The Theatre of Darkness
A series of Japanese horror animations, Yami Shibai consisting of 13 episodes, all of which always begin with an old man riding an old bicycle into a children playground in late evening. He then call out to children to step right up as it’s time for Yami Shibai (dark tale, literally). His creepy tales are told by using Japanese traditional “Kamishibai” , paper drama or illustrated boards. Thus, the animations are created to resemble Kamishibai as well. Usually, this type of storytelling associate with children stories or moral tales. So it’s just amazing how they can turn Kamishibai into Yami Shibai. The Theatre of Darkness.
Come children. It’s time for the Theatre of Darkness
Episode 3: “The Family Rule”
“Family Rule” is a story of a young boy who move to his mother’s parents house in the countryside. There, he finds that his mother’s family has this yearly strange ritual called “Calm Through Laughter”
Episode 7 “Contradiction”
“Contradiction” is one of my favourite. Really gave me the creep. A ghost-hunt in an abandoned hospital might just sound like any other ghost stories you’ve heard before. But you will find Contradiction offer a more chilling end.
And you know this is not going to end well
“The Umbrella Goddess” (Episode 8) relates story of another poor boy who encounter strange being and some kind of deadly curse.
Yami Shibai 2 just came on air this 6th July. Directed by the same director, Tomoya Takashima.
Yami Shibai 2 (2014)
The Poughkeepsie Tape is directed by John Erick Dawdle, the guy who also directed Quarantine (2008), Devil (2010) and the upcoming As Above So Below (2014). Similar to Quarantine, The Poughkeepsie Tapes is “lost-tapes” film, but in documentary style. The lost tapes was made and left to the police by the famous serial killer of Poughkeepsie city, The Water Street Butcher. Apparently, he has been recording all his crimes in 800 videotapes.
Much much meaner than Jason
Quite a disturbing film, to say the least. For example, a scene involve C-section and a severed head. Surprisingly, The Poughkeepsie Tapes is not available neither in DVD nor in videotape 🙂
A gloomy, quiet, beautiful film. Here, we have a film-noir detective hero (Koji Yakusho) facing a series of strange murders without motive. I mean all the murderers confess to their crimes, but they themselves couldn’t understand why they did the killing in the first place. And all the victims have strang “X” marks carved on their body. Then, there’s this strange John Doe man appear out of nowhere and has creepy effect, influence on people.
Detective Takabe (Koji Yakusho)
interviewing with a mysterious guy
The film gives all this still macabre suspense. Every characters seem to have psychological problem of their own. The director, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, is rather famous for horror genre, especially for “Pulse” (2001). Yakusho, the main actor, starred in many Kurosawa’s films: notably Doppelganger (2003), Retribution (2006) and the famous Tokyo Sonata (2008). He is, however, brilliant in Cure. As the film go, it just seem Yakusho character dive down deeper and deeper into some dark twisted spiral, and really dragging audience down with him. Very chilling indeed.
Awarded Korean short thriller/horror movie. Directed by Hyunsoo Lee. Once a part-time Math teacher, Lee understand very well the high tension that South Korean students are facing everyday at school and university. Children, according to Lee, are strongly encouraged to compete with each other and told that achieving high scores is the most important thing in their life. A young student in Lee short movie, therefore, is in a desperate situation: a literally deathly math
When asked about her movie references, Lee answered Eraserhead (aesthetic and sound), Panic Room & Saw (cinematography) and Silent Hill (visual effect)
I find the setting quite impressive. A dark dark dark classroom, incomprehensible (to me) math exam, a headless student corpse (my head would probably explode too) and a killer figure (probably a teacher) waiting to execute any failed students.
read interview with Hyunsoo Lee in http://makeitshort.fr/interview-hyunsoo-lee-a-function/
Fuan No Tane (2004)
Seeds of Anxiety
Written and authored by Nakayama Massaaki in 2004, Fuan No Tane or Seeds of Anxiety (what a wonderful name!) tells a collection of short psychological, dark, supernatural stories in Japan. Each story seem to be told by eyewitness, given you a chilling “based-on-true-story” feeling. The manga consists of 3 volumns
“I’ll never look”
close the door please
Fuan No Tane Plus (Fuan No Tane+) (2007)
The sequal is as chilling and creepy.
Fuan No Tane +
wait for it…
a story’s beginning
Fuan No Tane must be quite a success because it was adapted into motion picture in 2013, called “Pet Peeve”. Masaaki is the screenwriter.
Pet Peeve 2013
I first knew Masaaki from Police Station Rashomon manga. A touching drama story of this unique group of police of Rashomon police station. Masaaki is the artist while Yajima Masao is the author.
what a cast!
I accidentally stumbled on this movie while looking for some good comedy on Itune. When I saw Peter Falk prominently on the poster, I clicked “buy” without hesitance. Thinking it’s another Columbo episodes I missed (how many are they by the way?), I was surprised to see it’s another movie entirely, and with extraordinary cast!
Well… this is the legendary Peter Sellers
David Niven with Dame Smith
Murder by Death (1976) is a wonderful funny parody of classic detective ficitons: Poirot, Miss Marple, Nick & Nora, Sam Spade and Charlie Chan. The plot revolve around a group of world famous detectives, trapped in an English country house belonged to a cunning mind-twisted millionaire, who challenge them all to solve his unsolvable murder case.
And here’s the real Truman Capote, in moving picture
And here Peter Falk portray Sam Spade… well he’s just being Columbo and I love him for it. (or I just have problem distinguish Peter Falk from Columbo, or is it Columbo from Peter Falk?)
Always happy to see you Columbo
THE classic Masterpiece of Dario Argento. My first Giallo and Argento movie (I’ve been addicted since). Beautiful sound, colors and most importantly, the setting. I just love the building and its interior design. However, I just found out the setting is an amazing reconstruction of an actual building in Germany. The building is called Haus zum Walfisch, situated in Freiburg, on the edge of Black Forest. It now houses a bank. The interiors were filmed in Rome. If I could have any house, it’d be this building, without the villain witch and zombie of course.
Also there’s this scary boy who was bitten by the blind pianist’s dog (well, it’s my first blog, not sure at which point I should put “Spoiler” sign). He’s fantastic. A gothic haunting little boy. It look like he just step out of some Elizabethan painting. Reminding me of the Princes in the Tower actually.
I saw the other two Mothers movies : Inferno and Mother of Tears, and much prefer Suspiria.
Argento fans, if you’re reading this, give me a shout. I haven’t met so many, if ever T_T
ah… sweet thick red house-paint-color blood
Found this beautiful poster from darkcitygallery.com
My dream house