Time for another Spanish horror effort… the 2009 film “No-Do” also confusingly know as either “The Beckoning” or “The Haunting” depending upon whether you are watching the UK or the US DVD release for this one. It’s popped up lots and lots of places… all under a myriad of names. I almost missed it here in the US… given that it got released under the title “The Haunting”…. which was already the name of two other earlier films. Grrrr!! Gotta hate when they do that… always confuses the crap outta me and makes tracking these lil’ films down so darn hard.
Our synopsis goes: “Francesca, a pediatrician who is dedicated to both motherhood and children, is married to another physician, Pedro. Following the birth of their new son, Francesca begins to suffer from postpartum depression. Following the advice of friend and psychiatrist Jean, the couple move to a new home away from the city. But Francesca’s obsession with her new baby begins to engulf her. Regardless of Pedro’s and Jean’s attempts to help her, she seems to drift dangerously close to madness. To make matters worse, she is starting to hear and see freakish unbelievable things. Furtive figures and ghostly shadows start tormenting her. The large house in which she and her family live alone seems to hide terrible secrets. Both the cellar and the attic are locked and barred to the family by the owners, and yet it is from both of these places that Francesca receives nocturnal visits that are slowly driving her mad.Is she truly losing her mind or is the old house haunted by restless spirits? What can be the truth?”
Sounds good… and lately Spain has been very good to this wee Catgirl, movie-wise, so I’m hoping they’ll score again with this tale of haunted houses and ghostly children, no matter what the heck title they give it… If you want to know if it’s worth a look yourself… why then by all means, “Read On” and find out for yourself.
Yes, I know…. Halloween is coming…. But it’s taking… like…. FOREVER!!! AHHHHGGGG!!!
Worse… my time seems still tangled and snarled up and just refuses to let me lavish my time and attention on those things that bring your Favorite Catgirl Princess joy. Still, there’s a wee bit of time before the Holiday to have some fun and get a wee bit silly… so just for all my regular Gentle Visitors I have a few lil’ early Treats… just to help get us all in the spirit… and to let you know I’m still alive and kicking…. 😉
Another week… and more fun and games as I get in the spirit for my most favorite night of the year.
Despite my best efforts to clear some time for the ol’ Litterbox and the reviews I so badly wanted to write, it’s been an uphill battle for me to actually accomplish anything lately. The usual culprit, my work, has been the main reason I’ve fallen back. I lost yet another cook, and it’s resulted in an increase in my workload between covering a couple extra shifts as well as interviewing potential replacements… something I just plain hate. I’m a cook… and I hate the more managerial aspects of my position as kitchen manager. I’ve always been somewhat shy around strangers, and that makes for difficulty when needing to interview new people. But… that’s the job, so I pluck up my courage, follow my instincts, and try to put on my serious “business face” to just plain get it done.
Still….. in the midst of all that, have I managed anything else fun lately? Guess if you wanna know, you’ll have to follow your instincts and just “Read On”, now won’t you?
This time out it’s off to Korea for our Halloween movie festival and a look at the recent horror film “The Cat: Eyes that See Death” aka “고양이 : 죽음을 보는 두 개의 눈”. Hmmmm?? A haunted ghost story…. about cats? What sort of self respecting “Catgirl Princess” would I be if I ever let myself miss this one? 😉
Our synopsis goes as follows: “So-yeon (Park Min-yeong), is a pet groomer who suffers from claustrophobia stemming from a childhood experience. One day, one of So-yeon’s customers dies while on an elevator, leaving her cat Bi-dan behind. The mystery of who killed the woman on the elevator is unknown, and the cat is the only witness. As the police begin their investigation, they ask So-yeon to take care of Bi-dan. But something strange happens to So-yeon from the day she brings Bi-dan home.
So-yeon starts having vivid and disturbing nightmares in which she sees a little girl who keeps coming back to haunt her dreams. Afraid and unsure of just what this might mean, So-yeon starts investigating the mystery of the cat and the death of its owner just as her closest friend, who has also recently gotten a cat, suddenly dies under eerie circumstances. Just what is the strange “curse of the cat”? And… will she be it’s next victim?”
I’ve already seen the Trailer.. and read plenty of reviews by others, including one by our good friend Elpeevio over at his Blog, Things Fall Apart… and for the most part, the feelings seem mixed on this one. Still.. the Koreans always do a class act with their films and even the worst ones are still worth a look, so naturally this curious kitten just has to take a peek for herself….
Wanna know if this kitty is worth a watch for you as well? Or… should it be spayed, neutered, and dropped off at the pound to be put mercifully to sleep? Still wanna know? Why then all you have to do is “Read On” and find out all the details for yourself…
The days get shorter, shadows deepen… the nights get cooler, and the leaves are turning a riot of colors right before my eyes so I know that it’s coming…. Halloween is almost upon us! Naturally… although this lil’ Catgirl just aches to unleash her wee “inner kitten”, Life these days, just seems determined to keep me all busy with my very “grown-up” responsibilities to the exception of all else. But… where’s the fun in that?
I’ve fallen back a bit on my posting of new reviews…. as most of my Gentle Visitors will have noticed. Sigh…. I always mean well even if I do usually fall short of my ambitious goals… but worry not, I’m still plugging away at finding time to write them, so we should get a few more in before Halloween is upon us. Ahhhh…. and what other silly things is your Favorite Catgirl up to? Only one way to know…. 😉
Time to finish the eerie journey your Favorite Catgirl took watching the Spanish horror goodie “La Herencia Valdemar” by taking a look at it’s recent sequel, “La Sombra Prohibida” aka “The Forbidden Shadow”. Lots of evil goings on… forbidden lore… twisted freaky monsters… the last film appearance of the great Paul Naschy.. and Cthulhu too!! Yep. It’s a “no brainer”… Neko is sooo there.
Our synopsis? It goes like this: “The disappearance of Luisa Llorente and the Curse of the Valdemars have become the events that will cause the fates of an eclectic group of people to cross and become entangled with the goals of a shadowy Cult of fanatics who seek to unleash on Earth that “Which Sleeps Eternal”… Cthulhu, most evil of the Great Old Ones. At last all will be revealed as the fragile veil between Reality and “the Beyond” is torn asunder by foolish Mortals. Some will live… some will die… when they are forced to look upon “The Forbidden Shadow”.
By now, you are probably wanting to get on with it and see if the wait for this one is worth it… or… as can sometimes happen, they blow it badly and fail utterly to finish the story properly. That’s happened before.. and it’ll happen again. Neko’s seen her share of movie catastrophes… but, please let’s not be the case this time!! Still… as always, the truth is in the watching, so let’s get on with it then… “Read On”!!
This time out, a look a one from the big ol’ pile of Malay horror films that have been showing up in my mailbox the last month or so. “Rasuk”… which if my researches is correct, translates to “Possessed” or something along those lines. (Psst!! Any of my Gentle Visitors with a better grasp of Bahasa Malaysia can chime in anytime if I’ve messed that up and I’ll fix it… Hehehe!!)
Our synopsis for it reads: “Arman (Iqram Dinzly) and Melati (Fouziah Ghous) move to an old Malay bungalow that has been built during the Japanese occupation era. They want to escape from the hustle and bustle of city noise and live a peaceful life. However, everything changes when Melati accidentally digs beneath a stone located near their home.
After the incident Melati is in a weak condition and faint easily. Various strange events also happen after that. Zaiton (Fauziah Nawi), Melati’s mother-in-law who comes to visit them, dies suddenly without explanation. Soon Melati gets possessed and harassed by evil spirits in the absence of Arman. As a result her body suffers from bruises.
Pak Mail (Sidek Hussain), who works as a gardener at their home finally reveals the mysterious incident affecting Melati is related to a Japanese soldier who had been captured and killed here during the war. The family then decides to move out and call a shaman to ward off the evil spirits from the house.”
Hehehe… if you’ve looked at the poster for this one, you can easily see why your Favorite Catgirl moved this one right to the top of the “To Watch” pile. Will it be as creepy, scary, and good as this nasty cover? Guess I’ll find out… and you can do the same by just going ahead and readin’ my full Review….
C’mon… don’t be shy… by all means, “Read On”! 😉
At last… it’s October!! Yay!! 🙂
Or… as all my regular Gentle Visitors know, it’s their Movie-lovin’ Catgirl’s favorite month for all things spooky and fun. So… by now of course, my goofy lil’ brain is bubbling away with possibilities for just exactly what sort of hi-jinx a grown-up girl like me can still get away with and still be considered all mature and responsible.
Awwww!! Who am I kidding! This kitten can’t wait to get silly and play dress-up with her sweetie and friends, even if it is for “One Night Only”. Also… as is my tradition, October brings my usual effort to increase my postings with even more Reviews of the creepy horror movies I love to share. We’ve already gotten off to a start with one for the Spanish film, “La Herencia Valdemar”, and you can expect one for it’s sequel within the next couple of days.
What else is going on with me? Well you know the drill by now…. Yes, it’s time to “Read On” and find out!!
It’s October!! Time for us to begin our annual celebration of all things spooky movie wise. So…. how about starting off with a Spanish horror film… featuring the weird fantastic mythos of classic horror author H.P. Lovecraft? Writing back in the 30’s, he was pretty much the Father of all the “Pulp Era” stories about such weird horrors from beyond Space & Time. He’s had lots of imitators over the years since then and every now and again, somebody tries to capture on film all those freaky “unspeakable things” he was always writing about in his stories…. usually without much real success. So… when I heard about a new Spanish horror film inspired by Lovecraft and his writings, called “La Herencia Valdemar”, I was initially somewhat skeptical.
Our synopsis, short and sweet, goes like this: “Luisa Llorente, an assessment expert of old properties, travels to the mysterious Victorian mansion of the Valdemar Family to conduct an inventory of property ownership for her company in preparations of selling the property. Once there, she soon discovers the grisly fate of the previous assessor only to then mysteriously disappear as well. Maximilian, the president of the company she works for, engages the services of private detective Nicholas Tramel to try and locate her. But he soon finds she is not the first disappearance in the old Valdemar mansion… nor will she likely be the last….”
Haunted houses, creepy family curses, and ancient Eldritch evil… sounds like I’ll be a happy Lil’ Catgirl alright. If… that is, they finally manage to actually get it right. Can’t say I’ve been too happy with a Lovecraft style horror film since Brian Yuzna’s “Reanimator” and his equally gooshy and horrifying “From Beyond”. Will this one catch the right “vibe” of overwhelming, mind numbing Cosmic Evil? Guess you’ll have to “Read On” and find out…..