Tôkyô Zankoku Keisatsu
“She is the only actress in the world who can look so beautiful just standing in the midst of a gushing spray of blood.”–Yoshihiro Nishimura on Eihi Shiina
“I wouldn’t say I liked being covered in blood… [but] I really love the surrealism and beauty of these scenes, while I’m getting covered . . . → Read More: 142. TOKYO GORE POLICE (2008)
DIRECTED BY: Rob Zombie
FEATURING: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Dee Wallace, Patricia Quinn, Judy Geeson
PLOT: An overnight DJ is drawn into a web of witchcraft when she plays a mysterious record.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: It’s weird, to be sure, but it’s not weird enough to make . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: THE LORDS OF SALEM (2012)
DIRECTED BY: Kim Chapiron
FEATURING: Olivier Barthelemy, Vincent Cassel, Roxane Mesquida
PLOT: Four young people agree to spend Christmas at the country home of a beautiful stranger they meet at a Paris club, but the oddball caretaker takes an intense and unhealthy interest in one of the crew.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: SHEITAN (2006)
AKA The Incredible Torture Show
DIRECTED BY: Joel Reed
FEATURING: Seamus O’Brien, Luis de Jesus
PLOT: A sadist who runs a Grand Guignol off-off-Broadway show as a cover for his white slavery ring kidnaps a theater critic and a ballerina to design his greatest production yet.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: I . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: BLOODSUCKING FREAKS (1976)
DIRECTOR: John Guillermin
FEATURING: Peter Elliot, George Antoni, Brian Kerwin, Linda Hamilton
PLOT: As the title explains, Kong didn’t die at the end of the previous film, and this time round he gets a girlfriend—one his own size for a change. Do they live happily ever after? No, of course not. Mean-spirited people attack them . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: KING KONG LIVES (1986)
Reader review by “Count” Otto Black.
AKA Pánico en el Transiberiano/Panic on the Trans-Siberian Express
DIRECTED BY: Eugenio Martin
FEATURING: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Alberto de Mendoza, Telly Savalas
PLOT: In 1906, an archaeologist discovers a frozen two-million-year-old ape-man in China. While being transported on the Orient Express, it turns out to be not only . . . → Read More: READER RECOMMENDATION: HORROR EXPRESS (1972)
AKA Room 237: Being an Inquiry Into ‘The Shining’ in 9 Parts
DIRECTED BY: Rodney Ascher
FEATURING: Offscreen interviewees and archival footage of The Shining stars
PLOT: Five obsessed fans explain their intricate theories about the horror classic The Shining.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining is a strange movie, . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: ROOM 237 (2012)
By general consensus, director Mark Robson’s films for Val Lewton are considered to be the weakest of the famous producer’s RKO Pictures output. However, one of them, The Seventh Victim (1943) has garnered a posthumous critical reputation. Few would dispute the excellence of the Jacques Tourneur/Val Lewton collaborations for RKO, which stand-apart in aesthetics, comparable to Terence . . . → Read More: THE FILMS OF MARK ROBSON AND VAL LEWTON
DIRECTED BY: Jordan Harris, Andrew Schrader
FEATURING: Peter Tullio, Philip Marlatt, Melanie Wilson
PLOT: Three young would-be occultists head to the woods to perform a Satanic ritual and (not surprisingly) get more than they bargained for.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: It’s got a few great psychedelic/Satanic sequences that wouldn’t be out of . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: FEVER NIGHT AKA BAND OF SATANIC OUTSIDERS (2009)
DIRECTED BY: Darren Lynn Bousman
FEATURING: Terrance Zdunich, Sean Patrick Flanery, Briana Evigan, Jessica Lowndes, Dayton Callie
PLOT: A suicide, a jewel thief, and a thug’s girlfriend die and find themselves at an afterlife circus run by the Devil; he reads the stories of their sins retold as fables, which they re-enact to musical accompaniment . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: THE DEVIL’S CARNIVAL (2012)