32 Days of Halloween X, Day 17: Planet of Dinosaurs!

Planet of Dinosaurs

We’re now past the halfway mark for the tenth year of 32 Days of Halloween. Sweet Jesus, I need to get a life. But enough about that, let’s start with a very disturbing Halloween commercial from Japan. I’m not sure what is happening here but it is all vaguely terrifying. I watch this and I’m getting a Sid & Marty Krofft’s Lord of the Flies vibe.

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By | 2017-10-16T22:51:59+00:00 October 16th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 10: Crack in the World!

Crack in the World (1965)

For this Sunday evening, let’s begin with something I like to visit from time to time: Japanese movie trailers. Especially in the horror genre, with the right Japanese narrator speechifying at you and with the sort of imagery that the horror genre can provide, they can be pretty goddamn harrowing. Granted, nothing will ever come close to the grand weirdness that is HOUSE!!, but then again…what does? This is for 1964’s Kwaidan, which, if you went just by the description, is a tale of everything plus madness and the absurdity of breathing.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:01+00:00 October 9th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Yakuza Apocalypse is the Vampire Yakuza Action Fantasy Film You Didn’t Know You Needed

Yakuza Apocalypse

Takashi Miike is an absolute maniac. He brought you such films as Ichi the Killer, Audition and 13 Assassins. And now… Yakuza Apocalypse. Now, if you are a frequent visitor to this site, doubtless you are already ready to watch this film, based on the title alone. But now…you simply have to watch the trailer. It’s a red band trailer, but mostly it’s just…what I imagine dropping acid and watching Battles Without Honor or Humanity would be like. Enjoy.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:10+00:00 September 30th, 2015|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

Black Phoenix Comes From Both Mars and Venus… and Brings Chocolate

BPAL Mars and Venus Botticelli

Spring has finally arrived and with it signs of life: pollen everywhere, animals in heat, and people contemplating matters both romantic and carnal. And yes, people are always considering these matters to be sure, but it occurs with more frequency without the winter chill to distract everyone. There are many festivals to celebrate the return of vigor to the soil and to our loins. The ancient Roman festival Lupercalia comes to mind for some reason.

In this festival, priests would run around the city, striking women’s hands with thongs made from sacrificial animals. This would somehow help women get pregent and ease their childbirth pain. (Don’t ask me why, religion is confusing.) The festival also indirectly honors both Mars and Venus. Venus is obvious, with celebrants wanting fertility–which was a big selling point in the ancient Roman marriage market. Lupercalia also honors the she-wolf that suckled the twins Romulus and Remus–founders of Rome and sons of Mars. Mars and Venus had far more in common with each other than their modern interpretation–more yin and yang than opposing forces. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab explores this intertwining with their Ode to Venus and Ode to Mars. We expose these two below…and I think you will find it tantalizing.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:34+00:00 April 3rd, 2015|Headsup|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Day 10: I Have No Idea What Zombieing Sound Is, But I Need It

Zombieing Sound!

Okay, this is where I get excited about something unique and truly weird. Back during the very first 32 Days of Halloween, I posted about the joy of not only trailers for Japanese films, but Japanese trailers for non-Japanese films. The Day of the Dead trailer I posted at the time boasted–in English–of “ZOMBIEING SOUND.” I had no idea what that was then, still don’t know what it is now. But the trailer got taken down and I had to replace it with a trailer that was equally bad as far as trailers go, almost as awesome as far as Japanese trailers go.

However, here at Day 10, where we normally post Japanese trailers (a favorite is still the terrifying HOUSE!), Zombieing Sound is Back.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:04+00:00 October 9th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Roots Aroma Black Original – Coffee Review

Roots Aroma Black Original Coffee

I believe I’ve complained before–and often–about a significant hole in the packaged, pre-made coffee arena. By that I mean: I’ve taken to drinking my coffee black. This because I realized a while back that with the amount of coffee I go through–and the accompanying sugar–I was expecting a collect call from Wilford Brimley at any moment. So when I’m traveling and there’s not a live barista for miles and I pull into a gas station/convenience store–and the coffee might have been freshened sometime in the past 72 hours (maybe)–I want to grab a coffee that’s already made. Starbucks, for example. They sell tasty Doubleshots and Mochas and whatnot in cans and bottles.

Know what they don’t sell? Straight coffee. Black–no sugar, no cream. In fact, I’ve yet to run across an example in the southeastern U.S. You might have–and if so, I envy you. Because it seems that I have to go to Japan to get anything close to what I want.

I say “close,” yes. Because on one hand, you get the taste of straight coffee. Not the sort of black coffee I normally make–my preferred kind is the type I have to wrestle into submission–but just straight down the middle coffee. Nothing spectacular.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:34+00:00 March 14th, 2014|Reviews|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VII, Day 10: Vampire Over London!

Bela Lugosi in Vampire Over London

First things first…in previous years I’ve posted some Japanese trailers of English language horror movies. The theory was that the really deep, booming, scary voice speaking Japanese over horrific imagery made things even scarier than usual. I had no idea what they were saying: they could have been coupling Day of the Dead with a dramatic reading of Dr. Seuss or something and how would I know? However, I amend my earlier theory to say that…I think trailers in Japan are more fucked up in general. Case in point: The Amityville Horror was a bit scary…but this Japanese trailer…sans narration…makes it look like a change-your-shorts piece of insanity. Check it out…

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By | 2017-09-24T22:27:09+00:00 October 9th, 2013|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

From Roomba to Boardable Robot in Just Eleven Years

Kuratas pilot salute

In a video that has quite possibly the most awesome warning in the history of translated warnings, Suidobashi Heavy Industry brings you Kuratas, a robot you can climb inside and pilot. I know, I know–like me, you won’t be satisfied until it can transform into a jet fighter so we can fully address the impending Zentraedi threat. But still, I’ll need you to protect Earth–I have a feeling that, based on the glimpse I saw of the cockpit in the following video, the controls are more Xbox than Battlezone. Which means I’m screwed.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:27:13+00:00 September 24th, 2013|Stimuli|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VI, Day 10: Horrors of Malformed Men

Horrors of Malformed Men

Day 10 of 32 Days of Halloween is where we share with you a Japanese horror trailer. And nothing clears the mind of its regular flotsam and jetsam like the cleansing nature of these Japanese trailers of the 1960s and 70s. This year we take a look at the three-minute-plus trailer for Horrors of Malformed Men. You might think the trailer isn’t really putting across what the hell the film is about…and you’re right. The film is about a guy who wakes up in an asylum with no notion of how he got there or what he was about. He gets a lead on what his memories might be trying to tell him and goes in search of knowledge…and finds an island populated by malformed men and the man who has created them.

And the trailer is like a dream that, upon waking, you wrack your brain to remember what you ate before bedtime…so you can never eat it again. Please note: some brief flashes of flesh. Just the NSFW nature for yourself. Good luck.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:29:40+00:00 October 9th, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments