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Festival Report: FrightFest 2015 (Part 1 of 2)

Posted on 09/01/15 by Ben
Frightfest 2015

By Stephanie Scaife Since I started attending FrightFest all the way back in 2003, it’s always been a real mixed bag – for all the awful to middling films you sat through, you were always guaranteed at least a few gems. Over the years these have included such titles as Oldboy, Wolf Creek, Pan’s Labyrinth, […]

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Hannibal Season 3 – The Rundown

Posted on 08/31/15 by Keri

By Keri O’Shea Caution – this article contains spoilers When the credits rolled on the last episode of Hannibal Season 2, I felt physically exhausted; whilst the first season was itself superb, the second series was really where things really began to drop into place for me, and the ever-complicating relationship between Will Graham (Hugh […]

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RIP Wes Craven

Posted on 08/31/15 by Keri

By Keri O’Shea I think I speak for all of us on that thing where you’re casually scrolling through social media, and then all of a sudden, something hits you hard. There have been many examples, but today’s is definitely finding out that one of the all-time most important horror directors has shuffled off the […]

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Asami August: Asami & the Japanese Splatter Masterpieces (Part 3)

Posted on 08/28/15 by Ben
Asami Live

By Nia Edwards-Behi Closing up Asami August, here’s the concluding chapter of Nia’s three-part study of Asami’s work with Noboru Iguchi and Yoshihiro Nishimura; if you haven’t already, you might want to read parts one and two first. A film I confess I only found out about while researching this piece is The Ancient Dogoo […]

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Asami August: An Asami-Centric Conversation

Posted on 08/28/15 by Ben
Gun Woman Asami

  By Tristan Bishop, Ben Bussey, Nia Edwards-Behi and Keri O’Shea Sad as it is to say, we’re reaching the final days of Asami August, BAH’s month-long tribute to the reigning queen of Japanese exploitation in honour of her recent thirtieth birthday. As such, we decided the time was right to get together for an informal […]

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Asami August: Lust of the Dead (2012)

Posted on 08/24/15 by Ben
Asami - Lust of the Dead (2)

By Ben Bussey And here’s where things start to get a bit tricky. One of the key reasons we love Japanese exploitation and splatter here at BAH is the genre’s willful disregard of conventional notions of taste and decency. Repulsive gore gags, shameless sexploitation, puerile toilet humour: these movies revel in all the sort of […]

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Asami August: Happy Birthday Asami! A Pictorial Tribute

Posted on 08/19/15 by Ben
Asami sitges

By Ben Bussey And so the big day has arrived! Today, the Japanese cult movie queen to whom we have devoted this month celebrates her thirtieth birthday, and we at Brutal As Hell wanted to take this opportunity to wish many happy returns to our beloved actress whom we hold in the highest esteem – […]

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Asami August: Asami & the Japanese Splatter Masterpieces (Part 2)

Posted on 08/18/15 by Ben
Asami - Dead Sushi

By Nia Edwards-Behi In case you missed it, click here to read the first installment of Nia’s three-part series on Asami’s key role in the contemporary J-splatter boom, as part of Brutal As Hell’s month-long tribute to the cult movie queen… Following The Machine Girl, a golden era of these splatter films began, with 2009-2012 seeing […]

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Asami August: Horny House of Horror (2010)

Posted on 08/17/15 by Ben
Asami Horny House of Horror

By Tristan Bishop What a title, eh? Brings to mind some kind of porn parody of classic Hammer monster movies. The original Japanese title (which is actually on-screen) is ‘Fashion Hell’ – which is actually a much better title, but only if you know a little bit about Japanese massage parlours. For the sake of […]

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Asami August: Yakuza Hunters AKA Yakuza Busting Girls (2010)

Posted on 08/14/15 by Ben
Yakuza Hunters 4

By Ben Bussey It takes a special kind of iconic status to wind up playing characters with your own name. How often has Jack Nicholson played guys named Jack, or Jackie Chan guys named Jackie? Likewise, Asami took the lead under her own moniker* in her first multi-film series, albeit only a two-parter – the […]

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Asami August: Sukeban Boy (2006)

Posted on 08/13/15 by Keri

By Keri O’Shea Sometimes it’s completely unnecessary for a film to have a slow, believable build-up, let alone a believable set of circumstances, and for so many of Noboru Iguchi’s lunatic technicolour battle epics, it would frankly slow things down until they weren’t as entertaining. We know this, we love this, and it’s why we’re […]

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Asami August: Asami & the Japanese Splatter Masterpieces (Part 1)

Posted on 08/12/15 by Ben
Miki Machine Girl

By Nia Edwards-Behi PART ONE – so it begins… My route to becoming a fan of Asami is very strongly linked with the films of a particular group of filmmakers in Japan. Asami is very much part of that ‘family’, being one of the most familiar faces of their overall output. Indeed, director Noboru Iguchi […]

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Asami August: Gothic & Lolita Psycho (2010)

Posted on 08/07/15 by Keri

By Keri O’Shea “Why is there a knife blade in the tip of your umbrella?” It’s fair to say that when the Japanese get hold of a youth subculture they like, they more than make it their own – and the ‘Gothic Lolita’ phenomenon is a good case in point. A pretty mash-up of I […]

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Fifty Years of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Posted on 08/06/15 by Keri

By Tristan Bishop “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to violence” – as first lines go, it’s one of the best. Delivered by a disembodied voice over an image of a pulsing soundwave, the opening narration goes on to warn us about “…this dangerously evil creation, this new breed encased and contained within the supple skin of […]

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Asami August: Who The Heck’s Asami?

Posted on 08/03/15 by Keri

By Keri O’Shea Well, as my esteemed colleague Ben has already told you all, we plan on making August a huge celebration of the life of Asami Sugiura as she approaches her thirtieth birthday. But it also occurs to us that, out there, some of you may be completely uninitiated into the ways of one […]

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Welcome to Asami August!

Posted on 08/01/15 by Ben

By Ben Bussey August 2015 is a special month for us here at Brutal As Hell. As one of our favourite contemporary actresses, Japanese B-movie icon Asami, celebrates her thirtieth birthday on the 19th, we’ve decided to mark the occasion with a month-long celebration of all things Asami. If you’re already a confirmed fan of […]

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No Jump Scares Needed: 5 Stand-Out Supernatural Scenes in Horror Cinema

Posted on 07/30/15 by Keri

Pardon me a ‘get off my lawn’ moment, if you will: supernatural horror-making in recent years has gone down the drain. Oh sure, on occasion you’ll see a film which has its moments, but the fact that this often strikes us with such genuine surprise and delight should testify that for the most part, supernatural […]

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