Contains Audition, Dark Water and The Eye - three classics to remind you why the new wave of Asian horror has been ripped off by Hollywood so often! A single man looking for a good time finds terror instead in the notorious Audition, directed by cult auteur Takashi Miike (Ichi The Killer, Visitor Q). The man who kicked off the J-horror wave with Ring, Hideo Nakata, increases the tension, realism and unease in the urban nightmare Dark Water, since remade by Hollywood. Finally, Pan-asian auteurs The Pang Brothers bring their famed editing skills to bear on the horror genre in their tense and terrifying film, The Eye.
Michael Gough gives a gloriously overwrought performance in this notorious 1959 shocker. Shot at Merton Park Studios in the relatively new CinemaScope format, Horrors of the Black Museum was the first in what has been dubbed Anglo-Amalgamated’s ‘Sadian trilogy’ (with Circus of Horrors and Peeping Tom), in which the keynote is sensationalistic, sexually charged violence. While a series of grisly, macabre and seemingly motiveless murders leaves Scotland Yard baffled, leading crime writer and journalist Edward Bancroft (Gough) is following events with particular interest. When it is discovered that a young man, Rick, is being motivated to commit the murders under hypnosis, it also becomes clear that his mystery mentor is delighting in the Yard’s embarrassment. An interesting, and somewhat nastier, departure from the period politeness of Hammer films of the time.
Contains Into the Mirror, Acacia, and The Wig. In 'Into the Mirror' (2003), Ji-Tae Yu stars as Wu Young-Min, a former policeman who quits the force after accidentally causing the death of his partner while trying to save his life. Now working as a security guard at a deserted shopping mall which was closed after a series of murders took place there, Wu becomes increasingly drawn into the web of mystery and terror surrounding the killings, while also reliving the horrific memories that punctuate his own past. In 'Acacia' (2003), when a childless couple decide to adopt a young orphaned boy, they think that their family is complete. When they unexpectedly have a child of their own, however, their adopted son becomes withdrawn and solitary. Eventually he becomes convinced that an acacia tree in the garden is the reincarnation of his real mother. At first his parents see this as another example of his growing fantasy world, but when the boy mysteriously disappears, they begin to fear that the tree in the garden may harbour dark secrets. Finally, 'The Wig' (2005) tells the gruesome tale surrounding two sisters and the demonic wig that comes between them. Each sister, it seems, has suffered a terrible trauma: Chi Hyon (Seon Yu) can no longer speak due to a terrible car accident that damaged her vocal chords, while her younger sibling Su Hyon (Min-seo Chae) has been diagnosed with cancer with little chance of recovery. When Su Hyon loses her hair due to chemotherapy treatment, Chi Hyon decides to give her younger sister a beautiful wig to help her regain her confidence. Immediately, Su Hyon begins to change in ways her elder sister never expected.
Contains Nothing But the Night (Sasdy, 1973), Vampire Circus (Young, 1971) and The Man Who Changed His Mind (Stevenson, 1936). Adapted from a novel by John Blackburn, Nothing but the Night is an occult mystery which, in its Scottish setting and centrality of children to the plot, is reminiscent of The Wicker Man. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee - as a pathologist and a policeman respectively - star as the men trying to work out the mystery behind the sudden deaths of trustees of an island castle orphanage. A Hammer horror set in early 19th century Serbia, Vampire Circus sees an itinerant circus arrive in a small village. Initially there is rejoicing at the prospect of entertainment to relieve the burden of years of plague, believed by the superstitious locals to be the result of a vampire's curse - but shortly after the circus's arrival the children of the village start to die in mysterious circumstances. The Man Who Changed His Mind is a rare 1936 British Boris Karloff film. Karloff plays Dr. Laurience, a once-respectable scientist whose research has led him to research the origin of the mind and the soul. The scientific community has rejected him, and he risks losing everything for which he has worked - but then he is offered a lifeline - and the use of a laboratory - by the owner of a newspaper looking for a good story. But just whose brains is Dr. Laurience going to experiment on?
Frankie Avalon and Jill Haworth head the group of groovy teenagers bored looking for kicks by spending the night in an old and deserted mansion - but their laughter turns to fear when one of them is killed in a frenzied knife attack. Another of them persuades the rest that they should solve the murder themselves rather than go to the police, opening the way to further carnage. The go-go boots and mini-skirts in evidence led the critcs to dub the film 'Haunted House a Go-Go'!
In this dark but goofy and thoroughly fun musical, shy Seymour and bubbly Audrey don't recognize the romance blooming between them, but they do recognize the money-making potential of Seymour's weird plant, discovered after a total eclipse of the sun. Soon money pours in and Seymour becomes a minor celebrity, but behind the glamour and fame lies a secret Seymour can't reveal: this strange and unusual plant's favorite food is blood. As the plant grows taller and taller, its demands for food grow as well, and Seymour starts to suspect that the plant might have an agenda for world domination.