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3 newly released films you should check out on amazon prime

A list of newly released films on Amazon Prime Video I think you should check out.

To be honest, it seems that Amazon Prime Video has been a little slow with original content lately. Even though this list only features three films I thought they were all great. We are just not getting enough of them. Let’s get to it.

NEWLY RELEASED FILMS ON AMAZON PRIME VIDEO – I CARE A LOT

Rosamund Pike delivers another phenomenal performance in I Care A Lot. The story of a care worker who has been scamming her clients and taking control of their assets and money. She hears about the perfect client: An elderly woman; rich, forgetful…and more importantly: no family…or that’s what she thought. Her life is thrown into chaos when her only son, a mob boss comes asking questions about why his mother is being held against her own free will in a care home.

Co-starring Peter Dinklage as the mob boss, Diane Wiest and Macon Blair, I Care A Lot is a dark and odd comedy that may be a bit too odd for some. And, man, it was great to see Diane Wiest again. She did not disappoint.

NEWLY RELEASED FILMS ON AMAZON PRIME VIDEO –SOUND OF METAL

Riz Ahmed stars as a metal drummer who tours out of a van with his girlfriend. During their recent tour, Ruben learns that he is going to lose his hearing. The film follows his journey which is fuelled by bitterness, anger, resentment and acceptance.

The acting in this film is just off the charts. Riz Ahmed’s powerful performance is equally heartwarming as it is heartbreaking.

Don’t be expecting any action with this one. Sound Of Metal is as dramatic as they come but it sure does pack a punch.

After watching, I went and checked out some reviews and I was surprised to find complaints about the sound design. I thought the sound design was perfect but I guess I can get why some people wouldn’t like it. We get to hear (or not hear) what the character is going through; from the ringing in the ears to the full-on deafening silence. Then, just out of nowhere in what would seem like a normal establishing shot in any other film, there’s almost a piercing clarity and an explosion of sound. We get to hear this, our lead character doesn’t. It really made you appreciate the tiny little things that we all take for granted every day.

A lot of actors in Sound of Metal is from the deaf community. One of the leads in the film (Paul Raci) grew up with deaf parents. He is a prominent figure in the deaf community and also performs in an ASL (American Sign Language) Sabbath tribute band called Hands of Doom.

NEWLY RELEASED FILMS ON AMAZON PRIME VIDEO – THE MAURITANIAN

Another drama, this time starring Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch Tahar Rahim & Shailene Woodley

This film has popped up in a few groups on social media so I decided to take the plunge and watch it. Based on a shocking true story, The Mauritanian tells the story of the false imprisonment of Mohamedou Ould Slahi by the American government. Jodie Foster plays the lawyer who takes on the case to prove his innocence.

We have seen a similar plot in a thousand movies but this was a frightening watch. I was hoping it wasn’t gonna be another film with the Americans being made out to be heroes defending freedom and it wasn’t. I am not familiar with the true story but the film came across as factual and truthful.

The performances were great all-round but without a doubt, it was Tamir Rahim that held the torch in The Mauritanian.

Well, that’s it for this list of newly released films on Amazon Prime Video. As always, thanks for reading.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
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Three New Horrors That You Will Be Hearing About Very Soon!

A short list of upcoming horror movies that you will be hearing about very soon

Ok, let’s get to this. This list of upcoming horror movies has grabbed my attention and put them on my horror-radar. I hope you all feel the same as I do.

BLOODLINE

Upcoming horror BLOODLINE
I am a sucker for an awesome poster

Blumhouse has been rocking it lately. I don’t find their movies to be the scariest (I am into some twisted stuff) but when I see the “Blumhouse” logo appear, I can almost guarantee that we’re in for a fun ride.

Bloodline is an upcoming horror movie that stars Sean William Scott, a name I have not heard in a while. I have never had a problem with Scott’s acting, it was just the movies he has been cast in. I am always up for watching an actor out of their comfort zone and trying new things.

So what is Bloodline about? (plot from Wiki)

Evan values family above all else, and anyone who gets between him, his wife, and newborn son learns that the hard way. But when it comes to violent tendencies, it seems the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

TRAUMA

Upcoming Horror TRAUMA
Prepared to be scarred

The screener is waiting to be viewed and to be honest, I am a little worried. I know of someone who has seen this upcoming horror, and if he says it’s fucked up…I believe him. My review will be live in the next day or two.

This could be one of the most extreme horrors to hit our screens in recent times. In fact, it is very rare that I receive a warning with a screener, especially from the great Artsploitation Films –  it read: “Only For Hardcore Horror Fans”.

What’s it about?!

4 friends on vacation in Chile are abducted and attacked by two crazy locals, a father and his son. The friends soon realise that this twisted family have ties to the darkest period in Chilean history.

Expect torture and war crimes inflicted on these poor lost souls….holiday goers will never learn, will they?


FRAMED

Upcoming horror FRAMED

You know what else I am a sucker for?, Home Invasion movies. Why?, I dunno, I told you, I am into some pretty horrific stuff. My favourite Home Invasion movie to this date would have to be a Spanish movie called, Kidnapped. This what I base my Home Invasion movies on, I probably shouldn’t though as it will be hard to beat the brutality and depravity  Miguel Ángel Vivas‘ 2010 shocker.

So, Framed tells the story of a group of unlucky individuals who get attacked by three thugs looking to play cruel and sadistic games with them. I guess the difference with this and other HI movies is that it’s all about the internet. The torturing and sadistic games are streamed live on the Web.

I have read one review, and man, it was glowing, a straight-up 10/10. I only hope this wasn’t written by someone involved with the movie as he/she really sold it to me. We will just have to wait and see…it is Spanish so, to me, that sounds promising.

Hope you enjoyed the new upcoming horror movie list. If you did, then please take the time to share on social media – it helps a lot. As always, thanks for reading.

 

Words by Gary Gamble

Owner/Founder/BigCheese @ Moviehooker

 

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New Thrillers That Need Your Attention – Moviehooker

Back again, this time with a list of new or recently released thrillers. Hope you enjoy.

In my last list of upcoming movies, I focused on new thillers in Asian cinema. This time, I will be focusing on new thrillers happening around the globe. Some titles have already been released with some releasing soon. Hope you find a few films to hook yourself up with.


THE WARNING (Spain)

New Thrillers

Already available, this Netflix original caught my attention because of the director. The Warning is the new film by Daniel Calparsoro. If that name doesn’t ring any bells, he is the director of the fantastic The Fury Of A Patient Man, a beautifully crafted, dark and wonderfully acted slow-burning revenge thriller.

The Warning was a good watch, but the story is quite a hard one to follow. Basically, it’s about a man who finds numerical patterns in crimes. After his friend, David is shot in the head after a botched gang hit or assassination he learns that there have been similar crimes taking place in the same spot over the years.

As I said, it was a good watch but The Fury Of A Patient Man was always going to be a hard one to beat. I can’t fault any of the acting or direction, in fact, I really appreciated Calparsoro taking a completely different approach with his next feature.  This could have been better in my eyes, but it’s still a solid film and entertaining viewing.


JOURNAL 64 (Denmark)

New Thrillers

This could be my favourite from this list of new thrillers. Why? because this is a franchise that is has gone from strength-to-strength. This will mark the fourth instalment of the hugely popular, amazingly constructed crime series known as, Department Q. Two cops who work from a basement, reopen old cold cases and try to solve old murders, unearthing new secrets to bring the murderers to justice.

Like the 3 previous features, Journal 64 is based on a book by Jussi Adler-Olsen. I have said many a time before, I am not a big reader but the films are so dark and gritty, I find myself wanting to hunt them down to make comparisons.

Not a lot is known about the story (unless you have read the book that is). The cold case these guys are dealing with dates back to 1987 when they realise that a lot of disappearances are connected to one man. That’s all I need to know.

Not only are these superior Euro-crime films but they also feature one of the best cop partnerships in the genre.

LA JAURIA (Spain)

New Thrillers

The plot of La Jauria really reminds me of Saw or at least one of the traps that feature in a Saw movie.  A group of men wake up in a car that has been set up to make it look like multiple suicides by carbon monoxide poisoning. They’re chained with no chance of escape and have no idea how they got there or what their connection to one another is.

This will obviously be a “race against the clock” movie. No doubt with a storyline like this there will twists and turns aplenty.

There is something special to me about a film that features a minimal cast. It’s hard to keep the viewers’ attention without some clever writing/direction/acting. This looks like it may tick all the boxes.

FEEDBACK

This is the only English-language feature on this list. Feedback is directed by Pedro C. Alonso and it looks to be his English-language debut, it may even be his feature-length debut.

Now, here’s the thing – I can find no information whatsoever about this movie. I can find the cast, director and writer but nothing else.

Thankfully, the above three reasons are more than enough to put this on our radar. Feedback has been described as a horror/thriller. It also stars the wonderful Eddie Marsan. The film is co-written by Alberto Marini who served as a producer on [REC]. He is also co-writer of one of the creepiest, effective horror movies EVER released, Sleep Tight. Marini’s English-language debut Summer Camp failed to impress me. I was hoping for something along the lines of [REC] but unfortunately, it fell flat on its ass. The finished product was something mediocre and something we have seen a thousand times before. He is still a very talented writer though so I have faith in Feedback.

The final selling point: the poster has someone holding an axe. I sure hope it’s Marsan.

El ANO DE LA PLAGA
New Thrillers

With a name like The Year Of The Plague, it’s easy to see why this makes the list. Described as a fantasy/comedy/adventure. The film follows a guy called Victor who has just ended his relationship with one girl to start fresh with someone new.

The hopes of a new relationship are put to the test when an unexplainable virus starts to possess everyone around him. Victor must use his knowledge of 80’s tv shows and movies to fight this new plague and save his new girl.

It sounds like it could be an entertaining watch but I can’t find anything apart from a poor IMDb page. The only decent information I got was from FilmAffinity, so a  big thanks to them.

This director maybe is definitely someone I need to look into more. He is featured in two of the 5-movies on this list. I have read more into his filmography and found ZULO. It has quite a poor score on IMDb but it sounds like my sort of film.

That’s it for this list. As always, thanks for reading.

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Diverge (2016) Review — Two Paths, One Life

 

Image via Young Gunner Films

Diverge begins in reverse chronological order.  The backdrop for the first few scenes makes the desolation seem as beautiful as a trip to the mountains. Lots of long stark shots combined with various large plains filled with wind-swept patterns are seen. The open spaces seem never-ending. Two figures, Chris (Ivan Sandmire) and Anna (Erin Cunningham), walk into an endless life of misery battling the elements.

In the middle of the night comes a stranger (Jamie Jackson, The Blacklist) and his appearance immediately creates a nervous tension within the crust of the story. He appears to be kind, offering food and advice but who is he? His presence ignites a thought about the couple. Are they on the run?

In drips and drops of perfectly orchestrated dialogue I could feel a twist coming on the tip of my tongue. I couldn’t decide whether this movie would be more of the same or take me somewhere different. I really enjoy apocalyptic films and just as this began to remind me of snippets of ‘Here Alone’ 2017, it quickly changed into something else. This movie shines a futuristic light onto a Sci-Fi fused ‘Sliding Doors1998 episode of the ‘Twilight Zone’. Can we ever fix our mistakes for more than a moment?

Sure, the pace drops off a few times here and there and downtown New York City seemed just as desolate as the earlier desert. But like all good stories, Diverge is engaging and thought-provoking right to the very end and afterwards even if the city is slightly devoid of crowds.

Writer and director James Morrison placed every character within the story at the perfect time to keep the story flowing in a thousand different directions. Some movies that over-complicate this type of threading, but it works here and explains itself nearly all the way. The film offers unique insights into changing the future by fixing the past and leaves a few details up to your own interpretation.

What I thought was a phenomenal and in-tune to the mood was the score. It was composed by the same people who did the music for Green Room, Hold the Dark and Blue Ruin; The Blair Brothers.

Diverge is a feature by Young Gunner Films and it’s their first production done with Gentile Entertainment Group and Easy Open Productions. Although it comes with a low-budget, it is not often obvious due to the minimalist techniques with filming. Production was completed over the course of 18 months taking advantage of seasonal changes and cutting costs while adding extra depth to the story.

If you like a slow-burn end-of-world style film that will remind you of a few movies in this genre but also be too different to be comparable, then this one to put on your watch list.

I give Diverge 3.5/5

5 Star Rating System 3 and a half stars

Release Date?

This film has been playing at festivals in 6 countries since 2016. Releases February 18, 2018 to the public via VOD from Gravitas Ventures.

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NEW HORROR & THRILLERS: 10 FILMS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT

A fresh new list focusing upcoming horror and thriller movies from around the globe. I hope you enjoy.

My aim is give to hook you up with a neverending list of quality films to watch. 

New Horror

Compulsion

Country: Spain

It took me a while to find out anything about Compulsion. From what I can gather, the film focuses on a woman who believes her husband is having an affair. Obsessed and a paranoid wreck, she sets out to find what her husband is doing and why he is spending all of his time in this secluded house in the woods.

I am not 100% but it looks her husband may be a twisted serial killer and is using this house to kill and store his victims.

I found a short description and I had to do some clever “copying and pasting” into Google Translate to get the jist of the story.

 

New Horror

 

Errementari – The Blacksmith And The Devil

Country: Spain

The first thing that caught my attention with this flick was that it is produced by Spanish horror/comedy maestro Alex Igelis (The Last Circus, Witching & Bitching, EL Bar).

Errementari – The Blacksmith And The Devil is a fantasy horror movie set in 1845. I am not too sure about the exact plot but the film is said to have a lot of mythical creatures. That and Satan himself is out trying to steal the souls of the desperate and less-fortunate.

 

NEW HORROR & THRILLERS 2017

 

New Horror

Cold Skin

Country: France/USA

This movie is the new film from Frontier(s) director, Xavier Gens. I still think he has yet to better his French shocker, Frontier(s). Maybe this could be the one?

As my love for horror grew darker, I was delighted that we had filmmakers leading the French horror movement like Xavier Gens. Frontier(s)The film where a group of young adults escaping a riot fall victim to a load of neo-Nazis’. It was so good when it was first released.

Cold Skin blends horror with sci-fi. Two genre’s that if done right can make a terrifying combination.

New Horror And Thriller Movies 2017

Luna’s Revenge

Country: Germany

The story of a young girl who witnesses a horrific crime in which she sees her family get brutally slain in front of her. After narrowly escaping the massacre, she soon learns that her life was a lie and her family were no the people they pretended they were. Her family were involved with Russian spies. Luna sets out to get revenge for her family’s death.

New horror 2017 ATERRADOS

ATERRADOS

Country: Argentina

ATERRADOS is a supernatural horror movie from Argentina. Dealing with paranormal disturbances, the film follows a paranormal investigator who finds that different people are experiencing the same supernatural phenomenon.

Looks genuinely creepy. Argentina is responsible for one of my favourite thrillers of all time, THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES. I am really hoping that  ATERRADOS will have the same effect.

 

NEW HORROR AND THRILLERS 2017

New horror and thrillers 2017 Ajji

Ajji

Country: India

Ajji seems like a hardcore revenge movie. If these guys break into song and dance during this film, I will very impressed but I’m thinking that with a story so bleak, it’s no place for singing and dancing.

After a young child is found raped and left for dead, her grandmother sets out to kill the men responsible. That’s all I really know, and that’s more than enough information for all of us who love a good revenge epic.

NEW HORROR & THRILLER MOVIES 2017

New Horror Movies 2017

Good Manners

Country: Brazil  

One thing we have had a shortage of lately is damn good werewolf movies!. I am hoping this is about to change with new Brazilian flick Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras). I have read a few reviews, every one of them has been positive.

From reading the reviews I can tell you not to look into the plot too much. This is apparently a very unique and weird werewolf tale.

The film is set in Sao Paulo and focuses on a pregnant woman and the nurse she hires to help. A few separate storylines build up the tension and the film slowly turns into something completely unexpected.

New Horror Movies 2017

Marrowbone

Country: Spain (English language)

From director-writer Sergio Sanchez (The Orphanage, The Impossible) and starring George MacKay (Defiance, Captain Fantastic).

The film is about how one family struggles to remain together after the death of their mother. 1-older brother, and 3 youngins’ must keep the death of their mother a secret. This proves harder when they’re also being targeted by an evil presence lurking in the shadows of their family home.

NEW HORROR & THRILLER MOVIES 2017

New Horror Movies 2017

Veronica

Country: Spain

The new film from the co-writer of one of my favourite horror movies, EVER, {REC•}. Paco Plaza returns to the horror genre with Veronica, a demonic possession horror film set in Madrid, Spain.

The story focuses on a group of classmates who mess around with the Ouji board (never a good idea in movies, is it?). A demon possesses one of the students, that’s all the fuel I can give you towards the story.

The film is co-written by Fernando Navarro who wrote the superbly dark and brutal, Toro. This really doesn’t sound like anything new, but if done right then possession movies can be a damn good horror. Seems like a great team so this goes on the list.

New Horror movies 2017

Dead Shack

Country: Canada

A list wouldn’t be complete witHout at least one zombie movie. Canadian horror movie Dead Shack sounds like a minimalistic but unique approach to the overpopulated sub-genre.

When a family take a trip to a secluded cabin in the woods, the son must protect his loved ones from a neighbour who is trying to feed them to his zombie family.

You all know, I’m a sucker for a zombie movie. This sounds like a refreshing break away from the tripe that has become AMC’s, The Walking Dead.

 

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A HALLOWEEN HORROR MOVIES LIST: 26 MESSED UP FILMS

  This Halloween horror movies list is dedicated to the darker, more disturbing and violent side of cinema.

You can also purchase most of the movies at the end of of each description

1: BEGOTTEN

Halloween Horror movies BEGOTTEN

Disturbing and graphic visuals and a haunting soundtrack replace the dialogue to create one of the most horrifying and unique movie experiences.

From the director of the awesome, Shadow Of The Vampire. A very hard movie to come across these days. If you ever find yourself within reach of a copy then make sure to grab it as it could be worth some cash.

 

OFFICIAL PLOT (IMDb)

God disembowels himself with a straight razor. The spirit-like Mother Earth emerges, venturing into a bleak, barren landscape. Twitching and cowering, the Son Of Earth is set upon by faceless cannibals. 

2: THE EYES OF MY MOTHER

Halloween Horror movies THE EYES OF MY MOTHER

One of the better horror films released in recent years. A directorial debut with heavy influences and shout-outs to some of the best horrors around.  Eyes Of My Mother is an American-Portuguese release.

OFFICIAL PLOT (IMDb)

A young, lonely woman is consumed by her deepest and darkest desires after tragedy strikes her quiet country life.

Eyes of My Mother BLU RAY 

3: MARTYRS

Halloween Horror movies MARTYRS

Well, it is no secret that Martyrs is my favourite horror film of all time. I am still waiting for a movie to hit me like Martyrs did. A few films have come close but none of them has had the same sense of defeat, helplessness and dread that Martyrs does so beautifully.

 

OFFICIAL PLOT (IMDb)

A young woman’s quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

Martyrs [Blu-ray]

4: IN THEIR SLEEP

Halloween Horror movies IN THEIR SLEEP

A horror movie that really got under my skin. A great, vicious cat&mouse type horror movie where no one is who you think they are.

The death scenes in this really stuck with me for a long time after viewing.

 

OFFICIAL PLOT (IMDb)

Sarah and her husband have moved to a house in the country; their son, Loic, a college student, chaffs at the isolation and a tragedy occurs. A year later, Sarah lives alone in the house; distracted by grief, she’s sent home from her hospital job at 2 AM. Police on the road warn her of burglaries in the area, then a young man, much like her son, flags her down: he surprised a burglar at his house, and he’s being chased. He is Arthur. Sarah gives him a lift, and soon a car is in pursuit. A long night ensues with flashbacks to crimes and chases; can Sarah protect Arthur as she would her own son?

In Their Sleep [DVD]

5: INSIDE

Halloween Horror Movies INSIDE

Inside is another film that made me fall in love with the genre. France just seems to be in the lead when it comes to extreme cinema. Unfortunately, there has been a serious lack of hardcore titles in recent years.

There is a remake released soon. Too early to be passing any sort of judgement but the trailer didn’t carry any of the tension of the original. At least the American remake will put some people onto the original movie.

OFFICIAL PLOT (IMDb)

Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.

Inside [DVD] [2007]

6: BASKIN

Halloween Horror Movies BASKIN

Baskin is another gem. Made on a tiny budget, the film features one of the creepiest horror villains a horror fan could want. A hardcore piece of Turkish horror which marked the directorial debut from Can Evrenol.

Can Evrenol’s new film is another horror movie called Housewife which will be hitting our screens before the end of the year.

OFFICIAL PLOT (IMDb)

A squad of unsuspecting cops goes through a trapdoor to Hell when they stumble upon a Black Mass in an abandoned building.

Baskin [Blu-ray]

7: SEVEN DAYS

Instead of calling this list “Halloween Horror Movies”, I should have called it “Halloween Torture Movies”. I do love my supernatural horror but I think the worst, terrifying kind of horror is the extreme lengths we are capable of when pushed to the edge.

Halloween Horror movies 7 days

OFFICIAL PLOT (IMDb)

A doctor seeks revenge by kidnapping, torturing and killing the man who raped and murdered his young daughter.

7 Days [DVD]

8: KIDNAPPED

I am a big fan of Home Invasion movies. Kidnapped just sounded like any other film in that genre but as a fan, I gave it a shot. I was not prepared for the madness I was about to witness.

Kidnapped is much more than your average home invasion movie. It’s full of clever twists and is much more intelligent than nearly everything in the sub-genre. When this film gets going, it will leave a mark on you forever.

Halloween Horror movies Kidnapped

OFFICIAL PLOT (IMDb)

Three hooded Eastern-European criminals burst into a home in a Madrid gated community, holding the family hostage in its own home, and forcing the father to empty his credit cards.
Secuestrados (Combo Br + Dvd) (Import Sans Langue Française)

9: THE CHASER

Halloween Horror Movies THE CHASER

I have said it before, “no one really does serial killer flicks like South Korea“. Some people may put films like these into the thriller genre but I strongly believe that these types of films are horror at their finest.

If we do see an American remake of this film then there is a possibility that it could work. Appian Way (owned by DiCaprio) owns the rights to the English-language version.

OFFICIAL PLOT (IMDb)

A cash-strapped pimp and former police detective draws upon the skills of his old job to track down his missing stable of prostitutes.

The Chaser [Blu-ray]

10: I SAW THE DEVIL

Halloween Horror movies I SAW THE DEVIL

Highly regarded as one of the most brutal serial killer flicks of all time. I Saw The Devil stars Choi Min-sik as the ruthless serial killer with a special agent closing in to get revenge for his murdered, pregnant wife. 

 

OFFICIAL PLOT (IMDb)

A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.

I Saw The Devil [Blu-ray]

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Hookup: Five New Japanese Horror & Fantasy Films To Look Forward To

A New Moviehooker List

Five New Crazy AF Japanese Horror and Fantasy films.

Japanese Horror is among some of the best and brutal cinema experiences a horror-hound like myself could ever dream of. I have hunted down some upcoming releases, you all should know about.

 A part two could be on the cards. I will get to them all, you know I will!

 

***HOPE YOU ENJOY THE LIST***

TOKYO VAMPIRE HOTEL

Japanese horror movies TOKYO VAMPIRE HOTEL

Tokyo Vampire Hotel is from director Sono Sion.

Manami, get’s caught up in some vampiric activity while out celebrating her 22nd birthday. After Narrowly escaping a murder spree, two vampires; K, from the Dracula clan, and Yamada, from the Corvin clan want to sink their teeth into her.

Sion fans will be delighted to hear that Tokyo Vampire Hotel is a nine-episode mini-series.

Picked up by Amazon Prime (Japan). This gave Sion the creative freedom to make the series as hardcore as he wants.

Not that Japan ever needs creative freedom, though, right?. They have been sticking their middle finger up the asses of censorship for decades. That’s why you’ve got to love and support the Japanese film industry, as crazy and morbid as it is.

BEFORE WE VANISH

Japanese Horror Moves BEFORE WE VANISH

The first adaptation of Before We Vanish was for a stage play. After that, it was adapted into a novel, and now a feature-length film from director Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

When a man vanishes from a small coastal town it sparks concern among the residents. Days later, he returns, changed, he is not the same man he was.

At the same time, a young girl commits a horrific multiple-murder. Things are starting to get a little weird in their once peaceful little village. Aliens have arrived and for some reason, this little village has been chosen as their HQ. Their starting point for an alien invasion, and the beginning of the end for the human race.

I love Asian sci-fi’s, more to the point, I love PARASYTE, both parts 1+2. I have read a couple of mixed reviews, but Before We Vanish already sounds way better than most American sci-fi’s.

Ain’t heard of Parasyte? Check them out on Blu-Ray. You won’t be disappointed.
Parasyte The Movie: Part 1 [Blu-ray]
Parasyte The Movie: Part 2 [Blu-ray]

 

 BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL

Japanese Horror Movies Blade Of The Immortal

It’s impossible to focus on the dark and beautiful world of Japanese cinema and not feature a movie from one of my all-time heroes, Mr Takeshi Miike

The man tackles any genre with total creative control not bowing down to the powers of censorship.

Blade Of The Immortal is a historical samurai action epic.

With an immortal samurai as our lead, there will be no end to the slicing and dicing

The story follows a cursed samurai who must destroy 1000 evil men before regaining his mortality. 

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE CHAPTER 1

JAPANESE HORROR MOVIES JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE

Just like I said above: You can’t have a crazy Japanese movie list without Takeshi Miike. Yup, the man has made it onto the list, yet again!

Next up, superpowers and dodgy hairstyles take centre stage for Miike’s, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter I.

Set in a fictional world called Morioh where everyone has a superpower called The Stand. The title, “Diamond Is Unbreakable” refers to the main character’s, Josuke’s power, or Stand:  Shining Diamond. Sort of sounds like a finishing move in an arcade game…or a stupid Rihanna song.

Trailer looks like what you would expect from a Manga adaptation directed by Takeshi Miike. Crazy AF.

PURCHASE THE ORIGINAL MANGA RIGHT HERE

Jojo s Bizarre Adventure Season 1 (Episodes 1-26) [Blu-ray]

AJIN

Japan Horror Movies AJIN

Ajin: Demi-Human is yet again another Manga adaptation. It is also, my favourite from this new list of Japanese horror movies I have put together.

Sweet ultra-violence at its very finest.

Kei Nagai is resurrected & possessed by an Ajin after a traffic accident. Ajin’s are powerful, magical beings. They’re tricked into thinking they can live safely among the humans but get hunted and experimented on by a tyrannical government. These horrible experiments have forced them into hiding. In the shadows, they wait until it’s time to retaliate.

Reading up on this I have noticed that they’ve changed some plot-points. As well as the plot changes, there has been also a shift in the ages of characters. As a result of this, it has a lot of fans worried…but you can’t please everyone, right?

I am not aware of the Manga. That’s the only good thing about my lack of reading. I can count on one hand a number of books or graphic novels I have read in my life and I am not proud. However, it does have it’s pros as I can enjoy an adaptation and not make comparisons to its original source. Also, it saves my mind from a lot of torture when an adaptation doesn’t work.

Lastly, if you cant wait for AJIN, then you can hunt out the 3-part Manga series (released in November). The reviews are nothing less than astonishing. You pre-order it right here

Ajin Season 1 – Standard (DVD)

The YouTube trailer looks like this is going to be one hell of a film. 

THANKS FOR READING THIS JAPANESE HORROR, FANTASY…and SCI-FI MOVIE LIST.

 EXPECT MORE LISTS FEATURING MORE UPCOMING UNIQUELY AMAZING FILMS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE.

For My Next List, I’ll Be Focusing on Part 2 To My Hugely Popular 21 European Horror Movies Article.
In The Meantime, You Can Visit moviehooker.com To Get All Your Unique Cinema Needs….Or More Japanese Horror, It’s Up To You.

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Best Of Netflix Original Films

NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILMS PART ONE

In the last two articles that I posted, I focused on Netflix Original Series’. I hope that you found some excellent new shows to binge-watch. Now,  for this article, I want to concentrate on the best Netflix original films that Netflix has to offer.

I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE

Netflix Original Films I DON'T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE


I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore is the directorial debut from the star of Jeremy Saulnier’s BLUE RUIN, Macon Blair. I have been a huge fan of Macon Blair; I wish I would say since Saulnier’s previous attempt, Murder Party but I only realised this man’s insane acting ability when he played vengeful hobo, Dwight.

I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore was also written by Macon Blair. It stars Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood.

Ruth, a caring, kind nursing assistant has an awful start to her day when one of her patients dies. The remainder of her day won’t get any better as she foolishly tries to find kindness in everyone she meets. When she arrives home, her apartment was burgled, and sentimental items were taken, as well as some meds to treat depression.


The burglary pushes Ruth to the edge. She sets off with her Ninja-star throwing neighbour to find the people responsible.

Heartfelt, gruesome, funny and wonderfully shot and acted. I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore is the very reason we love independent cinema.

MESSAGE FROM THE KING

Netflix Original Films MESSAGE FROM THE KING


It was the poster for Message From The King that first grabbed my attention. It was a picture of a man towering over a  city holding some chain in his hand. That was enough to sell me.

Then I realised, it was the well-respected director, Fabrice Du Welz.  He is the man responsible for great films like The Ordeal (Calvaire), and Alléluia

Not a lot of weight to carry regarding the storyline. Message From The King may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it.

It’s a straightforward revenge tale about a man who arrives from South Africa in search of his missing sister. He delivers some brutal and inventive kills with his weapon of choice, a used motorbike chain.

Not for everyone, but a must see if you’re a fan of the man’s previous work. If you haven’t seen The Ordeal or Alléluia – as your moviehooker – I order you to check them out.

SMALL CRIMES



Netflix Original Films Smal Crimes

Are you already having Game Of Thrones withdrawals?. In this Netflix Original Film, Game Of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (incest champion, Jaime Lannister) takes on the leading role in E.L Katz’s Small Crimes.

When watching this, my friend pointed out this feels like another Macon Blair movie. He wasn’t wrong at all, I checked IMDb, and he was right. Small Crimes is co-written by none other than Macon Blair.

Small Crimes follows disgraced cop, Joe Denton who has just finished a 6-year stint in prison. Determined to put his back together after his attempted murder charge, things go from bad to worse as his dark past catches up with him.

BEASTS OF NO NATION



Netflix Origial Films BEASTS OF NO NATION

I’m almost sure that Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation was the first Netflix Original Film to get a theatrical release.  It didn’t do too good in the cinemas either. Even though it was a flop in the theatres, Beasts Of No Nation was a huge success on the streaming service.

Idris Elba is the big name in Beasts Of No Nation, but he is not the star of the show. Director, Cary Fukunaga cast unknown child-actor Abraham Attah to play, Agu. This young kid gave one of the best child performances I have ever witnessed.

Beasts Of No Nation is a harrowing look at the world of child soldiers. However, It is told through the eyes of young, freshly brainwashed and recruited, Agu.


With a screenplay was written by Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective, Sin Nombre). Based on a novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala.

That’s all for PART ONE of my Netflix Original Films. Thanks for reading and make sure to check back soon for the best Netflix Original Films PART TWO.

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New Japanese Thrillers To Test Your Sanity

A new list of recently released Japanese thrillers you may not know about

As you probably already know, Japan offers us some of the most intense, brutal and uncensored cinema in film history. Recent Japanese thrillers like The World Of Kanako, and the superb serial killer movie, Creepy prove that Japan is still one of the leading names in the thriller/crime genre. This is a new list of Japanese thrillers that I think you all need hooking up with.

HARMONIUM

Japanese Thriller

DIRECTOR: Kôji Fukada

PREVIOUS MOVIES: Au Revoir L’Ete, Hospitalité, Sayonara

WRITER: Kôji Fukada

STARS: Tadanobu Asano, Kanji Furutachi, Mariko Tsutsui,

RELEASE DATE: 2016

GENRE: Drama/Crime/Thriller

OFFICIAL PLOT (AsianWiki)

Toshio Suzuoka (Kanji Furutachi) runs a small metalworking factory in the suburbs. He has a wife, Fumie (Mariko Tsutsui), and a 10-year-old daughter, Hotaru (Momone Shinokawa). They enjoy peaceful days, but Toshio’s acquaintance Kusataro Yasaka (Tadanobu Asano) appears. Kusataro Yasaka recently served time in prison. Toshio hires Kusataro and lets him stay at his house. Fumie is apprehensive about Kusataro Yasaka, but she warms up to him after seeing him teach their daughter to play the harmonium.


AFTER THE STORM

Japanese Thrillers

DIRECTOR: Hirokazu Koreeda

PREVIOUS MOVIES: Still Walking, Like Father, Like Son, Nobody Knows

WRITER: Hirokazu Koreeda

 STARS: Hiroshi Abe, Yôko Maki, Satomi Kobayashi

RELEASE DATE: 2016

GENRE: Drama

OFFICIAL PLOT (IMDb)

After the death of his father, a private detective struggles to find child support money and reconnect with his son and ex-wife.

HIMEANORU

Japanese Thrillers

DIRECTOR: Keisuke Yoshida 

PREVIOUS MOVIES: Nama-Natsu, Cafe Isobe

WRITER: Keisuke Yoshida (Screenplay), Minoru Furuya (Manga)

STARS: Gaku Hamada, Gô Morita, Aimi Satsukawa

RELEASE DATE: 2016

GENRE: Drama/Thriller

OFFICIAL PLOT (IMDb)

Getting two stories in one, Himeanôru depicts the story of co-workers where one of them is gunning to make a cafe’s waitress his. When the co-worker visits the said cafe to see the waitress his friend is yearning for, he also meets an old classmate he has not seen in some time. In a twist and transition, the waitress tells the visiting co-worker that she is being stalked by a man. That man is none other than the old class-mate.

– Written by aghaemi


DESTRUCTION BABIES

destruction-babies

DIRECTOR: Tetsuya Mariko

WRITER: Tetsuya Mariko (screenplay), Kôhei Kiyasu (screenplay)

STARS: Masaki SudaYûya Yagira, Nana Komatsu

RELEASE DATE: 2016

GENRE: Drama/Intense AF

OFFICIAL PLOT (IMDb)

At some point beating and ravaging others becomes a routine pastime when two kids go on a rampage. Taira picks his target of men and goes for broke, while Kitahara puts down his camera long enough to instead go after women. There is enough bloodshed during the course of one night to paint a mural of red for the whole city to see.

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THANKS FOR READING, HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS  LIST. CHECK BACK SOON FOR MORE.

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New Netflix Original Films Coming your Way Soon

 A list of new Netflix Original Films that will be coming our way soon

We have tried to add a little bit something for everyone in this of Netflix Original Films. If you enjoy our list please pass it on to a friend.

OKJA

Netflix Original Films OKJA

Okja is the new film from one of my favourite directors, South Korean visionary Bong Ho-Joon. He is the man responsible for South Korean classics such as  The Host, Memories Of Murder, and Mother, and more recently, Snowpiercer)

Okja tells the story of a young girl who will do anything she can to stop a huge multi-nation company kidnapping her best friend, Okja.

This looks to be kiddie friendly (I am not 100% though). Okja is a large mystical looking animal that would remind you of Falkor from 1984 children’s classic The Neverending Story 

The film stars Tilda Swinton (who also worked with director Bong Ho-Joon in Snowpiercer), other cast members include the awesome Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood, Swiss Army Man), Steven Yeun (Glenn from The Walking Dead), and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Nocturnal Animals),

For those of you into South Korean cinema, you’ll be happy to hear that Okja also stars one of Bong Ho-Joon’s regulars, Hee-Bong Byun who starred in classics Memories Of Murder and The Host

APOSTLE 

Netflix Original Films APOSTLE

Gareth Evans, the mastermind action maestro behind The Raid franchise is back with Apostle.

Apostle stars Dan Stevens (The Guest, Downton Abbey) and Michael Sheen (The Damned United, Unthinkable, Frost and Nison). The story focuses on a man who travels to a remote island to save his sister from a religious cult.

Not much is known about the film but I can confirm that Netflix has acquired the rights for worldwide distribution.

I have always been a fan of Gareth Eans. Although I am  HUUUGE fan of The Raid movies I am looking forward to seeing Evans enter new filmmaking territory

Filming is due to start April 2017, so we’re probably looking at 2018 release. More to follow on Apostle as it is announced.

WAR MACHINE

Netflix Original Films WAR MACHINE

 

Quirky comedy starring Brad Pitt that looks into America’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan.

War Machine is based on a non-fiction book called The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, by author Michael Hastings.

The trailer looks like it could be a lot of fun. I love Brad Pitt in these sort of roles –  I think the man can do comedy very well.

The movie is directed byDavid Michôd, the director behind one of favourite crime family movies, Australian film, Animal Kingdom (which has just been made into an impressive American TV show).

 

BRIGHT

Netflix Original Films BRIGHT

The director of Suicide Squad, End Of Watch and Fury is back with an all-star cast in Bright.

Will Smith (Concussion, The Pursuit Of Happiness) Joel Edgerton (The Gift, Black Mass, Warrior) and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The girl With The Dragon Tattoo)  lead the cast.

The plot reminds me of the 1988 sci-fi classic Alien Nation. The story is set in a world where monsters and humans live side by side in society.

Badass (and probably smart-ass) cop played by Will Smith must work together with an Orc to find a powerful weapon that everyone is prepared to die for.

 

DEATH NOTE

Netflix Original Films DEATH NOTE

The westernised version of the classic Japanese Manga is almost upon us and therefore makes it onto this list of Netflix Original Films. I honestly don’t have high hopes for the movie but I am a fan of the director and I think Willem Dafoe was perfectly cast as the voice of the insanely creepy, Ryuk

Some people ain’t fond of the idea  – in fact, it’s getting hit pretty hard on YouTube – here are the current stats that the trailer holds   Vs 

Adam Wingard, one-half of the directing duo behind indie hits like You’re Next and The Guest tackles this one on his lonesome.

Death Note follows a young high school student who finds a book that has unbelievable dark powers. The book has the power to kill anyone by writing his/her name in the book.It ain’t’ long before the darkness overtakes this teenager and he starts to use the book to become more and more powerful.

LITTLE EVIL

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It has been a while since we have had a good antichrist movie in the style of, The Omen. Well, we did have the remake of The Omen, but we will pretend that doesn’t exist.

Directed Eli Craig (Zombieland, Tucker & Dale Vs Evil) Little Evil follows a newly married man who starts to believe that the 6-year-old son of the woman he just married is the antichrist.  That’s one way to put a strain a new relationship.

Little Evil stars Evangeline Lilly (The Hurt Locker, Ant-Man, Real Steal) Adam Scott (Parks And Recreation, The Aviator, Step Brother) and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption, Highlander, Starship Troopers)

 

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