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Trailer Thursday: Assault! Jack the Ripper!

Posted by Josh Samford On August - 4 - 2012

Trailer Thursday

If you know me, you know that I am a fan of Japanese exploitation director Yasuharu Hasebe. He’s the man who brought the world the “violent pink” genre, and one of the key movies in this subgenre is Assault! Jack the Ripper. A very violent and experimental film, it may be one of Hasebe’s absolute best. This trailer reveals some key elements within the film, but it is so out of context that it won’t spoil things terribly. Once again, this is a title that has been reviewed on Varied Celluloid, so click on the poster art for the full review.

The Plot: Assault! Jack the Ripper tells the story of a young baker who makes cakes at a small restaurant where the latest waitress is giving the management trouble. She has a severe attitude problem and a great deal of arrogance that puts her at odds with all customers. On a rainy night she asks the baker to give her a ride home and along the way a young hitchhiker invites herself into their car. When the hitchhiker strips nude, rubs herself down with cake and then finds a knife resting in the back seat, these two are reasonably frightened. With the knife, this hitchhiker begins slicing into her own arm and presents herself as a threat. They shove the hitchhiker out of the car and take off as fast as they can, but accidentally end up dragging the young woman who then dies. They drive to an abandoned car lot and hide the body, but when they return back to the waitresses home… they both discover they are turned on by the fear and violence. After this night of passion, the young waitress wants more and she prods the baker into pursuing more victims so that they can continue their torrid love affair. However, the baker soon begins to grow a passion for the violence alone.


Posted by Josh Samford On July - 19 - 2012

If you regularly follow Varied Celluloid, you will notice that this is a website that enjoys the sleaze. In fact, we love it. Like I always say, the gore the merrier! Well, actually, I don’t say that. I also sincerely hope that no one else says that either. Regardless, today we cast the spotlight on a gruesome and horrifying piece of Category III cinema. Ripped straight from the Hong Kong headlines, Dr. Lamb is one of the nastiest shockers to come out of Asia during the nineties. What film would be more prudent for Varied Celluloid to showcase during its first ever Trailer Thursday?

Indeed, this is the first of an ongoing series that will hopefully be upheld from now on. We all know that trailer updates are done on every blog on the internet, so why not Varied Celluloid? We will attempt to add more content within these trailer posts, but if nothing else this will serve as a neat reminder of some very interesting pieces of cinema.

Dr. Lamb has been covered here on Varied Celluloid in the past, and if you’re interested in reading more about it you can read the review right here. However, first you may want to take a look at the trailer and get a real appreciation for how dark and strange this movie truly is.

And here is a synopsis from our review which was written back in 2010. Give it a look and definitely check out this sordid movie, if your stomach can handle it.

The Plot: With a great number of recent missing persons, things are getting tense within the police department where Detective Lee (played by Danny Lee) works. After they receive a tip dealing with a photographer who has been dropping off photos of young women nude who look like they may be dead, the force jumps on it. They end up catching the brilliant, but utterly strange, Lam (Simon Yam) who refuses to talk about anything with them at first. Even in the face of torture he refuses to utter a word. After Lee turns his own family against him though, Lam feels completely alone and confesses to his crimes. What follows is a brutal and harrowing account of his victims and their final hours. Lam killed several women, all seemingly for the bland reason that they annoyed him. This is his story.

Red Band trailer for REC 3: Genesis

Posted by Josh Samford On July - 10 - 2012
Well, this is a title that I wasn’t aware of! I am a bit behind the times, unfortunately, and I haven’t even seen REC 2 as of this writing. Still, I enjoyed the first enough that I’m curious to venture further into this trilogy. Magnet Releasing are handing North American distribution, and they have set a Video-On-Demand release date of August 3rd. Following this, there will be a limited theatrical run starting September 7th. The official plot synopsis is described as follows:

Koldo and Clara are about to celebrate the most important day of their lives: their wedding. Everything appears to be running smoothly and the bride, the groom and their families are enjoying a wonderful day in the countryside until some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. Before they know what’s happening, the bride and groom find themselves in the middle of a hellish ordeal, as an uncontrollable torrent of violence is unleashed on the wedding. What started off as an idyllic day quickly descends into a nightmare of the worst kind…

And now we have the Red Band trailer for the film! Enjoy!

“Red Lights” trailer hits the web

Posted by Josh Samford On May - 31 - 2012

Right on the heels of that Branded trailer, I was forwarded the trailer for another solid piece of genre cinema that is currently coming down the pipeline. Directed by Rodrigo Cortes, the Spanish filmmaker who helmed the critically heralded Buried, Red Lights has so many things that have me personally intrigued. It isn’t often that you will find a Robert DeNiro film being promoted on Varied Celluloid, but this is the rare exception where you will find A) a visionary director behind the scenes, B) a really brilliant cast, and C) a plot that might actually feature some inspiring questions/content.

The cast for Red Lights does indeed look pretty intense. I’m so glad to see Sigourney Weaver working again, and this time she has a starring role in this story about skeptics who investigate bogus paranormal phenomena. Also along for the ride is one of my favorite young actors, Cillian Murphy. The guy has an intense presence, and he always grabs my attention. With these two, Robert DeNiro, and Elizabeth Olsen, I would say that this one certainly has acting legitimacy. Hopefully the story will do more than just paint skeptics as villains, but instead explore areas of cynicism and questions poised for those who intend to “question.” There are certainly areas worth exploring in this content, and I hope the filmmakers get it right. The trailer, which features an introduction by Sigourney Weaver, certainly makes this one look artistically viable. Due for release on July 13th, this one is quickly rushing towards us! Hopefully it lives up to the expectations! For those who are interested, the plot synopsis is described as follows:

Veteran paranormal researchers Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) debunk fraudulent claims of ghost whispering, faith healing and other psychic phenomena by detecting what Matheson calls “red lights,” the subtle tricks behind every staged supernatural occurrence. But when the legendary blind psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro)comes out of retirement after 30 years, his once-fearless adversary Matheson warns Buckley to back off, fearing reprisal from the powerful Silver.

Determined to discredit Silver, Buckley and his star student (Elizabeth Olsen) use every tool at their disposal to uncover the truth behind the charismatic, spoon-bending, mind reader. But Buckley is forced to reexamine his own core beliefs as his quest builds to a mind-blowing conclusion in this taut psychological thriller from award-winning writer and director Rodrigo Cortés (Buried).

To view the trailer yourself, follow this link to the Appple website in order to view the embedded trailer.

“Evidence” trailer and poster-art!

Posted by Josh Samford On August - 8 - 2011
Is it wrong to admit that I’m a sucker for the “found footage” genre? It’s a love affair that I discovered when first watching Man Bites Dog and Cannibal Holocaust oh so many years ago, and although the genre has seen an uprising in some poor imitations recently it still remains a viable and interesting device for the horror genre. At least from what I’m sitting, it does.

I thoroughly enjoyed Gareth Edwards’ Monsters as well as the much hyped Cloverfield and both titles showed the broad spectrum of genre and emotion that these titles can actually contain. Heck, I even really enjoyed Welcome to the Jungle, which most people seemed to hate! Evidence seems to be the next “big” indie coming down the pipeline to use this technique to its full extent.

Focusing on a group of campers who catch a glimpse of a otherworldly beast, the movie seems to detail their attempts to survive out in the woods with this monstrosity. After watching the trailer, I’m fairly stoked on this one. I’m just wondering… what’s up with that horse? This one should be coming to theaters (probably in a limited run, but one can never be sure) in the early part of 2012. I know I’ll be looking forward to it. Take a look and leave your thoughts!

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