Cure (AKA Kyua 1997)

We became interested in Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa with the exquisitely sad ghost story Kishibe no Tabe (AKA Journey to the Shore 2015) and then the far more disturbing Creepy (2016), so we were very excited when we discovered that our good friends at Eureka were about to release his breakthrough supernatural thriller Kyua or…

House (1977)

I don’t often feel the need to view a picture multiple times before a review, but there was just so much bonkers crazy stuff competing for my attention in Nobuhiko Obayashis’s House that I felt I had no choice. It all starts fairly innocuously for a piece of Japanese cinema with teenage Angel (Kimiko Ikegami)…

Anno Dracula: One Thousand Monsters by Kim Newman

Hot on the heels of Kim Newman’s collected Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem comics comes Anno Dracula One Thousand Monsters. It’s 1899 and Prince Dracula has exiled a group of vampires led by Christina Light (One of the plotters from Seven Days in Mayhem) from the British Empire. The exiles also include familiar…

TAG (2015) at Grimmfest 2017

We loved Sion Sono’s epic Jidaigeki Yakuza Hip-Hop Horror Comic Opera Tokyo Tribe here at Hothouse Castle so that news that our friends at Eureka would not only be releasing Sono’s 2015 bonkers surreal gorefest Tag in the UK for the first time but also premiering the movie at Grimmfest got us all very excited….

Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell (2014) AKA The Japanese Evil Dead

Remember those glorious grainy Japanese VHS nasties from the 1980s, well Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell is a long-lost ‘forgotten video nasty’ originally filmed between 1995 and 2009. Shinji (director and writer Shinichi Fukazawa) is a body building fan who has inherited an old haunted house, which conceals his father’s deadly secret crime. This…

Kiseijuu AKA Parasyte Part One (2014)

One of the lucky spin offs from the Manga fan Goth Daughter’s visits is that I get to see cool stuff like Kiseijuu. Based upon the top-selling Manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki, Kiseijuu tell the story of school student Shinichi Izumi (Shota Sametani) who just happens to be asleep with his ear buds in when the…

Tokyo Tribe (2014)

In a dystopian future Japan, Tokyo is divided into a number of lawless ‘hoods’, which are home to their own unique street gangs or ‘tribes’. The tribes are all pretty evenly matched, keeping order in their own manors until Wu-Ronz tribe boss Merra (Ryohei Suzuki) throws in his lot with Yakuza big boss Buppa (a…

Horror Brought to Life: Greatful Dead (2013) at the Final CUT!

When Nick Romano said “Live fast, die young and have a good-looking corpse!”* he could have been talking about The Cut!, London’s best underground cinema club, sadly after four and half years Bizarre magazine’s demise has pulled the plug on The Cut!’s life support. But it went out with a bloody big bang. Japanese horror…

Why the Greatest Ghost Movies are from Japan

By this point, whether you absolutely love horror or just watch the occasional horror film, then you are aware of some of the Asian remakes like Ring in Hollywood. However, other than the hype Ring received, many Americans have considered these kinds of Japanese movie remakes to not really be that scary, some have even laughed at the idea…

The Grudge (2004)

The Grudge (2004) is much like The Ring (2002) in the sense that I could watch both movies over and over again. Both are American remakes of Japanese horror films with similar themes: innocent people die unjustly and a horrible curse is born. In the story of The Grudge, the spirits of those who died are…