The period and setting are not specified, but the film noir atmosphere and styles of clothing and transport strongly suggest the police-state Indonesia of Suharto’s heyday; this is that rarest of genre movies, a ghost story with a political subtext–complete with police brutality, vigilante mobs, bureaucratic stonewalling, governmental corruption and an increasingly cowed and repressed general public, not to mention a series of gruesome deaths.
Join us for a Halloween treat featuring a ghost story with vigilante mobs, bureaucratic stonewalling, and governmental corruption!
Utilizing all sorts of devices such as the flashback, the story-within-a-story, non-linear structure, suspense and action as readily as heavy drama or moments of hilarity, and even a montage (that didn’t quite do it for us), all of these are textured by Ellis and his co-writer Frank E. Flowers into a most impressive framework that can only come from an experienced storyteller. It’s drama, it’s crime, it’s a story of a family’s survival against the struggle of life and even though it lacks the blood, gore, zombies and the monsters of the Fantasia Film Festival
Metro Manila zeros in on an impoverished couple, barely surviving as rice farmers in Benguet Province, the northern region of the Philippines.
This week, in the spirit of Halloween, we have haunting selection of books on myths and magic from Southeast Asia.
Shutter is one of the best films in the recent flowering of Asian horror cinema (on 10/30). Happy Halloween from CSEAS!
A smart, shocking and funny satire of media culture and human greed, 13 GAME OF DEATH is a stomach-churningly intense thriller …
Dark and terrifying lessons are about to be learned in this school’s dorm and innocence will be lost forever.