Archive for June, 2009

“Invasion of Astro-Monster” – A.J. Hakari

Depending on your devotion to Toho’s golden child, Invasion of Astro-Monster is either one of the best or worst Godzilla pictures. In any case, it’s a pretty abrupt departure in style from the previous movies, since the Big G’s presence here is quite possibly at its most downplayed. The aim here is to create a [...]

“Belphegor: Phantom of the Louvre” – A.J. Hakari

It stands to reason that in the 100-plus years filmmaking has existed, someone should’ve made a great museum movie by now. All too often do these hallowed halls, filled with the wisdom of the ages, play host to far less interesting shenanigans, despite the surplus of available material. Still, I suppose it’s best to make [...]

“Snake Woman’s Curse” – A.J. Hakari

You know the biggest problem about being an innovator? Spending the rest of your days living up to your greatest accomplishment. Take Nobuo Nakagawa. His name might not ring any bells, but in 1960, he became one of modern Asian horror’s founding fathers with his stomach-churning opus Jigoku. Its numerous ghastly sights left quite an [...]

“Mothra vs. Godzilla” – A.J. Hakari

The lesser Godzillas were usually that way for one of two reasons. Either they were complete hatchet jobs, replete with rancid dubbing or confounding editing, or just plain boring as sin. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Mothra vs. Godzilla is a bad film, as it’s one of the more dignified entries of [...]

“Pulse” (Kairo) – Jason DeMoe

I like to think I scare kinda easy. That being said, most modern horror flicks do nothing for me. I suppose that speaks to the level of fear (or lack thereof) and ultimately the level of lazy that some horror filmmakers have shown. Pulse, however, did scare me. It scared me like I haven’t been [...]