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MOVIE REVIEW: Rampo Noir (2005)

MOVIE REVIEW: Rampo Noir (2005)

Rampo Noir (2005) is a Japanese arthouse, horror film, based on the works Kagami-jigoku (The Hell of Mirrors) (1926), Mushi (Insect) (1929), Imomushi (The Caterpillar) (1929), and Kasei no Unga (The Martian Canals) (1926) by Edogawa Rampo. It’s sort of like a modern-day Kwaidan. Although it does deal with some extreme themes and has horror elements, I wouldn’t classify it as either. It’s a bizarre, slow-moving arthouse through and through. The film is an anthology and features four segments by four different directors.

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The first segment is entitled “Mars Canal” by Takeuchi Suguru. This segment has no dialogue and actually almost no audio at all other than one brief period of loud shrieking sound. The entire segment is only about 7 minutes long in total making it the shortest of the four. It’s a lot of violent, silent, nudity. The silence somehow heightens the beauty of the imagery and although it was short, I really enjoyed this one.

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The next segment is called ”Mirror Hell” by Akio Jissoji. This one was probably my least favorite out of the four. It combines the stories of a bunch of women attending a tea ceremony school a traditional Japanese mirror maker and a group of detectives. Many of the women in the school fall in love with the mirror maker and they are killed one by one in a bizarre manner. The story is about jealousy, betrayal and becoming our own god. Lots of beautiful imagery and a great idea for a story but it ended up being painfully slow and fell flat for me.

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The third segment is called ”Caterpillar” by Hisayu Sato and is probably the most extreme of the three. It’s about a soldier who comes back from war a hero but horribly disfigured. He’s missing his limbs and can really only wiggle and drool. His wife still loves and cares for him calling him her “caterpillar”. It watches like Japanese fetish porn and has some unconventional sex scenes… that’s all I’ll say about that.

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The final segment is called ”Crawling Bugs” by Atsushi Kaneko was my favorite of the bunch. After the dull lighting of the first three, the color enthusiast in me rejoiced at the vivid pallet in this one. However, while the color and style in this one pop it’s quite boring to watch beyond that. Basically, we follow a fashion model and her relationship with an artist who is obsessed with germs. He ends up killing her and dismembering her corps and turning her into a human corpse doll. It sounds far more interesting than it actually was.

I recommend this to arthouse film buffs and the seekers of the strange/obscure, but if like me you’re seeking out extreme or fast-paced art this won’t be for you.

2.5/5 shocks for this film Rampo Noir

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Coming Soon: Horrors of the Living Dead

Coming Soon: Horrors of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead zombies.

Night of the Living Dead zombies.

 

By Woofer McWooferson

Good news for zombie fans – George A. Romero is putting together an anthology of zombie tales set in the days around his 1978 genre favorite Night of the Living Dead. Though he's said that he never intended to redefine the zombie and was, instead, featuring ghouls, redefine it he did. Gone were the living zombies created only to do their masters' bidding, and in were the mindless undead creatures whose only desire was to consume human flesh. And we loved it.

George A. Romero as seen in the documentary "Birth of the Living Dead."

George A. Romero as seen in the documentary "Birth of the Living Dead."

 

John A. Russo

John A. Russo

The anthology is tentatively titled Horror of the Living Dead (some are reporting it as Nights of the Living Dead) and will take place in the 48 hours surrounding the events in Night of the Living Dead. Fellow Night of the Living Dead writer John A. Russo will be contributing as well as many other writers, including:

-Jay Bonansinga: Winner of the Chicago International Film Festival Silver Plaque (1988) and Houston International Film Festival Gold Remi (2007).

-Sandra Brown & Ryan Brown: Sandra is a winner of the International Thriller Writers Award, and Ryan is the author of the zombie sports novel Play Dead as well as the scifi western Thawed Out & Fed Up.

-Mike Carey: Author of multiple comic books and novels.

-Keith R.A. DeCandido: Prolific science fiction and fantasy writer who has written comic books, novels, role-playing games, video games, and countless media tie-in books.

-Mira Grant (a/k/a Seanan McGuire): Winner of the John W. Campbell Award, the Hugo Award, several Pegasus Awards, and a member of the Darrell Awards Hall of Fame.

-Brian Keene: Two time Bram Stoker Award winner.

-Joe R. Lansdale: Ten time Bram Stoker Award winner.

-Jonathan Maberry: Eight time Bram Stoker Award winner.

-Isaac Marion: Author of Warm Bodies, the New York Times bestselling zombie novel which was  made into a successful movie of the same name.

-Joe McKinney: Double Bram Stoker Award winner.

-Neal Shusterman & Brendan Shusterman: Neal is a 2005 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award (2005), California Young Reader Medal (2008), and the National Book Award (2015). Brendan, his son, is a frequent collaborator.

-David Wellington: Best known for his Monster (zombie) trilogy.

-Chuck Wendig: Prolific author of everything from short stories to comics to novels.

The book will be published by Griffin and should be out in early 2017.

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