Saturday, 15 April 2017

Pandemic – CAT III Style: Ebola Syndrome (1996)


Directed by Herman Yau, 'Yi boh lai beng duk' ('Ebola Syndrome', 1996) is an infamous Hong Kong CAT III entry. Since 1988, Category III has been Hong Kong’s most restrictive certificate – “No persons younger than 18 years of age are permitted to rent, purchase, or watch this film in the cinema.” The content of the films are extremely graphic in nature with gory depictions of violence and/or are sexually explicit. It stars Anthony Wong, who also starred in Yau’s earlier, and equally vile (in a good way), 'Bat sin fan dim: Yan yuk cha siu bau' ('The Untold Story', 1993). Kai San (Wong) is the most despicable human being you could hope not to meet – a perverted, violent, demented scumbag who has no qualms of raping and murdering.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

A Descent into Hell: Angel Heart (1987) - A 30th Anniversary Retrospective


Written and directed by British maverick filmmaker Alan Parker and adapted from the novel Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg, 'Angel Heart' is a mystery pastiche of hardboiled film noir and psychological supernatural occult horror, a hybrid of Chandler-esque detective story...

Monday, 13 March 2017

The Dark Side of Love: Romeo’s Distress (2016)


'Romeo’s Distress' (2016) is a micro-budgeted production that is a shining star of an example of when serious talent and very hard work gets the most out of such meagre resources. The result is high production values and an effective filmmaking vision to rival bigger budget genre fare. A deftly executed and freshly original horror, it is a quirky character study – an impassioned fusion of Gothic and Shakespearian sensibilities, meshed with David Lynch/John Waters-esque offbeat weirdness.

Friday, 13 January 2017

35th Anniversary Retrospective: Friday the 13th Part III (1982)


The slasher sub-genre really came into its own in the early 1980s; thanks to the film that spawned this franchise, everyone with even just an ounce of filmmaking know-how was capitalizing on the slasher boom that Friday the 13th induced...

Monday, 9 January 2017

Beyond the Gore: Beyond the Darkness (1979)


'Buio Omega/Beyond the Darkness' (1979), is a unique gore film in that it focuses more on the bodies of its female victims when they are deceased rather than when they are attacked when living, entailing sickening scenes of their dismemberment. There is also the ghastly sight of...