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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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Shudder to release British supernatural horror film The Banishing –

Shudder will release The Banishing, a new British supernatural horror film based on true events from the director of Triangle, Creep (2004) & Black Death

Check out the official press release and trailer below.

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From acclaimed director Chris Smith comes THE BANISHING, which tells the true story of the most haunted house in England. A young reverend and his wife and daughter move into a manor with a horrifying secret. When a vengeful spirit haunts the little girl and threatens to tear the family apart, the reverend and his wife are forced to confront their beliefs. They must turn to black magic by seeking the help of a famous Occultist…or risk losing their daughter.

Anya McKenna-Bruce as Adelaide – The Banishing – Photo Credit: Shudder

Starring Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible franchise), John Lynch (The Secret Garden, Black Death), and John Heffernan (Eye in the Sky) and directed by Christopher Smith (Creep, Severance, Triangle).

THE BANISHING is a WestEnd Films production.

THE BANISHING

Genre: Horror
Country: United Kingdom
Runtime: 97 min
Year: 2021
Rated: NA

THE BANISHING will stream exclusively to Shudder on April 15th in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as via the Shudder offering within the AMC+ bundle where available.

Check out the trailer below

The Banishing trailer – A Shudder Release

As always, thanks for reading. All the above information from the official press-release.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
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Upcoming Movies You Need To Know About

We are back with a brand new list of Upcoming Movies You Should Know About. This time, for a change, we have left Asia behind (for now) and focus on English-language upcoming releases (although one or two may be partially subbed)

THE NORTHMAN

Currently getting shot in Ireland, The Northman is the new film from Robert Eggers, writer/director of The Lighthouse & The VVitch.

The Northman is a 10th Century Viking revenge saga. That’s all we know about the plot…but in fairness, do we need to know anything else?. Nope.

Starring  Anya Taylor-JoyNicole KidmanAlexander Skarsgård, Ethan Hawke, Björk & Willem Dafoe

GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE

An assassin movie directed and co-written by Big Bad Wolves director  Navot Papushado.

Gunpowder Milkshake takes places over the course of one night. It follows three assassins from three different generations who must try and stop a cycle of violence.

The film has been described as a cross between Edgar Wright’s, Baby Driver & Quentin Tarantino’s, Kill Bill.

ARMY OF THE DEAD

Zack Snyder’s long-awaited return to the zombie genre since 2004’s Romero remake of Dawn Of The Dead

In the depths of a zombie apocalypse, a group of mercenaries are hired to pull off the biggest heist in history.

The news was recently released that Snyder will also be releasing a separate zombie film which will act as a prequel to Army Of The Dead. You will hear more about that flick when more news is announced.

LAST NIGHT IN SOHO

Edgar Wright’s return to the horror genre – only this time, there ain’t any comedy.
Last Night In Soho stars  Anya Taylor-JoyMatt SmithThomasin McKenzie.
A young aspiring fashion designer somehow finds herself in 1960s London, England where she meets her idol. Things take a dark turn when she learns that 1960s London is full of shady characters and every one of her actions comes with consequences.

ANTLERS

At first look, I thought “meh”, this just sounds like a creature-feature with a killer moose (although that gets my vote too).
Antlers is a new horror directed by Scott Cooper. Cooper is responsible for some amazing thrillers and dramas including Crazy Heart, Black Mass, Out Of The Furnace & Hostiles.Set in a small isolated Oregon town, a sheriff (Jesse Plemons), a teacher (Kerri Russell) and a student must battle a legendary killer creature…with Antlers!.

THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK

The highly-anticipated origin story of Tony Soprano from HBO’s The Sopranos that deals with Tony Soprano’s life as a young gangster in New Jersey.
The Saints Of Newark stars Michael Gandolfini (James’ Son) as well as Vera FarmigaRay LiottaJon Bernthal & Corey Stoll.
Written by The Sopranos writers, Lawrence Konner and David Chase. This is going to be a great mafia origin story!.

SAMARITAN

Not a lot of information to go on regarding, Samaritan. The film stars Sylvester Stallone as a worn-out superhero
A young kid realises that the superhero who was thought to have been defeated decades ago in an epic battle may be still alive.
I have no idea if this is going to be for kids or they’re (hopefully) going to follow suit with Amazon’s The Boys.
Directed by Julius Avery, director of Nazi-zombie, Bad Robot produced Overlord

THE LITTLE THINGS

A new serial killer movie starring Rami Malek, Denzel Washington & Jared Leto.
Again, not a lot of information on this one but it is said to be about two cops that clash while hunting for a serial killer
Washington and Malek are playing the two cops which hopefully means we will see Leto in the role of the serial killer.
Written and directed by John Lee Hancock, writer/director of Netflix Original, The Highwaymen and The Rookie.

THE ASSET

A group of hackers accidentally steal millions off of a well-known crime boss. They are forced into hiding and have to train for their inevitable face-off with the crime syndicate.
Directed by Martin Campbell (The Foreigner, Casino Royale) and written by Richard Wenk (The Equaliser, The Equaliser 2)

That’s it for this list of Upcoming Movies You Need To Know About.

As always, thanks for reading.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
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Sleepless Beauty Film Review: Not so much torture but it has an amazing animation

It begins with an ambassador’s assassination plot and a chat window that informs us of a new method of getting people to do certain things.

Then we see Mila through different cameras, letting us know she has been chosen for the same group of people from the dark web.

She is just like your average girl next door, so we can empathize with her and feel horrified with what is going to happen.

After she gets kidnapped, story develops in a small room, some sort of dirty bathroom, pretty similar to the one in the fist movie of Saw.

Things get narrated by the incessant chat window and their participants.

We find out that all this is the work of an organization called “Recreation”.

A woman’s voice through a very loud speaker tells us the rules, they are quite simple.

The main one is that sleeping is forbidden, all attempts to sleep will be immediately interrupted.

Her daily schedule is:

8 am Morning Routine

9 am Exercise

11 am Morning Activities

12 pm – 20 hrs Free Time

20 hrs Entertainment Program

21 hrs – 8 am Virtual Reality Immersion

The voice finalizes with “Have a wonderful stay.”

This sets the mood for the whole movie and prepares you for what’s next, sadly falls short.

It’s in the category of torture but it shy away, the torture happens behind scenes and we keep getting close ups of the chat, they still narrate what’s happening or will happen but at the same time it’s just repetitive, so much that at some point I agreed with them, it was boring.

The story itself is intriguing, but it feels that it wasn’t the sleep deprivation or the torture the ones that really messed with the minds of their test subjects, in her case was the procedure and the amazing animation she was watching on a loop.

The animation is incredible, open to interpretation, showing us different ways she was being tortured and constantly forced to “give birth” to monsters, taunting her until she reaches the level of self-harm.

There’s another scene where Mila is running and the location looks quite similar to the one in the beginning of Martyrs, I love the atmosphere, it’s something that the duo Khvaleev/Khaleeva gave us on their past films (III and Involution) and we are used to, this film is no exception.

I wish we could have a subtitled version, because the dubbed one has more than a few issues, the sound mixing was affected by the postproduction dubbing and sometimes between the echo, screams and pronunciation is really hard to understand what they are saying, besides we can’t fully appreciate the performances, which is a shame because it’s well made.

It is a very interesting idea, can’t wait to see their next project.

Stars Polina Davydova.

Sleepless Beauty is already available on VOD and digital platforms, followed by a blu-ray release on November 17.

Trailer:

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Nolan’s TENET New Trailer

We have been impatiently waiting for the new Christopher Nolan’s movie. In december we received the first trailer and it already looked spectacular, but now, with this new one, the expectations just got higher.

No many information has been released, but in imdb you can read :

“Armed with only one word, ‘Tenet’, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist travels through a twilight world of international espionage, on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.”

A sci-fi thriller full of action, espionage, travels in time and conspiracies with a touch of Inception? Count me in!

Starring Robert Pattinson, John David Washington (Denzel Washington’s son), Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Dimple Kapadia, Clémence Poésy, Dimesh Patel and Michael Caine.

It also has Hoyte van Hoytema in the cinematography (Interstellar, Dunkirk, Ad Astra) and Ludwig Göransson in the music (Creed, Venom, Black Panther).

The release date is July 17.

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ASHFALL: New South Korean Disaster Movie To Erupt Into US Theatres

A new South Korean movie called Ashfall has been a surprise hit in South Korea. Lucky for folks in the States, you’re all getting to see it on the big screen!

Below is a new Moviehooker Youtube video on the main reasons why I am looking forward to Ashfall. I also mention some other great S.Korean cinema. Listen closely.

Why I’m looking forward to the new South Korean disaster movie Ashfall

From Official Press Release

January 16, 2019 – Featuring an all-star cast, ASHFALL expands into additional theatres and will be released nationwide today (January 17th). The film, which stars LEE BYUNG HUN, HA JUNG WOO, DON LEE, JEON HYE JIN and BAE SU ZY, opened to a successful weekend over the holidays, which has led to an expansion in multiple top markets. In the face of a disaster that will engulf both North and South Korea, a mission is put into action to stop a supervolcanic eruption. 

FILM SYNOPSIS

An unexpected eruption of Korea’s tallest volcano, which straddles the China-North Korea border, leaves the Korean peninsula in shambles. Seismologists warn this is only the preliminary eruption — A devastating super-eruption is still to come. Yoo-kyung (JEON Hye Jin) is Chief Secretary to the President of South Korea. While her team puts together an emergency countermeasure for the impending national crisis, she meets renowned Korean-American seismologist, Bong-rae (Don LEE). Bong-rae presents a theory that could possibly stop the volcanic explosion.

ASHFALL

Distributor: Capelight Pictures/ MPI Media Group Director: LEE Hae Jun, KIM Byung Seo Cast: LEE ByungHun, HA Jung Woo, Don LEE, JEONHye J in, BAE Su ZyWriter: Byung-seo Kim, Hae-jun LeeGenre: Action, DramaLanguage: Korean (w/English subtitles)Video Format: ScopeAudio Format: 5.1Runtime: 130 mins 

FULL THEATER LISTING AS OF JANUARY 17th

  • CGV Cinemas Buena Park, CA
  • CG V Cinemas Los Angeles, CA
  • AMC Ridgefield Park, NJ
  • AMC Plymouth Mtg, PA
  • AMC Bay Terrace Bayside, NY
  • AMC Alderwood Cinema Lynnwood, WA
  • AMC Mercado Santa Clara, CA
  • AMC IMAX Metreon San Francisco, CA
  • CENT Century 20 Daly City, CA
  • CNMK Century Sea Tac Mall Federal Way, WA
  • AMC Alderwood Seattle, WA
  • AMC Veteran’s Expressway Tampa, FL
  • AMC Streets of Woodfield Chicago, IL
  • AMC 20 Niles Chicago, IL
  • AMC Empire 25 New York, NY
  • AMC Forum 30 Detroit, MI
  • AMC Fullerton 20 Los Angeles, CA
  • AMC Studio 30 Houston, TX
  • AMC Grapevine Mills Dallas/Ft Worth, TX

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER!  

All above info from the official press release

As always, thanks for reading.

Gary Gamble 
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
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COLD PURSUIT: Liam Neeson Takes On A Drug Cartel With A Snowplough

Didn’t Liam Neeson recently say that he was done with action movies? Well, he’s back with COLD PURSUIT

When it comes to action movies, Northern Ireland born actor Liam Neeson has quite the resume. The only problem is, at this stage, most of anything he does is just generic tripe. The first Taken was a breath of fresh air for action fans. I was blown away with the level of action and body-count in the first instalment. Although nowhere near as violent as I would’ve liked it, Taken brought back a tiny glimpse of what was.

By the time we got to Taken 9 (I have lost count) Liam Neeson’s particular set of skills started wearing thin.  I guess he would need to go back to school and learn a new set of skills…maybe how to be a good parent and not let your daughter get kidnapped every second day.

Anyways, so what Mr Neeson’s new actioner about?

He plays Nels Coxman, a normal man who spends his days keeping the snowy roads clear with his snowplough. Things seem to be going well for Nels, and he has just won Citizen Of The Year in his hometown. But things are about to change for the worse. After losing his son in a drug-related incident he becomes hellbent on taking down the drug cartel responsible.

Within 20 seconds of the trailer, I realised that Cold Pursuit is a remake of a fantastic Norwegian black comedy starring Stellen Skarsgard and Bruno Ganz called In order Of Disappearance. If you haven’t checked out the original then please do, it is such a great black comedy…and pretty damn violent too.

I have been looking forward to seeing Liam Neeson do some black comedy since his sketch with Ricky Gervais in Life’s Too ShortCold Pursuit looks to be a worthy remake with Neeson’s deadpan acting fitted perfectly to the role. I am really looking forward to this.

Cold Pursuit

Here’s the trailer. Hope you enjoy.

Cold Pursuit stars Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Tom Bateman and Emmy Rossum. It is due for release February 2019.

As always, thanks for reading.

Words by Gary Gamble

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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Trailer For New South Korean Zombie Film RAMPANT

Tired of seeing zombies on the small-screen and big-screen??. Tough, South Korea is back with a new film, and the dead have returned to life…once again!

It was March 2017, I stumbled on the news of a new Netflix original zombie series that was just about to go into production. It wasn’t that long after the release of the worldwide smash hit TRAIN TO BUSAN. So, after seeing the mountain of money and success TTB brought, it would be a foolish mistake not to try and bring something similar.

Before reading anything about this trailer, I jumped straight in and thought this was the official trailer for Kingdom. I mean, how many zombie flicks can be set in South Korea during the Joseon period?. Well, it would seem we have two, as these are completely separate from each other. Hey, this is far from a bad thing, especially for zombie fans. We now have two high-quality zombie productions to look forward to.

As zombie films go, I am a fan of the slow-moving zombie. I think the first film to which I accepted this new athletic form of infection was the Dawn Of The Dead remake. There have been other exceptions like Rec, or 28 Days Later (I know they weren’t zombies, shut up!).

Rampant looks to be a follow-up to a 2014 movie called Kundo: Age Of The Rampant. I was completely unaware of this film, I will have to hunt it out before I think about watching this one.

Rampant is directed by Kim Sung-Hoon  (Confidential Assignment )

The film was financially backed by Next Entertainment World. This is the same crowd who funded recent South Korean classics like Pandora and…yup, you’ve guessed it, Train To Busan.

More news to follow on Rampant. Also, check back for news on Netflix original zombie series Kingdom and news on the upcoming sequel to Train To Busan, Penisula.

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New South Korean Movies That Should Be On Your Radar – Moviehooker

I Have Made Another List Of Dark South Korean Movies I believe That Should Be On Everyone’s Radar

One thing we thrive at here at Moviehooker is Asian cinema. I find myself checking upcoming Asian releases and following the Asian Box Office more so than any other country in the world. Now I have put together a new list of dark South Korea movies that will be coming our way soon. I hope you enjoy!

BURNING

New Korean Movies

I have searched a few sites trying to get a proper plot for this one but to no avail. The only description of the film I can see is this  – A mysterious incident takes place among three young persons Jong-soo, Ben, Hae-mi, who have lived in their own way.


Well, that’s obviously not telling us much. The reason this goes on the list is that of the director  Lee Chang-dong. Although I am not familiar with his work, he has picked up some prestigious awards throughout the years for both directing and screenwriting. Burning has just made history at Cannes film festival so this REALLY one to look forward to. It also stars Yeun from The Walking Dead

BELIEVER

New South Korean Movies

This one sounds like a great concept for a movie. The story follows a detective who is trying to take down one of the biggest drug lords in Asia. He forms an unlikely partnership with a low-key member of the very gang he is pursuing and the two plan out their revenge.

So what we got is a film about criminals and cops teaming up to take down one badass drug lord. This sounds like a hell of a lot of fun if you ask me.

 THE VANISHED

New South Korean Movies

This new film from director  Lee Chang-hee has been described as a psychological thriller. To me, the premise really reminds me of a supernatural horror. The film follows a detective who is investigating the death of a woman. Things start to get a little weird when they notice that her body has disappeared from the morgue.

This is the directorial debut from  Lee Chang-hee. If this lives up to the creepy poster and plot, we may have another S.K director to keep our eyes peeled on.

 SEVEN YEARS OF NIGHT

New South Korean Movies

You all know that I am a huge fan of revenge movies, especially revenge movies from South Korea. One of my South Korean revenge movie articles sits proudly on the throne of Google search engines. That was, and still is one of my biggest and proudest achievements since starting Moviehooker.


Anyways, although this has a 6.1 rating on IMDb, it still sounds like we could be on to a winner. This South Korean revenge tale takes place after a man accidentally kills a girl when driving in harsh weather conditions. Instead of doing the right thing and contacting the authorities, he dumps her lifeless body in a nearby lake. The father of the victim then comprises a plan to take revenge on the murderer. His plan is to make this man suffer as much as possible to make him pay for what he has done. With most revenge movies, they take place within a few days (if even that). This revenge story will take place over the course of seven years.

STEEL RAIN

New South Korean Movies

Steel Rain is listed as a 2017 release but that was in South Korea. I am sure we will see a release on this side of the water pretty soon. I  always love a good North Vs South movie and this sounds like it could be a lot of fun. For those of you looking for a great North V South movie, check out on called Secretly Greatly.


A military coup forces a North Korean soldier into the South. While waiting on North Korea to come and rescue him, he ends up on the side of South Korea fighting to prevent a nuclear war.

From the director of the great courtroom drama, The Attorney.

That is it for this list. As always, thanks for reading


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