This film is being described as a “reverse Hellraiser,” in which you are transported to your own personal hell as opposed to hell coming to you. Sounds intriguing, if not a bit inconvenient. The trailer is pretty cool, what with it’s Gilliamesqe demons and copious amounts of blood, but I’m not sold on the acting in the clip.
Kantoku Banzai! - Trailer
Looks like Takeshi Kitano is heading further down the path of wackiness with this one. I loved his last film, the much maligned David Lynch by way of self-referential Japanese comedy, Takeshis’, but I think I was in the minority. Known by most Americans as Vic Romano on Most Extreme Elimination Challenge, Takeshi Kitano seems to be returning to his comedic roots. I defy anyone to tell me what this film is about after watching the trailer.
The Orphanage – Website w/ Trailers
The Spanish are the new Japanese when it comes to ghost stories. This one will actually see a US release, thanks to producer Guillermo “Pan’s Labyrinth” del Toro. I’m sure they’ll do their best to hide the fact that it is not in English, though, just like they did with that film.
You can’t tell from the teasers, but this little film has something to do with extreme right-wingers and neo-Nazi cannibals. Nice! This is hardcore French horror in the tradition of Haute Tension, if said movie didn’t have the single worst twist ending in the history of cinema.
À l’intérieur - Website w/ Trailer
Another hardcore French flick that is getting a lot of buzz. This one seems to be of the give me your baby or I’ll cut it out of your stomach with these scissors variety. It looks pretty harrowing.
Sukiyaki Western Django - Website w/Trailers
Takashi Miike is back with his first English language feature and it’s a western! I’m excited, but this film has a few things working against it. One- it’s in English. We all know how well that worked in Miike’s Masters of Horror episode. And two- it has a cameo by none other than Quentin Tarantino, who sucks at acting harder than he sucks toes.
You gonna eat them toes?