Time for another entry in our “Frolicking Under The Sea: Mermaid Fantasy Film Festival – August 2016”, and for some spooky fun we’re taking a peek at 2001’s pay cable remake of a 1956 classic, “She Creature”. Made for the Cinemax pay cable TV movie channel, it was part of a series of 5 Halloween films called “Creature Features”, all of which borrowed the titles of some of American International Pictures classic films of the 50’s and 60’s to make new films that weren’t strict “remakes” in as much as inspired tributes to those old classic movies. Of them all, “She Creature”, I personally think, was the best, and had the most lasting impression on this wee Catgirl. So much so that I naturally picked up a copy once these were released on DVD.
A quick synopsis? How’s this then: “Two Irish carnival workers, Angus and Lily, operate a lackluster sideshow for a tacky rundown circus. All of that has the potential to change when they meet an old sailor, Mr. Woolrich, who happens to possess a real mermaid. With visions of fame and success running through his head, Angus abducts the mermaid and boards a boat to America with Lily. However, the mermaid is not as docile as she seems, and as the voyage begins to go terribly wrong, crew members start mysteriously disappearing.”
Yep… a real honest-to-goodness period piece mermaid horror story. Neko just loves those…. Wanna hear the details and find out if it’s worth hunting down for a look? Then Gentle Visitors, you know what you gotta do, right? 😉
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Brrrrr!!! The weather hereabouts is simply atrocious these last few weeks! Thank goodness your Favorite Catgirl can still escape the frigid miserable cold with a warm and cuddly evening on the couch snuggled under a wooly blankie with my dearest Carolyn and my kitty and enjoy some chills of a whole different sort. This time out? How about another virtual trip “South of the Border” with a look at the recently released Mexican remake of director Carlos Enrique Taboada’s 1975 horror classic “Más Negro Que La Noche” aka “Darker Than The Night”.
Our synopsis? “Greta is a beautiful young woman whose eccentric aunt Ofelia passes away leaving her a large, once opulent mansion. When Greta moves in with her friends she discovers that as a stipulation of the will, she must take care of her aunt’s prized black cat, Beker. The new residents take charge of the mansion, throwing wild parties and enjoying a fun-filled summer until they lose track of Beker – who drowns in the mansion’s pool. What was about to be the best summer of their lives quickly turns into a spine-chilling fight for their lives as eerie events from the past return to haunt them and it seems none of them is safe from Ofelia’s ghostly wrath.”
Old haunted mansion… creepy black cat… vengeful spirits from beyond the grave… Oh yes… Definitely sounds like a pretty close remake of the original, which your Favorite Catgirl watched some time back, but will this one be as creepy and neat as the original classic? Only one way to find out, o’ Gentle Visitors… 🙂
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Time for a lil’ change of pace… and this time, a movie with my sweet Carolyn in mind. She’s a really… really… good sport about dealing with her goofy wife’s obsession with subtitled foreign film. Yep… it’s just sooo darn adorable how much she’s willing to put up with this wee Catgirl’s crazy movie tastes. 😉 So for her, we recently had ourselves a “Movie Nite: Romance Edition”…. with a look at 2014’s big budget blockbuster Hindi film “Bang Bang!”.
Our synopsis? How’s this? “When the enigmatic Rajveer draws shy bank receptionist Harleen into a wild chase around the globe, she has little choice but to trust him when he claims that he’s the good guy, and will protect her at all costs. Meanwhile, with danger at every turn and her feelings for him growing more serious, can she truly trust the mysterious jewel thief who has stolen her heart?”
Before silly lil’ me came into her life, I imagine my sweet wifey could count the number of foreign-made movies she’d seen on the fingers of one hand… now it’s a rare evening that we ever watch something made domestically, unless we’re cuddling up for some actual TV shows. You’d never know it if you ever just casually met my Carolyn… she’s so cool… so calm… so utterly no-nonsense and serious… but deep inside she’s a big softie with a secret hidden desire for romantic movies. Well… if it’s one thing Hindi films do and do well… it’s generously slather on the romance along with all that singing and dancing they usually do. Throw in some big budget action, exotic locales, a bit of comedy and I just knew this one would be up her alley… and it’s a remake of an American film she’s actually seen. Win-win if you ask me. 😉 So what are you waiting for o’ Gentle Visitors? Let’s all go “Bang Bang!”…
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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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This time out your Favorite Catgirl is tickled to report that yet another of those reeeeally hard to capture cinema goodies that’s been on my “most wanted list” for a few years is… at last… finally mine!! It’s “Den’ D” aka “День Д”, the 2008 Russian rip-off remake of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1985 testosterone overdosed combat action epic, “Commando”.
Our synopsis? Seriously? I mean… didn’t you see “Commando”? If you did, then basically you’ve got the plot already, but if you haven’t, then how about this: “Former paratrooper Major Ivan Vanya (Mikhail Porechenkov) is forced by a renegade ex-member of his old Spetsnaz team into their plot to assassinate the Estonian president or his kidnapped daughter Zhenya (Mikhail’s real life daughter Varvara Porechenkova) will die. Tricking his captors, he escapes and begins to hunt for his daughter along with the help of plucky stewardess Aliya (Aleksandra Ursuliak) and plan a violent revenge against her kidnappers.”
Never released outside Russia itself… for obvious reasons 😉… it’s only been available on a Region 5 PAL formatted Russian disc… with no subtitles, English or otherwise. I’ve been just itching to see it, as I’ve heard oodles of fun things about this one, but have never found any sort of fan subs to enlighten this kitten as to exactly what’s happening plot wise. Still…. thanks to my incessant prowling about the far recesses of the Internet, I finally scored those illusive lil’ subs… in reasonably passable English, and a wee bit more searching nabbed a copy of the DVD itself, so I could at last satisfy my goofy curiosity.
Intrigued enough to wonder if you’d want to see if this odd lil’ film just might be a “must see” for you too? Then c’mon!! Don’t be shy…. Let your Favorite Movie Lovin’ 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…..