I hope everybody had a great long weekend for the Labor Day holiday. I had to work Sunday but spent most of yesterday-day lounging, watching a self-created Hulu marathon of Hotel Hell, the new Gordon Ramsay reality show, and not updating my blog (apologies! By the time I thought about doing it, it was really kind of too late to post anyway). However! When I ran out of Gordon and decided to take advantage of Matthew's Xbox's Youtube-streaming capabilities to watch a scary-movie playlist I made especially for the no-work holiday occasion, I was BLOWN AWAY by Scary True Stories. Halloween is coming! And if you're in the mood to set the ghoul-gauge to FULL, you need to seek this Japanese horror anthology out.
|The "true" claim of the title seems a little spurious, but the "scary" more than makes up for it|
The video was titled "13 Real Asian Horror Stories", and owing to the thousand times Youtube has led me astray with a promisingly labelled horror video, I wasn't expecting much. After the breakout success of Asian horror movies like The Ring, Grudge, Shutter, The Eye, and Pulse, there was a year or two where any scary movie made in Asia could boast either a missed-the-point English language remake or an original language dvd release, regardless of quality. I was so sick at one point of being tricked into watching D-grade Korean suspense thrillers, when I'd signed up for something entirely different upon reading the synopsis and buying the dvd, that I'd altogether given up trying to find a good, scary Asian movie I hadn't already seen. Then along comes this mess!
|I still don't get this one, but I'm now staunchly anti-children-in-wet-raincoats.|
|It ain't ketchup, folks...|
|No more children's raincoats, no more music boxes...lemme just update that aversions checklist...|