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Two In Tents: Akihiko Shiota's "Wet Woman in the Wind"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Akihiko Shiota's Wet Woman in the Wind (2016), which is receiving an exclusive global online premiere on Mubi, is showing from November 24 - December 24, 2017 as a Special Discovery.Much like Hollywood, the Japanese film industry goes to the well as often as possible once it hits a lucky strike. Such was the case with the so-called Roman Porno films of the 1970s, an infamous genre of sexploitation primarily identified with Japan’s oldest major studio, Nikkatsu. Financial trouble necessitated a popular, inexpensive product, and these softcore numbers were just the ticket. This may have been the studio where Kenji Mizoguchi and Shohei Imamura made films early in their careers, but by 1971 the Roman Porno factory was in full swing, producing quick, cheap, titillating product for an audience hungry for female toplessness and a great deal of convulsive thrusting.
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Tiffcom: Philippines Shares Location Attraction Lessons With Japan

Tiffcom: Philippines Shares Location Attraction Lessons With Japan
The Philippines has long been a favorite destination to shoot Hollywood films such as “Apocalypse Now” and “Bourne Legacy.” Now the South East Asian nation has broadened its appeal to productions for other Asian countries – Japan included.

At a Tiffcom market seminar on Thursday Philippines Film Development Council representative Liza Dino-Seguerra and Viva Communications licensing and acquisitions VP Tina Tubongbanua sat down with J-horror director Hideo Nakata, Sapporo Film Commission representative Arifumi Sato to not only pitch their country as a location, but discuss how Japan can improve its own appeal to foreign filmmakers.

(The Philippines’ star director Brillante Mendoza was also on hand at the Tokyo International Film Festival on Thursday to give a master class on working with actors.)

English fluency; low costs; relaxed censorship; coordination between government agencies to cut red tape; and diverse locations that have served as everything from Bali to Norway, were among The Philippines attractions, said Dino-Seguerra.
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Morbido, Mexico’s Top Genre Festival, Turns 10

With Roger Corman, the trailblazing “Pope of Pop Cinema” no less, as its guest of honor, the Morbido Film Fest marks its 10th anniversary with great panache.

From Oct. 26 to Nov. 5, Latin America’s premier genre film fest aims to lure the best and boldest of the genre universe. Past guests of honor have included John Landis whose direction of Michael Jackson’s iconic music video “Thriller” was feted at last year’s opening ceremony, where dancers re-enacted Jackson and his dance troupe’s much-lauded moves. The festival’s extravagant opening ceremony sets the tone for the rest of the festival, says Morbido Group CEO-founder Pablo Guisa Koestinger, who as master of ceremonies and host, goes through a variety of costume changes himself throughout the fest.

In the past nine editions, guests of honor from 29 countries included such luminaries as Joe Dante, Hideo Nakata, Elijah Wood, Richard Elfman, Takashi Murakami, Michael Nyman and Jaume Balaguero.
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‘It’ Review #2

Stars: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Nicholas Hamilton, Jake Sim, Logan Thompson, Owen Teague, Jackson Robert Scott, Stephen Bogaert, Stuart Hughes | Written by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, Gary Dauberman | Directed by Andy Muschetti

Stephen King’s bumper 1986 novel gets the fully-fledged cinematic treatment courtesy of Mama director Andy Muschietti, and screenwriters Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman. It’s a rollicking ghost train of a teen horror; an overflowing toy box of shocker setpieces, jolting jump scares and pop culture allusions.

In keeping with the original story’s dual-timeline structure, this adaptation has relocated the childhood part of the story from the 1950s to the 1980s. (One could argue that the ‘80s has – in the quality of its idyllic nostalgia – now almost become the new ‘50s).

Understandably, Muschietti’s film will be regarded as a remake, given that its
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Tobe Hooper Dies at 74, Director of Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist

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Tobe Hooper Dies at 74, Director of Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist
Horror movie trailblazing director Tobe Hooper died at the age of 74 on Saturday in Sherman Oaks, California, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner. The details of his death are unknown at this time.

Hooper was most recognized for his work in the horror genre with films like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist. He directed The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in 1974 and it has been argued that the movie is one of the most successful and influential horror films ever made. He took on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 in 1986, but before that Hooper ghost-directed Poltergeist in 1982, which was based on a story by Steven Spielberg.

2017 is sad year for horror fans, first with the loss of horror icon George A. Romero, and now Tobe Hooper.

Hooper's legacy and his influence will remain intact for generations to come as even current filmmakers like Hideo Nakata, Wes Craven, Rob Zombie,
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Film Review: ‘Death Note: Light Up the New World’

Film Review: ‘Death Note: Light Up the New World’
Too many Grim Reapers spoil the wake in “Death Note: Light Up the New World” — an over-plotted, action-heavy reboot of the groundbreaking Japanese vigilante fantasy that makes murder as easy as jotting down someone’s name. Picking up 10 years after Shusuke Kaneto’s two-part Asian hit, the new installment helmed by Shinsuke Sato tries to multiply the fun by unleashing three shinigami (“Gods of Death”) and six Death Notes on the world. Lacking the scintillating mind games that made the original so watchable, the film is at best a broad action-thriller. Despite good pre-sales in Asia, the movie has yet to bow Stateside but may serve as a warm-up to Adam Wingard’s remake of Kaneto’s superior version.

A 2003 manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takashi Obata, “Death Note” centers on Light Yagami, alias Kira, who decides to “cleanse the world of crime” after receiving a
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East vs. West: Which Is Better – Ring or The Ring?

It’s been some time since I revisited Hideo Nakata’s Ring. As memory best served me, it was an intense and far more atmospheric rendition of Gore Verbinski’s American rendition, The Ring. And realistically, that mindset isn’t surprising; remakes rarely meet… Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: ‘Rings’ director F. Javier Gutiérrez shares all

The Hollywood News sits down with director F. Javier Gutiérrez to chat about haunted videotapes and his new movie Rings.

It’s been twelve years since Samara scared cinema-goers silly in The Ring Two. Now the ghost girl returns in Rings, directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez. Based on the Japanese fright flick Ringu, the film series tells the story of a haunted videotape, which, if you watch it, will cause you to die in seven days. Rings looks set to bring the story bang up-to-date as that dreaded VHS tape ends up online…

On the eve on the film’s release we caught up with director F. Javier Gutiérrez to find out why it has taken so long to bring Samara back, and just what we can expect from Rings.

How familiar with the series were you before joining the project?

Well when I got the call from the producer
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Rings review: Dir. F. Javier Gutiérrez (2017)

Rings review: Samara Morgan and her haunted video tape get a digital upload in the latest Ring film, aptly titled Rings.

Rings review by Kat Hughes, February 2017.

1998 saw Japan introduce one of the creepiest horror icons in history, Sadako. The character came from Ringu, directed by Hideo Nakata, which told the story of a haunted video cassette. The film was sinister and chilling, and has had countless sequels and crossovers, as well as two American versions. Now comes a third American outing, this one twelve years since the last, featuring Sadako’s Us counterpart, Samara, once more.

This time around Samara has had a digital upgrade as The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki foolishly decides it’d be a good idea to upload that creepy video online and study it. It’s down to young woman Julia (Matilda Lutz) to solve the mystery of Samara after she is persuaded
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'Rings' Review: Latest Entry in Haunted-Video Franchise May Kill You With Boredom

'Rings' Review: Latest Entry in Haunted-Video Franchise May Kill You With Boredom
If crap movies carried penalties for inflicting torture on audiences, then Rings would merit a death sentence. This overdose of cinematic Lunesta takes the horror out of horrorshow – and the show is lost as well, since Spanish director F. Javier Gutiérrez doesn't seem remotely interested in rousing anything in us besides all-consuming apathy.

Seriously, how do you screw up so bad when the source material is so fertile? Ringu, the 1998 Japanese horror movie directed by Hideo Nakata, scared audiences on a global scale with its tale of a cursed videotape
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‘Rings’ Review: Watch It, and Seven Days Later You’ll Have Forgotten It

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‘Rings’ Review: Watch It, and Seven Days Later You’ll Have Forgotten It
Was there a clamoring we all somehow missed for a movie that would bring back the killer videotape that turns a viewer’s life into a seven-day rental? One would have thought that 2005’s “The Ring Two” had drained that well dry (pun intended); that follow-up even got us all to feel sorry for its director, Hideo Nakata, who made the original Japanese films (“Ringu” and “Ringu 2”) that got Hollywood interested in gore-less creeps and sinister girls with long black hair in the first place. It seemed there just wasn’t that franchise zip in “The Ring” the way “Saw” and “Paranormal Activity” could.
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Rings review

The cursed videotape returns in the belated horror sequel, Rings. Here's our review of a bewitchingly terrible film...

Jean-Luc Godard once said something to the effect that a story needs a beginning, middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order. Rings doesn't really have much of a story, but it does have three beginnings, so it must be really, really good. Right?

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It's nearly 20 years since Sadako first started menacing screens of varying sizes in the original Ring, Hideo Nakata's collision of traditional Japanese ghost tale and modern urban culture. It was a film that kicked off a western interest in all things J-horror, spawned a series of Japanese prequels and sequels, and an inevitable American remake, directed by Gore Verbinski in 2002. The Ring then got a sequel in 2005, and now we have Rings - an attempt to rethink
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Ghost in the system: has technology ruined horror films?

Well-dwelling Samara gets streamed in Rings, an HD reboot of The Ring, yet the genre has shown that a tech update doesn’t always lead to more scares

Nearly 12 years after The Ring Two – and 15 years after The Ring and 19 years after Ringu, the original Japanese horror movie that inspired it – Rings opens in theaters this Friday. The producers, Walter F Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, have stuck around for all three American versions, but there are no holdovers from the cast and crew – no Naomi Watts, no Gore Verbinski (director of The Ring) or Hideo Nakata (director of Ringu and The Ring Two), no Ehren Kruger (screenwriter of both the first and second Americanizations). In terms of continuity, it feels like a game of telephone where the line has been severed completely and we’re not even hearing gibberish on the other end. We need to be reminded why, exactly,
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‘Split,’ #1 Again? Why Shyamalan’s Movie Could Be the Rare Horror Threepeat

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‘Split,’ #1 Again? Why Shyamalan’s Movie Could Be the Rare Horror Threepeat
On the last quiet weekend before elevated titles enter the fray, M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” (Universal) gets a shot of repeating #1 for the third week, with the only significant contender being “Rings” (Paramount), yet another horror franchise entry.

In addition to “Split,” “Rings” will battle “Hidden Figures,” “La La Land,” and the second weekend of “A Dog’s Purpose” (Universal) for positions among the top six. There’s also “The Space Between Us” (Stx), the second science-fiction romance after “Passengers” in under two months. None of these films are likely to bring in even $15 million, and not all are guaranteed to top $10 million.

Super Bowl weekend is reliably one of the lowest grossing of the year. Like other weak weekends (post Labor Day, some Halloweens, early December), there’s an element of self-fulfilling prophecy as studios avoid it for top releases. Still, free from direct competition, it’s a
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Official Sadako vs. Kayako Image Gallery Ready to Rumble

Rejoice! Sadako vs. Kayako is Now Available exclusively on Shudder, and we have an image gallery from the big clash to get your geared up! Dig it! Hideo Nakata’s Ring and Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-On: The Grudge are known worldwide as… Continue Reading →

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Watch Now: First 5 minutes of ‘Sadako vs. Kayako’

Hideo Nakata’s Ringu and Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-On: The Grudge are known worldwide as two of the most terrifying and groundbreaking horror films ever made. To this day, horror fans debate: “Which of the two is truly scarier?” and “Whose curse is stronger, Sadako’s or Kayako’s?”

No one ever thought that these questions would get answered, let alone think that we would ever see these infamously horrifying demons face off. At long last, Sadako vs. Kayako brings Ringu’s and The Grudge’s two forces of evil into the ring for the ultimate grudge match.

Responsible for this franchise-blending is director/screenwriter Koji Shiraishi, who is known for creating unconventional spiritual and supernatural scenes in films such as The Curse, Carved: The Slit-Mouthed Woman, and the Kowasugi series. Now, he brings the characters from Ring and The Grudge back to the big screen as he delivers viewers a wildly fun,
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Watch the first five minutes of Sadako vs. Kayako

Coinciding with its debut on the streaming service Shudder today, the goulish first five minutes of the Ring and The Grudge crossover Sadako vs. Kayako have been released online, and we’ve got it for you right here!

See Also: Read our review of Sadako vs. Kayako

Hideo Nakata’s Ringu and Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-On: The Grudge are known worldwide as two of the most terrifying and groundbreaking horror films ever made. To this day, horror fans debate: “Which of the two is truly scarier?” and “Whose curse is stronger, Sadako’s or Kayako’s?” No one ever thought that these questions would get answered, let alone think that we would ever see these infamously horrifying demons face off. At long last, Sadako vs. Kayako brings Ringu’s and The Grudge’s two forces of evil into the ring for the ultimate grudge match.

Responsible for this franchise-blending is director/screenwriter Koji Shiraishi,
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Video: Rings Samara Crawls From TV In Real Life And Scares Store Customers

Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures © 2016 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

We all know the rules: first you watch it, then you die.

Watch as hidden cameras capture the reactions of unsuspecting customers when Rings Samara comes for them.

A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it.

She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…

Fans of the 2002 supernatural film, directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, Jane Alexander and Daveigh Chase, have been looking forward to another film for years. (Trailer). Adding to the movie’s tension was the spine-chilling score from Hans Zimmer along with the unnerving cinematography by Bojan Bazelli. It
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Trailer Park: Chips get Raw with Their Finest Founder

Welcome to the latest installment of Trailer Park, our semi-regular look at the latest trailers to hit the interwebs. This weeks line-up features a bevy of the latest movie trailers including Chips, Their Finest, Raw, Sadako vs Kayako, Kong: Skull Island, The Founder, the restored release of John WatersMultiple Maniacs and the fifth season of Prison Break.

Chips

Jon Baker (Dax Shepard) and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Michael Peña) have just joined the California Highway Patrol (Chp) in Los Angeles but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten up pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job—inside the Chp. The inexperienced rookie and hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kickstarting a partnership is easier said than done. But with Baker’s bike
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Samara’s back in new ‘Rings’ trailer

Finally set to see light of day on February 3rd, Rings is the long-delayed second sequel to the American remake of Hideo Nakata’s Ringu (aka The Ring). With the new release date now confirmed, after numerous delays, Paramount have debuted a new, and hopefully final, trailer for the film – check it out below.

In Rings, a young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…

Directed by F. Javier Gutierrez and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, Rings features an all-star cast including: Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan, and Vincent D’Onofrio.
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