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I have never seen the original The Haunting in Connecticut, but this is newsworthy and I do get a chuckle out of the subtitle for this sequel: “Ghosts of Georgia.” That’s like making Mississippi Burning II: The Delaware Files. Regardless, this new sequel should build up a respectable bit of buzz and it now has both a release date, a trailer, and several images released for promotion.

Due for a release on February 1st, The Haunting in Connecticut II: Ghosts of Georgia is described as follows:

Building on the terror of A Haunting in Connecticut, this horrifying tale traces a young family’s nightmarish descent into a centuries-old Southern hell. When Andy Wyrick (Chad Michael Murray, House of Wax) moves his wife Lisa (Abigail Spencer, TV’s “Mad Men”) and daughter Heidi to an historic home in Georgia, they quickly discover they are not the house’s only inhabitants. Joined by Lisa’s free-spirited sister, Joyce (Katee Sackhoff, TV’s “Battlestar Galactica”), the family soon comes face-to-face with a bone-chilling mystery born of a deranged desire…a haunting secret rising from underground and threatening to bring down anyone in its path.

A southern gothic horror by way of Connecticut! To learn more, click on the following link and check out the official trailer and several promotional stills!

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Tattooed Flower Vase

Posted by On January - 14 - 2013

Tattooed Flower Vase (1976)
Director: Masaru Konuma
Writers: Kiyoharu Matsuoka
Starring: Naomi Tani, Takako Kitagawa, Shin Nakamaru, and Genshu Hanayagi

The Plot: Michiyo (Naomi Tani) is a widow who has recently welcomed her step daughter Takako (Shin Nakamaru) back into her home. Michiyo is a frustrated woman who has faced many sexual horrors within recent years, namely a rape from a familiar businessman who took advantage of her. This horrible scene was actually witnessed by Takako, who has also developed a very distant and strange relationship with Michiyo. Takako begins to settle down, but unfortunately she finds herself in a car accident with a young man named Hideo. Hideo also happens to be the son of the businessman who raped Michiyo in the past. Despite this, Takako begins a sexual relationship with Hideo. Things become even more complicated when it becomes apparent that Hideo also hopes to pursue a sexual relationship with Michiyo. What follows is an extraordinarily odd love triangle that takes some very unconventional turns.

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Tai Chi Zero

Posted by On January - 10 - 2013

Tai Chi Zero (2012)
Director: Stephen Fung
Writers: Stephen Fung
Starring: Yuan Xiaochao, Eddie Peng, Angelababy, Shu Qi, Feng Shaofeng, and Tony Leung Ka-Fai

The Plot: Lu Chan “The Freak” (played by Yuan Xiaochao) was born with a “horn” feature on his head that is known in martial art circles as “Three Blossoms on the Crown.” This growth acts as a “button” that, when pushed, instantly makes Lu Chan into a much stronger fighter. After being taken away from his parents as a child, Lu Chan was taught martial arts and eventually joined a rather violent cult of martial artists. Under the rule of this clan he was taught a very brutal and fierce style of martial arts that helped to deplete most of his internal energy. If Lu Chan is to survive, he is told by the local medic that he needs to learn “internal kung fu.” When the rest of his clan are murdered, Lu Chan decides that this is the perfect time to head out on his journey in order to learn this new style of kung fu. When he arrives at a distant mountain village that is well known for its Tai Chi, he finds that no one is willing to help him learn their art. So, being very hard to dissuade, Lu Chan sticks around begging for help. While Lu Chan sleeps on the streets, we see a great deal of drama unfolding within the village. Fang Zijing (Eddie Peng) is a young man returning to the place that he considers home. Fang, however, will always be considered an “outsider” within this village due to his ancestry, and thus he was never able to learn the martial arts of this village. Instead, he decided to seek out the wonders of technology! Unbeknownst to the village, or even Fang’s love interest Chen Yunia (Angelababy), Fang is here to try and persuade the villagers to find a new place to live so that his Western friends can direct train tracks right through the village. As one could expect, this plan won’t exactly appease the community within this small village.

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Female Prisoner: Caged!

Posted by On January - 3 - 2013

Female Prisoner: Caged! (1983)
Director: Masaru Konuma
Writers: Osamu Murakami
Starring: Mina Asami, Nami Matsukawa, Shigeru Muroi, and Ryoko Watanabe

The Plot: Masayo (Mina Asami) is a convict who continually tries to escape from prison. This has made her an idol to many of her other fellow convicts, but it has also made her the enemy of a ruthless girl gang who are under direct orders of the warden to persecute anyone that they deem unruly. The warden, along with her chief assistant guard, completely dominate this women’s prison with an iron fist, and they see Masayo as the leader of their rebellion. They do their best to try and set Masayo up, including an attempt to “feed” her to a group of savage rapists, but they can’t seem to get the best of this unruly woman. Will they manage to finally control Masayo by using external forces, or will Masayo ultimately prevail?

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Posted by On January - 2 - 2013

V/H/S (2012)
Director: Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, and Radio Silence
Writers: David Bruckner, Glenn McQuaid, Ti West, Chad Villella, Justin Martinez, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Nicholas Tecosky, Simon Barrett, and Tyler Gillett
Starring: Hannah Fierman, Joe Swanberg, Sophia Takal, Helen Rogers, Jason Yachanin, etc.

The Plot: V/H/S is an anthology title that brought together several successful independent film directors in the hopes of creating something very unique and nostalgic within the horror genre. The story within the movie focuses on a group of punks who cause mayhem in their small town by committing various criminal acts while shooting their actions on VHS video. They have become known for grabbing women within parking lots and pulling down their tops in order to capture shots of their breasts in order to sell the videos at a later date. Growing tired of this simple game, they decide to take one big job. All they have to do is visit an old house, hold some old man down, and steal a VHS videotape. However, when they get there, the old man is dead and the group separates in order to dig through the tapes. On one tape the group finds a young man who wears a pair of hidden camera glasses while he and his buddies try to score. However, the girl that they pick is something more than human. In the second we find a couple on their honeymoon vacation who find themselves being stalked by a mysterious girl who shows up outside of their hotel room. In the third we meet a young girl who goes camping in the woods with a group of friends, but when they arrive there appears to be another entity watching them in the distance. Following that we see a story told through Skype conversations, featuring a young woman who is apparently being visited by ghosts while holding conversations with her longtime boyfriend. Finally, the last story focuses on a group of friends who go off looking for a party on Halloween night, but accidentally end up walking in on a real life exorcism.

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