Tuesday, December 4, 2012

See the world with foreign horrors!

By - Steve Mezo

I love Foreign Horror Movies, now I'm not claiming to remotely be any kind of expert or going on a tirade about how much better they are than American studios releases. I just like to type about what I like. 

I'll start it off with 
"To Sir With Love" also known as "Bloody Reunion" (2006)
All I'll say is a group of students have a class reunion at their old teachers house and it comes to a very bad end.

It's been billed as a full on slasher when it's really not. There's some slasher elements to it, but believe me it is definitely worth the watch if you're a fan of Asian Horrors with plot twist. 

Shutter (2004)
A professional photographer named "Tun" and his wife Jane accidentally run down a young girl while driving home at night. They panic and flee the scene leaving her there. 
Not long after Tun begins to see a ghostly female figure in allot of the pictures he's taking, and Jane keeps having weird nightmares. They go back to where the the accident happened just to find out nobody ever reported a hit and run. After that Tun learns of the ghost's identity and the ending freaked me out!

Let the right one in (2008)
This has to be one of my all time favorite vampire movies. I'm usually not one for love stories, but this one between Oskar and Eli was so great. There are just so many facets to it that it would be next to impossible for me to type about it without doing a major spoiler article

If you have seen it you know exactly what I'm talking about, but if you haven't it's definitely required watching for any vampire fan. 

The Maid (2005)
One of my all time favorite Asian Ghost Story films yet. A young woman from the Philippines "Rosa Dimmano" is hired by a couple in Singapore "Mr. and Mrs. Teo" to be a housekeeper and caregiver for their challenged adult son"Ah-Soon". She begins her job on the Chinese Holiday of The Seventh Month where it's believed the gates of HELL are opened and the dead are allowed to interact amongst the living for thirty days.
Being a foreigner Rosa accidentally disrupts an offering left out for "The Hungry Spirits" and starts seeing allot more ghost than she would ever have wanted too. And it all leads up to a great plot twist and ending.  

Dead Snow (2009)
 Nazi Zombies haven't been this creepy since the old days in "Shockwaves". 

A group of medical students on a ski vacation accidentally find a stash of gold in the cabin their staying in.

And it just so happens that the gold belongs to the just mentioned Nazi Zombies.
There is more than enough blood, creepiness, dark humor and  jump scares to keep any horror fan happy. As well as a huge helping of the Ultra Violence. 

And I'll wrap this one up with "The Blind Dead Series"

The first is
Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972)
The legend is there were a group of knights called "The Knights Templar" who grew tired of being the good guys and started to get into devil worship instead. This involved them drinking blood and eating flesh to (hopefully) become immortal. 
When the higher ups in the church found out about this they had the knights executed and then let ravens eat the eyeballs of the knights so they wouldn't be able to find their way back from hell.  

Well the knights were brought back from the dead (by nosy tourist) and it turns out that them not having eyes doesn't affect them much with finding and attacking victims.  

The second in the series is 

Return of The Evil Dead (1973)

   This one is kind of like a retelling like "Evil Dead II"

This time The Knights Templar are attacked by a mob of villagers for doing the same thing as in Tombs, but have their eyes burned out with torches (for the same reason) and then are burned at the steak for witchcraft. And one of the knights swears revenge on the village before he is executed. 
Then 500 years later the village idiot has rocks thrown at him by kids there during the anniversary of the execution. He gets mad and uses a girl from the village as a blood sacrifice. This resurrects the knights and they come back for vengeance as promised.  

The third is

The Ghost Galleon (1974)
Hey let's put them on a big boat now!!! I had no problem with this idea because I hate boats and being trapped on one in the middle of the ocean surrounded by the undead is enough to keep me watching.
It opens with a photo shoot where two young models pretend to be stranded for the shoot. This is when the Blind Dead's Galleon shows up. And what do super models so when a strange ship appears? Well of course they board it to snoop around, awaken the dead and get eaten like lunch meat.  
After this happens the person who sent them out to do the photo shoot does the right thing and sets out to find out what happened himself with his secretary, a hostage and a eccentric scholar in tow.

Yeah it sounds silly, but hey these are creepy zombie type monsters in on a haunted ship and in the water!  

 And the final in the series is 

 Night of The Seagulls (1975)
Yeah, you read that right "Night of The Seagulls". And the filmmakers have expected you to have seen Tombs and "Return" to know the Templar's origin. But this time it's a fishing village that's in trouble and the seagulls calls at night are the screams of virgins sacrificed in the years past. 

This time a young couple move to a fishing village where the Knights Templar (Now called "The Knights of The Sea") ride into the village every seven years for seven nights to find a virgin to be sacrificed. So the couple along with the help of the village idiot try to save the unlucky virgin from The Blind Dead. 

The thing I love about the Blind Dead movies are the monsters. They are just so creepy looking and I love the sound effect they always use with them when they appear. And they are filmed in such eerie locations that you just can't not love them!

And on that note I'm going to get back to my "Must Type" list in The Storage Unit of Terror's office and get some new interviews posted

Thanks for stopping by.