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Moebius (2014)

Moebius (2014)Starring Jae-hyeon Jo, Eun-woo Lee, Young-ju Seo

Directed by Ki-duk Kim

Distributed by RAM Releasing


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Moebius (2014)Starring Jae-hyeon Jo, Eun-woo Lee, Young-ju Seo

Directed by Ki-duk Kim

Distributed by RAM Releasing


Okay, I’m going to start this review off short and sweet, however DIRECTLY to the point – it’s been a long time since a film has made me squirm in my seat, and while the graphic visual of gore is a dead representation of what makes oneself ill, if you can pull off the same feat by merely implying what will happen to make someone want to lose their lunch, then you’ve succeeded beyond anyone’s wildest mental expanse.

I also don’t want to seem biased in my following review, but I truly feel that the fellas will be the only ones to truly take something away from this cautionary tale, simply due to the fact that within this film there appears to be a LOT missing, and that is the problem. No, I’m not speaking about the lack of dialogue (of which by the way, there is NONE); however, our male assembled portion of the cast has been… how should I say this delicately?… separated from their manhoods. Yeah, that’ll do it!

Anyway, from director Ki-duk Kim comes Moebius, a tale of infidelity, rage, revenge, and most importantly, getting back that little part of yourself that’s been taken away (I’m going overboard on this one).

The movie begins with a man (Jae-hyeon Jo) who is readying to answer a phone call from his mistress, all within plain sight of his wife (Eun-woo Lee), who is incensed. A brief struggle begins as she tries to uproot the phone away from her husband, resulting in a floor brawl between the two. After a short cooling off period, later that night the wife enters the bedroom and tries to sever her husband’s genitals off. As her venture is stymied, she then turns the focal point of her aggression onto their teenage son, lopping off his Johnson, setting off an odious series of events that include (but are not limited to): dad offering up his own bratwurst (I swear I’ll try not to get too overly offensive) as a transplant for his now-deformed offspring, teenage son focusing his carnal desires upon Dad’s mistress, rape, incest, and one scene where a gang leader has his own joystick forcefully removed and helplessly watches from the sidewalk as it gets run over in traffic… WOW.

Only after the dong-removing mother strolls back into the picture after leaving following her front-end assault, does the movie cut the brakes and delve into utter depravity. I’ll spare the sensitive eyes of the innocent from the remainder of the details here, but Ki-duk Kim obviously decided to go for the utter shock-and-awe exhibit with his direction in this film, and it’s further compounded with the complete omission of any dialogue. You can watch this film and shift in your seat as much as the situation moves you, and I know that this is to be looked at as artsy and expressive, but if someone came into MY room at night, attempting to Ginsu my doinker, I’d be inclined to utter at least a FEW choice words upon blade into flesh.

The movie, while graphic in its visuals, holds a strong family message tied to it with the father-son bond acting as the centerpiece, although it might take awhile to shake some of the images loose after laying your eyes upon it. However you interpret this movie, I could simply offer this: While worth a watch as a one-time gander, I’d HIGHLY advise skipping the in-movie meal, especially if there are cocktail wieners nearby or those little baby pickles… All right, I’ll quit while I’m ahead.

2 1/2 out of 5

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Synapse’s Suspiria 4K Restoration Gets a Release Date

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Earlier this year, we wrote about Synapse Films’ Suspiria 4K restoration and how it was available for pre-order. The weird catch was that there was no release date confirmed and that pre-orders would go out sometime in December 2017. Today that changes as we can confirm that the 3-disc special edition Blu-ray collection will come out December 19th, just in time for Christmas but a little late for Hanukkah. Any chance we can have one extra night this year?

Restored over three years, Synapse has been working tirelessly to create the ultimate version of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic supernatural horror film, which has since gone on to become one of the most recognized and lauded titles in the genre. This cut has been overseen and approved by Luciano Tovoli, the Director of Photography on the film.

Pre-orders are still available via Synapse Films’ website.

Special features:
*Limited edition of only 6000 units produced
*Exclusive Steelbook packaging and collector’s o-card sleeve, featuring artwork from Malleus, Van Orton Design, Juan José Saldarriaga & Chris MacGibbon
*Three disc [Two Blu-rays + One CD] limited collector’s edition (only 6000 units) containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
*Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96 Khz/24-bit audio
*Italian 5.1 surround sound mix
*Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle & Troy Howarth
*Do You Know Anything About Witches? – 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
*Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA
*A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA – All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
*Olga’s Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
*Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
*Special Collector Edition Booklet containing an American Cinematographer interview with Luciano Tovoli, liner notes by Derek Botelho and restoration notes by Vincent Pereira & Don May, Jr. Cover artwork by Matthew Therrien Illustration
*“International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release version
*Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
*Newly translated, removable English SDH subtitles for the English language version
*Newly translated, removable English subtitles for the Italian language version
*Exclusive CD remaster of Goblin’s SUSPIRIA motion picture soundtrack, containing additional tracks not included on the original 1977 soundtrack release

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Creep 2 Starring Mark Duplass Hits Netflix This December

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Just the other day we shared with you guys an exclusive interview with Partick Brice, the director of the Mark Duplass-starring found footage flicks Creep and Creep 2.

Today we have the awesome news that the killer sequel Creep 2 (review) will be hitting Netflix streaming on December 23rd.

The original creeptastic motion picture is already streaming on Netflix so if you need to catch up – or just watch the original again – you can do so tonight and get ready for the sequel which, personally, I found to be superior (if even just slightly) to the original.

What did you think of the original film? Are you excited to check out the sequel? Or have you already seen it? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Creep 2 starring Mark Duplass and Desiree Akhavan hits Netflix December 23rd!

Synopsis:

Desiree Akhavan (“Girls”, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR) stars as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding an ad online for “video work,” she thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams. She drives to a remote house in the forest and meets a man claiming to be a serial killer (Mark Duplass, reprising his role from the previous film). Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece of art, she agrees to spend the day with him. However, as the day goes on she discovers she may have dug herself into a hole she can’t escape.

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Waxwork Records Unveils Phenomenal 2018 Subscription Package

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Our pals over at Waxwork Records have unveiled their 2018 subscription bundle and it’s packed to the brim with some absolutely fantastic titles! Horror fans who enjoy spinning their music on turntables can look forward to two Romero titles, Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs, Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell, and lastly they’ll have Jordan Peele’s smash success title Get Out. On top of getting those five records, those who join the subscription program will also receive a t-shirt, coffee mug, poster, notebook, magnet, enamel pin, calendar, and more.

For Night of the Living Dead, Waxwork Records worked closely with the film’s original creators, including Romero himself prior to his passing, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Criterion Collection so that they could source audio from the 4K restoration. It will be released as a 2xLP package.

Dawn of the Dead will also get a 2xLP release that will include brand new artwork, re-mastered audio, and more. The same kind of treatment is being given to The ‘Burbs. Christopher Young’s Drag Me to Hell soundtrack will be a single LP but will get the same level of attention and quality as the other titles.

As for Peele’s Get Out. Michael Abels; score will be released on a 2xLP vinyl set and will pay tribute to one of the most culturally significant movies of the past several years.

The Waxwork Records subscription package will be $250 ($285 in Canada) and will open up for sale this Friday, the 24th. More information can be found on Waxwork’s website.

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