When you think of Asian horror films, the first ones to come in mind are Ju-ons and Rings, right? Well, me and my sis decided to try something else from the same parts of the World... (Horror films are best watched with others).
Suicide Club (2002)
Suicide club is a Japanese horror film in which suicides start to occur in significant amounts and without any clear reason. One person or a group of 50, what comes of it is blood and a headache to the local police, as at the scene there is a gory skin roll of multiple persons to be found, a weird Internet sites are predicting the coming deaths and some kid gives mysterious calls with tips to the police HQ. It definitely isn't an accident but is it a murder?
The film starts off with scenes that rise the questions in a right way and one really wants to get to the core of the mystery. While people keep jumping down at lethal places, the horror seems to be offline more and more all the time. And as the movie goes on the plot starts to get very.. adventurous, with lots of seemingly quite irrelevant things and the closer we get to the end the more the stuff starts to go right over one's head. So in the end we were pretty much "whaaaaat?!". The movie might have gotten an award and lots of interested looks from some people, but I must say no, I didn't like it.
So, moving on to next one...
One Missed Call (Chakushin Ari) (2004)
One Missed Call is a Japanese horror film directed by Takashi Miike. One evening during a happy get-together of friends, one of them gets a phone call with unknown ringing voice. The call goes to the voice mail and when she listens it, she hears her own voice speaking, then screaming and then... silence. To add to the mystery, the phone call seems to have come two days from the future. When similar chains of events start to lead to deaths, we have a mystery to solve with only 48h of time before someone is going to die.
All right! Now we got to the business! This is a horror movie for sure, even if using familiar horror elements (like the creeping black hair you see in many, and abandoned hospitals and so on), it doesn't feel used to me. And the mystery isn't clear, so there is also the answer to look forward to as the characters are running for their lives. And that ring tone... it just tells me to that it want's to be used in some pranks! Haha... I might recommend this movie for horror seekers, yet be prepared for the fact that it has sequels and they already knew they would make some when they were ending the film...
And the topic was "Asian Horror" and not "Japanese Horror", beacuse...
The Doll Master (Inhyeongsa) (2004)
In this South Korean horror film, a group of young people are invited to a remote mansion to work as models for a BJD sculptor. As they arrive to the mansion, they find it filled with dolls, beautiful, yet somewhat creepy at times. Aside of the artist lady and her brother, there doesn't seem to be anyone around -except for a young girl in a red dress, though only the main character seems to have seen her. After a while mysterious deaths are starting to occur in a worrying fast pace, and the murderer must be amongst them... for there is no one around but the dolls... right?
BJDs. As a hobbyists this was a must-see film to us. As for how scary it was... well, it was trying to get there and almost got there too a time or two. But in the end I found the story to have more of a melancholy tone than a horror one. Nevertheless, I must say that I did like it. But if you want to see horror, and get scared so you can't sleep, well, then this isn't the one for you. But maybe all those who once loved a toy, a doll perhaps even, might find something in this that will make it worth your while.
Noo, the 10th month is at it's end! How fast it was! I didn't have time to enjoy it the right way!
Well at least there is going to be some related stuff next weekend still, before letting this wonderful holiday rest for a year.
We also watched Donnie Darko ("...Mad world" *singing*) and The Crow (adoring this one)that night, and now I'm going to include a pic of the evil guy from The Crow just because.
Michael Wincott as Top Dollar, ie the evil guy. And look at his hair! If I hadn't been sitting on the floor all along I would have dropped on the floor every time he came to screen. Such a handsome man, and I'm worshiping that hairdo. Just by the way, he has also played Guy of Gisbourne in Robin Hood and Rochefort in The Three Musketeers, and he is nailing it.