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Homunculus: More of a Romance Drama than a Psychological Horror

In theory, to hear both, Hideo Yamamoto and Takashi Shimizu in a same sentence sounds like an exciting project with lots of potential and that’s what we have in here, sadly it’s only that.

Susumu Nakoshi is a homeless guy, who lives in his car, you can usually find him in a park in Shinjiku, close to a luxury hotel/restaurant.

Medical school student, Manabu Ito, takes interest in him, because Nakoshi lives right in between the two sides of a coin: luxury and poverty.

He offers him a new reason to live, to volunteer in a experiment where he could open his third eye through trepanation and be able to feel again.

After the surgery, he starts seeing people, only with his left eye, as monsters, as distorted humans.

Ito tells him that are “homunculus”, the visualization from deep within the mind, the darkest feelings they have and try to hide and he is able to communicate with them.

The cast and their performances are strong, cinematography it’s good and in general it’s a very stylish film, but we have two big problems here.

The first one, if you haven’t read the manga, time to time doesn’t make sense, feels rushed and without a proper storyline; just the plot and characters are all over the place.
It has too many plot holes, many questions with just a few answers.

The second, it does makes you feel that you must have to read the manga to understand some “whys” and to fill some of the plot holes, but sadly, if you know the manga, you are going to be extremely disappointed with this adaptation, because not only changes the essence of Nakoshi and Ito, but the whole point of this story.

“Homunculus” it’s a story heavy in the psychological and philosophical areas, it makes you feel disgusted, angry, sad, emphatic.

Humans are complex, to try to understand the very concept of this it’s really hard but trying to summarize it in 116 minutes it’s just crazy and that’s why we ended up with something that seems more of a soap opera drama than the very complex and rich artwork that Yamamoto delivered.

This had so much more potential to be a series, I hope someone else tries to do it again and without restrictions because, easily, 90% of the manga was censored.

As a fan of the manga, I’m heartbroken and as a fan of asian cinema in general, I’m confused and disappointed.

Hopefully when we hear these names again, they will be attached to a better project.

WARNING 

These are spoilers for those who have read the manga and want to know the biggest differences between them:

  • Nakoshi is not poor, never goes under plastic surgery, it’s friends with Ken and it’s amnesic. Nanako and him were living together, he doesn’t go crazy with the trepanations and has a happy ending with a girl.
  • Ito looks more like an idol, his only problem is with his father because his father loved more a gold fish. Crossdressing and transgender issues are nonexistent. Makes a huge experiment with Nakoshi and “Nanako” leaving both of them amnesic. He is the one who goes crazy with trepanations, sew his eye and commits suicide.
  • Nanako and Nakoshi are a couple, they live together, she suffers a miscarriage and start fighting in the street where a car runs over her and dies. The girl in the car feels guilty, wants to forget and gets a trepanation, she and Nakoshi believed she was Nanako, after they found out the truth, decided to run away together and start knowing each other as Nakoshi and Chihiro; that’s the ending.
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Night in Paradise it’s not a gangster movie, it’s a movie with gangsters in it

When we talk about Park Hoon-jung, we talk about a storyteller.

Night in Paradise tells us the story of Tae-gu and Jae-yeon; their lives end up intertwined for a bigger purpose, without knowing it (nor planning it), but they share something in common: the loss of their families in the hands of gangsters and with that, the loss of desire to live.

Tae-gu from the gangsters perspective, where he is just a pawn in his boss game, the guilt consuming him and the desire of revenge as his only life purpose.

You suffer with him the transformation from a loyal, methodic, good-at-what-he-does but still with a heart to a cold-blooded killer, just a shell of a human; still trying to hold on to something, someone worth protecting

Jae-yeon from the gangsters innocent relatives perspective, where she had to witness her whole family die because of his uncle, they were all innocent and her world shattered into millions of pieces.

Now she has to live with her uncle, the one that she hates and wants to see dead. After all she had to endure, she is terminally ill, with less than a month to live, she doesn’t care about anything anymore and continually plays with the idea of ending her life once for all.

They cross paths when Tae-gu avenges the deaths of his sister and niece and has to fly to Jeju Island, to live undercover for a week, with Jae-yon’s uncle.

This super stylish noir brings us a breathtaking cinematography by the hand of Kim Young-ho, every shot, every frame you can just print it and hang it in your living room; the color palette is simply exquisite.

At the beginning we can see a nod to master Wong Kar-wai with the lighting choice he made to introduce us to this world; after that the colors are cold, even the warm ones looks like they are behind a sun screen, because they look a bit gray, washed out, even dirtier to set the tone of what and who we are watching.

Not only the cinematography is a state of the art, but the music accompanies perfectly the sequences, Mowg guides us through the whole rollercoaster this film is.

Is not a happy story or about remarkable people, but is a story about life and death and what we do with them, a story that is predictable, you know what is going to happen but you are so immerse in their world that, nonetheless, you enjoy the journey.

Hoon-jung usually gives us a really slow first half in his movies, so you can meet the characters, the background stories and even empathize with them; the second half on the other hand is the messy, passionate one, where all the contained emotions explode and nothing can stop what is about to happen.

I could split the movie in 4 scenes: 

The opening scene with all the prisoners, all the yellow lighting working perfectly at introducing us to this world; 

Tae-gu sitting on the street, emotionless, the camera focusing in the rain drops hitting the ground, haunting music with a car accident as background;

Tae-gu in the car, fighting for his life, face up, with mixed emotions between terror, courage and resignation at the same time while a melody of despair, sounds in the background making us feel hopeless and

The last scene, in the ocean, a bright one again, giving us a fulfilling feeling even if is not the happiest, is how things should be.

These scenes are tied by rain, rain is in important parts of the movie, when something is about to change, you can see is raining.

And what is the rain? Water in the form of droplets that have condensed and then become heavy enough to fall under gravity… that’s what we have in Night in Paradise, small decisions and events that have cluster and become a ticking bomb with just one possible outcome.

And of course, after the storm comes the calm and while we see the credits roll, we can enjoy really bright and warm shots with vivid colors, what we didn’t have through the whole film, finally wrapping up with the sense that “life goes on”.

The excellent performances of Uhm Tae-goo and Jeon Yeo-been made this story really worth of being told.

Park Hoon-jung keeps surprising us, this time with a full circle story (some words at the beginning that will make sense towards the end) and what it feels something like poetic justice.

Next Entertainment World, we will be waiting for a special edition release, because this needs to be in our personal collection.

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Ghost of Tsushima movie in the works

A movie adaptation of the best-selling video game Ghost of Tsushima has just been announced.

Firstly, have you played Ghost of Tsushima? I got completely hooked on it. The beautiful samurai-era Japan, galloping your horse through endless beautiful blossom trees. I said this recently on a social media post that “Ghost of Tsushima is so damn gorgeous to look at, you forget you have to behead and destroy the Mongolian army”.

As a fan of samurai movies, I was more than delighted to see that I could play the game in the Japanese language with English subtitles. There is also an option to play the game in black and white. You 100% feel like you’ve become an old-school samurai warrior from an Akira Kurosawa movie. It seems like the creators were huge samurai movies fans and Ghost of Tsushima was their love letter to the genre. The creators of the game were also recently appointed official tour guides of Tsushima Island in Japan.

John Wick director Chad Stahelski has been attached to direct

There’s no doubt Stahelski can do epic violence – we have seen it in the John Wick movies, but I am a little worried. I will still watch the fuck out of it but with Stahelski involved, will Hollywood big execs be involved too?. How authentic will it be? how many Asian and Mongolian actors will be hired for the roles? I hope I am wrong because it really deserves the authenticity that the game got so brilliantly right.

As much as I love Keanu Reeves or any other ass-kicking action star, the last thing I wanna hear is “Keanu Reeves cast as Jin”.

Only time will tell!. As soon as we hear more news I will make sure to update the article. As always, thanks for reading.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @Moviehooker 
Source:IGN

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New Asian Horror Movies Coming Your Way In 2021

We are back again with another list. This time, focusing on New Asian Horror Movies Coming Your Way In 2021. We hope you enjoy – we got some great stuff to be looking forward to this year. Let’s get to it!

THE MEDIUM (Thailand)

New Asian Horror Movies The Medium Moviehooker Movie-List
New Asian Horror Movies – The Medium

Shutter co-director, Banjong Pisanthanakun teams up with director turned producer Na Hong-jin (The Chaser, The Wailing, The Yellow Sea) for a new Thai traditional horror, The Medium

A shaman is called to a family when one of them gets possessed by a malevolent spirit. That’s all I know, and to be honest, I don’t wanna look into this one too much and watch it knowing as little as possible.

The plot sounds familiar but the team involved gives me hope that The Medium will offer us something refreshing in the possession sub-genre

THE SADNESS (Taiwan)

New Asian Horror Movies – The Sadness

This looks pretty damn crazy. The Sadness is a new viral outbreak from Taiwan that I am sure all the gorehounds, including myself, will love.

An unknown virus mutates and turns infected into crazed cannibals. Again, not much originality regarding the story but is that what we look for when watching a zombie flick?. It is great when one comes along that is completely original but as long the execution is delivered, it’s filled with gore, great looking zombies, decent acting and a high kill count…I could watch the same zombie scenario and never get tired of it. Take Army of the Dead for example: does it look original? absolutely fuckin’ not!: does it look badass? AbsoFuckinlutley! This is what I am hoping for with The Sadness.

HOMUNCULUS (Japan)

Homunculus Netflix Movie
New Asian Horror Movies – Homunculus

Homunculus us based on a manga by Ichi the Killer creator Hideo Yamamoto. It will arrive on Netflix in April and has need described as extreme psychological horror – yay!.

A homeless man undergoes an experiment where he gets a hole drilled in his head. The experiment unlocks his 6th sense and when covering one eye, he can see people for what they really are – pure evil!

THE CINDERELLA ADDICTION (Japan)

New Asian Horror Movies Cinderella Addiction Moviehooker Movie List
New Asian Horror Movies – The Cinderella Addiction

The Cinderella Addiction is about a woman who loses everything she has in one single night; her husband, her house, money…everything. When she thinks that all luck is lost she finds herself falling in love in a fairytale setting with a doctor. Her new fairytale dreamworld shortly crumbles before her when she is involved in a shockingly violent crime.

CHARACTER (Japan)

New Asian Horror Movies – Character

A talented but kind-hearted manga artist called Keigo Yamashiro has trouble creating villains for his stories due to his good nature. He works as an assistant for a well-respected manga author who asks him to go to a house to sketch a “happy” family.

He enters the house to find the family have been murdered and the murderer is still there. Instead of telling the police, he uses him for inspiration for the villain in his manga.

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Fukushima 50 – the heroic real-life story of the ultimate scarifice

When it comes to disaster movies, no one can quite do it like Asia. We have had some fantastic releases including, Pandora, The Tunnel, The Tower and Earthquake. The thing is, unlike Hollywood productions with L.A crumbling, and The Rock hanging from helicopters trying to save his family, Asian disaster movies are based on real events. Fukushima 50 is based on the most terrifying event of them all: biblical-scale earthquakes leading to a meltdown putting the whole of Japan and the rest of the world at risk of a nuclear catastrophe worse than Chernobyl. This film follows the heroic actions of the ones that sacrificed their lives to prevent Fukushima from further devastation and reaching a global scale.

OFFICIAL FILM SYNOPSIS:

Japan’s Tohoku Region: at a magnitude of 9.0, the strongest earthquake in the country’s history strikes, triggering a huge tsunami and carnage that would end up killing thousands of people and displacing many more. It mercilessly engulfs the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture, causing a crippling station blackout. Unable to be cooled, the nuclear reactors quickly turn into hydrogen bombs at the brink of explosion. If the power plant is abandoned, Japan’s destruction is assured. Facing a life or death situation, the power plant workers known as the “Fukushima 50”, including shift supervisor Izaki and plant manager Yoshida, remain on the site until the bitter end. As the world holds its breath, the Fukushima 50 fight for their hometown, their families, and the future of Japan.

Capelight Pictures

FUKUSHIMA 50 Arrived On VOD/Digital Platforms On March 5th

You can check out the trailer below

Trailer

FUKUSHIMA 50

poster for Fukushima 50

Directed by: Setsuro Wakamatsu
Written by: Ryusho Kadota (Book: “On The Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi)and Yoichi Maekawa (Screenplay)
Country of Origin: Japan
Language: Japanese (OV) / English (dub)
Genre: Action & Drama
Distributor: Capelight Pictures
Produced by Tsuguhiko Kadokawa
RunTime: 121minutes

As always, thanks for reading.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker

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New Netflix Arrivals Feb/March

We are back with another list. This time focusing on new Netflix arrivals that have just arrived or getting released in March. I have thrown in a few movies that I have put on the back-burner because of poor reviews etc. Still, they might be worth checking out now that they’re on Netflix. I hope you enjoy the article.

CAPONE – 25th February

New Netflix Arrivals – Capone

Capone stars Tom Hardy in a semi-biographical movie about legendary gangster Al Capone. The film focuses on Capone getting dementia and being tormented by his past and the crimes he committed.

There was a huge buzz surrounding this movie when the first pics of Tom Hardy were released. Then when the movie finally released, it got butchered. Make your own mind up and watch it on Netflix. At least the make-up looks great!

US – 28th February

New Netflix Arrivals – US

This one ain’t for me, but that doesn’t mean some of you guys won’t like it. Us is from director and writer Jordan Peele and the follow-up to his hugely successful hypno-horror Get Out

A family on vacation are terrorised by what looks like evil versions of themselves.

ALICE – 1st March (Series)

New Netflix Arrivals – Alice

There has been no slowing down in amazing content from Asia, imparticular, South Korea. We have so many great, dark dramas like Strangers From Hell, Voice, Signal, Partners for Justice, Stranger…I could go on and on.

Another thing that keeps popping up in South Korean crime dramas’ is time travel and that is what we have with Alice.

A detective investigating a group of murders and possible serial killer comes into contact with time travellers.

Netflix have just announced that they plan to spend a staggering 500 million dollars on South Korean content in 2021.

THE ART OF SELF DEFENSE – 4th March

New Netflix Arrivals – The Art Of Self Defense

Starring Jesse EisenbergAlessandro NivolaImogen Poots, The Art of Self Defense is an oddball comedy. The film focuses on a guy who starts to learn karate to defend himself after being attacked by a group of thugs. He enlists in a local DoJo run by a charismatic sensei.

SENTINELLE – 5th March

New Netflix Arrivals – SENTINELLE

I really like the sound of this one. Sentinelle stars Olga Kurylenko (Centurian, Quantum of Solace, Oblivion) and is directed by Julien Leclercq (The Assault).

We seem to have a simple revenge premise that has been used countless times. Someone comes back from the army to seek revenge on a fallen loved one. It is rare that we get a female in the lead role, so really looking forward to this one.

SHE DIES TOMORROW – 10th March

New Netflix Arrivals – She Dies Tomorrow

She Dies Tomorrow sounds like another viral outbreak movie, only with a twist. A girl believes that she is going to die the next day but we soon learn that her fear is contagious and anyone she comes into contact with also believes they’re going to die the following day.

Sounds fun.

DEALER – 10th March (Series – France)

New Netflix Arrivals – Dealer

Those of you that ain’t a fan of the found-footage genre, then you will probably wanna give this one a miss. However, if you are a fan of the hand-held shaky-cam, Dealer sounds very interesting.

The series focuses on a group of filmmakers who tread into dangerous gangland territory to make a Hip-Hop video for a rapper and end up becoming targets by the gangs.

THE SISTERS BROTHERS – 12th March

New Netflix Arrivals – The Sisters Brothers

Dark comedy western starring John C Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix. Two assassin brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters set out to assassinate a man who stole from their boss

Based on a novel by Canadian author Patrick deWitt

PET SEMATARY – 12th March

New Netflix Arrivals – Pet Sematary

The recent remake of the classic Stephen King story. To be honest, the reviews have been pretty bad for this and that is the reason I haven’t checked it out yet. Still, it should be worth a watch on Netflix. Something to turn the brain off to.

A sequel to Pet Sematary has also just been announced.

WHO KILLED SARA? – 24th March (series)

New Netflix Arrivals – Who Killed Sara?

Described as an intense thriller, Who Killed Sara? might just be the new crime series everyone will be talking about.

After spending 17-years in prison for the murder of his sister, a man gets released with revenge on his mind. He rejoins a crime family and plots to take down the ones responsible for the murder of his sister.

That is it for this list. I hope you have been hooked up with some good future viewing. As always, thanks for reading.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
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Thailand & South Korea join forces for new horror The Medium

Wow! I got some great news for all you Asian horror movie lovers! Thai director Banjong Pisanthanakun and South Korean director turned producer Na Hong-jin have joined forces for a new horror movie The Medium

Banjong Pisanthanakun who is best known for co-directing the supernatural Thai horror film Shutter is back with a fresh new terrifying tale.

Produced and developed by South Korean director Na Hong-jin. If you are a fan of South Korean cinema then Hong-jin is a name you will all be familiar with. He has been responsible for writing & directing great flicks including The Chaser, The Yellow Sea and The Wailing. If you somehow have managed to miss the above-mentioned flicks, I highly recommend checking them out. They helped pave the way for an endless love of Asian cinema.

Nah Hong-jin is the founder of the production company Nothern Cross. The Medium will be the first movie produced under his new production banner.

PLOT

The Medium is described as a horrifying story of a shaman’s inheritance in the Isan region of Thailand. But the goddess that appears to have taken possession of a family member turns out not be as benevolent as it first appears.

Image from new Thai horror The Medium

The Medium is definitely one to watch out for. These two guys are quite the filmmaking team. It can only mean good things, right?.

We have releases like Satans Slaves, May The Devil Take You 1&2, The Queen Of Black Magic. Can The Medium offer us something refreshing in the possession sub-genre? I think it can.

Currently in post-production with FineCut Productions in charge of international distribution. More news to follow when it is announced. As always, thanks for reading.

Article by GG 
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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After Army Of The Dead get ready for loads more Zombie action from Netflix

It’s getting closer, the wait is almost over – Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead is almost here, but that ain’t all we’re getting!

It looks like Netflix have high hopes for Zack Snyder’s upcoming zombie film Army of The Dead. It has been announced that a feature-length prequel to Army of the Dead is on the way also. And not only that, we will be treated to a wonderful 4-part animated series that takes us back to the origin of infection.

As I have said before, Army of the Dead has been around a long time. In fact, it was written just 4-years after the release of Snyder’s DOTD remake. It has been on a shelf since 2008. So, just my personal opinion, I think when Snyder wrote Army of the Dead then it was at least set in the same universe as DOTD. Now those rumours are said not to be true. But, if it was a sequel, prequel or set in the same universe as Dawn of the Dead, then that would destroy or mess up the plans for more movies. And we know what more movies means?…more cash and BOOM – a franchise! Army of the Dead is now a standalone film with no ties to an already owned franchise.

Very little information is available but I can tell you that they are happening: A feature-length movie and an animated series, both prequels to Snyder’s upcoming zombie film Army of the Dead.

More Zombie Action Coming From Netflix in 2021

We should also see the return of the fantastic zombie series Black Summer as it returns for a second season.

If you haven’t checked out Black Summer then please do. I really enjoyed it despite reading some really bad reviews for it. A great approach to the zombie apocalypse that focuses way more than the action than the soap opera-style drama. Stephen King also gave it a special mention on Twitter recently.

No details regarding the release for the new season but it is said to be dropping sometime this year.

More from the great Kingdom

South Korean zombie series, Kingdom will also be returning with a special feature-length episode called Kingdom: Ashin of the North ahead of the third season. The special one-off episode will be an origin story of the resurrection flower.

In the meantime, Army of the Dead will release on Netflix on May 21st. The teaser trailer drops this Thursday!

Survivors Take All

As always, thanks for reading

Words by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker

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New Asian Films You Should Know About (Japan & South Korea)

We are back again with another brand new list of films for you all. This list will focus on Asian films that I think you should know about. I hope you enjoy it.

For this list we just focus on new upcoming releases from Japan and South Korea. Stay tuned for a new list of movies from different parts of asia including indonesia, India, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. Let’s get to it!

THE FABLE

New Asian Movies You Should Know About 2021 Moviehooker List The Fable

Based on a manga series of the same name, The Fable tells the story of a legendary hitman called Akira, known to everyone else as The Fable.

After years of hard work, killing and commitment, Akira is ordered to take some much-needed time off to relax.

With a part-time job at a design company, Akira’s assassin days seem to be a thing of the past. But his past comes back to haunt him when he finds out that another assassin named Suzuki is targeting someone at the company.

THE CINDERELLA ADDICTION (Melancholy)

Written and directed by Ryohei Watanabe (Shady, Sailor Zombies).

The story of a woman who loses everything she has in one single night and finds herself at the end of the line.

After falling in love again in what seems like a fairytale setting, she commits a horrendous and vicious crime that couldn’t be further from the new life she believes she is leading.

And what a fantastically creepy poster!

BRAVE: GUNJYO SENKI

A group of elite archery students find themselves thrown back in time to the 1500s’ Samurai-era Sengoku Japan.

Not only must they battle ancient samurai warriors but they are about to enter the famous Battle of Okehazama

Also based on a manga series of the same name.

RIDE OR DIE (no poster available)

Ride or Die is a new Japanese murder mystery movie with a crazy psychotic female thinking killing is ok…if you’re doing it for love.

The film focuses or two women, Rei and Nanae. Rei has been in love with Nanae for as long as she can remember.

Things take a crazy turn when Rei kills someone saying she done it in the name of love for Nanae.

Although terrified of Rei, Nanae still risks everything to save Rei from herself and from hurting others.

HOMUNCULUS

New Asian Movies You Should Know About Homunculus Moviehooker Movie List

Based on a hugely successful Manga of the same name and from the creator of ICHI THE KILLER.

Homunculus tells the story of a 34-year-old homeless man Susumu Nakoshi who agrees to undergo an experiment to earn some much-needed cash.

He agrees to have a hole drilled in the centre of his head in a procedure known as trepanation. This experimental and highly dangerous procedure opens up parts of the brain and improves its functions beyond normal human capacity.

After awakening from the operation, he finds that he can now see two different sides to people through each eye. Through one eye, he sees what we see but with his left eye, he sees a much darker, evil and sinister version of that person. He learns that what he is seeing is the dark side of someones dark sub-conscious.

Described as extreme psychological horror. And guess what? it is coming to Netflix this April.

SIGNAL THE MOVIE

Signal (series poster)

South Korean series, Signal is a hugely popular time-bending detective drama about cops on the hunt for a serial killer.

I am guessing you will wanna watch series before you delve into the movie. Both seasons are now available on Netflix.

Like Bong Joon Ho’s Memories of Murder, Signal deals with the same serial killer that inspired Joon’ Ho’s classic.

UNDERDOG

Underdog New Asian Movies You Should Know About

Underdog tells the story of three boxers all from different backgrounds; A struggling boxer, a boxer who grew up in an orphanage and one who is getting a documentary made about him for a comeback fight.

A sports drama infused with some amazing fighting choreography and action.

THE LEGACY OF DR DEATH: BLACK FILE

New Asian Movies You Should Know About Legacy Of Dr Death: Black File

A new Japanese serial killer drama about a doctor who killed his patients. Based on the true story of a doctor who euthanised over 130 patients

Based on the novel The Legacy of Dr. Death by Shichiri Nakayama. Directed by Yoshihiro Fukagawa

That’s it for this list. We hope we have hooked you up with some new future-viewing. As always, thanks for reading.

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Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker.  
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Queen Of Black Magic: Witchcraft horror from Headshot director Kimo Stamboel

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A NEW SHUDDER ORIGINAL
Kimo Stamboel’s ‘THE QUEEN OF BLACK MAGIC’ 

Chilling retelling of the cult classic Indonesian horror written by award-winning filmmaker Joko Anwar  

Coming exclusively to Shudder January 28th 

Official Selection: Celebration of Fantastic Fest, Lund Fantastic Film Festival, NIGHTSTREAM, Sitges Film Festival 

“Scary, skin-crawling fun… a gnarly supernatural chiller that will get under your skin”

Nerdist

The sins of the past come back with a vengeance in this new film from two of Indonesia’s modern masters of horror, director Kimo Stamboel (HEADSHOT) and writer Joko Anwar (SATAN’S SLAVES, IMPETIGORE).

 A family travels to the distant, rural orphanage where the father was raised to pay their respects to the facility’s gravely ill director. But his and his best friends’ homecoming turns into a terrifying supernatural ordeal that threatens their and their families’ lives: someone is using dark magic to avenge evil deeds, long-buried but not forgotten. Stamboel’s film is a reimagining of the 1981 Indonesian horror classic of the same name.

Watch the trailer: YOUTUBE

Streaming exclusively on Shudder January 28th
U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand
(and via the Shudder offering within the AMC+ bundle where available) 

The film marks the sophomore solo feature for Kimo Stamboel following his 2019 celebrated video game adaptation film DREADOUT, and follows his collaborated work with director Timo Tjahjanto — together known as the directing duo The Mo Brothers, and their breakout hits MACABRE and KILLERS. Drawn from a script penned by Joko Anwar, whose own most recent feature, the 2019 Sundance selection IMPETIGORE, has been named Indonesia’s entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards.

An exciting new addition to the ranks of modern Indonesian horror and a disturbingly dark reboot of the 1981 witchcraft film by the same name, THE QUEEN OF BLACK MAGIC promises visceral body horror, tormented folklore, and an inescapable past.

THE QUEEN OF BLACK MAGIC is directed by Kimo Stamboel and written by Joko Anwar. Starring Ario Bayu (IMPETIGORE), Hannah Al Rashid (V/H/S/2, THE NIGHT COMES FOR US), Adhisty Zara (TWO BLUE STRIPES), and Muzakki Ramdhan. 

THE QUEEN OF BLACK MAGIC
  • Original Title: Ratu Ilmu Hitam
  • Genre: Horror
  • Country: Indonesia 
  • Language: Indonesian
  • Runtime: 99 min
  • Year: 2021

As always, thanks for reading.

All above information from official press-release.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker

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