Welcome to ‘Widescreen Online Review’s October Days of Terror’, a special Halloween edition for this October 2020.

Remember the days when we customized every aspect of our domains. If you have stayed with me over the past fifteen years, them you know that I love creating website themes. I especially like holiday themes and this theme is a little remembrance of those creative years. Just adding a little theme to spark a lot of smiles as you read through these posts.

What I will be doing here is recommending new and old horror films and series to spice up your Halloween viewing.

As always parental guidance is advised.

Otherwise enjoy, and Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 23, 2020

Four of the Hottest, Yet Spookiest Korean Horrors for Halloween 2020

I would be remissed if I didn't add these four fantastic Korean horrors series to this year's Widescreen Online Review’s October Days of Terrors’. Each series is new and a fun and spooky watch.  They are as follow:


Title: Search
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Synopsis

This is a military thriller drama that takes place in the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) and tells the story of a specialized search party that forms to uncover the truth behind mysterious disappearance and murder cases.

Military search troop members, including Yong Dong Jin (Jang Dong Yoon) and Son Ye Rim (Krystal Jung) try to fight against a mysterious creature and struggle to get away from the DMZ. They build camaraderie through their struggle.

Cast
Jang Dong Yoon as Yong Dong Jin (Chief soldier)
Krystal Jung as Son Ye Rim (First lieutenant)
Yoon Park as Song Min Kyoo (Captain)
Lee Hyun Wook as Lee Joon Sung (First lieutenant)
Choi Yoon Jae (최윤재) as Joo Moon Chul (Staff sergeant)
Lee Ha Yul as Park Ki Hyung (Sergeant first class)
Chungong-ri
Moon Jung Hee as Kim Da Jung (Reservist)
Lee Soon Won as Chun Min Jae
Park Da Yun as Chun Soo Young
Kim In Woo as Health Center Director Baek
Yoo Sung Joo as Lee Hyuk
Choi Duk Moon as Han Dae Shik
Yun Woo Jin as Jo Min Kook
Kim Ho Jung as Yong Hee Ra
Yoon Young Min as Chief Moon
Lee Kyung Min (이경민) as Corporal Oh


Production Company: OCN Studio
Directors: Im Dae Woong, Myung Hyun Woo
Screenwriters: Goo Mo, Ko Myung Joo
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Title: Tale of the Nine Tailed
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Action

Synopsis

This is a drama about a kumiho who settles into the city and a producer who is after it.

Once the guardian of the Baekdu-daegan mountain range, Lee Yun (Lee Dong Wook) is a legendary nine-tailed fox, travelling back and forth between the mortal world and the afterlife killing demons. He takes human form and settles in the city, completely assimilating into human society. Meanwhile, Nam Ji Ah (Jo Bo Ah) is a TV producer who specializes in supernatural investigative TV programs. When she hears of a genuine nine-tailed fox living in the city, she is determined to get him as a guest on her TV show. Lee Rang, the step-brother of Lee Yun, is thought to be the most dangerous nine-tailed fox. Being half-human, he hates humans and uses his powers to take advantage of them.

Main Cast

Lee Dong Wook as Lee Yun
Jo Bo Ah as Nam Ji Ah
– Park Da Yun as Nam Ji Ah (child)
Kim Bum as Lee Rang
Kim Yong Ji as Yoo Ri

Supporting Cast

Hwang Hee as Shin Joo
Kim Jung Nan as Pal Ui Pa
Ahn Kil Kang as Hyun Ui Woong
Kim Hee Jung as Nam Ji Ah’s mother
Song Young Kyu as Nam Ji Ah’s father
Jang Won Hyung as Baek Shi Woo
Jung Shi Yool as Kim Soo Oh
Kim Kang Min as Pyo Jae Hwan
Jung Yi Seo as Kim Sae Rom


Production Companies: Studio Dragon, HOW Pictures
Director: Kang Shin Hyo
Screenwriter: Han Woo Ri

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Title: Zombie Detective 

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Comedy


Synopsis

The drama is about a zombie in his second year of resurrection who becomes a detective in pursuit of his past, all the while doing his best to coexist with humans.

Kim Moo Young (Choi Jin Hyuk) has been a zombie for the past 2 years. To survive, he has mimicked the mannerisms of humans in a village. He then leaves for the city. There, Kim Moo Young opens an office to work as a private detective. He does not remember anything before he became a zombie. He struggles to live with humans and to regain his past memory. Meanwhile, Gong Sun Ji (Park Joo Hyun) used to be a writer of a current affairs complaint program. A witness in a case, she was working on, was attacked by an unknown man. Due to that, she quit her job. She becomes involved with Kim Moo-Young and takes a part-time position at his private detective office.

Main Cast

Choi Jin Hyuk as Kim Moo Young
Park Joo Hyun as Gong Sun Ji
Kwon Hwa Woon as Cha Do Hyun

Supporting Cast

Hwang Bo Ra as Gong Sun Young (Sun Ji’s older sister)
Ahn Se Ha as Lee Tae Gyoon (Sun Young’s husband)
Tae Hang Ho as Lee Sung Rok
Park Dong Bin as Hwang Choon Sup
Lee Joong Ok as Wang Wei
Im Se Joo as Kim Bo Ra
Bae Yoo Ram as PD Yuk
Ha Do Kwon as Noh Poong Sik

Production Credits

Production Companies: Drama H, Raemongraein
Director: Shim Jae Hyun
Screenwriter: Baek Eun Jin

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Title: Missing: The Other Side
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

 Synopsis

This drama tells the story in a mysterious village where a spirits live, and follows the cases that occur there, and the truths behind them.


 

 

Go Soo as Kim Wook
Heo Joon Ho as Jang Pan Suk

Kim Wook’s Assistant

Moon Yoo Kang (문유강) as Kim Nam Gook
Ahn So Hee as Lee Jong Ah

Missing Task Force

Ha Joon as Shin Joon Ho
Ji Dae Han as Baek Il Doo
Jang Kyuk Soo (장격수) as Detective Bok

Doo Ohn Villager

Song Geon Hee as Thomas Cha
Seo Eun Soo as Choi Yeo Na
Kang Mal Geum (강말금) as Kim Hyun Mi
Lee Joo Won (이주원) as Park Young Ho
Lee Joo Myung (이주명) as Jang Mi
Ahn Dong Yup (안동엽) as Park Bum Soo
Go Dong Ha (고동하) as Kim Joon Soo
Park Hye Jin as Choi Mi Ja

Others

Kim Jung Eun as Jo Myeong Soon
Lee Ki Chan as Park Byeong Eun
Jang Sun Yool (장선율) as Seo Ha Neul

Cameo

Heo Dong Won as Park Bong Pal (ep.1)

Production Companies: Studio Dragon, Mays Entertainment
Director: Min Yun Hong
Screenwriters: Ban Gi Ri, Jung So Young

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All of these series can be found on Rakuten Viki.  However, if you have a problem with missing English subtitles, please report it on the Rakuten Viki website. For alternative viewing, you can also watch each series at the following links.

Enjoy. And Happy Halloween!

 

 

 




Sunday, October 11, 2020

The Man Who Laughs, the 1928 Silent Classic Film with Far Reaching Influence


It’s been nearly a hundred years since the American film version of Victor Hugo horror classic The Man Who Laughs premiere on April 27, 1928 at the Central Theatre in New York City. While the early reception of the film was termed “mediocre” and a “travesty of cinematic methods”, the influence of the main character, Gwynplaine is undeniable in even in many of today’s art forms.

When we look at The Man Who Laughs, we immediately understand its magic on creators of comic books, cartoons and anime series, as well as live action films.

In the film, Comprachicos are illegal surgeons who carved unnatural smiles onto the faces of kidnapped children making them into grotesque clowns and jesters.  Gwynplaine was one such child, the stolen son of the rebel, Lord Chancharlie, who himself was put to death in an ‘Iron Lady’ for taking up arms against King James II  in 17th century England.

The Man Who Laughs is a sad tale, a silent tale of love hard won.

Years later, Gwynplaine pursue of happiness is again betrayed by his childhood, creator Dr Hardquanonne, the Comprachico that changed his destiny, the former but still evil and cruel court jester, Barkilphedro, and the spiteful Queen Anne.

With all these nemeses plotting against him, will poor Gwynplaine survive these newest cruelties and become heir of the Chancharlie estate and happily marry his childhood love, the blind Dea?

As for clown like faces, Lord Dirry Moir, the Duchess Josiana betrothed looks just as much like a jester when  he prostrates before Queen Anne.

 Stuart Holmes as Lord Dirry Moir

Dea quote sums up Gwynplaine emotional existence.

 Mary Philbin as Dea

It’s wonderful how my

Gwynplaine makes the

people laugh ___ even

when he is sad.”

What makes Gwynplaine so endearing, in spite of  his nefarious smile, is that everything he feels is reflected in his eyes and body posture. This is a man that has known great emotional pain and only wants to be loved for who he is regardless of how he looks but must stand up and overcome those wanting to use him for their own good. There is no misunderstanding of the expressions of love, sorrow, bewilderment and happiness on Gwynplaine face.

 Conrad Veidt as Gwynplaine


From many, including me, Gwynplaine, The Man Who Laughs, is the real inspiration for the creation of the DC Comics’ Joker. We have to admit that there is a resemblance in their facial features that is wickedly similar. However that is where the resemblance ends.

Where Gwynplaine is a kind and tormented man who wishes only to be loved for himself. The three characters below lack his humaneness.

The Joker is and always will be Batman’s greatest nemesis. The evil of the Joker is one that began long before he fell into a vast of toxic waste. He began as a small time crime punk who wanted to be more. He only realized his goal after waking up as a grotesque man with an evil grin and an equally evil mind.


Bleach animated character, Mayuri Kurotsuchi the Captain of the 12th Division in the Gotei 13 and 2nd president of the Shinigami Research Institute. Although a soul reaper, he often shows signs of the mad scientist beneath his fixed grin.

Then there is the unforgettable Ryuk, a Shinigami God of death from Death Note. His only mission is to bring about chaos and death, as much death as possible and then devour the human that he needs to finish his goal with the use of a supernatural notebook.


Here within the Joker, Mayuri Kurotsuchi and  Ryuk, the Shinigami are the seeds of Gwynplaine, The Man Who Laughs, and there are many more out there.

The Man Who Laughs

Directed by Paul Leni

Produced by Paul Kohner

Screenplay by J. Grubb Alexanderm Walter Anthony, Mary McLean and Charles E. Whittaker

Based on The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo

The Man Who Laughs (1928) - Trailer
 
A tribute to Conrad Veidt in The Man Who Laughs (1928)

Starring

Conrad Veidt      

Mary Philbin

Brandon Hurst

Olga V. Baklanova

Cesare Gravina

Stuart Holmes

Samuel de Grasse

George Siegmann

Josephine Crowell

 

Stuart Holmes as Lord Dirry Moir

Mary Philbin as Dea

Conrad Veidt as Gwynplaine

Monday, October 5, 2020

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street Is On The Loose On Broadway HD

On Broadway HD, the musical ‘Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street’ is streaming this October, and just in time for Halloween. Because says horror like, a vengeful demented barber.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

2 hr 21 min.  Musical, 1982

The barber Benjamin Barker (George Hearn) is unjustly sentenced to serve a prison term in Australia because the judge in his case lusts after his wife. Upon returning to London, the barber assumes the name Sweeney Todd and cuts the throats of customers who come to his shop. Angela Lansbury also stars in Stephen Sondheim's darkly comic Broadway musical.

Based on an 18th-century legend who has been traced to a real-life barber.

Starring: Angela Lansbury and  George Hearn




Director Terry Hughes (Director)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street can be streamed on the  Broadway HD for Roku devices and Roku TVs.

 

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Widescreen Online Review Presents: Come Play


 
Come Play

The film is an upcoming American horror thriller film written and directed by Jacob Chase. It stars Gillian Jacobs, John Gallagher Jr., Azhy Robertson and Winslow Fegley. The film follows Sarah and Marty, the parents of a mentally impaired elementary school student who try to protect their son Oliver from "Larry", a monstrous humanoid creature that preys on the innocence of children. Then, when the boy's friends and classmates along with other children also fall victim to Larry's attacks, his family along with other parents and adults fight to save their children from the villainous entity that is trying to capture them.

 

Directed by Jacob Chase

Produced by   
    Andrew Rona
    Alex Heineman

Screenplay by Jacob Chase

Based on Larry by Jacob Chase

Starring
    Gillian Jacobs
    John Gallagher Jr.
    Azhy Robertson
    Winslow Fegley

 US Release Date: October 30, 2020

Widescreen Online Review Presents: Synchronic

Synchronic

When New Orleans paramedics and longtime best friends Steve (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis (Jamie Dornan) are called to a series of bizarre, gruesome accidents, they chalk it up to the mysterious new party drug found at the scene. But after Dennis’s oldest daughter suddenly disappears, Steve stumbles upon a terrifying truth about the supposed psychedelic that will challenge everything he knows about reality—and the flow of time itself.

 Directed by    
    Justin Benson
    Aaron Moorhead

Produced by    
    Justin Benson
    Aaron Moorhead
    David Lawson Jr.
    Michael Mendelsohn

Written byJustin Benson

Starring    
    Jamie Dornan
    Anthony Mackie

Synchronic is coming out in 2020 on Friday, October 23, 2020 (VOD / Digital release).


 

Widescreen Online Review Presents: ‘The Craft: Legacy

Just in time for HalloweenThe Craft: Legacyin theaters on October 28, 2020.The film is a sequel to the 1996 film 'The Craft'.

 

In Blumhouse’s continuation of the cult hit The Craft, an eclectic foursome of aspiring teenage witches get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers.


 Directed byZoe Lister-Jones

Produced by    
    Jason Blum
    Lucy Fisher
    Douglas Wick

Written by Zoe Lister-Jones

Based onThe Craft by
    Andrew Fleming
    Peter Filardi

Starring    
    Cailee Spaeny
    Gideon Adlon
    Lovie Simone
    Zoey Luna
    Michelle Monaghan
    David Duchovny

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Widescreen Online Review’s October Days of Terror’

EVELYN'S OCTOBER HORROR FILM RECOMMENDATIONS

 

KISSANIME



Bleach (Dub)


Vampire Hunter D


Yamishibai S7


Resident Evil 4D Executor

KISSASIAN.NZ


KISSASIAN.SH

Tales Of Terror From Tokyo


Tales of Terror: Haunted Apartment

Peninsula, Sequel to ‘Train to Busan’


Buyer Beware (2018)


Vampire Flower


The Twins Effect


Stranger (2016)


Dead Stock


Hotel Del Luna (Also On Viki)

NETFLIX



Alive


House Witch


The Babysitter: Killer Queen

Oct. 2

The Binding

Oct. 7

The Haunting of Bly Manor

Oct. 14

A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting

Oct. 22

Cadaver


Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight

Oct. 30

His House

BEFORE IT'S GONE

Supernatural (before It'S gone)

CW SEED



Supernatural: The Anime Series



VIKI



The Divine Fury


Hotel del Luna


The Wailing


Train To Busan (Also On Netflix)

AMAZON PRIME



Overlord (2018 film)


Demons  (mini-series)


The Witch 2016


The Phantom of the Opera (Silent)


The Invisible Man (2020)


Creature from the Black Lagoon


The Blob (1958)


Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter


Vampire in Brooklyn


Us


Resident Evil


I Frankenstein


Riddick


The Shape of Water


Alone in the Dark


Predator

Universal Classic Monsters Dvds



Dracula


Frankenstein


The Mummy


Invisible Man


The Bride of Frankenstein


The Wolf Man

Abbott and Costello Meet Dvds:



Dracula


Frankenstein


The Mummy


Invisible Man


The Bride of Frankenstein


The Wolf Man


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

 
Some of these films and Series might be in your private library. Those that aren't can be purchased, rented and/or streamed for free. Checked out the "Streaming For Shut-Ins" links on the left sidebar. It contains many of today's popular steaming sites.  Enjoy!

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