Horror

Fruit Chan – Jiao zi AKA Dumplings [+Extra] (2004)

Plot:
In Hong Kong, Aunt Mei is a cook famous for her home-made rejuvenation dumplings, based on a millenarian recipe prepared with a mysterious ingredient that she brings directly from China. The former TV star Mrs. Li visits Mei aiming her dumplings to recover her youth and become attractive again to her wolf husband Mr. Li. Along the sessions, Mei tells Mrs. Li that she was a gynecologist in China with more than 30,000 abortions along ten years. When Mrs. Li requests an acceleration of the process, the opportunity comes when a fifteen years old teenager with a five months incestuous pregnancy comes with her mother and asks Mei to make an abortion. Read More »

Harmony Korine – Trash Humpers (2009)

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A film unearthed from the buried landscape of the American nightmare, TRASH HUMPERS follows a small group of elderly Peeping Toms through the shadows and margins of an unfamiliar world. Crudely documented by the participants themselves, we follow the debased and shocking actions of a group of true sociopaths the likes of which have never been seen before. Read More »

Larry Cohen – A Return to Salem’s Lot (1987)

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Joe Weber is an anthropologist who takes his son on a trip to the New England town of Salem’s Lot unaware that it is populated by vampires. When the inhabitants reveal their secret, they ask Joe to write a bible for them. Read More »

Jesús Franco – La fille de Dracula AKA Daughter of Dracula (1972)

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A young woman visits her gravely ill grandmother at the family estate. On her death bed, the old woman reveals to her granddaughter the family curse: they’re all vampires. The young woman decides to move into the estate with her uncle and her cousin, and soon finds herself falling victim to the curse. Read More »

Ruben Gutierrez – Pierdete Entre los Muertos AKA Drown Among the Dead (2018)

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An elderly comedian is buried up to his neck in the Mexican desert. A bitter young woman threatens to pulp his head with a nail bat; the only thing that can stall her are his stories of a mythical threshold behind which lies the absolute truth. Is she in his dream or he in hers? Or were they once the Bonnie-and-Clyde-like couple we keep seeing, exacting their revenge on the world? In this dystopian frame story, nothing is what it seems. “Some stories have no clear beginning or end,” says the old man and his tales of love, fear of death and love’s vulnerability intertwine. Nihilistic, yet wonderfully shot, this narrative offers no solution, but does provide escape routes for a doomed world. Director Gutiérrez calls this, his debut film, his opera prima.

“This bizarre situation detonates a monologue about solitude, emptiness, love, absurdity, fear of death, and the fragility of human passions.”

— FilmAffinity Read More »

Christoffer Boe – Beast (2011)

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Synopsis:
The emotions a married couple can undergo in one day can range from frustration to passionate love. This is true for Danish newlyweds Bruno and Maxine who have just moved into a stylish apartment in Copenhagen. A while later it is clear that Bruno’s love for Maxine is stronger than hers is for him. In fact, his love for Maxine is more like an obsession. He yearns to literary crawl under her skin. After some rough sex games, and as bodily fluids begin to mix, something starts to transform Bruno and his primitive instincts take over. This beast-like transformation intensifies rapidly after he discovers Maxine is having an affair. Director Christoffer Boe has described »Beast« as a cocktail of »Who’s afraid of Virginia Wolf?« and »Alien«, in which love, hate, blood and possessed bodies are the main ingredients. Actor Nicolas Bro, playing Bruno, has collaborated with Boe six times previously. He is a powerhouse in this film, giving an intense performance as the let down husband with a severe case of blood thirst. ~ Stockholmfilmfestival Read More »

György Pálfi – Taxidermia (2006)

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A strange young man takes his family’s long tradition of bizarre behavior to new heights (or depths) in this wildly perverse and explicit horror comedy from director Gyorgi Palfi. Kalman Balatony (Gergo Trocsanyi) is a grotesquely fat gentleman who was fathered by an angry hospital orderly getting revenge on his boss by having sex with his wife. While the embittered husband killed the orderly when he was caught in the act, Kalman was born as a result of the wife’s indiscretion, and when he grows to adulthood he earns a modest fame as a competitive eating champion. At an eating contest, Kalman meets a female competitor, the freakish Gizi (Adel Stanczel), and the two fall in love. Kalman and Gizi marry, and she gives birth to a son, Lajos (Marc Bischoff), who grows up to be just as skinny as his parents are fat. Lajos studies taxidermy and takes up preserving animals as a career when he isn’t busy taking care of his elderly and increasingly massive father. Lajos also raises a handful of unusually large house cats, and when they begin to turn on their master, Lajos uses his talents to keep them around the house without the danger of their bothering anyone. Taxidermia received its North American premier at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. Read More »