“The Complex” Movie Review

クロユリ団地 – Kuroyuri Danchi(“Kuroyuri Complex”)Japan 2013, Dir. Hideo Nakata Atsuko Maeda – Asuka NinomiyaHiroki Narimiya – Shinobu SasaharaKanau Tanaka – Minoru Time has stopped for the ghosts. Yours is moving forward. Nursing student Asuka (Atsuko Maeda, formerly of AKB48) moves into the run-down and allegedly haunted Kuroyuri apartment complex with her parents and her brother … Read more

“Suicide Forest Village” Movie Review

樹海村 – Jukai Mura(“Jukai / Sea of Trees Village”)Japan 2021, Dir. Takashi Shimizu Mayu Yamaguchi – MeiAnna Yamada – HibikiJun Kunimura – Mr. Iguchi Jukai Village is supposedly hidden inside the famous “suicide forest” of Aokigahara nearby Mt. Fuji, “jukai” (literally “sea of trees”) being another name for the place. It’s said that whoever ventures … Read more

“Howling Village” Movie Review

犬鳴村 – Inunaki Mura(“Inunaki Village”)Japan 2019, Dir. Takashi Shimizu Ayaka Miyoshi – KanadeRyota Bando – YumaTsuyoshi Furukawa – Kenji Inunaki village (literally “crying dog village”) is the subject of a famous urban legend, located in the mountain of Fukuoka Prefecture, that was supposedly flooded during a dam construction. When her brother Yuma disappears after a … Read more

“Samejima Incident” Movie Review

真・鮫島事件 – Shin・Samejima Jiken(“The True Samejima Incident”)Japan 2020, Dir. Jiro Nagae Rena Takeda – NanaGaku Sano – Masaki Sakurako Konishi – Fumi Nana and her high school friends Fumi, Suzu, Ayumi, Ryo and Yuki are holding an online meeting, but when one of them turns up dead, the remaining friends realize something is amiss. That … Read more

“The 8th Night” Movie Review

제8일의 밤 – The 8th NightKorea 2021, Kim Tae-Hyoung Lee Sung-Min – Park Jin-Soo / Seon-HwaNam Da-Reum – Cheong-SeokKim Yoo-Jung – Ae-Ran / Virgin ShamanPark Hae-Joon – Det. Kim Ho-Tae According to Buddhist legends, there once existed a monster that brought suffering to Buddha was finally able to stop and seal it away by hiding … Read more

“White Day / The Labyrinth” Movie Review

화이트데이: 부서진 결계 – White Day: Buseojin Gyeolgye(“White Day: Broken Barrier”)Korea 2021, Song Woon Chani – Lee Hee-MinPark Yoo-Na – Han So-YoungJang Somi – Yoo Ji-MinLee Hye-Ran – Kim Seong-Ah An adaptation of the horror game White Day: A Labyrinth Named School. Hee-Min (Chani) just transferred to a new high school but has a hard … Read more

“Fearsome” Movie Review

피어썸 – FearsomeKorea 2021, Lee Sang-Hun Jo Dong-Hyuk – Seung-YeonBaro – Jae-HyukLim Young-Ju – Jun-HeeJang Seok-Hyun – Sung-Woon The lodging for a band on tour in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, turns out to be haunted. Band member Jae-Hyuk (Baro, formerly of B1A4) gets bad vibes from the house, he has seen it before somewhere. It soon … Read more

“The Closet” Movie Review

클로젯 – ClosetKorea 2020, Kim Kwang-Bin Ha Jeong-Woo – Sang-WonKim Nam-Gil – Heo Kyung-HoonHeo Yool – Ina Single parent Sang-Won moves into an isolated mansion in an attempt to reconnect with his little daughter Ina. At first scared of the old closet in her bedroom, Ina’s behavior gets more and more erratic after finding an … Read more

“Graveyard Apartment” Novel Review

On the upcoming movie adaptation of “Graveyard Apartment”. Does the 1988 horror novel make for good movie material? Last year word got out that Takashi Shimizu (of Ju-On fame) is working on a movie adaptation of “Graveyard Apartment”. The novel by popular mystery writer Mariko Koike (original title “The House Overlooking the Graveyard”) was first … Read more

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