Woo-Hoo!! Yours truly has finally scored herself another of those elusive films I’ve been looking for, both high and low, for quite a while, the 2012 Philippine Aswang action/horror/comedy “Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles”. Yep… this one’s been a terribly hard one to pounce on, but at last it’s mine! Which means, of course, Gentle Visitors, I’m gonna be able to tell you all about it in a suitably “nekolishous” review just in case you’ve been aching to see it too. 🙂
Our synopsis goes like this: “With dark shades on and a burning cigarette between his lips, Makoy will do whatever it takes to win back his girlfriend Sonia’s, who’s pregnant with their child. He makes the trip to remote Pulupandan, her hometown, and is quickly rebuffed by Sonia’s mother. Tired of his laziness, and devil-may-care attitude, Sonia refuses to see him as well. But Makoy has never been one to give up. With the help of Sonia’s father and his ever-dependable helper Bart, Makoy stays in town to surprise Sonia on her birthday. But alas, Makoy gets into trouble with a group of townsfolk who transform into tiktik—horrific, man-eating creatures with a taste for fetuses that are still in the womb! They are angry, and they are hungry for revenge. Will their thirst for blood and retribution be quenched? Will Makoy finally get his act together, protect Sonia and their baby, and once and for all prove himself worthy of their love? Who will win in the battle between men and monsters?”
Oooohh!! Oodles more cannibal aswang fun and games done in a style that looks super influenced by the CGI work in “300” or “Sin City”. Some action, some romance, and naturally this wee lady loves the Philippine aswang folklore on hand, even if all the movies I’ve watched all seem to have completely differing ideas on just what these critters are all about. From the Trailer, it looks like they’ve gone and done yet another version this time out, but boy does it look crazy and fun. I’m sooooo there!! Wanna know how it went? Then by now you know the drill… 😉
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Yep… I know you’ve noticed… I’ve been terribly terribly absent again, but finally I’m back here at the ol’ Litterbox and it’s time for your Favorite Catgirl Princess to take a wee side trip to exotic Vietnam for our next creepy movie review, with a look at the recent Region 1 DVD release for Vietnamese writer-director Lê Văn Kiệt’s 2012 ghost story “Ngôi Nhà Trong Hẻm” aka “House In The Alley”.
Our synopsis goes like this: “House in the Alley follows Thanh and Thao, a young successful couple living in Saigon about to begin a new happy chapter in their lives, parenthood. However, that dream becomes a nightmare, with the violent death of their son. Thanh begins to see a drastic change in Thao, and becomes concerned. She is withdrawn, compulsive, and prone to hallucination. But he can only do his best, also handling a major crisis with his business. Their house itself changes. Scratches appear on walls, furniture is vandalized, something is haunting them. Wracked with guilt and isolated, Thao is convinced their son is cursing them from the grave. Thao becomes almost unrecognizable as the paranormal takes over her body. Tormented by the thought of losing his wife, Thanh searches for clues to the history behind their house past, uncovering a secret many hoped to forget.”
Sounds pretty much like the kind of film yours truly likes… with creepy ghosts, paranormally induced insanity… and more than a wee bit of supernatural “conflict resolution” with all sorts of sharp and pointy tools. 😉 Ought to be oodles of fun, or as my sweet wifey always says “Oh no… not another of your crazy foreign psycho ghost movies….”. Why, yes, my dearest Carolyn… it’s looks like exactly that. Yes, yes…. I know…. I’m sooooo gonna owe her a big loving kiss, some quality cuddle time, and a Romantic comedy movie choice for our next Movie Nite. 🙂
However… as most of my Gentle Visitors here at the ol’ Litterbox seem to share this wee lady’s taste in atrocious horror movies, I expect all of you will probably want to “Read On” and find out just what might be in store for you if this DVD is on your own particular “must see” list so let’s give it a try shall we?
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A new month and hopefully some well deserved free time for this wee lady following a busy few weeks. How best to celebrate? Well… how about we start off with another of our trans-Atlantic shared film reviews with our fellow Asian film fanatic Stephen over at Gweilo Ramblings? Yep… now that’s just the ticket… 😉 Our film choice for this time out? Well how about we skip our usual cozy DVD-at-home for an evening out at the real cinema and a quick look at the recent Americanized reboot of an old monster movie classic, “Godzilla”? Giant monsters… army guys fighting said giant monsters… lots of crazy destruction and mayhem to be had by all. Hehehe.… and they even do it all with mostly English dialog to boot. My sweet Carolyn will be soooo happy… 🙂
Not sure “Godzilla” is really a method of celebration! But thanks for welcoming me back to the Litterbox. Now this one is a film I was somewhat suspicious about. The trailers didn’t look hopeful, but I knew the director had a lot of genre love for monster movies. But for me – could it beat that one scene in “Pacific Rim”? Anyway, how about you give us a little cat girl-styled synopsis?
Let’s see… our synopsis goes like this here: “In Japan, dedicated nuclear power-plant manager Joe Brody reports to work at the plant with his wife Sandra, who works in the reactor, where not all is well. Joe has begun to suspect that some recent suspiciously patterned seismic activity may be something more sinister than shifting tectonic plates and is actually a grave threat to the plant itself. Once there, a freak earthshock causes the plant to go into meltdown and Sandra gets caught on the wrong side of the containment door, dying literally before Joe’s eyes. Following the disaster a massive cover-up ensues. Fifteen years later, Joe’s son Ford has grown up and become a bomb-disposal expert in the U.S. military. He’s just returned home to his wife Elle and their son Sam when he gets word that his father been arrested in Japan. Long estranged from his father, who was written off as a conspiracy theorist nutcase for his failed efforts to prove the Japanese government was attempting to hide something about the earlier disaster, Ford nevertheless ventures to Japan to get him out of jail. Once there, he is drawn into his father’s obsession and reluctantly agrees to join him in traveling to their old home in the quarantined zone. Subsequently taken into custody, the pair end up in the very plant where Joe used to work, and where scientist Dr. Ichiro Serizawa is studying a massive cocoon-like structure that appears to feed on radiation. The situation turns critical when the events of the present begin to mirror those of the past, and a terrifying winged-creature dubbed a “MUTO” is unleashed. Meanwhile, as the military attempts to devise a plan to destroy the beast, signals indicate that it had been calling out to something before it broke free, and the scientists learn that it has also awoken a towering, godlike leviathan dubbed “Godzilla”, that has lain dormant for decades, and may be mankind’s only hope for restoring the balance of nature.”
Ok … sounds like it’s a pretty basic plot. So then, there’s no possible way they could screw this up, right? Weeeelll… don’t forget… we Americans have tried this before. (At least this time they haven’t invited Matthew Broderick to the party…. Thank goodness…) So with that in mind, let’s all see how it plays out shall we? Grab your popcorn… 😉
Maybe best not to waste too much time on the last effort by Hollywood. That was an awful disappointment!
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