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.
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…
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.
That poster is a piece of shit, ignore that.
Been excited about this one for a while. The Mo Brothers did Macabre which rules and at least one of them co-directed Safe Haven from VHS2. This is a completely different fucker and is pretty special.
So there's a Japanese serial killer posting his snuff movies online. He's a proper fucking sick fuck. Eka from The Raid 2 is an Indonesian journo who watches these videos. Both men have a weird fascination with death. Eka uploads a video of a murder he sort of accidentally commits and gets the attention of Nomura, the Japanese dude. Dark times are ahead.
Looks great, a real step up from the fuzzy dimness of Macabre.…
An intriguing combination of psychological thriller, character study, and even some bitingly black comedy. Very well-directed and engrossing, however its extremely deliberate pace is likely to stifle any potential thrills for some, and the actual character development they obviously attempted to capture still manages to be somewhat eclipsed by the bloodshed, rather than be assisted by it.
That said, there's still plenty here that could be worth a view for anyone who is particular towards serial killer movies that genuinely try to concentrate more on their motivations and psyche rather than just be torture porn.
But for what it's worth, I think I Saw the Devil did it better.
I was pretty excited to watch this since the trailers looked good, but I must say I was let down. Some good things here and there, but lacked substance.
The biggest issue for me would be that this film feels like two different films. You have the Japanese guy who is a pro serial killer and seems to have a troubled past, which I preferred of the two, and then you have the Indonesian guy who kind of becomes connected to the other guy. The only thing is, how he becomes connected is silly. Minor spoilers since this happens early on, but he kills some guys who are trying to rob him. It's a heat of the moment thing. But…
Good film that doesn't quite live up to the hype that it received - especially as it was compared a lot to 'I SAW THE DEVIL' in various posters and online reviews. Suffers from being far too long as well. Not one to watch late at night, if you're already feeling a bit sleepy (take note, FrightFest).
Need to finish this but a mixture of being ill and not being into the film one bit may mean this gets left alone
5/10: An Indonesian/Japanese art-house gore. Plot unlike others, which kept you engaged throughout, however somehow you feel sometimes the violence is over exaggerated and made the effects look cheap.
¿Dónde están los límites de la transgresión? Si partimos del hecho de que el amor es el acto transgresivo por excelencia —porque disuelve el yo y la comunidad en la figura del otro, de la persona externa de mi propia presencia—, entonces la transgresión es por sí mismo el límite desde el cual jugamos de forma constante. Cualquier límite que se nos pretenda imponer desde el exterior, la moral, o desde el interior, la ética, está conformado con la posibilidad de su violación. Dos hombres completamente ajenos entre sí pueden verse unidos por el asesinato, incluso cuando en otras circunstancias podría haberlo sido por la amistad; ¿pero no es acaso la amistad, una forma de amor, aquello que se edifica…
Sehr spannender und kranker Thriller mit überzeugenden Darstellern und einem guten Soundtrack.
Killers is a fairly stylish, and violent, Japanese/Indonesian movie about a serial killer and a journalist.
The movie starts off showing the serial killer, a guy who is charming, well-dressed, etc. He records himself murdering attractive women, and then uploads those videos to a site where others can watch.
Meanwhile, we see a second story -- about a reporter who, in years past, tried to take down a corrupt-and-powerful man, but failed. The reporter's life has fallen apart since that failed effort, and now he finds himself watching the serial killer's uploaded videos.
The first half of the movie, at least, was great. The ending was about as good, too. My only complaint, and it's a minor one, is that…
Killers is an intense and at times brutally violent psychological thriller. The Mo Brothers have a flair for disturbing their audience with arresting and disturbing scenes and creating complex and troubled characters that never seem like one-dimensional monsters. If you can stomach the intense violence, this is for you.
Sadistic, provocative, but misses being a good movie.
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- Day of the Dead
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- Wolf Creek 2
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- [REC] 4: Apocalypse
2014 promisses to be a good year for horror!
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Pernicious (James Cullen Bressack)
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With the announcement of the line-up for the 2013 FrightFest Halloween All-nighter, I thought it was about time there was…