Articles by Alicia Lewis

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The manga-esque escapades of Yudai Yamaguchi!

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Hey horrorphiles! As you have probably already seen Yudai Yamaguchi’s latest film ABDUCTEE will be screening at the (rapidly) upcoming Monster Fest. Simply because he is such a unique filmmaker, I assure you that one is an absolute gem! Working from the horror and comedy genres in Japan, Yamaguchi has created quite a name for himself with flicks that are full of outlandish gore in the most bizarre and humorous ways possible. His films range from horror, to science fiction, to thriller, to comedy, but most often Yamaguchi will mix horror and comedy, creating a harmonious balance of gore […]

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The Wonderfully Wacky Noboru Iguchi

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Eeeeek! Monster Fest is just around the corner, folks! As we are gearing up for the most shock-worthy film festival of the year, it is time to do a little digging through the programme. Presenting you with some of the wackiest releases straight from Asia, Fantastic Asia will showcase the latest work by the one – the ONLY – Noboru Iguchi. As one of the most stunningly brilliant (and oddball) Japanese filmmakers of the present day, Iguchi’s films deliver most note-worthy and unforgettable entertainment. Working within the adult, horror, and thriller genres, Iguchi’s narratives are all very… Well, […]

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MEET THE FILMMAKERS: BECKONING THE BUTCHER – MONSTER FEST 2013

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The stars of Beckoning the Butcher sit down and tells us about the making of their unique found footage film. BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW

Chris Shaw was an internet sensation with his video channel on legitimising and bebunking rituals and legends of paranormal entities. For his latest video, Chris, his girlfriend and three friends head out to rural Victoria to perform the ritual ‘Beckoning the Butcher’ for his online fans, but the video never made it online. All five people involved in the ritual went missing and the only clue into their disappearences is on Chris’ video camera which he […]

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The History of VOD!

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The days of picking up a scratchy and unwound VHS from the local video store are well, and truly, gone. “Be kind, rewind” is no longer a mantra that the coming generations will have drilled into ‘em, nor will they experience the pleasure of watching a VHS to the point of rendering it damaged and unwatchable. Nowadays – as us old folk say – film, television, and anything else besides is accessible through the ‘net. Video on demand provides the viewer with the digital world at their fingertips through our televisions, our computers, even our videogame consoles; we are spoilt […]

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THE INSIDIOUS JAMES WAN

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2013 has been a good year for James Wan. Dubbed one of the most frightening movies of the year, The Conjuring has been released to critical acclaim. On the 13th of September Wan will release Insidious: Chapter 2 in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada. It cannot be denied that Wan is kickin’ some major arse in the horror, thriller, and most specifically, possession, genres.

A fellow Melbournian, Wan studied at RMIT before he propelled into fame with Saw in 2003. Alan Jones from Total Film has named Wan as an honorary member of the ‘Splat […]

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Cruel Beauty: The Cinema of Kim Ki-Duk

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After all of the recent hullabaloo regarding the incestuous Moebius, we thought it would be a hell of a lot of fun to visit its infamous filmmaker, Kim Ki-duk, his past controversies, and some of his films that provide a wonderful, visceral, viewing experience.

While Kim’s films are not as gore-tastic as what us horror freaks might be used to, they are hauntingly gorgeous, wild pieces of art. In Korea, and abroad, he is notorious for violent, and sexual, themes within his work. Also known for talking loudly, and strongly, against the state of the Korean film industry, Kim […]

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HE’S BEHIND YOU! LOOKING BACK AT THE ORIGINAL MANIAC!

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Hey, horrorfiends! In order to celebrate the impending DVD release of Maniac, one feels that it is appropriate to give y’all the lowdown on what was… and what now is… Yes, that’s right! Maniac is back with a vengeance, deriving from the original horror cult-classic released in 1980. Directed by William Lustig, and starring the maniacal Joe Spinell, this ‘80’s gem is well worth a revisit. And, if at all possible, drag out the video player for this one! Maniac is vicious, an absolute delight when viewing on a scratchy VHS.

Maniac (1980) - Dir. Directed by William Lustig

Maniac (1980) – Dir. Directed by William Lustig

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MANIAC IS COMING!

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To celebrate the fact that Maniac will be stalking its way to your DVD shelve on Wednesday the 16th of October, we’ve got Alicia Lewis to revisit this amazing film.

Maniac is a compelling, exhilarating, and psychologically chilling cinematic experience. Usurping the typical relation of empathy between viewer/victim in the horror genre, Maniac is comprised of point of view shots that confine us to the thoughts, and deeds, of a psychotic killer by the name of Frank. We are Frank’s eyes, and ears; we embody the characteristics of a hunter, stalking his prey. This is an oddity, for it […]

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TOP FIVE VIOLENT, BIZARRE AND GORY MIIKE TAKASHI FLICKS!

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For as long as I can remember, Miike Takashi has been my favourite filmmaker. He has continuously enticed me with his extreme use of violence, bizarre narratives, creative, gory visuals, and kick-ass action. I also really love how it is almost a given for Miike’s films to come with a warning label, a ‘this film may disturb some viewers,’ type of spiel.

 To celebrate the screening of the brutal Lesson of the Evil at the Melbourne International Film Festival, I present to you my top five violent, bizarre and gory Miike flicks. I wish I could include every film, but, […]

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Harvey Weinstein to Dumb Down Snowpiercer.

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Snowpiercer, the latest film by Bong Joon-ho, starring Chris Evans, is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the last inhabitants of Earth are crammed into a train that circulates the globe. The film moves in and out of carriages, highlighting a class segregation that leads to revolt by those considered lower class. Judging by the trailer, this film looks kick ass, fast-paced, gripping; a hell of a ride, so to speak.

In fact, at only a week into its release, Bong’s film is so engrossing that the Korean Film Council has announced that Snowpiercer has broken South Korean box […]

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