Well… the Christmas Holiday has come and gone but I’ve still a wee bit of free time this week so I thought I might end our month long “dry spell” here at the ol’ Litterbox with a fresh new Review before 2016 disappears into the rear view mirror. This time out? How about an Iranian/Jordanian Ghost story? Yep… betcha’ you haven’t seen too darn many of those, have you o’ Gentle Visitors? 😉
Our synopsis goes like this: “After Shideh’s building is hit by a missile during the Iran-Iraq War, a superstitious neighbor suggests that the missile was cursed and might be carrying malevolent Middle-Eastern spirits. She becomes convinced a supernatural force within the building is attempting to possess her daughter Dorsa, and she has no choice but to confront these forces if she is to save her daughter and herself.”
Yep… it looks like those evil jinn are up to no good again. Sneakin’ about… corrupting souls… working their wicked schemes and generally wreaking havoc. Luckily a certain lil’ Catgirl is all up to speed on those critters thanks to all those Turkish horror goodies I’ve watched. So… I guess the real question is… are they scarier in Iran? Guess we’ll find out, won’t we?
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Yep… I know… it’s been a loooooong dry month here at the ol’ Litterbox. But… I’ve roused my lazy butt into action and so we finally have another Review, and this time out it’s an honest-to-goodness Asian ghost story… 2014’s Vietnamese film, “Đoạt Hồn” or as it’s known around these parts, “Hollow”. Yep. Been a while since we saw one of these. 😉
It’s synopsis reads as follows: “Chi, a rebellious 18 year old girl, returns to her home town on the day her rich stepfather, Huy, makes a generous donation to a village temple. At the celebration, her sister, Ai, drowns in a nearby river. When Ai’s uncle Thuc, who is a policeman, travels to a village morgue to identify Ai’s dead body, the girl sits up, very much alive. Thuc brings Ai home to her family, but he doesn’t tell them about her death. Everything seems to be happy until Ai shows signs of spiritual possession. A shaman is brought in to perform an exorcism, but she is unsuccessful, claiming, “Your daughter is not possessed by a dead spirit, but by a lost soul of a living person”. To investigate the source of her sister’s possession, Chi journeys to the village where Ai was found. What she discovers is a community victimized by human trafficking and child prostitution. There is another little girl, whose tragedy is tied to Ai’s death by a secret, and a vengeful spirit that follows Chi home, and destroys her entire family, as dark secrets unravel and evil unleashes its true visage.”
So, if a story of ghostly possession, Vietnamese style, intrigues you, then all you have to do is “Read On” o’ Gentle Visitors and let your favorite movie watching Catgirl Princess give you all the details worth knowing… 🙂
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Brrrrr!!! The wind is certainly blowing the snow fiercely around my windows with some serious fury as I prepare for another “Shared Review” with our blogging friend Stephen over at his blog, Gweilo Ramblings. “Winter… why, o’ why do you seem to hate this wee lady so?” 😉
Anyways… This time out we’re going to be taking a peek at the recent Hong Kong/ Malay production, 2014’s “Hungry Ghost Ritual” directed by and starring Nick Cheung. As always, it’s a pleasure to welcome Stephen here to visit me at the Litterbox to share his opinions on the films we both love so well. 🙂
As always Miyuki, the pleasure is mine. As I know you love Ghost stories so much, I was hoping this one might be just up your street.
Ooooh! Ghost story? Yep, I’m soooo there! 😉 So what’s the score with this one then? Well how’s this for our synopsis: “Prodigal son Zong Hua, the long absent son of a modestly successful opera troupe leader, returns to his family after more than a decade in China on the eve of their Hungry Ghost Festival performance. His personal and professional life in tatters, Zong tries desperately to fit back into a life he’s never really been a part of. No sooner has Zong arrived, however, when a series of bizarre, supernatural occurrences start to take place. Zong’s younger sister Jing Jing starts acting up, and all the stress and pressures begin to wear on Zong’s father bringing on a heart attack. With the inexperienced Zong now in placed in charge, the rest of the troupe turn against him and are quick to blame his lack of understanding for their rituals and traditions for their problems. Problems which soon escalate into creepy and unexplainable horror for them all…”
Ahhhh… now that all sounds sort of familiar, doesn’t it? Looks like we’re in for a pretty much by-the-numbers exercise in Chinese horror, but hey… sometimes one of these films goes in surprising directions, so with my fingers crossed… and the popcorn popped… let’s settle down and give it a watch, shall we Stephen?
Indeed we shall. I’ll cross my fingers too, even if it makes this Super-Size Cola hard to hold. 🙂
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So begins this year’s Halloween movie festival at the ol’ Litterbox with a look at the recent 2014 Turkish horror film “Muska” aka “Talisman”. Witchcraft… possession… spirits returning from beyond the grave… Yep. Sounds like a winner to me… 😉
Our synopsis for it goes sorts like this: “When a newspaper columnist is forced to find new lodgings after the ugly end of his relationship, he ends up at a rundown old house with a room for rent. Hesitant to take lodging in the dilapidated home, he changes his mind when he meets the beautiful woman living next door. Soon he finds himself enveloped in a nightmare from which there will be no easy escape.”
Yep. We’ve got a creepy boarding house with a creepy landlady, the standard moody and troubled child, a seductive siren living just down the hall, and witches…. oodles and oodles of witches. All with moody atmosphere and that all pervading sense of dread that Turkish movies love to ladle on to seal the deal. So then, Gentle Visitor, whatcha waitin’ for? Let a certain crazy kitten tell you all the gory details… you know you wanna… 😉
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The cold days of Autumn are well and truly upon us… and that can mean only one thing here at the ol’ Litterbox…. Halloween will soon be here and with it our old friends the Zombies shambling close behind. Given that, it’s time to get us all ready for the “Zombie Apocalypse” a wee bit early with a quick review of the latest Spanish horror offering in the genre, “[REC]³:Génesis”. Just to get us all in the proper mood, mind you, Hehehehe!!
Our synopsis goes like this: “Koldo and Clara are about to celebrate the most important day of their lives: their wedding. Everything appears to be running smoothly, and the bride, the groom and their families are enjoying a wonderful day in the countryside… until some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. Before they know what’s happening, the bride and groom find themselves in the middle of a hellish ordeal, as an uncontrollable torrent of violence is unleashed on the wedding. What started off as an idyllic day quickly descends into a nightmare of the worst kind.”
The first two offerings in this horror franchise were right up this wee lady’s alley, and so when this one finally came available on Region 2 DVD it didn’t take tooooo darn much to convince this Catgirl it was definitely as “must have”. So… if you, like a certain Zombie crazy Catgirl, just love these sorts of goofy horror goodies you’ll probably be chomping at the bit to read all about it for yourself…. So don’t just stand there silly… C’mon!! 😉
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”! 😉