick town of Pleasant Valley (population 2000--get it?). These unlucky lovers are the guests of honor at a Confederate centennial celebration. What they don't know is that the twisted citizens of Pleasant Valley are vengeful ghosts of the Civil War, determined to dispatch their "guests" in deviously unpleasant ways. Simply put, Two Thousand Maniacs! (with Blood Feast) is the original "splatter" film.

On the murder menu: death by amputation, dismemberment by horses (one per limb), crushing by boulder, and, the most unsettling (or creative?), death by barrel rolling... with flesh-ripping nails in the sides. Tame by later standards yet still absurdly shocking, Two Thousand Maniacs! is the pure, funny-freaky essence of exploitation cinema, complete with the obligatory Playboy Playmate (Connie Mason) in the cast. Lewis (a former literature professor, no less) frequently cited this as his proudest achievement, and who's going to argue? With its crude direction, atrocious acting, and delirious redneck flavor, the movie genuinely deserves its place in cinema history, its dubious entertainment value proving surprisingly durable through the decades. A milestone of movie bloodletting, it was followed, appropriately enough, by Color Me Blood Red in 1965.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

¿Quién puede matar a un niño?-Who Can Kill a Child

R2 Spain

On a vacation away from their family, Tom (Lewis Fiander, of Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde) and his pregnant wife Evelyn (Far From The Madding Crowd's Prunella Ransome) sail to an island off the coast of Spain that seems deserted...until its children emerge from the shadows with the blood of their parents on their hands...and hatred in their hearts for every adult.
Unflinchingly horrific and unapologetically downbeat, Narciso Ibáñez Serrador's Who Can Kill A Child? was heavily censored for its American release in 1976 as Island Of The Damned.



Monday, February 9, 2009

Broken

R2 UK



Capitalising on the success of films like SAW and HOSTEL, BROKEN gives the survive-or-die scenario an al fresco spin. The premise is somewhat familiar; a woman is abducted and taken to a remote part of the woods, where she is subjected to unthinkable torments by her cruel and sadistic captor. Her ordeal is made all the worse by not knowing her daughter’s whereabouts... or if indeed she’s still alive. Why any of this is happening is unclear, and it’s this apparent lack of motive that heightens the tension to an almost unbearable degree. Directors Simon Boyes and Adam Mason prove that you don’t need a huge budget to unnerve your audience; just a creepy setting and an inventive, albeit twisted, imagination.


Friday, February 6, 2009

Spasmo

R2 Italy



Beyond "Psycho" SPASMO!

A classic 'giallo' in the grand, gory Euro-Horror tradition! From Umberto Lenzi!

A mysterious, beautiful woman washed ashore on a desolate beach, a doomed triangle of unbridled lust,ia cold-blooded killer and a missing corpse set the stage for a classic 'giallo' in the grand, gory Euro-Horror tradition! From Umberto Lenzi, the violent visionary who shocked you senseless with Make Them Die Slowly and Blood Stained Orchids!
A powerfully disturbing music score by Oscar-nominated Ennio Morricon (Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, Dario Argento's Bird With the Crystal Plumage and Brian DePalama's The Untouchables).


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Axe aka Lisa,Lisa

R2 UK



Little Lisa Took an Axe and Gave Her Houseguests 40 Whacks... After terrorizing a convenience store salesgirl with tomatoes, three lowlifes on a crime spree hide out at an isolated farmhouse occupied only by teenage Lisa and her pathetically paralyzed grandpa. Bad move, guys, for while Lisa looks innocent enough, she's actually a ticking-time-bomb-of-psychotic-aggression who spends her days killing chickens, feeding raw eggs to her grandad, staring blankly into space, and hallucinating blood on a mirror. So when the three numbskulls add Lisa to their list of people to abuse, she promptly puts an end to their antisocial activities with the help of her two best friends, a straight-edge razor and her handy Axe. Directed by Frederick R Friedel and produced by the legendary Harry Novak, AXE is a dark, morbid, surprisingly disturbing foray into the underbelly of rural gothic horror. One of the original video nasties previously banned in the UK.


Monday, February 2, 2009

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

R2 France







It's rare that a movie combines extreme violence, visual panache, and gut-wrenching emotion, but Lady Vengeance is just such a movie. Geum-ja Lee (the lovely Yeong-ae Lee, Joint Security Area) is sent to prison at the age of 19 for kidnapping and murdering a 5-year-old boy. She becomes a model prisoner, apparently converting to Christianity and helping care for ill prisoners--but in fact, she's slowly making connections that will allow her to wreak revenge on the man responsible for her imprisonment. The first half of Lady Vengeance, in which Geum-ja Lee's plans are laid and her victim captured, spins to and fro in time with dizzying speed, moving fluidly among multiple narrative tracks. But once the man is in her clutches, the movie takes a turn that proves more harrowing and more emotionally complex than the previous films in writer/director Chan-wook Park's "vengeance trilogy," Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance or Oldboy--and if you've seen either of those films, you'll understand what a feat that is. These movies have much in common with the revenge tragedies written by contemporaries of Shakespeare; ornate plots full of extreme violence and perverse sex that delve into the darkest--yet often most vulnerable--sides of humanity. For all its sensational aspects, Lady Vengeance observes the toll of vengeance on the revenger; there's nothing cheap or easy about it. This movie, even more than Oldboy, demonstrates that Chan-wook Park is one of the most vital filmmakers of our time.