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The Machine Girl

The Machine Girl is one of the earlier entries in the New Wave of Low Budget Japanese Splatter flicks that are gaining popularity of late. Along with such films as Tokyo Gore Police, The Nihombie trilogy (Zombie Self-Defense Force, The Girls Rebel Force of Competitive Swimmers and High School Girl Rika: Zombie Hunter), RoboGeisha and […]

Acolytes

Three teenagers discover a body in the woods not too far from their homes. On top of that, they catch a glimpse of the killer. Should they go to the cops? They could…or maybe they could blackmail the killer into killing someone for them… Such is the hook of indie flick Acolytes, a low-budget Australian […]

Kiss Napoleon Goodbye

Kiss Napoleon Goodbye is essentially a film about relationships and the jealous, hateful and obsessive natures of them. Hedda (Lydia Lunch) and her husband Neal live in an isolated castle in the countryside that was formerly the home of Napoleon. They live a pretty relaxed life and are expecting their first child, and then one […]

13 Game of Death

Thailand has rapidly become an emerging power in world cinema, with a strong line in genre titles like Shutter (2005) or martial arts flicks like Ong Bak (2003). Another indicator of the country’s strength is this superior thriller, a comic book adaptation also known as 13 Beloved. The story sees innocuous and somewhat nerdy salesman Puchit (Krissada Terrence) have a […]

Viva

In recent years somewhat of a trend has emerged of parodying and paying homage to exploitation films from the ‘60s and ‘70s, the most obvious example being the Tarantino / Rodriguez franchise Grindhouse. In my opinion most of these attempts to recapture the seedy atmosphere of the best genre flicks fall flat, with some exceptions. Viva is one […]

Funny Games

Michael Haneke unleashed Funny Games on the world in 1997. It won instant acclaim, being up for the Palm D’Or at Cannes, but drew just as much complaint for its aggressive, fourth wall-breaking assault on the fans of violent movies. Haneke’s own status as an art film enfante terrible meant that the film never reached its target – the […]

Not Quite Hollywood

As a kid I fondly remember trips to the local video store and being lured in by the cover art of many of the classic exploitation titles. These flicks were forbidden fruit for me at the tender young age of eight or nine as my parents refused to let me hire such “trash”. One of […]

The Nines

John August has built up a solid reputation as a screenwriter since his breakthrough with 1999’s Go (where he also directed second unit) and subsequent work with Tim Burton. Now comes his feature debut as director in the metaphysical indie flick The Nines, an expansion/riff on his own short from 1998 (which is included on this DVD release),God. […]

Nosferatu

FW Murnau’s Nosferatu is one of the indisputable classics of horror cinema. The 1922 film arose from the German expressionist movement and has been hugely influential in its look, style and even ideas – such as vampires being destroyed by the rays of the sun. The image of the Nosferatu himself, Count Orlock, is surely […]