Our month long celebration of all things mermaid, “Frolicking Under The Sea: Mermaid Fantasy Film Festival – August 2016” continues! This time out, a perhaps odd little choice, the 2012 Hindi Social Drama film, “Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid”. Not reeeeaaallly a “mermaid” movie per se… but still an excellent lil’ film that Yours Truly wanted to include.
The synopsis? But of course! “Two city-bred kids, fearless tomboy Shreya and her little brother Sam travel to their dusty Haryana village for a vacation with their parents. What happens there is an adventure, which comes packed with significant life lessons. It’s not the idyllic village of their dreams but a problem-ridden place with dried up ponds, unfriendly villagers, unspoken secrets, out-of-bounds spaces, a child-eating witch and no girls, a reason why wives are imported from other states. In the backdrop of this engrossing adventure the social issue of female foeticide is subtly interwoven without being preachy and melodramatic.”
Ummmm? So this one isn’t actually a “mermaid” movie? “But… but… Neko” you ask“What about that witch in the synopsis? There is gonna be a witch, right?” Ummmm. Yeah… Gotta admit, this one sorta fooled yours truly when I was first tracking it down. It definitely didn’t turn out to be the movie I thought it was going to be. But guess what? It still turned out to be a really, really good movie that I ended up liking a whole lot. Wanna find out why? Then just “Read On”, o’ Gentle Visitors and find out! 🙂
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Time for another Review in our month-long “Frolicking Under The Sea: Mermaid Fantasy Film Festival – August 2016”. This time out? How about an old B&W creature feature starring a young Dennis Hopper in one of his earliest film roles, 1961’s psychological mermaid suspense film “Night Tide”?
The synopsis reads: “While on shore leave, sailor Johnny Drake becomes enamored of Mora, a young woman who works as a “mermaid” at a sideshow attraction. But for Mora it’s no act. She actually believes that she really is a mermaid who is destined to murder men on the night of a full moon. Despite this, Johnny is still captivated by the mysterious woman, however, and begins to suspect that her boss, Capt. Murdock, may have something to do with Mora’s murderous thoughts.”
More carnival sideshow mermaid antics, along with some suspense and a bit of period fun. I first saw this one years ago on Saturday morning TV, and remembered it enough to want to take another peek just for you, o’ Gentle Visitors, so let’s jump in the “wayback machine” and get us some vintage chills and thrills… 😉
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2015 has finally faded into 2016 and although I had another week with little to no ambition to speak of, your Favorite Catgirl is finally back at things again here at the ol’ Litterbox. So I thought we might try to start this whole brand spankin’ new year off with a review of a DVD that’s been sitting in my ‘To Watch” pile for quite a while now. 2014’s Korean Suspense/ thriller “Manhole” aka “Maenhol”.
Our synopsis rolls like this: “Su-cheol is a serial killer who uses the city sewers down a manhole as his secret hideout. Late one night, a young deaf girl witnesses one of Su-cheol’s murders and he abducts her. Later, her older sister, Yeon-seo, determined to find her dear lost sister, discovers the manhole and goes down to find her. As Su-cheol’s blazing madness explodes due to the uninvited guests in his manhole, the two sisters stand against him in desperate attempts to escape out. “
Ummm? A crazy Serial Killer roaming the sewers of Seoul, popping up randomly and abducting and killing young women? Yeah…. just the sort of movie that normally your Favorite Catgirl finds tooooo darn close to reality for comfort. Definitely explains why this 2014 film’s been languishing in my “To Watch” pile for all this time. It might probably still be there if my sweet Carolyn hadn’t decided we needed to bring “some of your foreign movies for the family to watch” over our Holiday visit to Sandra’s. She volunteered to pick them out this year… which sorta surprised me since most of them aren’t in slipcases with any English words on them and Carolyn usually finds that terribly daunting. What they do always have is a plethora of vividly scary pictures plastered all over them and so, with one look at the cover of this one, it went right into our overnight bag.
So…. Was it a hidden gem that yours truly had been letting slip away? Or a lame excuse for “torture porn” at it’s worst that my “Magical Kitten’s Secret Intuition” had been warning me about all along? Guess the only way to find out, o’ Gentle Visitor, is for you to “Read On” and find out. 😉
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Time for another creepy movie Review from your Favorite horror obsessed Catgirl… this time a look at the recently released Indonesian psychological suspense thriller by director Upi Avianto , “Belenggu” aka “Shackled”.
Our synopsis for it reads like so: “Seemingly tortured loner Elang is haunted by dreams and hallucinatory images of bizarre murders involving a psycho killer in a bunny costume. His seemingly futile efforts to solve the mystery and save the lives of the sweet neighbor woman and her little girl he thinks are in danger have trapped him in a downward spiral and soon he himself becomes a suspect. In trying to prove his innocence and still save them, he will be forced to unveil a horrible and long-buried secret from his own forgotten past.”
A psycho killer… in Bunny costume? A hero who may… or may not have… a couple of screws loose in the mental department. All living together in a story that has more weird avant-garde imagery than a David Lynch film. Yep. Sounds like a crazy sort of movie that will have this wee lady going “Huh?” more than a couple of times…. (and my long suffering sweetie going “WTF??” a whole lot of times, Hehehe!!)
So… OK… sign me up, I’ll give it a look see…. And that means you, o’ Gentle Visitor, need only “Read On” to see if an Indonesian Killer Bunny movie might just be something you just absolutely need to see too…. 😉
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Another week closer to Christmas… and time for yet another Review. This time out I had planned to look at the second of the “Thanksgiving Night Movie Fest” films we saw over the holiday, but… then this one ended up in my DVD player one cold snowy evening and just plain blew that idea away. So instead… it’s off to rainy Spain for a look at director Oriol Paulo’s new suspense/ thriller “El Cuerpo” aka “The Body”.
Our synopsis goes as follows: “El Cuerpo” brings a heady mix of classic film noir, blood-chilling horror and high suspense, as the film follows a worn out veteran police detective as he begins an investigation of a mysterious break-in at the city morgue, the accidental hit-and-run of a guard, and searches for a corpse that has gone missing one dark and stormy night. Why has the corpse disappeared? Was the woman murdered? Was her distraught husband behind it all? Or is there some other sinister plot behind the disappearance of the body?”
Less of a horror film than my usual pick for movie fun, “El Cuerpo” might be a Hitchcock-style murder mystery, but the Trailer certainly hints that there’s much more going on throughout than in the usual “whodunit”. A whole lot more… Yep, I suspected this one might just be this wee kitty’s idea of cinema fun with a heapin’ helping of goosebumps thrown in for good measure. Now that a good English subtitled Region 2 version has shown up in the UK it’s only natural to give it a try. Wanna hear those details? Then you know exactly what you have to do, o’ Gentle Visitor…. 😉
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Whoo-hoo!! This wee lady has scored herself a nifty new copy of Indonesian filmmaker Joko Anwar’s latest effort, 2012’s suspense/ chiller “Modus Anomali”!! Now your Favorite Catgirl’s been a fan of Mr. Anwar’s work for several years now, and once word came out waaaay back in 2011, that his latest film was going to be done completely in English language…. well… naturally I began my dogged pursuit of a copy of any DVD release available without further adieu. Three years later… and it’s mine. Obsessed? Nawwww… I prefer to think of myself as a dedicated fangirl… 😉
The synopsis for it goes like this: “A man, without memory, awakens buried in a shallow grave alone in the forest with no idea of how he got there. Soon he comes to suspect that not only has an eerie inexplicable fate overcome him, but also a pretty wife and children whom he no longer even remembers. With only a wedding band and a photo of his family to guide him, he must risk it all to save them from whatever horrors lurk within the seemingly empty forest before it is too late… too late for them all.”
Oh yeah… now this one sounds pretty darn good. Joko Anwar has proven his talent to me before with such films as “Kala: Dead Time” and “The Forbidden Door” and so this wee Catgirl had no doubt he’d hit another home run with this effort. My only problem was scoring a copy of the film for my lil’ self. Indonesian DVD’s aren’t all that easy for me to get these days but… thankfully… it seems he’s a really big deal in Germany (where this one has the impressively “Teutonic” sounding title “Modus Anomali – Gefangen im Wahnsinn”) as well as at home in Indonesia, so with the recent Region 2 PAL release of this one I was all set for an evening’s movie watchin’ thrills and chills. 😉
So watcha waitin’ for Gentle Visitors? Let’s “Read On” and find out all about this one…!!
Back from our Christmas Holiday fun and games… and right back at things with a look at the new Aussie “Killer Sharks in a Shopping Mall” horror effort, “Bait: 3D” courtesy of one of the DVD’s this wee Catgirl got for a present this festive Christmas season.
Our synopsis goes along these lines: “A massive tsunami drowns a sleepy Australian beach community. A small group of survivors find themselves trapped in a flooded underground supermarket and soon discover they are not alone, the tsunami has brought along with it deadly unwanted visitors from the depths. It isn’t long before survivors quickly realize their battle is not only to overcome the threat of drowning, but a threat far more sinister – a couple of enormous and hungry great white sharks.”
Yep… I just knew I was gonna get this one. It was on my list to pick up just as soon as it “made landfall” this month… but…. then I got a call a couple weeks back from Sandra telling lil’ ol’ me that I might want to wait on it. Seems Maddie and Adam wanted to buy some movies for Aunt Miyuki as a Christmas present and darn it…. even if it spoiled the surprise, there was really only one way to make certain a certain lil’ Catgirl didn’t already have this particular one. OK… OK… So could I disappoint the kids? Not and remain their favorite “cool Aunt”…. Oh well… at least it meant we’d get a chance for a “Family Movie Night” together during our visit. 😉
Hmmmm? Killer sharks for Christmas?… Don’t know about you, but that idea sounded pretty sweet to this lady. Wanna know if the kids scored me a good one for their favorite Aunt? Then all you gotta do is “Read On” and find out….
Whew!! With all my Valentines Day festivities over, it’s back to our usual stuff here at the ol’ Litterbox and a new review for the recent Mainland Chinese film “Nightmare” aka “午夜凶梦”, the latest Psychological Suspense/ Horror to try to tip-toe between the lines and stay carefully within those strict Chinese prohibitions against ghost stories at the movies these days.
Our synopsis for it goes along these lines: “Young surgeon Fang Lei (Zhou Xianxin) has been constantly tormented by weird dreams and incidences of sleepwalking since she experienced the tragic murder of both her parents as a child. One day, she meets by chance her best friend from her orphanage days, Angel (Gillian Chung), who is now married to Lei’s ex-boyfriend Zhou Feng (Wu Jianfei). When her next door neighbor Wang Quan (Victor Huang) becomes entangled in Lei’s complicated life, it seems to trigger a series of inexplicable and deadly things. First Zhou Feng goes missing, and then Lei finds herself being stalked by the creepy girl ghost from her childhood nightmares, all the while more people in those dreams begin to turn up dead for real. Is she the somnambulant murderer as she fears, or is there a more supernatural reason for it all?”
Well… that has a promising sound to it, but, as a Mainland Chinese film, I expected this one to be yet another of the recent “bait & switch” horror movies to come out of China the last year or so. Not that a truly good effort wouldn’t be worth a look mind you…. So with some measure of trepidation, I decided to give this one a chance. Ok then… without wasting any more time, let’s all see if it was worth my risk and maybe even yours… shall we?
Our latest review this time out takes us to HK for a look at director Oxide Pang’s new suspense film, “Sleepwalker 3D”, the latest foreign horror to jump on the 3D fad bandwagon. Thank goodness… unlike a few other recent 3D efforts, I was still able to pick it up in a much more eye strain friendly 2D format on HK region 3.
The synopsis goes like this: “Yee is an ordinary woman living a mundane life as the owner of a small garment piecework shop. Over the last 2 years, she has been bothered by a repeated dream, a dream in which she walks alone through a wasteland with a doubt of the mystery being buried underneath. With every passing night, Yee’s nightmares are becoming more and more real to her. Sometimes she finds her hands and bedside stained with mud in the morning. She can’t help thinking that she has really walked on that wasteland and killed someone there while sleepwalking… As Yee crosses path with Sergeant Au who is investigating the case of Yee’s missing ex-husband, Yee tells her the details and confesses that she believes she may have committed a murder in her sleep. Following the clues hidden in Yee’s dream, Sgt. Au leads her team to the crime scene, however, the body claimed to be buried underneath is nowhere to be found…. “
I haven’t heard much good stuff about this one, to be honest, but I’ve always found the Pang Brothers to be quirky and interesting for the most part, so I was willing to take a chance with this one. Think it’s possibly one soon to be on your own “to watch” list too? Then by all means “Read On” and let Neko sort out just what sort of movie experience you might just be getting yourself into.
This time out I thought I might take a break from those exotic films from foreign locales to review the new horror remake of an old cult TV classic, Guillermo Del Toro’s new version of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” recently released on Region 1 DVD.
Ever wonder if on occasion your obsession with a favorite Hobby might just be… well… perhaps a wee bit much for those who love you to really put up with as a steady thing? Your favorite Catgirl is a foreign horror movie nut. You regulars here at the Litterbox have most certainly figured that out by now… but my sweetheart Carolyn most definitely isn’t as thrilled by them. Nope… not by a long shot. She’s a really good sport about it, but I can tell there are definitely evenings when she’s less than thrilled to see the couple of DVD’s I’ve picked out to watch sitting next to the couch with their labels covered with some strange foreign language text and unfamiliar looking actors and actresses. The other night was one of those times….
“Miyu… C’mon… don’t you have any American movies we can watch? It would be really nice to hear somebody speaking English for a change instead of having to read subtitles. Please… for me?” Sigh… now how could I not give her a break?
Luckily for me… I had just the thing in the “To Watch” pile. “Mmmm… OK… but there can be monsters in it… right?” I gave her that sly yet innocently mischievous lil’ sideways look that I know just melts her heart and I just knew I had her…. Love. It’s all about compromises. 😉
I’d been wanting to watch this one for a while as I loved the original 1973 TV movie version, so with all that settled, it was time to pop the popcorn, snuggle in to spoon on the couch and see if this new version was as scary as I remember that old original film being. Want to hear if it might just be “Movie Date Nite” material for you as well? Then by all means, Gentle Visitors… let’s “Read On” shall we?