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Deadball

Posted by Josh Samford On April - 16 - 2013

Deadball (2011)
Director: Yudai Yamaguchi
Writers: Keita Tokaji
Starring: Tak Sakaguchi, Mari Hoshino, Miho Ninagawa, and Ryosei Tayama



The Plot: Deadball focuses on a young man named Jubeh (played by Tak Sakaguchi) who has a very traumatic experience as a child. While playing catch with his father, young Jubeh throws his hardest pitch (in which he floats hundreds of feet into the air in order to build maximum momentum) and explodes his father into a bloody mess. Jubeh and his little brother Musashi try to move on, but both find it difficult to leave violence outside of their lives. Musashi becomes a delinquent, while Jubeh goes on a kill-crazy rampage that leaves 50 dead. When Jubeh is picked up by the authorities, he is sent to Pterodactyl Juvenile Reformatory in order to wait for his trial date. This juvenile detention center happens to be run by a collection of Nazis who specialize in putting together sadistic baseball games. The Nazi warden quickly attempts to lull Jubeh onto their baseball team. It takes some real convincing, but when Jubeh does eventually sign up, the type of baseball that this team will have to play is a bit outside of the MLB rule set.


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Vampire Lovers, The

Posted by Josh Samford On April - 9 - 2013

The Vampire Lovers (1970)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Writers: Harry Fine, Tudor Gates, and Michael Style
Starring: Ingrid Pitt, George Cole, Kate O’Mara, and Peter Cushing



The Plot: The Vampire Lovers tells the slightly episodic story of a powerful female vampire (Ingrid Pitt) who wanders into the homes of affluent families along the Styria countryside. We are first introduced to this stunning young woman when she assumes the name Marcilla and moves into the home of General von Spielsdorf (played by genre great Peter Cushing). Unknown to those surrounding her, Marcilla is sneaking away during most nights and is siphening the life away from the General’s daughter. Although Spielsdorf does eventually try to get his daughter some help, he proves to be too late and Marcilla kills the girl before vanishing into the night. We quickly catch back up with Marcilla and find that she has assumed a new identity, that of a young woman named Carmilla. After manipulating the destruction of her carriage, Carmilla presses her way into the Morton household. Once again, this is an affluent family that has another young daughter named Emma (played by Madeline Smith) who begins to show the same symptoms that afflicted the Spielsdorf girl. Mr. Morton is a bit more proactive, however, and starts searching for anyone who can help him discover what plague is causing his daughter’s illness. Will he be able to stop Carmilla before it is too late?


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Woochi: The Demon Slayer

Posted by Josh Samford On April - 6 - 2013

Woochi: The Demon Slayer (2009)
Director: Choi Dong-Hoon
Writers: Choi Dong-Hoon
Starring: Kang Dong-won, Kim Yun-seok, Lim Su-jeong, Ju Jin-mo, and Im Soo-jung



The Plot: Woochi: The Demon Slayer is a story that tends to jump between the present and the past, all focusing on a young rebellious taoist wizard by the name of Woochi (Kang Dong-won). During Woochi’s era, things fall into disarray after Woochi is mistakenly accused of his master’s death. For this he is imprisoned within a painting for five hundred years. Woochi is only awoken from this magical prison when two goblins start to reek havoc on modern Korea. When Woochi is brought back, he becomes infatuated with the 21st century. As he travels around Seoul, he finds a beautiful young woman who is identical to the young woman (played by Im Soo-jung) who Woochi left behind in the past. Will Woochi become the hero that the world needs, or will he instead focus on his unrequited love life?


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Tormented

Posted by Josh Samford On April - 5 - 2013

Tormented (2011)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
Writers: Sotaro Hayashi, Daisuke Hosaka, Takashi Shimizu
Starring: Hikari Mitsushima, Takeru Shibuya, and Teruyuki KagawaC



The Plot: Tormented begins with a relatively disturbing sight: a young boy stares down at a rabbit that appears to be terminally injured. As the rabbit breaths profusely while bleeding out, the boy, instead of being disgusted or sad, nonchalantly takes a large brick and brings it crashing down on the little creature. This little boy is Daigo (Takeru Shibuya), the little brother of our main protagonist Kiriko (Hikari Mitsushima). Kiriko, who has been mute since her childhood, is worried for her brother, but she finds herself unable to draw her father’s attention to the problem. After going to the movies and watching a 3D horror movie, Daigo sees a strange vision within the theater. He sees a stuffed rabbit floating down from the screen, and from this point onward he is continually assaulted in his dreams by a large rabbit. The rabbit keeps pointing Daigo towards a hospital, but the young boy can not understand what the creature wants. Will he and Kiriko figure out this monster’s secret before it is too late?


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Storage 24

Posted by Josh Samford On April - 1 - 2013

Storage 24 (2012)
Director: Johannes Roberts
Writers: Noel Clarke, Davie Fairbanks, and Marc Small
Starring: Noel Clarke, Colin O’Donoghue, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, and Laura Haddock.



The Plot: Charlie (Noel Clarke) is a poor sap having to deal with one of life’s most difficult hardships: being dumped. After Charlie’s lady leaves him, it seems as if the relationship is all that he is capable of talking about, much to the chagrin of his pal Mark who is completely sick of hearing about it. While Charlie is in the midst of his personal crisis, it seems as if London is in the midst of its own crisis. Apparently there has been a “plane crash” in the center of London, but we will soon find out that this crash is much more surreal than what the news agencies are capable of reporting. Charlie, still being extremely upset, decides to visit his now-ex girlfriend to find out what has went wrong within their relationship. Charlie and Mark track her down to a storage building where she is currently splitting up her material possessions, and of course a bitter argument ensues. It turns out that this bitter dispute will not be the worst thing to happen to Charlie this week. It seems that this plane crash in the center of London has dropped its cargo all over the city. Amongst this cargo, we find a massive alien creature who is looking to find his way off of our planet – and it’s willing to shred anything that stands in it’s way.


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