Haunts

August 13, 2017 at 6:37 pm (5 Heads, Haunts) (, , , , )

Haunts – 1977 – United States

Haunts takes place in a small mountain town where there is nothing to do but gossip, go to church, and drive around drunk. A maniac in a ski mask starts raping women and stabbing them with scissors. Ingrid is a Swedish woman who lives on an isolated farm. She believes the maniac has a vendetta against her and suspects every man in town at one point or another. As the plot progresses, evidence suggests that Ingrid might be delusional. She has traumatic childhood memories of being sexually abused and witnessing the death of her mother. In the present day, many of the characters she interacts with might be figments of her imagination. As the maniac closes in on Ingrid, it becomes less and less clear if there is a maniac at all. By the film’s ending, fantasy and reality have been thoroughly blended and nothing makes much sense.

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Dark Cat

August 13, 2017 at 6:34 pm (3 Heads, Dark Cat) (, , , , )

Dark Cat – Japan – 1991

Teenagers Hyoi and Ryoi are sibling “Dark Cats”—cat shapeshifters with spiritual magic. After transferring to a new high school, the Dark Cats sense an evil presence. Their old master (an ogre-like Dark Cat) has turned bad and is using the negative energy of teenage emotions to transform students into monsters. A young girl, depressed by her unrequited love, becomes an amorphous mass of writhing eyeball-studded tendrils. Hyoi and Ryoi use their magic and martial arts to destroy her.

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The Rapist

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

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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Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01

August 6, 2017 at 9:18 pm (4 Heads, Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01) (, , , , )

Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01 – 1987 – Japan

Here’s the plot of Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01: A military truck gets into a car accident while transporting a prototype combat mecha. The mecha ends up in the hands of a mechanic who doesn’t bother to read the manual. He accidentally gets stuck inside and decides to joyride around and go surprise his girlfriend. The military dispatches a robotic tank to track down the mecha. The tank’s driver is a crazy guy who hates mecha, loves tanks, and has a big chip on his shoulder. While firing the tank’s gun, he licks his slobbery lips and proclaims, “This scent—this taste—war is heaven!” The mecha and the tank duel to the death inside a high-rise.

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Dragon Princess

July 31, 2017 at 12:36 am (5 Heads, Dragon Princess) (, , , , , )

Dragon Princess – 1976 – Japan

Kazuma (played by Sonny Chiba) is a karate instructor in Tokyo. Assassins, hired by a rival instructor, attack Kazuma in front of his young daughter, Yumi. He survives with a crippled arm and a missing eye, but flees Japan to protect Yumi. Living in a seedy Manhattan apartment (these probably don’t exist in real life), Kazuma is a drunk who only cares about getting revenge and training Yumi in karate. He berates her, beats her, and makes her stand in the snow with bare feet. When Yumi writes in her diary, “I hope I never hear the word ‘karate’ again!”, Kazuma is somehow surprised.

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Dead Body Man

July 31, 2017 at 12:33 am (1 Head, Dead Body Man) (, , )

Dead Body Man – 2004 – United States

In the first ten minutes of Dead Body Man, a man pretends to be mentally handicapped and picks up a prostitute. Back at his place, he beats her with a hammer and has sex with her. Then he shoots her, butchers her body while wacky accordion music plays, and sells the meat to a cannibal. The cannibal complains about the meat and says, “Go to a school and get some little girls.” Dead Body Man continues in this vein for ninety more minutes. Each scene struggles to reach a higher level of bad taste but never does.

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The Terror

July 31, 2017 at 12:29 am (5 Heads, Terror, The) (, , , , , , , , )

The Terror – 1963 – United States

1806: A French army officer named Andre is separated from his regiment. Wandering France’s coastal wilderness, he encounters a beautiful woman named Helene. She mysteriously vanishes and he scours the countryside for her. Entering an old witch’s secluded hut, Andre asks about Helene. The witch suspiciously denies the mysterious woman’s existence. Later, Andre comes upon the decrepit castle of Baron von Leppe. The melancholy baron knows of Helene and believes she is the ghost of his wife. He regretfully describes how he killed her after a jealous tiff twenty years ago. Andre, obsessed with Helene, refuses to believe she is dead. Despite the witch’s and baron’s efforts to stop him, he investigates further and uncovers the dark history of Castle von Leppe. By the film’s end, the castle is destroyed in a flood, the baron drowns, the witch is struck by lightning, and Helene’s face melts off.

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Scream Baby Scream

July 31, 2017 at 12:24 am (6 Heads, Scream Baby Scream) (, , , , , )

Scream Baby Scream – 1969 – United States

Four art students flirt, fight, take acid, and paint paintings. In class one day, they meet a famous painter named Charles Butler, renowned for his grotesque images of deformed people. One of the students (a young lady) becomes infatuated with Charles. Charles kidnaps her, and with the help of an insane plastic surgeon, transforms her into a monstrosity resembling his paintings. Her friends try to rescue her, but it is too late. Charles has gone to another town to begin his next masterpiece of flesh.

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Panic

July 2, 2017 at 8:31 pm (3 Heads, Panic) (, , , )

Panic – 1982 – Italy/Spain

An experiment goes awry and a scientist is infected by a deadly bacteria. He degenerates into a freakish mutant and stalks the streets of a small Italian town. A corporation and the government try to conceal the accident. They quarantine the town and debate whether to kill all the inhabitants with nerve gas. A special agent for the military (named Captain Kirk of all things) is sent in to find and kill the mutant before the creature can spread its infection. He teams up with a sexy lady scientist, but surprisingly, they don’t hook up unless I fell asleep and missed it. In the end, the mutant is killed and the town is spared the horrors of nerve gas. After the credits, a message says, “What you have seen might really happen… Perhaps it already has.”

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Followed Home

July 2, 2017 at 8:27 pm (6 Heads, Followed Home) (, , )

Followed Home – 2010 – United States

Four twenty-something friends rent a cabin at rustic Bear Lake in California. They flirt, make jokes, and play drinking games. Their fun is interrupted when a woman with multiple stab wounds staggers onto their porch, bleeds everywhere, and dies. The vacationers rush her to a hospital, but it is too late. The killer is not caught. Disturbed by this turn of events, the group of friends cancel their vacation. Back home, they suffer from depression and anxiety after the horrific happening. Each struggles to cope in their own way. Meanwhile the killer has followed them back and begins knifing and strangling them one by one.

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