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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Horror from South Korea

It's nearly Halloween, so let's not forget to add some horror from South Korea. 

Below is my starter's list of films for Halloween 2022

The Girl's Ghost Story


 Summary:

In Su comes back to his hometown, where all his miseries of being able to see ghosts started. He tried running away but as In Su can’t help but taking grudges of ghosts, more ghosts swarm around him. He seeks advice from his uncle, Sun Il who also inherited the ability from their great grandfather. But Sun Il is of no help. In Su’s new high school life is another nightmare with bullies picking on weak classmates. His only consolation is a mysterious ghost girlfriend. One day, the bullies at school get attacked one by one by a gruesome-looking masked girl. In Su senses powerfully fierce grudge around the class and finds connection with a bullied girl who committed suicide. Associating with his dark past, In Su wants to make changes and engages deeper into the deadly case to unmask the secret.

 

Starring    
Kim Myung-min
Kim In-kwon
Lee Hye-ri
Choi Woo-shik 
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‘Monstrous’ 


Jung Ki Hoon searches for strange supernatural phenomena as an archaeologist, but an unexpected case causes his life to change. He now publishes the occult magazine Monthly Strange Story and runs the YouTube channel Monthly Strange Story. Because of his ex-wife, Lee Soo Jin, he goes to Jinyang County to research "Gwibul" (a Buddhist statue possessed by an evil spirit). There, he faces an incredibly bizarre & fearful phenomenon. Lee Soo Jin used to decipher letters and symbols as an archaeologist. She was excellent at her work. But, her only child dies, and she then goes to Jinyang County. There, Lee Soo Jin experiences mysterious phenomena, which leads her to search for answers. Meanwhile, the people of Jinyang County, including police substation chief Han Seok Hee, her son Han Do Kyung, governor Kwon Jong Soo, and trouble maker Kwak Yong Joo face incredibly bizarre phenomena.

 

Main

Koo Kyo-hwan as Jeong Ki-hoon
 Shin Hyun-been as Lee Soo-jin
Nam Da-reum as Han Do-kyung
Kim Ji-young as Han Seok-hee
Park Ho-san as Kwon Jong-soo
Park So-yi as Ha-yeong
Dong Hyun-bae as Kim Soon-kyung
Jo Sang-ki as Il Ju-nim

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Monstrum

 

Summary:

It’s the 22nd year of Jung Jong. The plague has taken over Joseon, and fear runs rampant in the streets. When rumors of a vicious beast roaming Mount Inwangsan–called “Monstrum” by terrified masses–begin to spread, fear turns into panic. In order to quell the rising panic, Jung Jong brings back his most trusted general Yoon Gyum from retirement. Joined by his daughter Myung, his right-hand man Sung Han, and royal court officer Heo Yoon Gyum sets out to find the mysterious creature. Is the creature, Monstrum real? Or a figment of the fearful mass’ imagination? Will the people of Joseon ever live in peace again?

 Cast

Kim Myung-min as Yun-kyum
Kim In-kwon as Sung-han
 Lee Hye-ri as Myung
Joo Ye-rim as child Myung
Choi Woo-shik as Hur
Park Hee-soon as King Jungjong
Lee Geung-young as Sim Woon
Park Sung-woong as Jin-yong
Lee Kyu-bok as Mo-gae
Kim Min-seok
Hong Ji-yoon as Mother
Lee Do-kyung
Han So-yeong
Soo Mi
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RV-Resurrected Victims



Dead victims, who are called RV (Resurrected Victims), come back to the living world to kill their murderer who went unpunished. After killing their murderers, the RV disappear.

7 years ago, Seo Jin-Hong witnessed his mother killed during a robbery. His mother, appearing the same as when she died, appears in front of him. She tries to kill Seo Jin-Hong. 

Cast 

Kim Rae-Won     
Kim Hae-Sook     
Sung Dong-Il     
Jeon Hye-Jin     
Jang Young-Nam
Baek Bong-Ki     
Oh Dae-Hwan     
Kim Min-Jun     
Lee Joon-Hyuk

 

 


Hellraiser, a Hulu Original Movie

 Hellraiser

Streaming in  Hulu Oct 7, 2022

 
  In “Hellraiser,” a young woman struggling with addiction comes into possession of an ancient puzzle box, unaware that its purpose is to summon the Cenobites, a group of sadistic supernatural beings from another dimension.

The ensemble cast includes Odessa A’zion (“Fam,” “Grand Army”), Jamie Clayton (“The L Word: Generation Q,” “Sense8”), Adam Faison (“Everything’s Gonna Be Okay,” “Yes Day”), Drew Starkey (“Outer Banks,” “The Devil All the Time”), Brandon Flynn (“Ratched,” “13 Reasons Why”), Aoife Hinds (“The Long Call,” “Normal People”), Jason Liles (“Stereoscope,” “Rampage”), Yinka Olorunnife (“The Transporter”), Selina Lo (“Boss Level,” “Q8 Unleashed”), Zachary Hing (“Halo”), Kit Clarke (“Leonardo”), with Goran Visnjic (“The Boys,” “Timeless”) and Hiam Abbass (“Succession,” “Blade Runner 2049”).


“Hellraiser,”A Hulu Original, in association with Spyglass Media Group, the film reunites Director David Bruckner, Screenwriters Ben Collins & Luke Piotrowski, Writer/Producer David S. Goyer and Producer Keith Levine, all of whom were teamed on 2020’s “The Night House,” along with Producers Clive Barker and Marc Toberoff and Executive Producers Gary Barber, Peter Oillataguerre and Todd Williams. Chris Stone serves as co-producer.

Source: Hulu/ Spyglass Media Group

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M. Night Shyamalan's 'Knock at the Cabin Release Date

Knock at the Cabin

Only in Theaters February 3, 2023


While vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her parents are taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand that the family make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. With limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.

From visionary filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, Knock at the Cabin stars Dave Bautista (Dune, Guardians of the Galaxy franchise), Tony award and Emmy nominee Jonathan Groff (Hamilton, Mindhunter), Ben Aldridge (Pennyworth, Fleabag), BAFTA nominee Nikki Amuka-Bird (Persuasion, Old), newcomer Kristen Cui, Abby Quinn (Little Women, Landline) and Rupert Grint (Servant, Harry Potter franchise).

Universal Pictures presents a Blinding Edge Pictures production, in association with FilmNation Features and Wishmore Entertainment, an M. Night Shyamalan film. The screenplay is by M. Night Shyamalan and Steve Desmond & Michael Sherman based on the national bestseller The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay. The film is directed by M. Night Shyamalan and produced by M. Night Shyamalan, Marc Bienstock (Split, Glass) and Ashwin Rajan (Servant, Glass). The executive producers are Steven Schneider, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos and Ashley Fox.

-- Source: Universal Pictures


Monday, September 19, 2022

Interview with the Vampire, the series preimere date on AMC & AMC+

The upcoming AMC series Interview with the Vampire will premiere on October 2, 2022. It will include seven episodes. 

 

 

However, unlike the main characters of Louis de Pointe du Lac and Lestat de Lioncourt from the novels the two men began their love-hate relationship together in 1791, but the series characters begin their relationship in 1910. Besides this, Louise and Claudia are both now Creole, acceptable changes given that many people in early days of Louisiana were so. Because their race was not mentioned in the novel, creative license has been applied. In addition, keep in mind that people of color at that time could own property and Creole children if openly recognized by their white fathers could obtain wealth and property. Another noticeable change is that Louis was 25 at the time he became a vampire in the novel, while in the series he is 30 years old. 

True the series Interview with the Vampire is billed with a modern twist on the original; however, we long time fans of the late Ann Rice and her novels, can only hope that the above changes and those yet to be seen will enhanced and not dampened the old world flavor that was the early era of Louisiana.

Interview with the Vampire stars are as follows

  • Sam Reid as Lestat de Lioncourt
  •  Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones) as Louis
  • Bailey Bass as Claudia
  • Assad Zaman as Rashid
  • Klyne Coleman as Grace, Louis's sister
  • Eric Bogosian as Daniel Molloy
  • Maura Grace Athari as Antoinette, a blues singer

Network: AMC

Genre: Gothic, Horror and Vampires

Created by Rolin Jones

Based on 'Interview with the Vampire' by Anne Rice


 
 

A Widescreen Online Review Plus article

 

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Netflix September's 2022 Shows

The Empress
TV Dramas

9/29/2022

 

 

When rebellious Elisabeth falls for Emperor Franz and becomes his unlikely bride, she enters a world of tension and intrigue at the Viennese court.

Starring:Devrim Lingnau, Philip Froissant, Melika Foroutan
Creators:Katharina Eyssen


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Entrapped
TV Thrillers 

9/8/2022

 
In this "Trapped" sequel, Andri and Hinrika dig into the murder of a cult member linked to a biker gang's land dispute and a woman's 2013 disappearance.


Starring:Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson
Creators:Baltasar Kormákur
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The Imperfects
Series    Dramas    

9/8/2022

After undergoing an experiment that gives them monstrous side effects, Abbi, Tilda and Juan join forces to find the scientist responsible — and a cure.

Three twenty somethings were turned into monsters by evil scientists against their will. Now they’re on the hunt for the mad-man responsible in hopes of reversing the side-effects… but also they’re being chased by a government agency, dealing with college applications, teenage romance, random monster mutations, and all of sorts of coming of age related dramas. Oh, and the government agency has tanks.
 

A Coming of Rage story coming to Netflix in 2022.

 

 
Welcome to this full-throttle, action-adventure, monster sci-fi Netflix original series.

Welcome to a Coming of Rage story.

Starring:Italia Ricci, Morgan Taylor Campbell, Rhianna Jagpal
Creators:Shelley Eriksen, Dennis Heaton
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The Brave Ones    
9/16/2022
Dramas
Afraican Fantasy TV Series

 
 
An all-mighty goddess reincarnated as a young woman must harness her divine powers to avenge her sister's death and protect her family from destruction.
 

 Starring:Sthandile Nkosi, Nomalanga Nkosi, Bonko Khoza
Creators:Akin Omotoso, Robbie Thorpe, Portia Gumede, Steven Pillemer

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Blonde

 This fictional portrait of Marilyn Monroe boldly reimagines the tumultuous private life of the Hollywood legend — and the price she paid for fame.
 
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 September 2022 Viewing List

Once Upon a Small Town

Watch on Netflix→

Series

Dramas

9/5/2022

Diary of a Gigolo

Watch on Netflix→

Series

Dramas

9/7/2022

Entrapped

Watch on Netflix→

Series

Dramas

9/8/2022

Narco-Saints

Watch on Netflix→

Series

Dramas

9/9/2022

Merlí. Sapere Aude

Watch on Netflix→

Series

Dramas

9/9/2022





The Lørenskog Disappearance

Watch on Netflix→

Series

Dramas

9/14/2022

El Rey, Vicente Fernández

Watch on Netflix→

Series

Dramas

9/14/2022









The Brave Ones

Watch on Netflix→

Series

Dramas

9/16/2022

Santo

Watch on Netflix→

Series

Dramas

9/16/2022





Only For Love

Watch on Netflix→

Series

Dramas

9/21/2022

DAHMER

Watch on Netflix→

Series

Dramas

9/21/2022

Snabba Cash

Watch on Netflix→

Series

Dramas

9/22/2022













































































‘Little Women’ Premieres September 3 with Dark Twists and Mega Slush Fund

What would you do if you had a lot of money? After living in poverty all their lives, three sisters were faced with this question when they suddenly came across a mysterious sum of 70 billion won.

Premiering on September 3, Little Women is packed with twists and turns as the three sisters face up to the richest family in Korea.


 

Vincenzo director out to challenge mindsets

Director Kim Hee won, who directed the series Vincenzo, said that she wanted to “build a story that viewers can resonate with, which covers both our everyday lives and our profound imaginations.”

Writer Chung Seo Kyung, best known for The Handmaiden and, more recently, Decision to Leave, said she imagined the sisters in Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Little Women, as living in modern times, and started with the question “What if the sisters came to Korea?’’

Throw in an impoverished upbringing, the lure of easy money and three sisters with distinctive personalities played by prominent actors — and you have the recipe for a gripping mystery drama.

Sisterly bond among the three actresses

Kim Go Eun plays Oh Injoo, the hardworking and exhausted eldest sister who feels compelled to provide for the family. Kim has earned kudos for her acting skills in the fantasy romance dramas Guardian: The Lonely and Great God and The King: Eternal Monarch. This time, she widens her acting chops to include playing the scheming big sister who takes big risks for money.

Nam Ji-Hyun of 100 Days My Prince fame plays middle sister Oh Inkyung, a journalist with strong convictions who proves wiser than her big sister. Park Ji Hu, last seen in All of Us Are Dead is Oh Inhye, the sensitive and artistic youngest sister much shielded by her older siblings.

Director Kim said: “The three actors have such a warm chemistry with their kind personalities and professional attitudes. They are supportive of one other, which makes them a perfect ensemble.”

She also credited production designer Ryu Seong-hee for doing the “perfect job in painting the perfect picture’’ with elaborate sets and music composer Park Se-joon for the different genre tracks including classical music. Kim, who worked with Park on Vincenzo, said his music “imbued power into the entire production.”

Other cast members include Wi Hajun of Squid Game fame and veteran actors Um Kijoon and Uhm Ji-won.

Little Women premieres on Netflix on September 3.

Courtesy of Netflix Media

Friday, August 26, 2022

Sylvester Stallone back in action in SAMARITAN on Amazon Prime

 SAMARITAN

NOW PLAYING GLOBALLY ON PRIME VIDEO

“Many years ago, a battle between good and evil was waged between Samaritan and Nemesis, twin
brothers who became sworn enemies. They were freakishly strong, but they unintentionally hurt people. The residents of Granite City grew to fear the brothers. They waited until the family slept, then boarded up their home and set it on fire. The parents were burned alive, but the twins were unscathed. Samaritan grew to fight for justice and be a protector. But Nemesis, consumed by revenge, wanted the world to suffer.


“Samaritan tried to contain his brother’s fury, so Nemesis forged a powerful weapon, a hammer that he poured all his hate and rage into. It was the only thing that could destroy Samaritan.
“Samaritan and Nemesis died in a blast during the battle. It was a story everyone in Granite City has been told. But I believe Samaritan is still alive...



Thirteen-year-old Sam Cleary (Javon “Wanna” Walton) suspects that his mysterious and reclusive neighbor Mr. Smith (Sylvester Stallone) is actually a legend hiding in plain sight. Twenty-five years ago, Granite City’s super-powered vigilante, Samaritan, was reported dead after a fiery warehouse battle with his rival, Nemesis. Most believe Samaritan perished in the fire, but some in the city, like Sam, have hope that he is still alive. With crime on the rise and the city on the brink of chaos, Sam makes it his mission to coax his neighbor out of hiding to save the city from ruin.

Directed by: Julius Avery
Written by: Bragi F. Schut
Producers: Sylvester Stallone, p.g.a., Braden Aftergood, p.g.a.
Executive Producers: Bragi F. Schut, David Kern, Adam Rosenberg, Guy Riedel
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Javon “Wanna” Walton, Pilou Asbæk, Dascha Polanco,
Moises Arias
Genre: Action Thriller
Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures Presents
A Balboa Production
A Julius Avery Film

Photo Credit Daniel McFadden / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures