Tekkonkinkreet

September 24, 2017 at 11:42 pm (8 Heads, Tekkonkinkreet) (, , , , , , , )

Tekkonkinkreet – 2006 – Japan

Treasure Town is a lawless Japanese city that resembles an antique shop mixed with a decaying theme park. Black and White are preteen hoodlums living on Treasure Town’s mean streets. They hang out on top of buildings, rumble with outlandishly dressed gangs, and try to grow an apple tree. A sadistic Yakuza boss wants to open a children’s amusement park in Treasure Town. To clean up the city, he must eliminate the infamous Black and White. After White is nearly killed by Yakuza assassins, he is moved into a government orphanage and the duo is separated. Grief-stricken, Black goes on a homicidal rampage. Can White save his friend’s distressed soul?

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Golgo 13: The Professional

May 21, 2017 at 6:26 pm (8 Heads, Golgo 13: The Professional) (, , , , , )

Golgo 13: The Professional – 1983 – Japan

Golgo 13 is a legendary hitman with a perfect track record. Leonard Dawson is a Texas oil baron who targets Golgo 13 after he assassinates Dawson’s son. To do the job, Dawson hires the FBI, the CIA, the Pentagon, and some demented assassins named Snake, Gold, and Silver. He wants Golgo 13 dead even if he must “destroy a few cities in the process”. He instructs his assassins, “Rip out [Golgo 13’s] brains and throw them on the floor!” While thwarting these killers, Golgo 13 travels to Sicily, San Francisco, and the Amazon. At various points, he is hired by a priest to kill a Mafia don, and a concentration camp survivor to kill an ex-Nazi. In the end, it is revealed that Dawson’s dead son himself hired Golgo 13 as an act of suicide. Dawson despondently leaps from a window, splattering gorily on the ground.

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Manborg

February 18, 2017 at 11:56 pm (8 Heads, Manborg) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Manborg – 2011 – United States

Following the Hell Wars, Nazi vampires from Hell (who look like cenobites from Hellraiser) enslave humanity. Manborg is a cyborg gladiator incarcerated by the vampires in a high-tech prison. He teams up with Justice (a wise-cracking Australian), Mina (a blue-haired girl who looks like an anime character), and #1 Man (a martial artist) to destroy Count Draculon and his legions of vampires, mutants, and robots.

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Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America

January 19, 2017 at 2:16 am (8 Heads, Tribulation 99) (, , , , , , , , )

Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America – 1991 – United States

Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America is a satirical documentary composed entirely of stock footage from sci-fi films, newsreels, advertisements, and training films. In ninety-nine brief chapters (with titles like “Pagan Necromancy”, “Rivers Turn to Blood and Run Upstream”, and “Exterminating Angels”), the film describes how aliens arranged the events of the Cold War by manipulating countries in Latin America. These aliens (called the Quetzalcoatl) are mutant birds who breed with snakes and live in cities of their own excrement in the Earth’s hollow interior. They are responsible for the Kennedy assassination, the rise of Fidel Castro, Howard Hughes’ erratic behavior, the Easter Island Moai, the Bermuda Triangle, and the sinking of Atlantis.

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White Zombie

October 30, 2016 at 4:02 pm (8 Heads, White Zombie) (, , , , , )

White Zombie – 1932 – United States

A young couple from America arrives in Haiti with plans to be married. The woman (named Madeleine Short Parker) befriends a plantation owner (named Charles Beaumont) who falls in love with her. To stop Madeleine’s marriage, Charles strikes a deal with an evil voodoo master (ridiculously named Murder Legendre). Murder fakes Madeleine’s death and transforms her into one of his many zombie slaves. Madeleine’s husband teams up with a wise-cracking priest to invade Murder’s castle, defeat his zombie guards, and rescue Madeleine.

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Crimes at the Dark House

October 23, 2016 at 12:26 am (8 Heads, Crimes at the Dark House) (, , , )

Crimes at the Dark House – 1940 – England

The year 1850: A gold prospector in Australia murders another prospector and assumes his identity. Masquerading as Sir Percival Glyde, the imposter returns to London and inherits Glyde’s mansion and estate. He also inherits a mountain of debt and an illegitimate child with a homicidal hatred of him. To maintain his false identity and lifestyle of debauchery, the imposter perpetrates further crimes. For a film of its age, Crimes at the Dark House has a remarkable amount of mayhem as the imposter commits fraud, extortion, rape, and murder, not to mention lots of petty cruelty.

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Dead Silence

October 2, 2016 at 5:21 pm (8 Heads, Dead Silence) (, , , , , )

Dead Silence – 2007 – United States

A young couple mysteriously receives a puppet (named Billy) in the mail. That night, the husband (Jamie) returns home to find his wife dead with her tongue torn out. He relates the murder and the puppet to the legend of a ghostly ventriloquist from his hometown of Ravens Fair. Jamie drives (his bitchin’ red muscle car) to Ravens Fair to investigate. Having been away for many years, he discovers that the town has become a decrepit ruin. His estranged father has been paralyzed by a stroke, and has a new (much younger) wife. The superstitious townies refuse to discuss the ghostly ventriloquist, but numerous tongue-less corpses have been attributed to her haunting. Meanwhile, a police detective suspects Jamie for his wife’s murder, and Jamie is tormented by Billy, the diabolic puppet.

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Zeiram 2

August 23, 2016 at 1:06 am (8 Heads, Zeiram 2) (, , , , )

Zeiram 2 – 1994 – Japan

Zeiram 2 is a sequel to Zeiram (1991). Iria, the foxy alien bounty hunter, returns to Earth to destroy a robot warrior who hosts the parasitic monster Zeiram. Iria and Zeiram face off in an alternate dimension containing an abandoned industrial complex, a Shinto shrine, and a 370’ tall statue of a woman. They battle with guns, martial arts, force fields, landmines, grappling hooks, heat seeking robotic insects, and a helicopter umbrella. Also present is Bob (Iria’s AI partner) and the two bumbling electricians from the first Zeiram film.

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I Bury the Living

August 16, 2016 at 2:40 am (8 Heads, I Bury the Living) (, , , )

I Bury the Living – 1958 – United States

Robert Kraft reluctantly takes a job as manager of the Immortal Hills cemetery. On his office wall is a huge map of the cemetery filled with pushpins. Plots marked with white pins have been sold but are unoccupied, while plots marked with black pins contain bodies. Examining the map, Robert accidentally replaces a white pin with a black pin. When the grave’s owner dies the next day, it seems like a fluke .When the same coincidence happens again, Robert suspects the map has supernatural powers. He tells anyone who will listen but no one believes him. Trying to prove his claims to the police, he inadvertently kills others. Wracked with guilt, he attempts to bring his victims back to life by replacing the black pins with white ones. The next morning, Robert finds that the graves of his victims have been mysteriously dug up. This is never really explained. The film’s unbelievable twist ending reveals that the cemetery’s kooky old Scottish caretaker actually murdered most of the map’s supposed victims. The police also faked some of the deaths to make Robert believe in the paranormal map. Somehow this was supposed to trick the caretaker into revealing himself as the killer. Huh?

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Switchblade Sisters

May 3, 2016 at 1:40 am (8 Heads, Switchblade Sisters) (, , , , )

Switchblade Sisters – 1975 – United States

Switchblade Sisters is set in a grim and ridiculous version of reality. In the poverty-stricken inner city, crime is rampant and family values are nonexistent. Desperate, lonely, alcoholic parents neglect their children. Gangs of high school students run amok, unchecked by powerless teachers and cops. The teens commit robbery, sell drugs, and have shootouts. One gang is the Dagger Debs, later called the Jezebels after they kick out all the men in their gang and join forces with a group of female African American revolutionaries. A love triangle becomes a power struggle and the gang’s two deranged leaders face off for control.

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