Wow, an update after several weeks of radio silence. Sorry everybody, work has been increasingly demanding lately. Also, I’ve been playing through Michigan, which has not proven very post-worthy.
Anyway, I thought I’d tell you guys about some horror movies I watched recently.
- Pulse (Kairo) finally came out in the US. I guess they are remaking this movie, but I have no idea why–its themes of isolation and loneliness are so amazingly Japanese that I can’t see the movie translating to white, American, English-speaking actors well at all. Anyway, like everything from director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure, Charisma, Doppelganger), I can easily and without hesitation recommend this film. Be warned that the movie is sort of social commentary wrapped in a horror context, and the narrative is convoluted to say the least.
- Session 9 is an American horror film that somebody recommended to me because of its
Silent Hill-like atmosphere. I checked it out and was pleasantly surprised to find it a mature, subtle, psychological horror movie in the vein of The Shining. It’s not nearly as competent as Kubrick’s seminal film, but it hits a lot of the right notes and is very careful not to spoil the horror with too much information. The ending sort of misses a beat here or there, but generally I think it’s one of the best American-made horror movies that has come out in a long time.
- Testuo II: Body Hammer and A Snake of June are both weirdo films by weirdo director Shinya Tsukamoto. Tsukamoto’s claim to fame is the original Tetsuo the Iron Man (and also he was the ultra-buff old guy in Ichi the Killer), but unfortunately Tetsuo 2 isn’t as good. Actually, it’s incredibly similar to the first movie, but the story is a little more clear and it’s in color. I rather enjoyed Snake of June, though it isn’t really horror: it’s about a stalker forcing a woman to act upon some of her fantasies that are too racy for her husband, and the film only contains one giant animatronic penis scene, which is a record low for Tsukamoto.
Anyway, that’s what I’ve had the chance to see lately. What have you guys been watching?