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The Living Skeleton (1968) review

The Living Skeleton (1968) review

This early example of a Japanese kaidan (ghost story) with a contemporary setting begins strong but gradually devolves into stupidity, as the scenario figuratively rips itself to shreds with a series of increasingly ridiculous plot twists. In a way, THE LIVING SKELETON (Kyuketsu Dokuro-Sen) prefigures the worst aspects of Italian thrillers from subsequent decades, in [...]

Kuroneko: CFQ Post-Mortem Podcast 1:41.1

Kuroneko: CFQ Post-Mortem Podcast 1:41.1

Having taken the world’s most depressing world tour in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 1, the Cinefantastique Podcast crew – along with guest Andrea Lipinski of The Chronic Rift – set their sights on numerous other subjects during the Post-Mortem, including writer-director Kaneto Shindo’s black-and-white classic KURONEKO (1968), currently receiving art house playdates [...]

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Kuroneko (”The Black Cat”) on screen

Specialty distributor Janus Films has struck new 35mm prints of Kaneto Shindo’s legendary film, KURONEKO (”The Black Cat,” 1968), a follow-up to the writer-director’s  wonderfully creepy ONIBABA (”Demon Woman,” 1964). KURONEKO has long been one of the most hard-to-find Japanese horror classics; it is known stateside mostly by reputation, but that reputation is a strong one: [...]

House (Hausu, 1977) in theatres

House (Hausu, 1977) in theatres

Art House distributor Janus Films is sending this bizarre 1977 Japanese artifact to several theatres around the country. HOUSE (or Hausu in its native Japan) never saw North American theatrical release back when it was made, but it recently arrived on U.S. home video, prompting CFQ reviewer Peter McGarvey to remark: “Combining elements of the [...]

HOUSE/HAUSU: Blu-ray Review

HOUSE/HAUSU: Blu-ray Review

HOUSE (or Hausu in its native Japan) is one film that truly defies description. Combining elements of the horror genre, an experimental film, and advertising commercials, it channels a unique dreamlike quality. Perhaps the strangest thing about HAUSU is that it was a big commercial hit in Japan when it was first released. Hated [...]

Snake Woman’s Curse (1968) – Film & DVD Review

This 1968 effort is the last in a series of kaidan eiga (ghost story movies) filmed by director Nobuo Nakagawa during a classic period that began in 1956 with THE VAMPIRE MOSTH (Kyuketsuki-ga). SNAKE WOMAN’S CURSE (Kaidan Hebi-Onna, literally, “Ghost Story of the Snake Woman”) is frankly not quite up to the standard of his earlier work, which [...]