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HEIR – A Practical FX Horror Film Kickstarter

Posted by Josh Samford On February - 24 - 2014ADD COMMENTS
7f5f4b4f3e78d4118824bd20a00601be_largeRichard Powell and the folks over at Fatal Pictures may not be household names, but for those who have seen their body of work, it’s hard not to be impressed. Their short films Consumption (2008), Worm (2011), and Familiar (2012) are among some of the best independent short films that I have personally come across. Familiar showed this talented group moving into the world of body horror and adult ideas, but it sounds as if their next feature, HEIR, will be even more ambitious! And you too can be a part of it!

Fatal Pictures are in the last two weeks of their Kickstarter for HEIR and things are looking good, but now is your opportunity to be a part of it. The film, which looks to pair Fatal Pictures once again with Robert Nolan (one of the strongest leading men in the indie film world), is looking for a budget of $17,000 and they are getting close to reaching that number. For just $20, you can help get this project funded and also score a copy of the movie on DVD for yourself! The plot synopsis for the movie is as follows:

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After connecting with a stranger of similar interests online, Gordon and his young son Paul, embark on an ill-fated road trip in which Gordon aims to indulge a secret passion. Before the day ends, a horrible truth will be uncovered and a harsh lesson will be learned. HEIR is a monster movie unlike any other, it is a bleak and fantastical examination of one of societies darkest taboos that aims to stimulate the mind and wrench the gut with equal power.


Give the Kickstarter a look and hopefully throw them a few bucks. While you’re doing that, you can check out their previous short film Familiar for free! I am sure you will be impressed. I will end this with some of my favorite artwork posted on the Kickstarter page. This is looking excellent.

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Charlie Cho: The Cinematic Lover

Posted by Josh Samford On January - 27 - 2014ADD COMMENTS
DonThe legend of Don Juan dates all the way back to the 14th century. Originally showing up in a play by Tirso de Molina, this ancient story has been retold countless times in all manners of artistic expression. The story, in most retellings, focuses on a prosperous libertine man who has dedicated his life to seducing women of all sorts. This character has become synonymous with the Western concept of the “ladies man.” This is a character that is obsessed with copulation, the opposite sex, and holding dominance over these women. I put forth to you today that the greatest variation of this mythos within the East would be through the cinematic lover known as Charlie Cho. He, unfortunately, remains little known to those outside of the darkest recesses of Hong Kong cinema, but for those who have seen his work: there becomes a desire, something that is impossible to resist, that they must help spread his reputation within the west.

Charlie Cho in False Lady (1992)

Charlie Cho in False Lady (1992)

Cutting past all of this BS, Charlie Cho is one of the very best onscreen perverts that the world has ever known. An actor who has, outside of his perverted roles, performed in several high quality projects, his sparse Western fanbase rallies behind him not for his role in Jackie Chan’s Police Story, but instead for the incredibly cheap sex comedies that he made during the 1990s. These movies were ludicrous and obscene in most regards, but they dominated the Category III film market during the late 80s-to-early 90s. For those who are unaware, Category III, or CAT III, is a cinematic rating within Hong Kong. It’s nearest equivalent would be the 18 rating within the UK, or NC-17 within the USA. In the West, the best known films from this category would be the various extreme crime thrillers that have become cult favorites. Films such as The Untold Story, Ebola Syndrome, and Dr. Lamb have all had plenty of time dedicated to them, but Hong Kong sex comedies have unfortunately been left, mainly, for the superfans. Within this genre, there are several notable “cocksmen” who deserve mention. Stuart Ong, Lee Chung-Ling, and Elvis Tsui are all actors who made numerous films within the CAT III market, specializing in films about seduction, stupidity, and obsessing over breasts. However, of all these actors, one man stands out as king. That man is Charlie Cho Cha-Lee.

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Scorpion Thunderbolt

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 31 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

Scorpion Thunderbolt (1985)
Director: Godfrey Ho
Writers: Godfrey Ho
Starring: Richard Harrison, Juliet Chan, Bernard Tsui, and Maura Fong



The Plot: Okay, let’s try and piece this one together. There are two stories that are unfolding within Scorpion Thunderbolt, and within this IFD product, Godfrey Ho and company barely try to tie them together at all. In the larger storyline made up from Taiwanese/Korean horror film known as Grudge of the Sleepwalking Woman (thanks to Kenny B. and Jesus PĂ©rez Molina for this info), we find a series of murders have been taking place and there appears to be no clear suspect. Enter inspector Jackie Ko and his partner Miss Lee. Although it seems highly implausible, all signs are pointing to a killer that is not human. Our police officers soon run into photographic journalist Helen who is just as curious about this case as they are, but Helen holds a rather dark secret behind her beauty. At the same time that all of this is happening, Richard (Richard Harrison) finds that he is at odds with a vampire witch (who has metal claws and plays the bongos throughout the entire movie) who desperately wants a ring that has been passed down within his family for generations. Richard fights some random people and gets to kiss on a naked chick’s boobs, all in a day’s work.


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Diamond Ninja Force

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 29 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

Diamond Ninja Force (1986)
Director: Godfrey Ho
Writers: Godfrey Ho
Starring: Richard Harrison, Melvin Pitcher, Andy Chrorowsky, Pierre Tremblay, and Kong Do



The Plot: Diamond Ninja Force tells the story of an ancient battle between ninja sects… kinda. In a previous ninja war, the Diamond Ninja Force had defeated the nefarious Black Ninja Clan. After the war concluded, the Black Ninja Clan had their dead buried in a secluded area that has went undisturbed for numerous years. In the present, however, this hidden graveyard is in the process of being dug into by a wealthy land owner. The Black Ninja Clan, who desperately wants this land, decide to kill off the land owner by unleashing a curse on him. This curse somehow transfers to the land owner’s daughter who is now being haunted after she, her husband, and their son Bobo have moved into a new home. They call up their good friend Gordon (Richard Harrison), who also happens to be a member of the Diamond Ninja Force, who steps in to attempt to rid them of these evil spirits.


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Tiger on the Beat 2

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 29 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

Tiger on the Beat 2 (1990)
Director: Lau Kar-Leung
Writers: Cheung Lai-Ling and Kelvin Wong
Starring: Danny Lee, Conan Lee, and Ellen Chan



The Plot: In this sequel to Tiger on Beat, we follow police officer Sgt. Lam Yik Lim (Danny Lee) as he is tasked with finding a wife for his nephew Buffalo (Conan Lee). Buffalo has come to Hong Kong from The United States and often finds himself getting into trouble, which gets his uncle in trouble by proxy. Almost as soon as Buffalo gets off the boat, he finds himself in a bar fight while trying to protect a young woman named Sweet Dream (Ellen Chan). Unknown to Buffalo, this young woman is a hustler who ultimately leaves him hanging out to dry once the police arrive. Soon after this, Sweet Dream ends up as the witness to a murder, but because of her reputation as a thief/hustler, no one believes her. That doesn’t stop the triads from putting a price on her head. As Sweet Dream tries to evade the numerous killers that are now on her trail, she teams up with Buffalo who still doesn’t believe her story – but is slowly falling for the young woman. Before long, Buffalo and Sgt. Lim are both in the middle of a personal war against these violent triads.


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