Journey to the Shore AKA Kishibe no Tabe (2015)

When Mizuki’s (Eri Fuatsu) husband is lost at sea she imagines that she will never see him again, then three years later Yusuke (Tadanobu Asano) turns up at their flat. Problem is that he’s a ghost who has yet to pass beyond the physical plane. Mizuki is naturally delighted to see Yusuke again and when…

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…

Indie Buzz: Devil’s Mile (2014)

Cally (Maria Del Mar), Jacinta (Casey Hudecki) and Toby (David Hayter) have been driving for hours after taking the wrong turning. Jacinta needs to pee so they stop at a service station. While Toby makes enquiries inside, Jacinta opens up the boot to reveal a pair of kidnapped Japanese girls. “Oh dear, it’s going to be one of those rape and torture films,” I…

Horror Brought to Life: Lesson of the Evil (2012) at the CUT!

“We haven’t had one with buckets of blood for a while now”, says Mr Chainsaw. Yes, the Hothouse is back down in the dungeon at London’s Horse Hospital for our monthly fix of cult movie creepiness. There’s nothing quite like the prospect of a Japanese Horror movie to put bums on seats and the place…

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…