It’s not the “Witching Hour” quite yet, o’ Gentle Visitors, and although your Favorite Catgirl Princess is woefully behind things hereabouts, we’ve still got time for some Halloween Movie Festival Reviews. This time out… a wee peek at a classic from yesteryear, 1942’s witchy romantic comedy “I Married A Witch” starring the lovely Veronica Lake and Fredric March. Definitely a change of pace from my usual creepy fare, but it’s a Catgirl’s prerogative to shake things up now and again… 😉
Our synopsis? How’s this then? “As she burns at the stake, 17th century witch Jennifer, places a curse on her accuser, Jonathan Wooley, cursing all the future men in his family to suffer bad luck in love. When a lightning bolt strikes the tree she was killed on some three centuries later, she returns from the beyond and pledges to make the latest in the Wooley clan, Wallace, fall in love with her and torment him as none of his ancestors ever was. The only problem is that she accidentally drinks the love potion intended for Jonathan and swiftly proceeds to fall in love with him! But it is forbidden for a witch to ever feel love… curse or no curse.”
Hehehe…. sweet romance and a little witchy mischief. Just the thing for a “Movie Nite” with my sweetie. Sound like it could be your idea of Autumn movie fun as well? Then let’s all “Read On” and share the vintage movie memories….
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A quick swing by Germany for us this time to take a quick peek at the trippy horror fantasy “The Forbidden Girl”, just newly released to Region 2 DVD. Weirdly enough… for a German made movie with an all German cast never released theatrically anywhere outside of the country… it’s originally done completely in English language!! Yep… shades of “Modus Anomali”, eh? Well… whatever the reason behind it… that’s definitely a “win-win” in this wee kitten’s book. 😉
The synopsis goes along these lines: “The Forbidden Girl” tells the story of Toby McClift, the teenage son of a fanatical pastor who becomes addicted to an irresistible witch… the spitting image of his first love, stolen away from him during an eerie encounter years before that drove him mad and caused his confinement to a lunatic asylum. Madness or magic? Which explanation is the real truth for Toby and if he gives in to her temptation, will he be forever doomed to eternal life on the Dark Side? Dare he risk it all… for the eternal love of the Forbidden Girl?”
Oooohhh!! Now we’re talking. A nifty lil’ foreign horror story with witches, and demons and romance for me…. and all done up in easily accessable English language for my sweetie. What more could this wee Catgirl want for a cool autumn “Movie Night” on the couch? Well OK… maybe some nibbly lil’ treats to distract Ting-Ting, but I can’t really think of too much more that might make it all perfect. 😉
So… don’t just sit there… by all means “Read On” and find out how it went down, o’ Gentle Visitor!! 🙂
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Well… time for another review, and this time out it’s for the recent 2013 US adaption of the romantic fantasy novel “Beautiful Creatures”. What? An English language film? Yep… my sweet Carolyn got to pick one for a change, and this tale of witches, curses, and romance was her way of trying to find that illusive movie that would please both our movie watchin’ styles. Awwww!! She’s such a sweetheart… 😉
Quick synopsis? Gotcha covered… 😉 “In Gatlin, South Carolina, Ethan Wate longs to escape his boring life in his small sleepy Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town while falling into a forbidden romance.”
So can this one successfully combine the two genres of both tender romantic fiction and supernatural drama? Will both me and my sweetie like it? Oooohh!! Most importantly… will it just plain be any darn good? Just one way for you to find out o’ Gentle Visitor, and that’s to “Read On”…. 😉
Yep…. your Favorite Catgirl’s actually been to the cinema for “Movie Nite” this time out, and the film? Why, the fantasy fairy tale action horror mash-up, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” of course…. 😉
Our Synopsis? How this then: “All the world knows the story of innocent brother and sister, Hansel & Gretel and their nearly tragic woodland excursion to a wicked witch’s candy cottage deep in the woods one dark and spooky night. But… what happened to them after that? Why, they grew up of course… and traded in their carefree youth to become the world’s most hardened deadly professional Witch Hunters in all the land. Now… wherever evil lurks, whenever children are at risk, there will be a fearless avenging duo of deadly killers to put things right and see that all wicked witches get their just deserts!”
After the recent fairytale cinema “re-imaginings”, like “The Brothers Grimm”, “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Snow White & The Huntsman” it seems everybody wants to do their own retake on a favorite old story, and what could be more perfect than a story about child eating old Hags and the leather clad siblings who hunt them? Think this crazy Catgirl would ever want to miss that sort of silly goofy movie fun? Nawwww….
But the real question is, of course, what did yours truly think of all the medieval butt-kicking action as our frisky brother & sister open up that family sized can of whup-ass on all the evil witches they can get their hands on? Guess you’ll wanna “Read On” and find out…. 😉
August is here…. and with it your Favorite Catgirl Warrior Princess has decided upon a new “theme” month of reviews here at the ol’ Litterbox…. Soooo… as the first of my “Martial Arts Mayhem” Review Festival, I thought I’d start out with something really different. What could be more appropriate then, than a look at the recent Brazilian Martial Art fantasy, “Besouro”? Yep…. honest to goodness Brazilian Martial Arts…. and a big ol’ heapin’ helping of African folklore and mysticism to top it all off and give it a unique look and feel all it’s own. Oh yeah… that’ll do it!!
Our Synopsis? Well check this out: “Based on the life of a legendary capoeira fighter from Bahia, “Besouro” spins a fantastic tale of a young Brazilian man of African descent in search of his mission to free his people from the oppression of post slavery Brazil through the use of his Martial Art and the mystical guidance and help of the African spirits of his ancestors.”
The great looking trailer… that seems to promise all the heroic butt-kicking action anyone could ever want most definitely had me interested in finding this one. Thankfully, it’s been released here in the good ol’ US as “The Assailant”…. Errrr….Ummmm? Huh? What the…? Now that’s certainly a goofy title…. But hey… with that great Trailer, I’m willing to take a chance. That just leaves me with one question…. Do you wanna know all about it too? Then… “Read On”…. and let’s get to it!! 🙂
This time out I thought we might tip toe our way to France for some Supernatural Horror fantasy fun with a look at “Livide”, just out on the French Region 2 DVD. With English subtitles!! Yay!!
Our quick synopsis goes as follows: “Young student nurse Lucie (Chloé Colloud) is still recovering from her mother’s recent suicide when she begins her first day as a trainee making home visits to the homes of elderly patients. Her last stop of the day is at a dark, labyrinthine mansion of Madam Jessel, a once famous former dance teacher, now a vegetative invalid trapped in an incurable coma.By accident, she hears some juicy gossip from her supervisor, Nurse Wilson (Catherine Jacob), that the still wealthy Madam Jessel supposedly possesses a treasure hidden somewhere in the house. Later, Lucie is pushed by her boyfriend William and his brother Ben to break into the house that night in the hope of finding that treasure and stealing it away for themselves.However, their search for Mrs Jessel’s hidden wealth leads them into a peculiar series of horrifying supernatural events beyond their understanding which will change Lucie forever…”
Our Trailer for this one is super creepy…. dark and mysterious with lots of tantalizing glimpses of some fairly nasty stuff… ghastly vampire ballerinas… lurking mummified witches… All sorts of things that have your Favorite Catgirl pretty darn excited by the possibilities. If you are a regular visitor here at the ol’ Litterbox, then you know there’s absolutely no way I’ll be able to pass this one up….
So… let’s hurry right along then and see just what sort of other scary stuff awaits our poor young Lucie…. It’s time to “Read On”!!
February has faded away into the rear view mirror, and with March so newly upon us, it’s time for your favorite Catgirl Princess to swing by France for a look at the recent fantasy adventure “L’Île : Les Naufragés de la Terre Perdue” aka “The Isle : Castaways of the Lost Land”.
Our synopsis: “The Atlantic Ocean 1942: After the crash landing of their plane which was to take them to South America and to save them from the German occupation in France,Franck, Albert and Pierre land on a mysterious island. Exhausted, they end up making camp on the beach, but at dawn, Pierre is awakened by an appalling cry which seems to emanate from somewhere at the heart of the island. With a feeling of impending dread gripping them, they decide to venture inland… Will they be ready to face the fabulous and terrible hidden secret of the Isle?”
I nearly missed this particular lil’ film… but luckily stumbled across the Trailer during one of my afternoon Internet surfing expeditions. It wasn’t hard to pick up on the feeling that it has a whole “Mysterious Island” meets “Lost” vibe about it. Oooohh…. and 1942… you just gotta know that means Nazis!! Neko just loves evil Nazi villains in her movies… soooo darn over-the-top and nasty. A wee bit of work located yours truly her own copy, thanks to a bit of shopping at Amazon France…. so let’s all get right to it and see how it played out.
Yes, yes… it’s time to “Read On”…. 😉
It’s back to frosty Norway… home of the vikings… those big singing Valkyrie women…. Lutefisk… and Trolls. Big honking, man eating giant Trolls. Yep…. Trolls… roaming all over the place doing whatever it is that Trolls do. Would your Favorite Catgirl Princess ever steer you wrong? Well… only if the latest fantasy film from that chilly Scandinavian locale has lied to me, that is… Hehehehe!! So this time out, I thought we’d take a look at “Troll Hunter” and ask ourselves that very question: “Trolls? Real or not?”
The synopsis? Well that goes like this: “A group of film students set out to make a documentary about a supposed bear poacher, Hans (Otto Jespersen). The students follow Hans through the wilderness of Western Norway to try to interview him, but he simply tells them to go away. They persist, and as they follow him into a forest, they see flashing lights and hear roars from something larger than a bear. Hans comes running back to his vehicle, screaming “Troll!” They all seek refuge in his car, as their own is now turned over with the tires eaten. Afterward, when the students ask if they can join Hans in his hunt and film it, he agrees. The next day, they follow Hans to film a document of his work as he sets out to kill all the trolls that have broken out of their territories, and to find out why they have started to break out now and not earlier.”
I saw the Trailer for this one some time back, and it’s been teasing me ever since… but now my wait is over. Just out on Region 1 DVD with those ever so helpful English subtitles I crave, it’s available from the good folks at Magnet for me to enjoy. I just know it’s probably on your list too… especially if you like the same sort of crazy films I do, so how about we all settle down and let a certain crazy movie addicted Catgirl tell you all about it?
♡ Ahhhhh♡…. that contented happy sound can mean only one thing… it’s finally here!! Yes….. I’m giddy with the knowledge that your Favorite Catgirl Princess can at last sate her intense need for fantasy romance with a look at the 2011 remake of the Chinese classic “A Chinese Ghost Story”. Be still my trembling heart….♡
Synopsis? You mean you don’t already know the touching timeless love story of righteous young scholar Ning Choi-san and the lovely ghostly maiden Nip Siu-sin? Tsk, tsk…. We’ll have to fix that wont we? So alright… here’s our story this time around: “Aspiring to be the top demon hunter in all the land, Yan Chixia (Louis Koo) ventures into the sinister Black Mountain, taking it as his training ground. There, he has slain all kinds of evil spirits and monsters in countless dangerous battles, but when the young exorcist encounters the enchanting fox spirit Siu-sin (Liu Yifei) and falls helplessly in love with her, he can’t get himself to kill her. Later, as our story begins, the village at the bottom of Black Mountain is faced with a serious drought, and the villagers are forced to find a new source of water on the demon-infested mountain. Part of the search team, a good-natured scholar named Ning Cai-chen (Yu Shaoqun) becomes smitten with Siu-sin, who is still being enslaved by the powerful and bloodthirsty Tree Demon (Kara Hui) all these years later …”
Those of you familiar with the classic original will immediately recognize the changes in plot, and to some purists, this will be seen as the ultimate in blasphemy…. to have the nerve to mess with a cherished classic. Still, as someone who’s watched enough of these wonderful romances over the years, it bears reminding people that even Tsui Hark’s version from 1987 was itself a remake of an even earlier telling of this classic tale, 1960’s Shaw Brothers classic “The Enchanting Shadow”. Given that… I’m more inclined to approach this more as a “re-imagining” than a “remake’…. and who knows? Maybe I’ll like it just as much as I do both those earlier films.
Want to find out for yourself? Why then follow this lil’ Catgirl into the deep dark woods of cursed Black Mountain and meet me in the ruins of the Haunted Orchid Temple and I’ll tell you all about it…..
Given my own recent run-in with a fuzzy woodland critter, it seemed appropriate to devote this latest Review to 2011’s Fantasy Fairytale Horror mash-up, “Red Riding Hood”.
I know… it’s sort of weird for me to review a movie so… so… mainstream (at least here in the US) at the Litterbox, but once in a while I do actually watch films without subtitles that I can actually buy right at my local Walmart. Still…. I wouldn’t be the Catgirl Movie fan I am if I didn’t occasionally succumb to the urge to watch something that my sweet Carolyn wouldn’t need her own personal “sherpa guide” to follow. Lately, it seems, a whole lot of such films have gotten to DVD release and it’s only natural that “Movie Night” would eventually be filled with them. Even so… a movie for me has got to have something out of the ordinary to keep me interested. Like werewolves…. Yep, that’ll do.
Our synopsis? Try this: “In a medieval village named Daggerhorn a beautiful young girl, Valerie, falls for an orphaned woodcutter named Peter much to her family’s displeasure. When her sister is killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village, the people call on a famed werewolf hunter to help them kill the wolf. But as the death toll rises with each moon, the girl begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. Panic grips the town as she discovers that she has her own unique connection to the beast–one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect…and bait.”
Naturally a woman like me, with her own whimsical aspirations of being a magical Catgirl Princess, definitely understands the allure of a good Fairy tale so watching this one was a given. Throw in a strong female heroine and a tragic romantic triangle and I’m hooked for certain. But will the deep dark woods and it’s big, bad wolf equal the rollicking thrills of my usual Asian Ghost Romances? You know the answer to that as well as I…. you just gotta watch it and see!
Pssst!! For those of you new to the ol’ Litterbox, that means it’s time to “Read On!!”