The Uninvited

July 1, 2018 at 10:23 pm (7 Heads, Uninvited, The) (, , , )

The Uninvited – 1944 – United States

On vacation in an English fishing village, two middle-aged siblings discover an abandoned seaside mansion. They track down its owner and buy the mansion for £1,200, which is absurdly cheap even in the 1940s. The locals believe the house is haunted, but the two siblings ignore the rumors. After all, the mansion is their dream home, and it even has a fireplace in the bathroom. The siblings move in together, which seems like a weird thing for a middle-aged brother and sister to do. The spooky occurrences begin immediately. Crying is heard in the middle of the night. Misty apparitions appear. Pets freak out. There is a scary seance. The brother falls in love with a local woman who grew up in the mansion. While visiting the house, she becomes possessed and suicidal. To exorcise the mansion’s ghost, the brother and sister must investigate the house’s secret history of infidelity and murder.

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Venus Wars

June 2, 2018 at 3:35 pm (7 Heads, Venus Wars) (, , , , , )

Venus Wars – 1989 – Japan

A hundred years in the future, Venus is colonized by humans. The planet has been terraformed and has a breathable atmosphere, but it’s still a craggy wasteland wracked by acid rainstorms. The colonists live in rundown cities where they eke out a living in Venus’s faltering industrial economy. A young named Hiro and his gang of friends are professional rollerbikers. Rollerbiking is a dangerous, destructive sport resembling roller derby on single-wheeled motorcycles. When Hiro’s home city of Io is invaded by the neighboring country of Ishtar, Hiro and his gang become partisan guerrillas. They are joined by a spunky Earth journalist named Susan Sommers (who resembles the real Suzanne Sommers). They get recruited into a more organized rebel army, but their punk attitudes clash with the military leadership. Nonetheless, Hiro and his gang ride their motorized unicycles to war and destroy the Ishtar army.

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R.O.T.O.R.

May 13, 2018 at 7:48 pm (7 Heads, R.O.T.O.R.) (, , )

R.O.T.O.R. – 1987 – United States

Barrett Coldyron (pronounced “cold iron”) is a Texas rancher and robotics researcher. He is developing a robotic policeman code named R.O.T.O.R. (Robotic Officer Tactical Operation Research). Coldyron seems pretty cool. He has a cool mullet and wears sunglasses all the time, but he’s sort of a fascist. He says, “Either we control society, or it destroys itself.” He believes that only an invincible robot cop can protect people from their own anti-social behavior. Nonetheless, he is this movie’s hero.

A greedy politician forces Coldyron to deploy ROTOR before it’s ready. The robot goes berserk. It kills a guy over a traffic violation and stalks the guy’s wife across the country. Coldyron says, “ROTOR would walk through a bus full of nuns to get to a jaywalker. It’s like a chainsaw set on frappe.” Coldyron races to stop ROTOR. Unfortunately for him, ROTOR is super strong, performs motorcycle stunts, and can look backward through time. Coldyron shoots and wrestles ROTOR ineffectually for a while, but eventually discovers it can be paralyzed by a loud car horn. Coldyron lassos all of ROTOR’s limbs, ties the ropes to a car, and draws and quarters the robot. In the final scene, Coldyron is shot to death by his evil boss.

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Marebito

May 7, 2018 at 12:07 am (7 Heads, Marebito) (, , , , )

Marebito – 2004 – Japan

Masuoka is a freelance news cameraman in Tokyo. He records a man stabbing his own eye out in a subway station, and obsessively watches the video. Masuoka believes the stabber is being tormented by a supernatural entity. In search of this being, he explores the complex of subway tunnels and crawlspaces beneath Tokyo. As he descends deeper, Masuoka discovers a cavern full of ancient stone ruins inhabited by a feral teenage girl. He takes her back to his apartment and names her F.

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Vampire Hunter

March 14, 2018 at 12:43 am (7 Heads, Vampire Hunter) (, , , , )

Vampire Hunter – 1997 – United States

John O’Ryan is a martial artist and erotic pin-up artist. He has a yellow sports car, a motorcycle, a huge collection of ninja weaponry, and shelves full of super hero action figures. He and his wife are totally in love, and she is a babe. In other words, John is pretty much the dude that every dude wants to be—or at least every dude who would watch a movie like Vampire Hunter.

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Puppet Master 3: Toulon’s Revenge

February 14, 2018 at 2:42 am (7 Heads, Puppet Master 3) (, , , , , , , , )

Puppet Master 3: Toulon’s Revenge – 1991 – United States

Andre Toulon is a puppet maker in Berlin during War World II. Using a mystical Egyptian serum, he can bring his puppets to life. After Toulon mocks Hitler in one of his puppet shows, Gestapo agents harass him and kill his wife. Toulon escapes and plots revenge. He uses his puppets as miniature assassins. They eliminate Gestapo agents and Nazi soldiers with tiny guns, knives, and fists. When the Gestapo discovers the secret of the puppets, they put a bounty on Toulon’s head and begin a citywide manhunt. In a dramatic twist, Toulon is betrayed by a fellow fugitive and narrowly escapes capture. Eventually, Toulon and his puppets trap the Gestapo agent who is pursuing them. In a bloody ritual, they pierce his flesh with hooks and string him up like a human-sized puppet.

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Murder in the Red Barn

November 13, 2017 at 2:58 am (7 Heads, Murder in the Red Barn) (, , , )

Murder in the Red Barn – 1935 – England

Murder in the Red Barn is based on a real murder committed in England in 1827. A man named Squire is the conniving, degenerate magistrate of a small village. He seduces a young woman named Maria and promises to marry her but never does. To pay his excessive gambling debts, he marries a rich widow instead. When Maria discovers she is pregnant, she threatens Squire, promising to reveal their sordid affair. In response, Squire takes her to the titular “red barn”, shoots her, and buries her corpse in the floor. The racist villagers blame a young gypsy named Carlos and organize a manhunt for him. Squire and his gambling buddies lead the mob, wagering on who will fire the killing shot. They find Carlos and chase him to the red barn. As he is about to be killed, one of the hunting hounds digs at the floor. He uncovers Maria’s body along with the murder weapon: Squire’s monogrammed pistol. On the day of Squire’s execution, the hangman calls in sick. Carlos volunteers to take his place.

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The Rapist

August 6, 2017 at 9:19 pm (7 Heads, Rapist, The) (, , , )

The Rapist – 1994 – Hong Kong

The Rapist is about a serial rapist who prowls the halls of a low-rent apartment complex. A police detective tries to track him down. Cat-and-mouse games ensue. The detective taunts the rapist in television broadcasts, and sets traps for him using an undercover policewoman as bait. Eventually, the rapist is caught when he falls in love with a victim and invites her on a date. She agrees and tips off the police.

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The Wraith

July 2, 2017 at 8:20 pm (7 Heads, Wraith, The) (, , , , , , , , )

The Wraith – 1986 – United States

In a small Arizona town, teen drag racers run amok. They have names like Skank, Rughead, and Gutterboy. They huff paint, molest girls, steal cars, commit murder, and generally act like pricks. One of their victims returns from the grave for revenge. He wears a futuristic jumpsuit, drives a futuristic car (the “Turbo Interceptor”), shoots a futuristic shotgun, and can transform into a comet. He seems like an alien invader, but actually he’s a ghost. The ghost challenges each of the drag racing gangsters and then kills them in head-on collisions. The police try ineffectually to stop him. There is a romance between the ghost and his old girlfriend. In the end, after exacting bloody revenge, the ghost turns human and gets another chance at life.

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Horror Express

February 18, 2017 at 11:52 pm (7 Heads, Horror Express) (, , , , , , )

Horror Express – 1972 – England/Spain

In the year 1906, an English anthropologist finds the “missing link” in a Manchurian cave. He is traveling with the specimen on the Trans-Siberian Express when the creature comes to life and prowls the train. Whoever meets its glowing red gaze dies suddenly. Their eyes turn white and (an autopsy reveals) their brains become completely smooth. It turns out that the creature is actually inhabited by an alien parasite made of pure energy. The alien steals people’s memories in hopes of gaining the scientific know-how to get home.

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