Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
Inside Us Lives A Killer
Mr. Nomura is an eerily handsome, sharply dressed, sociopathic serial killer who preys on the women of Tokyo. In Jakarta, a world-weary journalist named Bayu finds himself unexpectedly falling into vigilantism after brutally killing two sadistic robbers. When each posts videos of their violent sprees online, the pair find one another on the Internet and begin a toxic and competitive duel. While Bayu clings to the hope that he can resume a normal life, Nomura continues to spill blood without remorse. Killing, advises Nomura, is something everyone ought to consider.
Marking the first collaboration between Japanese & Indonesian cinema, featuring many familiar faces from the cast of The Raid & The Raid 2, and giving its targeted fans a heavy dosage of gore & violence, Killers is a blood-soaked tale of murder & obsession that manages to get many things right over the course of its runtime, only to throw it all away in its final moments.
Killers tells the story of two men who live in two different nations but are connected by a single obsession. One segment concerns a serial killer in Tokyo who likes recording his killings & posting it online. Other segment concerns a journalist in Jakarta whose dark side is triggered after he checks out one of the uploaded videos.…
To finish off Glasgow FrightFest '14, we were in the safe capable hands of Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto aka The Mo Brothers. If you've ever seen any of their work, you know to brace yourself slightly beforehand.
KILLERS is the story of two men. One an established and psychotic killer, the other... less so. At 140 minutes we spend a lot of time with these ahem gentlemen. The deranged psycho likes to stalk his prey, court them before he acts on his real desire. The business end he films and posts to a website for like-minded sickos to watch/critique. An intrepid journalist stumbles across this on a moralistic quest and a window to his soul is thrust open. A strange bond is formed...
Expect lush cinematography, extreme violence, troubling issues and almost inappropriate comedy. You might hate yourself for laughing.
The Mo Brothers (who of course, are not really brothers) return with their second film some five years after their debut Macarbe made its mark. In the interim they have continued to raise their profile with contributions to the ABC and VHS horror anthologies. This latest collaboration, due to be their last for some time, is tagged as stepping away from their bloody style into psychological horror, although that is not really the case at all.
There is certainly an attempt made to move into a more cerebral realm despite the opening scene, as it should, laying out the tone for the rest of the film. The blood and violence is never really far away from the screen as we…
An Indonesian/Japanese psychological-horror/thriller import, which is dark, fierce, gritty gripping, compelling (at times), violent and immensely inspired by the 'Ultra Violent/Electroconvulsive therapy Finale' genre that the Korean filmmakers not only made popular, but also showed the world that Hollywood had competition. Hollywood has always had competition, just that the non-Hollywood contenders had to struggle to finance their films; forget promoting it in the face of the Hollywood machine.
Fair enough, I say; if you have all the Dead Presidents in the world then go ahead and blow your production value through the roof, and promote the A projects like it's a Presidential Campaign. Having noted that, of late, International Cinema has begun to creep in through Movie Streaming Sites like…
Killers is a slickly produced Japanese-Indonesian serial killer thriller directed by the Mo Brothers and produced by Gareth Evans‘ Merantau Films.
Oka Antara (Eka in The Raid 2) plays Bayu, an Indonesian journalist who lives separated from his wife (ex-wife?) and daughter and struggles with his job because he tried to expose some influential people’s crimes (one played by Ray Sahetapy who played the drug lord in the original The Raid) .
Bayu grows fascinated with snuff videos a slick Japanese guy posts online. And Kazuki Kitamura’s Nomura Shuhei (the right hand of the Japanese Mob boss in The Raid 2) is one sick, demented motherfucker.
Nomura contacts Bayu and challenges him to kill his problems instead of getting kicked…
This is just....a beautiful film. A rich businessman and a disgraced reporter share a magnificent bond videotaping flowers. Each man films for a different reason. Different flowers for different reasons. A film for lovers of fine arts cinema.
For the longest time it's been a bit of a joke that characters in ultra-violent Asian thrillers and action movies can only express their emotions through acts of violence. This is a problem because the films don't usually seem very aware of how stupid something like that makes the supposedly likable protagonists seem. Killers is a film about people like that, and spends quite a significant time delving to what makes those people express themselves through violence. In this case the answer to that is basically that they've run out of options or never really bothered searching for them. I wish it put a bit more time to coming up with these reasons (those two aren't very fulfilling), but the…
There's a few ways to angle this movie. You could say it's an action flick with a dark underbelly. You could say it's a horror movie with a strong inkling to be an action thriller. You could also say it's something like Dexter by way of MIchael Haneke. This is a weird movie that keeps the tradition of dream logic narratives alive in Asian cinema. Assuming you can roll with the premise that an accidental murder by an obssesive can send him on a collision course with a classic Hollywood style serial killer, well, this is a movie for you.
Some shitty CGI and over-acting take this out of range of any long-standing work, but it's a decent diversion that offers a little nihilism to ruminate on.
I quite liked this movie, which feels a bit odd to state about a film featuring a sadistic killer and his copycat, but the film makes an interesting, darkly satirical statement regarding unscrupulous modern day video recording and sharing of shocking events, making this movie slightly reminiscent of Nightcrawler, but viewed from a different angle.
The Japanese killer is a fascinating disturbed character, hidden behind an uncannily perfect appearance, as if he came straight out of a manga.
Really unique twist on Serial Killers/Vigilante justice, and what happens when the two get tangled. They spoke English at some points and it kinda throws you off. Also, Filled with some disturbing violence, themes, and all around characters. Very engaging story, doesn't really drag at all for the run time. Would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something a little different with some really great style.
An amazing follow-up film to The Mo Brothers slasher extravaganza, Macabre (Rumah Dara). I love, love, loved Macabre, and I think due to that insane passion, it may blindly always be my favorite thing they have done, but that said, this is one hell of a step up in terms of maturity as filmmakers and storytellers, but also in the way everything is crafted and executed on screen.
The film is slow burning, but very intense and when the fan is hit with that nasty anal substance, it's very hard. The two lead performances by Oka Antara, and Kizuki Kitamura are phenomenal and maybe the most note worthy thing about the film.
I also like the very black humor injected…
Super messed up. Puts the average person's weird internet things in perspective.
The trials and tribulations of a vigilante and a serial killer who make friends on the Internet.
Not as good as I expected it to be. Killers follows a very familiar path as it shows the two titular killers' similarities and differences and lays out its cat and mouse story. Fortunately the third act takes a turn that I didn't see coming, but it's still a bit too late.
On the plus side, The Mo Brothers make excellent use of the frame as important events happen in the background of several scenes.
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
If there is any…
2014 promisses to be a good year for horror!
Not on letterboxd:
Pernicious (James Cullen Bressack)
Zombie Fight Club