Archive for April, 2009

“The Wig” – A.J. Hakari

Of all the concessions horror has ever asked its fans to make, The Wig presents viewers with a freakin’ doozy. Films of the Asian persuasion have especially thrived on the ludicrous, what with every other one featuring some form of possessed technology menacing the main characters. But in focusing on, of all things, a haunted [...]

“The Church” – Chris Luedtke

I’m all for most horror sequels in many cases. Certain pieces, though, such as the incredible Psycho, have not needed sequels simply because what they offered in the beginning was so ridiculously good, a follow-up was bound to disappoint. Of course, none of those films have managed to measure up to the first installment. The [...]

“The Antichrist” – Chris Luedtke

If one were to make a heaping list of the wannabe Exorcist films, we’d find The Antichrist buried somewhere in there. Not on top, but not on the bottom either. The Antichrist is a film that made the early jump to try and impress viewers with demonic possession just as intense and more demonic than [...]

“Sukeban Deka: The Movie” – A.J. Hakari

You wouldn’t think it’d be hard to make an entertaining movie about secret agent schoolgirls who kill people with yo-yos. Granted, it’s not the most accessible of genres, but it leaves itself open to revel in loads of silly action and self-parody, a la Charlie’s Angels. Yet the one franchise that cornered the market on [...]

“Shinobi No Mono 2: Vengeance” – A.J. Hakari

Like zombies and pirates, ninjas have enjoyed a status of prominence amongst those who just think more forms of media could do with them. But strangely enough, this cult success hasn’t translated well to the world of film. Samurai flicks are a dime a dozen, serving as both art and entertainment, but it’s hard to [...]