Vaastu Shastra

December 7, 2017 at 1:09 am (4 Heads, Vaastu Shastra) (, , , )

Vaastu Shastra – 2004 – India

A young family moves into a new house. The beautiful modern mansion is their “dream home” at a “dream price”. They should have known that any house selling for way below market value is certainly haunted. Upon moving in, Rohan (a toddler) begins talking to imaginary friends. He develops an obsession with a dead banyan tree in the yard, which looks like a gnarly skeletal hand and is definitely evil. Rohan’s family assumes he is just having trouble adjusting. His nanny and aunt die mysteriously before anyone takes him seriously. Eventually, the ghosts kill everyone but Rohan and his mom. Trying to flee the specters, Mom wrecks her car into the evil tree. The car and tree explode in a massive fireball. With the tree obliterated, the ghosts are consumed by magical fire.

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The Devil (Xie mo)

December 7, 2017 at 1:06 am (4 Heads, Devil, The) (, , , )

The Devil – 1981 – Hong Kong/Taiwan

A hotel is haunted by a female ghost with a shattered, disfigured face. Whoever sees her becomes possessed, develops oozing boils, and vomits black slime and worms until they die. The ghost takes a special interest in a handsome man named Mr. Coo (I’m not actually sure how his name is spelled). Mr. Coo is a conman and murderer who marries the hotel owner’s daughter to steal her family’s fortune. He also murdered the ghost, before she was a ghost. With the help of a kind witch, the ghost gets her revenge and Mr. Coo dies in a lengthy worm vomiting scene.

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The Long Hair of Death

November 20, 2017 at 3:04 am (5 Heads, Long Hair of Death) (, , , )

The Long Hair of Death – 1964 – Italy

The Long Hair of Death is set in 16th century Italy. In its dramatic opening scene, a woman named Adele is accused of committing murder by witchcraft. She curses her accusers as she is burned to death in front of her young daughter Lisabeth. Meanwhile, Adele’s older daughter Mary tries to gain her mother’s freedom by sleeping with a noble. After she does, the noble murders her to keep her quiet.

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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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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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The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini

July 2, 2017 at 8:11 pm (6 Heads, Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, Movie Title) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini – 1966 – United States

After a millionaire dies, his heirs congregate at his mansion for the reading of his will. The will reveals that all the money is hidden in the mansion and the heirs must find it. The millionaire’s crooked lawyer hires thugs to kill the heirs so he will inherit everything. Also at the mansion is a mischievous ghost girl (with an invisible bikini), some dopey bikers, and a busload of teenage surfers who just want to have a good time.

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The Ghost

May 21, 2017 at 6:07 pm (6 Heads, Ghost, The) (, , , )

The Ghost – 1963 – Italy

Scotland, 1910: In a Gothic mansion, a doctor (Dr. John Hichcock) researches a treatment for his own crippling injuries. His questionable cure involves injecting himself with a cocktail of lethal poisons. He is depressed and suicidal, and constantly seeks pity from his assistant (Dr. Charles Livingstone) and his wife (Margaret Hichcock). When Margaret stops him from committing suicide, he says “Let me do it. I’m just a living corpse.” Eventually, Margaret and Charles hook up. Margaret nags her lover to kill her pathetic husband, so Charles gives the old man an extra helping of poison.

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Burning Dead

April 30, 2017 at 10:15 pm (5 Heads, Burning Dead) (, , )

Burning Dead – 2004 – United States

Jim returns to his hometown fifteen years after its destruction in a catastrophic fire. Although his memories are hazy, since that day, Jim has been haunted by horrific dreams. He is so disturbed that he can’t hold a job, meet a girlfriend, or stay in one place. To confront his fears, Jim drifts about his hometown, visiting people and places he once knew. His memory of the traumatic night slowly returns, and he suffers hallucinations of walking incinerated corpses. It turns out, as a boy, Jim was apprenticed to a Satanic priest. When the priest ordered Jim to sacrifice his sweetheart, Jim refused and lit the priest on fire, leading (improbably) to the town’s fiery destruction. Now, to put the burning dead to rest, Jim confronts his dark past and reunites with his lost sweetheart.

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Before I Die

April 17, 2017 at 1:46 am (4 Heads, Before I Die) (, , , )

Before I Die – 2003 – United States

Before I Die
is a horror anthology movie about a horror writer (with an interesting regional accent) who is writing a short story collection. One story is about a nymphomaniac who transforms into a humanoid spider and devours her sex partners. Approaching her victims, she licks her lips salaciously and says, “I love men. Yummy!” Another story is about some newlyweds at a haunted resort. Mostly they have sex in various swimming pools, but a ghost eventually appears. The last story is about a woman being killed by an asylum escapee. The movie ends with the writer becoming so entranced with his own horror fantasies that he inadvertently murders his wife.

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Invitation

March 9, 2017 at 1:32 am (4 Heads, Invitation) (, , , )

Invitation – 2003 – United States

Some kids are playing sandlot baseball. During the game, a dorky fat kid runs into the street and is killed by a truck. Years later, the other kids become adults and are invited to a mysterious reunion. They spend the weekend at a spooky inn run by a sinister caretaker. The inn is haunted by ghostly children. The guests drink beer, roast marshmallows, and swap childhood anecdotes. One by one, they are tormented and murdered by the ghosts. After everyone dies, it is revealed that the ghost of the dorky fat kid did it all for revenge.

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