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1. Sister Stella L. (1984) Philippines, 96 minutes
This has been on my watchlist ever since I made my Labor Movement list two years ago. As a movie about the labor struggle, it's very good, providing an honest depiction of the grievances of the workers and their families, repression by management and governmental authorities, internal strife, etc. Otherwise, my reaction was similar to Oldy's. The filmmaker roped in a lot of other angles -- religion, a pregnant single mother, romantic tension, a subplot in a locals newsroom. All of these elements were fine, but the result felt a bit fracture. Also, having two protagonists named Stella led to some confusion.
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1. Leák (1981) - 4/10 - Indonesia - 116min
2. P (2005) - 6/10 - Thailand - 110min
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Hot Curries and Slow Cinema
Day 1 - two heavy meals of heavy Filipino slow cinema, and a rather stale Thai horror dessert

1. Imburnal / Sewer (Sherad Anthony Sanchez, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 196 minutes)
2. Now Showing (Raya Martin, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 279 minutes)
3. See prang / 4bia / Phobia (Banjong Pisanthanakun/Paween Purikitpanya/Yongyoot Thongkongtoon/Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2008, THAILAND, 112 minutes)

Day 2 - Lav Diaz' heavy sadness; Filipino vampires and Thai ghosts

4. Melancholia (Lav Diaz, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 446 minutes)
5. Kulay dugo ang gabi / Blood is the Color of Night / The Blood Drinkers (Gerardo de Leon, 1964, PHILIPPINES, 87 minutes)
6. Suay Laak Sai / Sick Nurses (Piraphan Laoyant/Thodsopol Siriwiwat, 2007, THAILAND, 82 minutes)

Day 3 - Blood Island, and Kung-Fu fighting Snake Woman

7. Brides of Blood (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 97 minutes)
8. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 89 minutes)
9. Beast of Blood (Eddie Romero, 1970, PHILIPPINES , 90 minutes)

10. She yao jing / Devil Woman / Bruka, Queen of Evil (Felix Villar/Chi-Lien Yu, 1973, PHILIPPINES /Hong Kong, 95 minutes)

Day 4 - more from Eddie Romero & John Ashley; and worse

11. Beast of the Yellow Night (Eddie Romero, 1971, PHILIPPINES , 84 minutes))
12. The Twilight People (Eddie Romero, 1972, PHILIPPINES , 81 minutes))
13. Vampire Hookers (Cirio H. Santiago, 1978, PHILIPPINES , 80 minutes)
14. Primitif / Savage Terror (Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1980, INDONESIA, 85 minutes)

Day 5 - Four domestic horrors, four female protagonists, four countries

15. The Maid (Kelvin Tong, 2005, SINGAPORE, 89 minutes)
16. Chanthaly (Mattie Do, 2012, LAOS, 99 minutes)
17. Cô Hâu Gái / The Housemaid (Derek Nguyen, 2016, VIETNAM/South Korea, 104 minutes)
18. Chermin / Mirror (Zarina Abdullah, 2007, MALAYSIA, 94 minutes)

Day 6 - Indonesian crazy schlock duo

19. Pembalasan Ratu Pantai Selatan / Lady Terminator (H. Tjut Djalil, 1989, INDONESIA, 81 minutes)
20. Dangerous Seductress (H. Tjut Djalil, 1992, INDONESIA, 94 minutes)

Day 7 - early Lav Diaz

21. Serafin Geronimo: Ang kriminal ng Baryo Concepcion / The Criminal of Barrio Concepcion (Lav Diaz, 1998, PHILIPPINES , 112 minutes))
22. Burger Boy's (Lav Diaz, 1999, PHILIPPINES , 104 minutes))
23. Hesus, rebolusyunaryo / Jesus the Revolutionary (Lav Diaz, 2002, PHILIPPINES , 114 minutes)

Day 8 - 3 genre films, 6 directors, 3 countries

24. Shutter (Banjong Pisanthanakun/Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2004, THAILAND, 92 minutes)
25. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Emmanuel H. Borlaza/Ishmael Bernal/Peque Gallaga, 1984, PHILIPPINES , 125 minutes))
26. Perawan di Sarang Sindikat / Virgins from Hell (Ackyl Anwari, 1987, INDONESIA, 93 minutes)

Day 9 - just a couple more so-so horrors from the Philippines and Thailand

27. Lumaban ka, Satanas / The Killing of Satan (Efren C. Piñon, 1983, PHILIPPINES , 93 minutes)
28. Nang Nak (Nonzee Nimibutr, 1999, THAILAND, 101 minutes)

Day 10 - bad schlock, good schlock, bad "remake" of good schlock

29. Demons of Paradise (Cirio H. Santiago, 1983, PHILIPPINES , 87 minutes)
30. Ratu Ilmu Hitam / The Queen of Black Magic (Liliek Sudjio, 1981, INDONESIA, 90 minutes)
31. Ratu Ilmu Hitam / The Queen of Black Magic (Kimo Stamboel, 2019, INDONESIA, 96 minutes)

Day 11 - serious gore, and another original/remake, all from Indoneisa

32. Darah / Macabre (Kimo Stamboel/Timo Tjahjanto, as "The Mo Brothers", 2009, INDONESIA, 95 minutes)
33. Pengabid Satan / Satan's Slave (Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1982, INDONESIA, 96 minutes)
34. Pengabid Satan / Satan's Slave (Joko Anwar, 2017, INDONESIA/ South Korea, 106 minutes)

Day 12 - 5 intense features from Mike De Leon

35. Itim / Black / The Rites of May (Mike De Leon, 1977, PHILIPPINES, 106 minutes)
36. Kakabakaba ka ba? / Will Your Heart Beat Faster? (Mike De Leon, 1980, PHILIPPINES, 107 minutes)
37. Kisapmata / In the Wink of an Eye (Mike De Leon, 1981, PHILIPPINES, 98 minutes)
38. Batch '81 (Mike De Leon, 1982, PHILIPPINES, 106 minutes
39. Sister Stella L (Mike De Leon, 1984, PHILIPPINES, 104 minutes)
Day 13 - two early Filipino features

40. Forbidden Women (Eduardo de Castro, 1948, PHILIPPINES, 61 minutes)
41. Genghis Khan (Manuel Conde, 1950, PHILIPPINES, 77 minutes)

Cinema in the Philippines originated about as early as it began anywhere outside of France, the US or the UK - in 1897, when a Lumiere Cinematograph was first imported to the country (then a Spanish colony) and the first few short films were shot. Given the turbulence in the country over the next couple of years, it's not surprising that filmmaking didn't begin in earnest until 1900, when the country had become an American possession; the first feature, a bio-pic of nation hero and frequent film subject Jose Rizal, was produced in 1912. Despite all the problems the country has continued to endure, under the Americans, then the Japanese, then finally under local - but often autocratic - rulership, filmmaking has endured. At the end of WWII the first real golden age in the cinema began; in many ways, from the two films I've just seen and from what I've read it's fairly clear that it followed American models to a great extent, with musicals and costumed adventure films prevalent, though it does seem like plenty of films on subjects of local interest, including historical and biography films, were being made as well.

Unfortunately the vast percentage of the Philippines' film heritage - even much work up through the 1970s and into the 1980s - has been lost. A very hot and humid climate and little money for preservation provides the same sad story we've seen in early film around the world, though it seems much worse in this country than in most. If you look at IMDb ratings for films made through 1950, and sort by most rated, these two are at the top - with less than 50 ratings each. The vast majority of the 600+ features listed have no ratings at all and most appear to not exist anymore. There are a few YouTube sites I've found with handfuls of 1946-1955 films but virtually all are unsubbed and in just dreadful, virtually unwatchable condition. Finally in the last few years there has been an effort underway to restore some of this cinema's major unseen treasures but the fruits so far, from what I've gleaned, are mostly 70s and 80s films from the likes of Brocka, Bernal and Mike De Leon. I'm glad these are slowly becoming available, but as a film history buff I can only wonder what earlier treasures are still extant, waiting to be re-discovered or resurrected. Right now there are these two films, and very little else from the immediate postwar period; thankfully both of these are readily available in quite watchable condition.

Forbidden Women opens with a note about scenes being added in the USA which made me think, uh-oh, this is going to be a re-edited and terribly dubbed film aimed at American audiences, with the Filipino original now buried. Thankfully this doesn't seem the case - I'm guessing that it might be the battle scenes towards the end that were added in, but the film on the whole doesn't feel compromised by meddling, and in fact appears to have been shot originally in English, with it's Filipino cast no doubt chosen for their relative proficiency in the language. It's basically very much like a lot of postwar American exotic adventures of the more family-oriented variety - think of Sigore (Fernando Poe), the young prince returned to his island country (unnamed) after a European education as the equivalent of Sabu in English or American films of the time. Anyway upon his return he quickly gets involved in trying to save his father the sultan from a couple of plotters trying to take the throne, and an hour of mild adventure is the result, with as I said some battle scenes near the end that seem poorly edited in. This is interesting for being actually shot in English as opposed to shot silent and post-dubbed and if you're a fan of this kind of adventure film from this period, like I am, you may get something out of it, but overall it's nothing more than an historical oddity.

And the same is largely true for Genghis Khan which, surprise surprise, is a bio-pic of the Mongol conqueror - in his early years just as he starts to assume and consolidate power. I'd imagine this has very little to do with historical reality but I don't really know much about the man or the period so I'll leave it at that. This film - as it exists in the copy I watched anyway - was shot in Tagalog, but there was an American version made with film critic James Agee writing a narration for it all, which he reads over the top of the original dialogue track. No idea if a non-narrated version exists or could be reconstructed someday, but this is what we have now. The first third of this is pretty good as the young Khan (played by writer/director/producer Conde, a big name in Filipino cinema in the 40s and 50s) outwits and escapes from captors and vows revenge on those who burned his village and killed most of his people - it feels very much like an Indian-centric western. Once the romantic elements come to the fore, and it settles into a more typical formula and gets talky, it gets less interesting. Overall a bit more entertaining and interesting than Forbidden Women but still nothing special outside of it's historical context.






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mjf314 wrote: October 14th, 2020, 12:27 am
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1. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 1
2. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 2
3. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 3
4. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 4
5. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 5
6. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 6
7. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 7
8. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 8
9. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 9
10. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 10
11. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 11
12. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 12
13. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 13
Actually, I just double-checked and for TV episodes I had indeed put a 90-minutes rule ;)
I hope it doesn't de-motivate or anything. How is the series developing?

And thanks OldAle1 for inspiring me to watch a few more classic Pinoy movies for this challenge. Looks I won't be able to watch as much for the 1990s challenge as planned after all :lol:
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Melvelet wrote: October 14th, 2020, 12:58 pm
mjf314 wrote: October 14th, 2020, 12:27 am
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1. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 1
2. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 2
3. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 3
4. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 4
5. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 5
6. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 6
7. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 7
8. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 8
9. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 9
10. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 10
11. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 11
12. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 12
13. The Gifted (2018, Thailand) episode 13
Actually, I just double-checked and for TV episodes I had indeed put a 90-minutes rule ;)
I hope it doesn't de-motivate or anything. How is the series developing?
It's 13 episodes, so it's a mini-series. There's a sequel, but the sequel has a separate IMDb entry, and there's a 2-year gap between them, so I don't think it changes the mini-series status.

It's a good series. Like I mentioned earlier, it's kind of like Sky High (but better, imo). Or like X-Men, but set in a high school. The last few episodes are some of the best in the series, with some good twists and suspenseful parts.

I don't think I'll watch anything more for this challenge, because I'm also in the middle of watching an HK series, and I want to get back to that.
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4. Modus Anomali a.k.a. Ritual (Indonesia, 2012)
5. Sebelum Iblis Menjemput a.k.a. May the Devil Take You (Indonesia, 2018)
6. Pengabdi setan a.k.a. Satan's Slave (Indonesia, 1980)
7. Dead Mine (Indonesia, 2012)
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1. Ghost of Mae Nak (Thailand, 2005)
2. Taxi Tonight (Thailand, 2005)
3. The Commitment (Thailand, 2004)
4. Modus Anomali a.k.a. Ritual (Indonesia, 2012)
5. Sebelum Iblis Menjemput a.k.a. May the Devil Take You (Indonesia, 2018)
6. Pengabdi setan a.k.a. Satan's Slave (Indonesia, 1980)
7. Dead Mine (Indonesia, 2012)
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16. Lumaban ka, Satanas; aka: The Killing of Satan (1983 / Efren C. Pinon / Philippines) FTV 6+/10 {93 m.}

Mad Monster Party?! Goes Southeast Asian!
1. Gancore Gud; aka: Dead Bite (2011 / Apisit Opasaimlikit / Thailand) FTV 6+/10 {94 m.}
2. Vampariah (2016 / Matthew Abaya / Philippines) FTV 6/10 {90 m.}
3. Brides of Blood (1968 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 7+/10 {97 m.}
4. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7/10 {95 m.}
5. Beast of Blood (1970 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7+/10 {90 m.}
6. The Beast of the Yellow Night (1971 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) 6+/10 {90 m.}
7. Raw Force (1982 / Edward Murphy / Philippines) 8/10 {86 m.}
8. Pembalasan Ratu Pantai Selatan; aka: Lady Terminator (1989 / H. Tjut Djalil / Indonesia) 8/10 {82 m.}
9. Seed of Darkness (2006 / Michael Chuah / Malaysia) FTV 5/10 {102 m.}
10. The Attic (2017 / Kaprice Kea / Thailand) FTV 5/10 {72 m.}
11. The Twilight People (1972 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 5+/10 {81 m.}
12. Beyond Atlantis (1973 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 7-/10 {91 m.}
13. The Offering (2016 / Kelvin Tong / Singapore) FTV 5/10 {95 m.}
14. Demons (2018 / Daniel Hui / Singapore) FTV 7/10 {84 m.}
15. Dek hor; aka: Dorm (2006 / Songyos Sugmakanan / Thailand) FTV 7+/10 {110 m.}

16. Lumaban ka, Satanas; aka: The Killing of Satan (1983 / Efren C. Pinon / Philippines) FTV 6+/10 {93 m.}

Views: 16 / FTV’s: 11 / Doubles w/ Horror Challenge: 16 / {1452 m.}
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Thai: 4 / Indo: 3 / Malay: 2 / Phili: 2 / Other: 7
1. Chanthaly (2012) Laos 99mins
2. Shutter (2004) Thailand 97mins
3. Three Seasons (1999) Vietnam 105mins
4. Mudras Calling (2018) Myanmar 106mins
5. My Stupid Boss (2016) Indonesia 106min
6. Jailbreak (2017) Cambodia 92mins
7. Yasmine (2014) Brunei 109mins
8. Munafik (2016) Malaysia 99mins
9. Insiang (1976) Philippines 83mins
10. Ilo Ilo (2013) Singapore 99mins
11a. Chau u Polo (2012) Timor-Leste 15mins
11b. Wawata Topu (2013) Timor-Leste 33mins
11c. Boneca de Atauro (2016) Timor-Leste 20mins
12. Monday Morning Glory (2005) Malaysia 82mins
13. Suzzanna Buried Alive (2018) Indonesia 125mins
14. TNT Jackson (1974) Philippines 69mins
15. Bad Genius (2017) Thailand 129mins
16. Nang Nak (1999) Thailand 121mins
17. Target (2018) Indonesia 91mins

18. Ong-bak (2003) Thailand 104mins

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Hot Curries and Slow Cinema
Day 1 - two heavy meals of heavy Filipino slow cinema, and a rather stale Thai horror dessert

1. Imburnal / Sewer (Sherad Anthony Sanchez, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 196 minutes)
2. Now Showing (Raya Martin, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 279 minutes)
3. See prang / 4bia / Phobia (Banjong Pisanthanakun/Paween Purikitpanya/Yongyoot Thongkongtoon/Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2008, THAILAND, 112 minutes)

Day 2 - Lav Diaz' heavy sadness; Filipino vampires and Thai ghosts

4. Melancholia (Lav Diaz, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 446 minutes)
5. Kulay dugo ang gabi / Blood is the Color of Night / The Blood Drinkers (Gerardo de Leon, 1964, PHILIPPINES, 87 minutes)
6. Suay Laak Sai / Sick Nurses (Piraphan Laoyant/Thodsopol Siriwiwat, 2007, THAILAND, 82 minutes)

Day 3 - Blood Island, and Kung-Fu fighting Snake Woman

7. Brides of Blood (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 97 minutes)
8. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 89 minutes)
9. Beast of Blood (Eddie Romero, 1970, PHILIPPINES , 90 minutes)

10. She yao jing / Devil Woman / Bruka, Queen of Evil (Felix Villar/Chi-Lien Yu, 1973, PHILIPPINES /Hong Kong, 95 minutes)

Day 4 - more from Eddie Romero & John Ashley; and worse

11. Beast of the Yellow Night (Eddie Romero, 1971, PHILIPPINES , 84 minutes))
12. The Twilight People (Eddie Romero, 1972, PHILIPPINES , 81 minutes))
13. Vampire Hookers (Cirio H. Santiago, 1978, PHILIPPINES , 80 minutes)
14. Primitif / Savage Terror (Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1980, INDONESIA, 85 minutes)

Day 5 - Four domestic horrors, four female protagonists, four countries

15. The Maid (Kelvin Tong, 2005, SINGAPORE, 89 minutes)
16. Chanthaly (Mattie Do, 2012, LAOS, 99 minutes)
17. Cô Hâu Gái / The Housemaid (Derek Nguyen, 2016, VIETNAM/South Korea, 104 minutes)
18. Chermin / Mirror (Zarina Abdullah, 2007, MALAYSIA, 94 minutes)

Day 6 - Indonesian crazy schlock duo

19. Pembalasan Ratu Pantai Selatan / Lady Terminator (H. Tjut Djalil, 1989, INDONESIA, 81 minutes)
20. Dangerous Seductress (H. Tjut Djalil, 1992, INDONESIA, 94 minutes)

Day 7 - early Lav Diaz

21. Serafin Geronimo: Ang kriminal ng Baryo Concepcion / The Criminal of Barrio Concepcion (Lav Diaz, 1998, PHILIPPINES , 112 minutes))
22. Burger Boy's (Lav Diaz, 1999, PHILIPPINES , 104 minutes))
23. Hesus, rebolusyunaryo / Jesus the Revolutionary (Lav Diaz, 2002, PHILIPPINES , 114 minutes)

Day 8 - 3 genre films, 6 directors, 3 countries

24. Shutter (Banjong Pisanthanakun/Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2004, THAILAND, 92 minutes)
25. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Emmanuel H. Borlaza/Ishmael Bernal/Peque Gallaga, 1984, PHILIPPINES , 125 minutes))
26. Perawan di Sarang Sindikat / Virgins from Hell (Ackyl Anwari, 1987, INDONESIA, 93 minutes)

Day 9 - just a couple more so-so horrors from the Philippines and Thailand

27. Lumaban ka, Satanas / The Killing of Satan (Efren C. Piñon, 1983, PHILIPPINES , 93 minutes)
28. Nang Nak (Nonzee Nimibutr, 1999, THAILAND, 101 minutes)

Day 10 - bad schlock, good schlock, bad "remake" of good schlock

29. Demons of Paradise (Cirio H. Santiago, 1983, PHILIPPINES , 87 minutes)
30. Ratu Ilmu Hitam / The Queen of Black Magic (Liliek Sudjio, 1981, INDONESIA, 90 minutes)
31. Ratu Ilmu Hitam / The Queen of Black Magic (Kimo Stamboel, 2019, INDONESIA, 96 minutes)

Day 11 - serious gore, and another original/remake, all from Indoneisa

32. Darah / Macabre (Kimo Stamboel/Timo Tjahjanto, as "The Mo Brothers", 2009, INDONESIA, 95 minutes)
33. Pengabid Satan / Satan's Slave (Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1982, INDONESIA, 96 minutes)
34. Pengabid Satan / Satan's Slave (Joko Anwar, 2017, INDONESIA/ South Korea, 106 minutes)

Day 12 - 5 intense features from Mike De Leon

35. Itim / Black / The Rites of May (Mike De Leon, 1977, PHILIPPINES, 106 minutes)
36. Kakabakaba ka ba? / Will Your Heart Beat Faster? (Mike De Leon, 1980, PHILIPPINES, 107 minutes)
37. Kisapmata / In the Wink of an Eye (Mike De Leon, 1981, PHILIPPINES, 98 minutes)
38. Batch '81 (Mike De Leon, 1982, PHILIPPINES, 106 minutes
39. Sister Stella L (Mike De Leon, 1984, PHILIPPINES, 104 minutes)

Day 13 - two early Filipino features

40. Forbidden Women (Eduardo de Castro, 1948, PHILIPPINES, 61 minutes)
41. Genghis Khan (Manuel Conde, 1950, PHILIPPINES, 77 minutes)
Day 14 - Thai voodoo

42. Khon len khong / Art of the Devil (Tanit Jitnukul, 2004, THAILAND, 96 minutes)
43. Long khong / Art of the Devil 2 (a shitload of directors, 2005, THAILAND, 97 minutes)

These two films have nothing to do with each other really other than both having voodoo rituals as significant plot points, and the same main production company, Five Star. My guess is that the first film was fairly successful and so they stuck the name onto the second to get back the same audience; there is a third film which is in fact a direct sequel to the second; I may or may not get to that one this month, and I'm not sure that I'll bother given my mixed feelings about these.

The first film has lower ratings and seems from a few comments I've read to be less-regarded, but I liked it slightly more. Essentially the voodoo element comes in here when a young woman, Boom, is thrown over by her married boyfriend and decides to take revenge on him and his family through supernatural means - only to find out that he actually has a second family that she'll have to take care of also, who had nothing whatsoever to do with the hurt she suffered but who stand in the way of her real goal: MONEY. Yeah, it's all about the dough here. This is somewhat needlessly confusing with it's messy flashback-forward construction - it's really a very simple plot that the filmmakers just want to make seem more complex than it really is I think, more "artsy" perhaps - but I liked the two main female leads and the visuals enough that I could give it a very mild recommendation.

The second film like the first involves a central cast of several characters but unlike the first film it's made up of friends rather than family, and the main voodoo practitioner is doing so for very different reasons. This one actually does have a fairly complex plot, as it turns out that several characters were in one way or another perpetrators of crimes and tragedies (again lots of flashbacks here, done in b/w), and the voodoo was performed both by some of them - and by another character, years later - so we have in effect voodoo working against voodoo. While the first film was city- and big modern house-set, this one takes place mostly in a rural school and a very isolated house right on the water. It's one of those films about a bunch of teenagers or early-20-somethings who spend most of the film screaming and running - much like an 80s slasher film - and I found it pretty tiring eventually. You have to have some characters you care about or that impress, and the only one that was at all interesting was the mother, who plays a pivotal role but could have stood with a little more development. I think this concentrates too much on shocks while confusing the reasons as to why those shocks are happening. Meh.










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103. Perhaps Love (2005) [Malaysia]
104. The Rites of May (1977) [Philippines]
105. The Woven Stories of the Other (2006) [Philippines]
106. A Change of Heart (2000) [Philippines]
107. The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000) [Vietnam]
108. The Beautiful Washing Machine (2004) [Malaysia]
109. Temptation Island (1980) [Philippines]
110. Relasyon (1982) [Philippines]
111. Metro Manila (2013) [Philippines] <--- This one was ok. Or maybe all the others are really bad.
112. Speck in the Water (1976) [Philippines]
113. Working Girls (1984) [Philippines] <---- bad
114. Of the Flesh (1983) [Philippines]
115. Shake, Rattle & Roll (1984) [Philippines]
116. Three Years Without God (1976) [Philippines]
117. Scorpio Nights (1985) [Philippines]
118. Jan Dara: The Beginning (2012) [Thailand] <--- The first one was bad, this one was worse
119. The Legend of Suriyothai (2001) [Thailand]
120. Will Your Heart Beat Faster? (1980) [Philippines]
121. Buffalo Boy (2004) [Vietnam]
122. Perth (2004) [Singapore]
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02. Rak ti Khon Kaen (2015) - Thailand
03. Apa khabar orang kampung (2007) - Malaysia
04. Ang magpakailanman (1982) + Botika bituka (1985) + Juan gapang (1988) + Puting Paalam (1997) - Philippines

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05. 3.5* - The Queen of Black Magic [Ratu Ilmu Hitam] by Kimo Stamboel (2019)

The Mo Brothers are back in full force, except they're both doing their own thing now. Kimo Stamboel released no less than two horror films in 2019, this loose remake of an Indonesian cult classic (by the same name) being one of them. I haven't seen the original, but this remake was a pretty fun ride. The story is nothing special. Three families gather at their old orphanage as their caretaker is about to die. It doesn't take long before strange things start happening, which are of course tied to some tragic events that happened in the past. Once the story is set up, Kimo's focus shifts to delivering some actual horror. Performances are somewhat mediocre and the first half is a bit slow, the drama in particular isn't all that interesting. Luckily the horror bits are pretty tasty. The gore isn't over the top, but the haunts and kills are surprisingly nasty. When it comes to more overt horror there's been a bit of a drought recently, so it was nice to see blood, guts and creepy crawlers returning to the forefront again. Good fun.

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01. 2.0* - Kinatay by Brillante Mendoza (2009)
02. 2.5* - 881 by Royston Tan (2007)
03. 3.5* - May the Devil Take You Too [Sebelum Iblis Menjemput: Ayat Dua] by Timo Tjahjanto (2020)
04. 3.0* - Lang Tong by Sam Loh (2014)
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Hot Curries and Slow Cinema
Day 1 - two heavy meals of heavy Filipino slow cinema, and a rather stale Thai horror dessert

1. Imburnal / Sewer (Sherad Anthony Sanchez, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 196 minutes)
2. Now Showing (Raya Martin, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 279 minutes)
3. See prang / 4bia / Phobia (Banjong Pisanthanakun/Paween Purikitpanya/Yongyoot Thongkongtoon/Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2008, THAILAND, 112 minutes)

Day 2 - Lav Diaz' heavy sadness; Filipino vampires and Thai ghosts

4. Melancholia (Lav Diaz, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 446 minutes)
5. Kulay dugo ang gabi / Blood is the Color of Night / The Blood Drinkers (Gerardo de Leon, 1964, PHILIPPINES, 87 minutes)
6. Suay Laak Sai / Sick Nurses (Piraphan Laoyant/Thodsopol Siriwiwat, 2007, THAILAND, 82 minutes)

Day 3 - Blood Island, and Kung-Fu fighting Snake Woman

7. Brides of Blood (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 97 minutes)
8. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 89 minutes)
9. Beast of Blood (Eddie Romero, 1970, PHILIPPINES , 90 minutes)

10. She yao jing / Devil Woman / Bruka, Queen of Evil (Felix Villar/Chi-Lien Yu, 1973, PHILIPPINES /Hong Kong, 95 minutes)

Day 4 - more from Eddie Romero & John Ashley; and worse

11. Beast of the Yellow Night (Eddie Romero, 1971, PHILIPPINES , 84 minutes))
12. The Twilight People (Eddie Romero, 1972, PHILIPPINES , 81 minutes))
13. Vampire Hookers (Cirio H. Santiago, 1978, PHILIPPINES , 80 minutes)
14. Primitif / Savage Terror (Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1980, INDONESIA, 85 minutes)

Day 5 - Four domestic horrors, four female protagonists, four countries

15. The Maid (Kelvin Tong, 2005, SINGAPORE, 89 minutes)
16. Chanthaly (Mattie Do, 2012, LAOS, 99 minutes)
17. Cô Hâu Gái / The Housemaid (Derek Nguyen, 2016, VIETNAM/South Korea, 104 minutes)
18. Chermin / Mirror (Zarina Abdullah, 2007, MALAYSIA, 94 minutes)

Day 6 - Indonesian crazy schlock duo

19. Pembalasan Ratu Pantai Selatan / Lady Terminator (H. Tjut Djalil, 1989, INDONESIA, 81 minutes)
20. Dangerous Seductress (H. Tjut Djalil, 1992, INDONESIA, 94 minutes)

Day 7 - early Lav Diaz

21. Serafin Geronimo: Ang kriminal ng Baryo Concepcion / The Criminal of Barrio Concepcion (Lav Diaz, 1998, PHILIPPINES , 112 minutes))
22. Burger Boy's (Lav Diaz, 1999, PHILIPPINES , 104 minutes))
23. Hesus, rebolusyunaryo / Jesus the Revolutionary (Lav Diaz, 2002, PHILIPPINES , 114 minutes)

Day 8 - 3 genre films, 6 directors, 3 countries

24. Shutter (Banjong Pisanthanakun/Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2004, THAILAND, 92 minutes)
25. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Emmanuel H. Borlaza/Ishmael Bernal/Peque Gallaga, 1984, PHILIPPINES , 125 minutes))
26. Perawan di Sarang Sindikat / Virgins from Hell (Ackyl Anwari, 1987, INDONESIA, 93 minutes)

Day 9 - just a couple more so-so horrors from the Philippines and Thailand

27. Lumaban ka, Satanas / The Killing of Satan (Efren C. Piñon, 1983, PHILIPPINES , 93 minutes)
28. Nang Nak (Nonzee Nimibutr, 1999, THAILAND, 101 minutes)

Day 10 - bad schlock, good schlock, bad "remake" of good schlock

29. Demons of Paradise (Cirio H. Santiago, 1983, PHILIPPINES , 87 minutes)
30. Ratu Ilmu Hitam / The Queen of Black Magic (Liliek Sudjio, 1981, INDONESIA, 90 minutes)
31. Ratu Ilmu Hitam / The Queen of Black Magic (Kimo Stamboel, 2019, INDONESIA, 96 minutes)

Day 11 - serious gore, and another original/remake, all from Indoneisa

32. Darah / Macabre (Kimo Stamboel/Timo Tjahjanto, as "The Mo Brothers", 2009, INDONESIA, 95 minutes)
33. Pengabid Satan / Satan's Slave (Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1982, INDONESIA, 96 minutes)
34. Pengabid Satan / Satan's Slave (Joko Anwar, 2017, INDONESIA/ South Korea, 106 minutes)

Day 12 - 5 intense features from Mike De Leon

35. Itim / Black / The Rites of May (Mike De Leon, 1977, PHILIPPINES, 106 minutes)
36. Kakabakaba ka ba? / Will Your Heart Beat Faster? (Mike De Leon, 1980, PHILIPPINES, 107 minutes)
37. Kisapmata / In the Wink of an Eye (Mike De Leon, 1981, PHILIPPINES, 98 minutes)
38. Batch '81 (Mike De Leon, 1982, PHILIPPINES, 106 minutes
39. Sister Stella L (Mike De Leon, 1984, PHILIPPINES, 104 minutes)

Day 13 - two early Filipino features

40. Forbidden Women (Eduardo de Castro, 1948, PHILIPPINES, 61 minutes)
41. Genghis Khan (Manuel Conde, 1950, PHILIPPINES, 77 minutes)

Day 14 - Thai voodoo

42. Khon len khong / Art of the Devil (Tanit Jitnukul, 2004, THAILAND, 96 minutes)
43. Long khong / Art of the Devil 2 (a shitload of directors, 2005, THAILAND, 97 minutes)
Day 15 - more 50s Filipino cinema

44. Sanda Wong (Gerardo de Leon, 1955, PHILIPPINES, 97 minutes)
45. Badjao / Badjao: The Sea Gypsies (Lawrence V. Avellana, 1957, PHILIPPINES, 91 minutes)
46. Biyaya ng lupa / Blessings of the Land (Manuel Silos, 1959, PHILIPPINES, 110 minutes)

With the two films I watched a couple of days ago, and the two I watched previously (Terror is a Man and Anak dalita / The Ruins, this makes 7 pre-1960 Filipino films for me - and it looks like that will be all for a while. I've found a couple of YT channels with more stuff - but virtually all of it is both unsubbed and in horrible condition. As I mentioned in a post above, not much of the country's early cinematic legacy remains, but on the basis of what I've seen - none of it great but most of it at least interesting, and some certainly with the chance to improve if better copies become available - I sure hope more work gets unearthed and restored in the future.

The first of this group, Sand Wong, is probably the best IMO, the most interesting, and unfortunately the hardest to watch because the white-on-white subs were often impossible to read, and the sound and picture quality rather poor. It's reasonably easy to follow - basically an adventure story about a young man - who happens to have the power to control snakes by the way, something that comes in handy at several points in the film - fighting for revenge against the man who took his family fortune, and meeting up with a charismatic outlaw (the title character), and romancing two different women along the way. The most interesting element, at least to this Filipino-film novice, is that it's a story taking place in China, filmed in Hong Kong, and with all dialogue (I think) in the Hokkien language; I think this is the first Filipino film I've seen that wasn't entirely or primarily in Tagalog or English. I think the actors are speaking their own dialogue but the copy was so poor it's really hard to tell. And it's interesting in that the titular character - by far the more charismatic of the two main protagonists - is essentially a secondary figure for much of the film; it's rather like a Robin Hood film told from the POV of Will Scarlet, with Scarlet being the center of attention. Anyway, this is fun adventure that isn't dissimilar from a lot of Hollywood stuff at the time, probably not a great film but maybe a very good one - a better copy with better subs will have to tell that tale.

Those planning to watch Badjao should know that there are at least two different copies on YouTube/Vimeo; I had the YT copy bookmarked for quite a while and once again made the mistake of just watching that without looking into it a bit further. Neither copy is great but the Vimeo (there's a link on the icheckmovies page) is a little better, with better subs and visual contrast, and it runs a few minutes longer (though that could be mostly PAL/NTSC variation - I didn't watch both copies). Anyway the copy I watched had better subs than Sanda Wong, mostly readable, but the visuals were no better or maybe worse. I'm not sure how much it mattered; this wasn't a very interesting film overall though the main theme - the fight against injustice/racism/tribal superiority, with the pearl-fishing Badjao trying to get out from the foot of the land-owning Tausug clan - is a familiar and important one in this cinema in particular. It just isn't dealt with that interestingly here IMO though again it's conceivable that a better and more complete copy - there were at least two odd edits here that felt like they could be eliminating important material - might change the story. Mostly the narrative revolves around one young member of the Badjao who has his boat destroyed and his catch taken by an arrogant Tausug, and when he successfully petitions the Tausug chief about his grievance, falls in love instantly with the chief's niece. Determining to marry her, he finds that he has to give up his pagan religion for Islam, and become a landlubber, setting up a conflict later when the Tausug chief becomes greedy for pearls that only the Badjao can attain. This is too talky, with just one (pretty decent) little action scene, and not much in the way of ocean scenery even - and no underwater shots; probably the filmmakers lacked the equipment. It's basically a slightly interesting historical document but without the context I can't say I got anything else out of it.

Biyaya ng lupa has the same co-stars as Badjao - Rosa Rosal and Tony Santos, both making their debuts in 1946 and among the bigger stars in the postwar industry, with Rosal's career reaching up into the 2000s (today is her 89th birthday as a matter of fact)

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and Santos also having a significant directorial career. And this feels like a major production though it is set in the rural world and concerns a family's struggles to develop a mango farm. Santos and Rosal are Jose and Maria, a young couple who we see in the first few minutes race through 20 years to having a family with four kids and just barely getting by - but with the promise of some real security if the next harvest comes to fruition. This first part of the film I can't say did much for me - films about struggling farmers aren't exactly a big element in my cinematic interests and there are only a few that have really hit me strongly, and the filmmaking here isn't all that special. But before it gets too boring we have another element - a crime and conflict element - that seems out of place at first but becomes pretty well integrated into the film's overall structure and theme of pushing forward, and never letting life get you down. To be sure the crime story is a little strange - Bruno, another farmer maybe the same age as Jose or a little younger, is a semi-outcast in the village because people suspect that he killed his wife, and they often avoid him. For some reason he develops a hatred of Jose and his family even though Jose defends him - this is just not explained well but again it could be issues with the subs or print, though this was much better than the two previous films in those regards. So when something else bad happens involving Bruno he decides to take it out on the family, and much drama and tragedy ensue. I was mixed to slightly positive for most of this, but the final climactic scenes and in particular a moment when the oldest son of Jose and Maria, who is deaf, offers a tearful silent prayer to God after killing a bandit, was so powerful that it significantly lifted my mental score. Still not sure that this is a great film or anything, but it's quite interesting overall if a little slow to get going, and as with most of the other early Filipino films I've explored, I ardently hope to see a better copy someday, and perhaps to have a better context and more knowledge with which to experience it again.












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17. Badoet; aka: Clown of the Dead (2015 / Awi Suryadi / Indonesia) FTV 7/10 {87 m.}

Mad Monster Party?! Goes Southeast Asian!
1. Gancore Gud; aka: Dead Bite (2011 / Apisit Opasaimlikit / Thailand) FTV 6+/10 {94 m.}
2. Vampariah (2016 / Matthew Abaya / Philippines) FTV 6/10 {90 m.}
3. Brides of Blood (1968 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 7+/10 {97 m.}
4. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7/10 {95 m.}
5. Beast of Blood (1970 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7+/10 {90 m.}
6. The Beast of the Yellow Night (1971 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) 6+/10 {90 m.}
7. Raw Force (1982 / Edward Murphy / Philippines) 8/10 {86 m.}
8. Pembalasan Ratu Pantai Selatan; aka: Lady Terminator (1989 / H. Tjut Djalil / Indonesia) 8/10 {82 m.}
9. Seed of Darkness (2006 / Michael Chuah / Malaysia) FTV 5/10 {102 m.}
10. The Attic (2017 / Kaprice Kea / Thailand) FTV 5/10 {72 m.}
11. The Twilight People (1972 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 5+/10 {81 m.}
12. Beyond Atlantis (1973 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 7-/10 {91 m.}
13. The Offering (2016 / Kelvin Tong / Singapore) FTV 5/10 {95 m.}
14. Demons (2018 / Daniel Hui / Singapore) FTV 7/10 {84 m.}
15. Dek hor; aka: Dorm (2006 / Songyos Sugmakanan / Thailand) FTV 7+/10 {110 m.}
16. Lumaban ka, Satanas; aka: The Killing of Satan (1983 / Efren C. Pinon / Philippines) FTV 6+/10 {93 m.}

17. Badoet; aka: Clown of the Dead (2015 / Awi Suryadi / Indonesia) FTV 7/10 {87 m.}

Views: 17 / FTV’s: 12 / Doubles w/ Horror Challenge: 17 / {1539 m.}
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05. Wawata Topu: Mermaids of Timor-Leste (2013) + Mensajeiru (2014) + Boneca de Atauro: Searching for the Lost Love (2016) - Timor-Leste

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01. Surat untuk Bidadari (1994) - Indonesia
02. Rak ti Khon Kaen (2015) - Thailand
03. Apa khabar orang kampung (2007) - Malaysia
04. Ang magpakailanman (1982) + Botika bituka (1985) + Juan gapang (1988) + Puting Paalam (1997) - Philippines
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123. Independencia (2009) [Philippines]
124. Ang Damgo Ni Eleuteria (2010) [Philippines] <---- awful
125. Ang tatay kong nanay (1978) [Philippines]
126. Kinatay (2009) [Philippines]
127. Snaker (2001) [Cambodia]
128. Sanda Wong (1955) [Philippines]
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Perth (2004) was already listed as #122 ;)
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Hot Curries and Slow Cinema
Day 1 - two heavy meals of heavy Filipino slow cinema, and a rather stale Thai horror dessert

1. Imburnal / Sewer (Sherad Anthony Sanchez, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 196 minutes)
2. Now Showing (Raya Martin, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 279 minutes)
3. See prang / 4bia / Phobia (Banjong Pisanthanakun/Paween Purikitpanya/Yongyoot Thongkongtoon/Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2008, THAILAND, 112 minutes)

Day 2 - Lav Diaz' heavy sadness; Filipino vampires and Thai ghosts

4. Melancholia (Lav Diaz, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 446 minutes)
5. Kulay dugo ang gabi / Blood is the Color of Night / The Blood Drinkers (Gerardo de Leon, 1964, PHILIPPINES, 87 minutes)
6. Suay Laak Sai / Sick Nurses (Piraphan Laoyant/Thodsopol Siriwiwat, 2007, THAILAND, 82 minutes)

Day 3 - Blood Island, and Kung-Fu fighting Snake Woman

7. Brides of Blood (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 97 minutes)
8. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 89 minutes)
9. Beast of Blood (Eddie Romero, 1970, PHILIPPINES , 90 minutes)

10. She yao jing / Devil Woman / Bruka, Queen of Evil (Felix Villar/Chi-Lien Yu, 1973, PHILIPPINES /Hong Kong, 95 minutes)

Day 4 - more from Eddie Romero & John Ashley; and worse

11. Beast of the Yellow Night (Eddie Romero, 1971, PHILIPPINES , 84 minutes))
12. The Twilight People (Eddie Romero, 1972, PHILIPPINES , 81 minutes))
13. Vampire Hookers (Cirio H. Santiago, 1978, PHILIPPINES , 80 minutes)
14. Primitif / Savage Terror (Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1980, INDONESIA, 85 minutes)

Day 5 - Four domestic horrors, four female protagonists, four countries

15. The Maid (Kelvin Tong, 2005, SINGAPORE, 89 minutes)
16. Chanthaly (Mattie Do, 2012, LAOS, 99 minutes)
17. Cô Hâu Gái / The Housemaid (Derek Nguyen, 2016, VIETNAM/South Korea, 104 minutes)
18. Chermin / Mirror (Zarina Abdullah, 2007, MALAYSIA, 94 minutes)

Day 6 - Indonesian crazy schlock duo

19. Pembalasan Ratu Pantai Selatan / Lady Terminator (H. Tjut Djalil, 1989, INDONESIA, 81 minutes)
20. Dangerous Seductress (H. Tjut Djalil, 1992, INDONESIA, 94 minutes)

Day 7 - early Lav Diaz

21. Serafin Geronimo: Ang kriminal ng Baryo Concepcion / The Criminal of Barrio Concepcion (Lav Diaz, 1998, PHILIPPINES , 112 minutes))
22. Burger Boy's (Lav Diaz, 1999, PHILIPPINES , 104 minutes))
23. Hesus, rebolusyunaryo / Jesus the Revolutionary (Lav Diaz, 2002, PHILIPPINES , 114 minutes)

Day 8 - 3 genre films, 6 directors, 3 countries

24. Shutter (Banjong Pisanthanakun/Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2004, THAILAND, 92 minutes)
25. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Emmanuel H. Borlaza/Ishmael Bernal/Peque Gallaga, 1984, PHILIPPINES , 125 minutes))
26. Perawan di Sarang Sindikat / Virgins from Hell (Ackyl Anwari, 1987, INDONESIA, 93 minutes)

Day 9 - just a couple more so-so horrors from the Philippines and Thailand

27. Lumaban ka, Satanas / The Killing of Satan (Efren C. Piñon, 1983, PHILIPPINES , 93 minutes)
28. Nang Nak (Nonzee Nimibutr, 1999, THAILAND, 101 minutes)

Day 10 - bad schlock, good schlock, bad "remake" of good schlock

29. Demons of Paradise (Cirio H. Santiago, 1983, PHILIPPINES , 87 minutes)
30. Ratu Ilmu Hitam / The Queen of Black Magic (Liliek Sudjio, 1981, INDONESIA, 90 minutes)
31. Ratu Ilmu Hitam / The Queen of Black Magic (Kimo Stamboel, 2019, INDONESIA, 96 minutes)

Day 11 - serious gore, and another original/remake, all from Indoneisa

32. Darah / Macabre (Kimo Stamboel/Timo Tjahjanto, as "The Mo Brothers", 2009, INDONESIA, 95 minutes)
33. Pengabid Satan / Satan's Slave (Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1982, INDONESIA, 96 minutes)
34. Pengabid Satan / Satan's Slave (Joko Anwar, 2017, INDONESIA/ South Korea, 106 minutes)

Day 12 - 5 intense features from Mike De Leon

35. Itim / Black / The Rites of May (Mike De Leon, 1977, PHILIPPINES, 106 minutes)
36. Kakabakaba ka ba? / Will Your Heart Beat Faster? (Mike De Leon, 1980, PHILIPPINES, 107 minutes)
37. Kisapmata / In the Wink of an Eye (Mike De Leon, 1981, PHILIPPINES, 98 minutes)
38. Batch '81 (Mike De Leon, 1982, PHILIPPINES, 106 minutes
39. Sister Stella L (Mike De Leon, 1984, PHILIPPINES, 104 minutes)

Day 13 - two early Filipino features

40. Forbidden Women (Eduardo de Castro, 1948, PHILIPPINES, 61 minutes)
41. Genghis Khan (Manuel Conde, 1950, PHILIPPINES, 77 minutes)

Day 14 - Thai voodoo

42. Khon len khong / Art of the Devil (Tanit Jitnukul, 2004, THAILAND, 96 minutes)
43. Long khong / Art of the Devil 2 (a shitload of directors, 2005, THAILAND, 97 minutes)

Day 15 - more 50s Filipino cinema

44. Sanda Wong (Gerardo de Leon, 1955, PHILIPPINES, 97 minutes)
45. Badjao / Badjao: The Sea Gypsies (Lawrence V. Avellana, 1957, PHILIPPINES, 91 minutes)
46. Biyaya ng lupa / Blessings of the Land (Manuel Silos, 1959, PHILIPPINES, 110 minutes)
Day 16 - Thai ghost stories (mostly)

47. Pen choo kab pee / The Unseeable (Wisit Sasanatieng, 2006, THAILAND, 93 minutes)
48. 3 A.M. 3D (Patchanon Thammajira/Kirati Nakintanon/Isara Nadee, 2012, THAILAND, 96 minutes)

I saw Sasanatieng's best-known film, Fah talai jone / Tears of the Black Tiger 2 1/2 years ago when last we did this challenge, and while I wasn't blown away by it I did really enjoy it, and it was something pretty distinctive and different from most everything else out there. So it's certainly made me interested in checking out some of his other work, and I'm sure I'll get to his next-best-known work, Mah nakorn / Citizen Dog - which looks like it might inhabit something like the same rough cinematic pasture - before long. But right now I'm still going through some horror stuff, and so I came to this film, which unlike the other two I just mentioned, he didn't write himself. And perhaps that's some of the difference, though the cinematography and set designs are also similarly - ordinary. Cuz this is just another dull ghost story where a young woman comes to a mysterious large house to stay, and soon finds out that one - or maybe more than one - of the inhabitants is not of this earth. I won't say I predicted the outcome exactly, but nothing is particularly surprising here, and there are no real exploitation elements - almost no gore, no nudity - to amp things up. It's basically a love triangle with minimal horror motifs sprinkled throughout, nice enough looking but not very distinctive, and with a distractingly always-mobile camera which can't even stay still for a brief conversation. Very ordinary.

3 A.M 3D is an anthology, and it's one of those kinds with three separate sets of complete credits within the main body of the film, so it could well have been put together after all of them were done; given that there seem to be quite a few Thai horror anthologies in the past decade this seems as good a possibility as any, especially given how different the third story is from the first two. I guess it was shot in, or post-converted to 3D, hence the name; I of course didn't watch it that way (don't have a 3D TV and don't really like 3D anyway) but it seems pretty variable in how much/well it used the technique even from my 2D viewing, with the first and third segment much more overt in this use of it, especially the first.

"The Wig" involves a young woman, May, who slaves away making wigs for her family business all day while her sister parties and orders her around - until older sis bring a bunch of friends home one night, and one of them tries on a wig he shouldn't... this was, eh, ok I guess. Honestly looking at Apinya Sakuljaroensuk (as MInt, the partying sister) in her tight black pants and crazy-colored top was the best part of this, though the whole film (like most Thai genre films I've seen this month) is filled with attractive women, and men. But she stands out and does a good job with her bitchy role.

"The Corpse Bride" involves a young man working in a funeral home whose job is to help prepare the service for a young just-married couple who died in violence. Finding a video of some of their last moments he comes to believe he knows what happened - and he also starts to fall in love with the beautiful dead bride - but alas he turns out to all wrong about his assumptions as to their ends. DEAD WRONG! Also fairly meh.

The third story, "O.T." is a mostly comedic bit about pranking in an office environment taken to extremes; it's the only segment that has any humor to it and overall it was definitely the most fun for me - I like the office-prank kind of stories in general, particularly when you assume that the worst pranksters who don't seem to care if they're actually hurting their coworkers will get their comeuppance, and this falls nicely in that paradigm, though it does feel a little long and tiresome for what it is in the end. Still the best overall though it doesn't help enough to lift the film as a whole into positive territory for me.



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Thai: 4 / Indo: 4 / Malay: 2 / Phili: 2 / Other: 7
1. Chanthaly (2012) Laos 99mins
2. Shutter (2004) Thailand 97mins
3. Three Seasons (1999) Vietnam 105mins
4. Mudras Calling (2018) Myanmar 106mins
5. My Stupid Boss (2016) Indonesia 106min
6. Jailbreak (2017) Cambodia 92mins
7. Yasmine (2014) Brunei 109mins
8. Munafik (2016) Malaysia 99mins
9. Insiang (1976) Philippines 83mins
10. Ilo Ilo (2013) Singapore 99mins
11a. Chau u Polo (2012) Timor-Leste 15mins
11b. Wawata Topu (2013) Timor-Leste 33mins
11c. Boneca de Atauro (2016) Timor-Leste 20mins
12. Monday Morning Glory (2005) Malaysia 82mins
13. Suzzanna Buried Alive (2018) Indonesia 125mins
14. TNT Jackson (1974) Philippines 69mins
15. Bad Genius (2017) Thailand 129mins
16. Nang Nak (1999) Thailand 121mins
17. Target (2018) Indonesia 91mins
18. Ong-bak (2003) Thailand 104mins

19. The Doll (2016) Indonesia 107mins

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This begins well, focused on three siblings terrorised by a doll disappearing and reappearing in strange places in their house with taunting messages written on the walls. Things become less interesting though as focus switches to the central husband and wife, with little in the way of chills and thrills as they only eventually begin to suspect something supernatural afoot. Towards the end, there is some decent gore though and a creepy hooded girl.
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Melvelet wrote: October 17th, 2020, 9:27 am Perth (2004) was already listed as #122 ;)
Thanks fixed. I try to double check. I write them in my notebook before posting here, i don't know how "far back" to go since my last post
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18. Terror Is a Man (1959 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7/10 {97 m.}
19. Kulay dugo ang gabi; aka: The Blood Drinkers (1964 / Gerardo de Leon / Philippines) 7+/10 {88 m.}
20. Modus Anomali; aka: Ritual (2012 / Joko Anwar / Indonesia) FTV 6-/10 {87 m.}

Mad Monster Party?! Goes Southeast Asian!
1. Gancore Gud; aka: Dead Bite (2011 / Apisit Opasaimlikit / Thailand) FTV 6+/10 {94 m.}
2. Vampariah (2016 / Matthew Abaya / Philippines) FTV 6/10 {90 m.}
3. Brides of Blood (1968 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 7+/10 {97 m.}
4. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7/10 {95 m.}
5. Beast of Blood (1970 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7+/10 {90 m.}
6. The Beast of the Yellow Night (1971 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) 6+/10 {90 m.}
7. Raw Force (1982 / Edward Murphy / Philippines) 8/10 {86 m.}
8. Pembalasan Ratu Pantai Selatan; aka: Lady Terminator (1989 / H. Tjut Djalil / Indonesia) 8/10 {82 m.}
9. Seed of Darkness (2006 / Michael Chuah / Malaysia) FTV 5/10 {102 m.}
10. The Attic (2017 / Kaprice Kea / Thailand) FTV 5/10 {72 m.}
11. The Twilight People (1972 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 5+/10 {81 m.}
12. Beyond Atlantis (1973 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 7-/10 {91 m.}
13. The Offering (2016 / Kelvin Tong / Singapore) FTV 5/10 {95 m.}
14. Demons (2018 / Daniel Hui / Singapore) FTV 7/10 {84 m.}
15. Dek hor; aka: Dorm (2006 / Songyos Sugmakanan / Thailand) FTV 7+/10 {110 m.}
16. Lumaban ka, Satanas; aka: The Killing of Satan (1983 / Efren C. Pinon / Philippines) FTV 6+/10 {93 m.}
17. Badoet; aka: Clown of the Dead (2015 / Awi Suryadi / Indonesia) FTV 7/10 {87 m.}


18. Terror Is a Man (1959 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7/10 {97 m.}
19. Kulay dugo ang gabi; aka: The Blood Drinkers (1964 / Gerardo de Leon / Philippines) 7+/10 {88 m.}
20. Modus Anomali; aka: Ritual (2012 / Joko Anwar / Indonesia) FTV 6-/10 {87 m.}
Views: 20 / FTV’s: 13 / Doubles w/ Horror Challenge: 20 / {1811 m.}
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129. Iron Ladies 2 (2003) [Thailand] <---- a sequel to a movie that did not need an original
130. The Iron Ladies (2000) [Thailand] <---- good story, poorly done
131. Position Among the Stars (2010) [Indonesia]
132. Anak (2000) [Philippines]
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1. Leák (1981) - 4/10 - Indonesia - 116min
2. P (2005) - 6/10 - Thailand - 110min
3. Perempuan Tanah Jahanam (2019) - 8/10 - Indonesia - 106min
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4. Syndromes and a Century / Sang sattawat (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006) [Thailand] 7

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8. Pangarap ng puso a.k.a. Demons (Philippines, 2000)
9. Haplos (Philippines, 1982)
10. Kinatay (Philippines, 2009)
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1. Ghost of Mae Nak (Thailand, 2005)
2. Taxi Tonight (Thailand, 2005)
3. The Commitment (Thailand, 2004)
4. Modus Anomali a.k.a. Ritual (Indonesia, 2012)
5. Sebelum Iblis Menjemput a.k.a. May the Devil Take You (Indonesia, 2018)
6. Pengabdi setan a.k.a. Satan's Slave (Indonesia, 1980)
7. Dead Mine (Indonesia, 2012)
8. Pangarap ng puso a.k.a. Demons (Philippines, 2000)
9. Haplos (Philippines, 1982)
10. Kinatay (Philippines, 2009)
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Hot Curries and Slow Cinema
Day 1 - two heavy meals of heavy Filipino slow cinema, and a rather stale Thai horror dessert

1. Imburnal / Sewer (Sherad Anthony Sanchez, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 196 minutes)
2. Now Showing (Raya Martin, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 279 minutes)
3. See prang / 4bia / Phobia (Banjong Pisanthanakun/Paween Purikitpanya/Yongyoot Thongkongtoon/Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2008, THAILAND, 112 minutes)

Day 2 - Lav Diaz' heavy sadness; Filipino vampires and Thai ghosts

4. Melancholia (Lav Diaz, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 446 minutes)
5. Kulay dugo ang gabi / Blood is the Color of Night / The Blood Drinkers (Gerardo de Leon, 1964, PHILIPPINES, 87 minutes)
6. Suay Laak Sai / Sick Nurses (Piraphan Laoyant/Thodsopol Siriwiwat, 2007, THAILAND, 82 minutes)

Day 3 - Blood Island, and Kung-Fu fighting Snake Woman

7. Brides of Blood (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 97 minutes)
8. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 89 minutes)
9. Beast of Blood (Eddie Romero, 1970, PHILIPPINES , 90 minutes)

10. She yao jing / Devil Woman / Bruka, Queen of Evil (Felix Villar/Chi-Lien Yu, 1973, PHILIPPINES /Hong Kong, 95 minutes)

Day 4 - more from Eddie Romero & John Ashley; and worse

11. Beast of the Yellow Night (Eddie Romero, 1971, PHILIPPINES , 84 minutes))
12. The Twilight People (Eddie Romero, 1972, PHILIPPINES , 81 minutes))
13. Vampire Hookers (Cirio H. Santiago, 1978, PHILIPPINES , 80 minutes)
14. Primitif / Savage Terror (Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1980, INDONESIA, 85 minutes)

Day 5 - Four domestic horrors, four female protagonists, four countries

15. The Maid (Kelvin Tong, 2005, SINGAPORE, 89 minutes)
16. Chanthaly (Mattie Do, 2012, LAOS, 99 minutes)
17. Cô Hâu Gái / The Housemaid (Derek Nguyen, 2016, VIETNAM/South Korea, 104 minutes)
18. Chermin / Mirror (Zarina Abdullah, 2007, MALAYSIA, 94 minutes)

Day 6 - Indonesian crazy schlock duo

19. Pembalasan Ratu Pantai Selatan / Lady Terminator (H. Tjut Djalil, 1989, INDONESIA, 81 minutes)
20. Dangerous Seductress (H. Tjut Djalil, 1992, INDONESIA, 94 minutes)

Day 7 - early Lav Diaz

21. Serafin Geronimo: Ang kriminal ng Baryo Concepcion / The Criminal of Barrio Concepcion (Lav Diaz, 1998, PHILIPPINES , 112 minutes))
22. Burger Boy's (Lav Diaz, 1999, PHILIPPINES , 104 minutes))
23. Hesus, rebolusyunaryo / Jesus the Revolutionary (Lav Diaz, 2002, PHILIPPINES , 114 minutes)

Day 8 - 3 genre films, 6 directors, 3 countries

24. Shutter (Banjong Pisanthanakun/Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2004, THAILAND, 92 minutes)
25. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Emmanuel H. Borlaza/Ishmael Bernal/Peque Gallaga, 1984, PHILIPPINES , 125 minutes))
26. Perawan di Sarang Sindikat / Virgins from Hell (Ackyl Anwari, 1987, INDONESIA, 93 minutes)

Day 9 - just a couple more so-so horrors from the Philippines and Thailand

27. Lumaban ka, Satanas / The Killing of Satan (Efren C. Piñon, 1983, PHILIPPINES , 93 minutes)
28. Nang Nak (Nonzee Nimibutr, 1999, THAILAND, 101 minutes)

Day 10 - bad schlock, good schlock, bad "remake" of good schlock

29. Demons of Paradise (Cirio H. Santiago, 1983, PHILIPPINES , 87 minutes)
30. Ratu Ilmu Hitam / The Queen of Black Magic (Liliek Sudjio, 1981, INDONESIA, 90 minutes)
31. Ratu Ilmu Hitam / The Queen of Black Magic (Kimo Stamboel, 2019, INDONESIA, 96 minutes)

Day 11 - serious gore, and another original/remake, all from Indoneisa

32. Darah / Macabre (Kimo Stamboel/Timo Tjahjanto, as "The Mo Brothers", 2009, INDONESIA, 95 minutes)
33. Pengabid Satan / Satan's Slave (Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1982, INDONESIA, 96 minutes)
34. Pengabid Satan / Satan's Slave (Joko Anwar, 2017, INDONESIA/ South Korea, 106 minutes)

Day 12 - 5 intense features from Mike De Leon

35. Itim / Black / The Rites of May (Mike De Leon, 1977, PHILIPPINES, 106 minutes)
36. Kakabakaba ka ba? / Will Your Heart Beat Faster? (Mike De Leon, 1980, PHILIPPINES, 107 minutes)
37. Kisapmata / In the Wink of an Eye (Mike De Leon, 1981, PHILIPPINES, 98 minutes)
38. Batch '81 (Mike De Leon, 1982, PHILIPPINES, 106 minutes
39. Sister Stella L (Mike De Leon, 1984, PHILIPPINES, 104 minutes)

Day 13 - two early Filipino features

40. Forbidden Women (Eduardo de Castro, 1948, PHILIPPINES, 61 minutes)
41. Genghis Khan (Manuel Conde, 1950, PHILIPPINES, 77 minutes)

Day 14 - Thai voodoo

42. Khon len khong / Art of the Devil (Tanit Jitnukul, 2004, THAILAND, 96 minutes)
43. Long khong / Art of the Devil 2 (a shitload of directors, 2005, THAILAND, 97 minutes)

Day 15 - more 50s Filipino cinema

44. Sanda Wong (Gerardo de Leon, 1955, PHILIPPINES, 97 minutes)
45. Badjao / Badjao: The Sea Gypsies (Lawrence V. Avellana, 1957, PHILIPPINES, 91 minutes)
46. Biyaya ng lupa / Blessings of the Land (Manuel Silos, 1959, PHILIPPINES, 110 minutes)

Day 16 - Thai ghost stories (mostly)

47. Pen choo kab pee / The Unseeable (Wisit Sasanatieng, 2006, THAILAND, 93 minutes)
48. 3 A.M. 3D (Patchanon Thammajira/Kirati Nakintanon/Isara Nadee, 2012, THAILAND, 96 minutes)
Day 17 - 2 just-different-enough horror films from Indonesia and the Philippines

49. Kuntilanak / The Chanting (Rizal Mantovani, 20016, INDONESIA, 95 minutes)
50. Seklusyon / Seclusion (Erik Matti, 2016, PHILIPPINES, 85 minutes)

Kuntilanak is another film watched primarily because I'm in love with Julie Estelle; it's a quite different film than the much better-known Macabre which I watched several days ago, but quality-wise it ended up being on about the same level - worth seeing but rather mixed overall. But for very different reasons - this is nothing like that mix of gore and intensity, rather a slower-paced not-quite-ghost story set mostly in an old, enormous mansion that has been turned into a cheap apartment building, where college student Sam (Estelle) moves when her stepfather's advances become impossible to deal with. There's all kinds of mystery surrounding the place - a weird tree, a building next door that burned a couple of years ago under strange circumstances, a second floor that's off-limits, etc, etc. What makes this a little more interesting than most of the similar films I've seen this month is that it isn't precisely about ghosts - rather it's some kind of malignant spirit that gets called forth by the "chanting" - apparently wordless singing that certain women in the family that owns the building could use for their own evil purposes. And the way the film climaxes with a sort of supernatural fight is kind of different, and it's nicely enough shot and filled with beautiful people (like a lot of modern horror films from this region it seems). Doesn't add up to anything really memorable but it was reasonably enjoyable and Sam is a fairly realistic - somewhat naive, but not too stupid - protagonist.

Seklusyon takes the religious elements that I mentioned earlier in this challenge and amps them up full-bore into a story about novice priests in a monastery who are in the last part of the process before ordination - a week (I think - wasn't that clear and didn't really matter) of solitude, which they all find difficult to one degree or another, though the focus is on one particular young man, Miguel. His story and the others intertwine with the tale of a young priest, Ricardo, who is in the same small town to check out the story of Anghela, a young girl (8-9 I'd say) who apparently has magical healing powers - he's there to determine if they're true and she deserves to be considered a living saint. But there's a problem and Anghela is in danger, and the only safe place is the monastery, where she goes with her mysterious teacher/guide/?? Madre Cecilia, and soon weird and scary things start to happen, and Padre Ricardo and others start to wonder whether Anghela is on the side of God, or another power. I wasn't that enamored of the rather low-contrast, heavily green-yellow digital look of the film at first though it kind of grew on me - the lack of bright colors seem to fit with the story of deliberately isolated and withdrawn-from-the-world characters - and this is another horror film in Cinemascope format that it seems to me might be better served in a narrower aspect ratio; but the story became more compelling as it went on and the mood was nicely projected throughout, with a dream-like quality at various times that was fairly different from most of the horror-fantasies I've seen lately. The real standout though is the performance of the child actress Rhed Bustamante as Anghela, absolutely stunning and convincing both as an ordinary child and as a being imbued with the supernatural and remarkable. She got several local awards and nominations for this performance, deservedly so; one of the best child performances I've seen this year, heck maybe one of the best performances, period. Well worth seeing for her and for the filmmaking overall, even if in the end it isn't that different from plenty of other religious horror films.




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I'm strongly considering managing Indonesia or the Philippines in the next World Cup season. There's definitely the possibility of a more successful competition and I'm hooked to further explore either country's cinema.

14. Lewat Djam Malam 1954 — a.k.a. After the Curfew 8/10 - Indonesia 🇮🇩 103 min
Finally available and worth the wait. A former revolutionary fighter (the Indonesian War of Independence from their Dutch rulers ended 5 years before the making of the film) struggles to readjust to civilian life. His wartime superiors have gotten rich and influential through the successful fight and he has to deal with his doubts about the guilt of the alleged spies he was ordered to execute. The basic plot might not be groundbreaking but the execution is skillful. Considering that next to nothing is available from Indonesia's cinema of that time (not even looking at anything pre-50s) it hints at the possibility of a completely lost (for now) era of cinema.

15. Ganh xiec rong 1988 — a.k.a. Travelling Circus 6-/10 - Vietnam 🇻🇳 78 min
A small travelling circus arrives in a village where every one is hungry and sick and life is harsh. The circus manager tries to benefit from the villagers" desperation while the female star befriends a small boy who lives with his small sisters (who cries about 90% of her screen time) and their abusive alcoholic father. The acting is not exactly top-notch, neither is the writing. It doesn't suck but it competes for the weakest movie I've seen this month.

16. Batch '81 1982 8-/10 - Philippines 🇵🇭 103 min
Thanks to OldAle1 for (passively) recommending this one. In addition to his more extensive review I'd like to add that I found the whole situation a bit over-the-top at some point. Maybe that's just due my little remaining faith in humanity and the fact that frats luckily lost most of their reputation/influence here in Germany after the whole Hitler thing. So almost all my personal experience with that was the occasional "really well-priced, big room, good location" room offer in an "all-male shared flat". They really seem to be struggling for people moving in. The movie lost a bit of momentum for me in the second half as the spiral continually descents further. The final act managed to clear my doubts about this movie though.

There has been a been a bit of restoration work of classic Filipino cinema going on in the past couple of years. Unfortunately some of my most anticipated movies (Kisapmata, Itim, City After Dark, Himala) are still awaiting theirs so I'm hesitant to watch them at this point. But I'd like to watch a few more of the restored ones for this challenge.
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1. Kraben rahu 2018 — a.k.a. Manta Ray 6/10 - Thailand 🇹🇭 102 min
2. Insiang 1976 8-/10 - Philippines 🇵🇭 94 min
3. Ruined Heart: Another Lovestory Between a Criminal & a Whore 2014 6/10 - Philippines 🇵🇭 73 min
4. Rak ti Khon Kaen 2015 — a.k.a. Cemetery of Splendor 6/10 - Thailand 🇹🇭 120 min
5. How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) 2015 7/10 - Thailand 🇹🇭 79 min
6. Sekala Niskala 2017 — a.k.a. The Seen and Unseen 6/10 - Indonesia 🇮🇩 82 min
7. L'image manquante 2013 — a.k.a. The Missing Picture 7/10 - Cambodia 🇰🇭 95 min
8. Maynila sa mga kuko ng liwanag 1975 — a.k.a. Manila in the Claws of Light 9-/10 - Philippines 🇵🇭 126 min
9. The Look of Silence 2014 8/10 - Indonesia 🇮🇩 103 min
10. Daun di atas bantal 1998 — a.k.a. Leaf on a Pillow 6/10 - Indonesia 🇮🇩 79 min
11. A Guerra da Beatriz 2013 — a.k.a. Beatriz's War 6/10 - Timor-Leste 🇹🇱 101 min
12. Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak 2017 — a.k.a. Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts 8/10 - Indonesia 🇮🇩 93 min
13. How to Disappear Completely 2013 7/10 - Philippines 🇵🇭 79 min
14. Lewat Djam Malam 1954 — a.k.a. After the Curfew 8/10 - Indonesia 🇮🇩 103 min
15. Ganh xiec rong 1988 — a.k.a. Travelling Circus 6-/10 - Vietnam 🇻🇳 78 min
16. Batch '81 1982 8-/10 - Philippines 🇵🇭 103 min
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Melvelet wrote: October 18th, 2020, 4:06 pm I'm strongly considering managing Indonesia or the Philippines in the next World Cup season. There's definitely the possibility of a more successful competition and I'm hooked to further explore either country's cinema.


16. Batch '81 1982 8-/10 - Philippines 🇵🇭 103 min
Thanks to OldAle1 for (passively) recommending this one. In addition to his more extensive review I'd like to add that I found the whole situation a bit over-the-top at some point. Maybe that's just due my little remaining faith in humanity and the fact that frats luckily lost most of their reputation/influence here in Germany after the whole Hitler thing. So almost all my personal experience with that was the occasional "really well-priced, big room, good location" room offer in an "all-male shared flat". They really seem to be struggling for people moving in. The movie lost a bit of momentum for me in the second half as the spiral continually descents further. The final act managed to clear my doubts about this movie though.

There has been a been a bit of restoration work of classic Filipino cinema going on in the past couple of years. Unfortunately some of my most anticipated movies (Kisapmata, Itim, City After Dark, Himala) are still awaiting theirs so I'm hesitant to watch them at this point. But I'd like to watch a few more of the restored ones for this challenge.

Glad to see more enthusiasm for this cinema! Seems like Thai cinema has had a bit of a leg up critically due to Weerasethakul's success, and it's genre films have maybe been a little higher profile as well, but I do think Indonesian and especially Filipino cinema are starting to get their due lately.

I appreciate your thoughts on Batch '81, definitely one of the 5 best films I've seen so far in this challenge - and there have been quite a few worthwhile views. As to restorations, yeah, I know what you mean; I've seen all the ones you mention except Himala which I'm planning on seeing yet this month but it is frustrating when you watch a so-so copy and then a quality restoration shows up. Four of the five Mike De Leon films I watched were old SD copies and the one restoration, Will Your Heart Beat Faster? was like a visual bolt of lightning in comparison. But how long is the wait going to be for something better for many of these films, that's the question - a year, five years, ten? I guess I'm too impatient sometimes myself :lol:
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Probably not going to hit every country like I'd planned, and with all the chaos of moving, my motivation to watch films has dropped drastically this month. Most of what I see will probably end up being Mubi films that I catch before I lose access to them.

1. L'image manquante [The Missing Picture] (2013) Cambodia/France 96 min - Good film overall, but I didn't feel as impacted by the tragic events as from another Khmer Rouge film I've seen (Junun, which is surprisingly terrible).

2. Misteri Janda Kembang [Mystery of the Merry Widow] (1991) Indonesia 69 min - More schlock Indonesian horror that I just can't get enough of, but this time it's from Djalil instead of Putra. Imdb says it should be 86 minutes, but the copy on Mubi is only 69 - I don't know if the shoddy editing is a feature of the film, or if parts were cut/lost.

3. Sibak [Midnight Dancers] (1994) Philippines 118 min - Tragic drama about three gay/bi/gay-for-pay brothers trying to make ends meet and survive in the slums of metro Manila. Low budget and sometimes the acting was shoddy, but I was really drawn into the story and I feel it got better as it progressed. That dancing, though, I didn't find sexy at all. Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks.

4. Hua jai tor ra nong [The Adventures of Iron Pussy] (2003) Thailand 90 min - Campy drag secret agent action musical film from the one and only Apitchapong Weerasethakul! It's sooooo bad but it's also kind of fun. Such a different film from his usual slow arthouse pieces.

5. Puting Paalam [The White Funeral] (1997) + Oliver (1983) Philippines 30 min + 39 min - The experimental arthouse dance film was okay, but is more interesting to me for the context (the eruption of the volcano) than the actual content. Oliver was cool, but I'm wondering if there is missing footage: IMDB and the director's own website state it's 45 minutes long, but the copy floating around online and in libraries is 39 minutes. One streaming site lists it as 66 minutes (available only in Philippines, though). There's a neat 8-minute intro from the director on that same streaming site, and he talks about the film as a full documentary as opposed to a short: https://www.daangdokyu.com/watchnow/rel ... iver-1983/ - Also some great insight on the circumstances surrounding the film being made (especially the political environment).
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2. Justice Liu - Curse of the Slow Fader: Here Comes The Judge (2019) * 8 min.
Justice Liu - Curse of the Slow Fader: Enter The Swordsman (2019) * 10 min.
Justice Liu - Curse of the Slow Fader: Before The Ghost, The Slow Fader (2019) * 10 min.
Justice Liu - Curse of the Slow Fader: Embrace The Stages (2019) * 8 min.
Justice Liu - Curse of the Slow Fader: Stay Woke (2019) * 12 min.
Singapore
Let Me Kill My Mother First (2018) * 12 min. Singapore

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1. Shutter (2004) * 96 min. Thailand

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21. Jaka Sembung (The Warrior, Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1981) 7/10 (Indonesia) (93 min)
22. Golok Setan (The Devil's Sword, Ratno Timoer, 1984) 7/10 (Indonesia) (101 min)
23. Fun Bar Karaoke (Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, 1997) 7.5/10 (Thailand) (101 min)
24. Ma' Rosa (Brillante Mendoza, 2016) 8.5/10 (Philippines) (110 min)

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1. Shier lou (12 Storeys, Eric Khoo, 1997) 8/10 (Singapore) (104 min)
2. Daun di Atas Bantal (Leaf on a Pillow, Garin Nugroho, 1998) 8.5/10 (Indonesia) (79 min)
3. In the Room ( Eric Khoo, 2015) 6.5/10 (Singapore) (104 min)
4. Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku (Memories of My Body, Garin Nugroho, 2018) 8.5/10 (Indonesia) (107 min)
5. Pembalasan Ratu Pantai Selatan (Lady Terminator, H. Tjut Djalil, 1989) 7/10 (Indonesia) (82 min)
6. Bercinta dengan maut/Dangerous Seductress (H. Tjut Djalil, 1992) 7.5/10 (Indonesia/Philippines) (94 min)
7. Yao jie huang hou/Bugis Street (Yonfan, 1995) 8/10 (Singapore) (101 min)
8. Onthakan (The Blue Hour, Anucha Boonyawatana, 2015) 7.5/10 (Thailand) (97 min)
9. Ang Napakaigsing Buhay Ng Alipato/Alipato: The Very Brief Life of an Ember (Khavn (& Roxlee), 2016) 9/10 (Philippines) (88 min)
10. Malila: The Farewell Flower (Anucha Boonyawatana, 2017) 8.5/10 (Thailand) (95 min)
11. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Emmanuel H. Borlaza, Ishmael Bernal and Peque Gallaga, 1984) 7.5/10 (Philippines) (125 min)
12. 15: The Movie (Royston Tan, 2003) 8/10 (Singapore) (93 min)
13. Worldly Desires (Apichatpong Weerasethakul & Pimpaka Towira, 2005) 8/10 (Thailand) (43 min)
14. Huling balyan ng buhi (The Last Priestess of Buhi or the Woven Stories of the Other, Sherad Anthony Sanchez, 2006) 8.5/10 (Philippines) (90 min)
15. Kuaile gongchang (Pleasure Factory, Ekachai Uekrongtham, 2007) 7.5/10 (Singapore/Thailand) (85 min)
16. Darah/Macabre (Timo Tjahjanto & Kimo Stamboel, 2009) 5.5/10 (Indonesia/Singapore) (95 min)
17. The Tiger Factory (Woo Ming Jin, 2010) 8/10 (Malaysia) (85 min)
18. The Second Life of Thieves (Woo Ming Jin, 2014) 7.5/10 (Malaysia) (88 min)
19. How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) (Josh Kim, 2015) 7/10 (Thailand/Indonesia) (79 min)
20. Krabi, 2562 (Anocha Suwichakornpong & Ben Rivers, 2019) 8/10 (Thailand) (90 min)
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Hot Curries and Slow Cinema
Day 1 - two heavy meals of heavy Filipino slow cinema, and a rather stale Thai horror dessert

1. Imburnal / Sewer (Sherad Anthony Sanchez, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 196 minutes)
2. Now Showing (Raya Martin, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 279 minutes)
3. See prang / 4bia / Phobia (Banjong Pisanthanakun/Paween Purikitpanya/Yongyoot Thongkongtoon/Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2008, THAILAND, 112 minutes)

Day 2 - Lav Diaz' heavy sadness; Filipino vampires and Thai ghosts

4. Melancholia (Lav Diaz, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 446 minutes)
5. Kulay dugo ang gabi / Blood is the Color of Night / The Blood Drinkers (Gerardo de Leon, 1964, PHILIPPINES, 87 minutes)
6. Suay Laak Sai / Sick Nurses (Piraphan Laoyant/Thodsopol Siriwiwat, 2007, THAILAND, 82 minutes)

Day 3 - Blood Island, and Kung-Fu fighting Snake Woman

7. Brides of Blood (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 97 minutes)
8. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 89 minutes)
9. Beast of Blood (Eddie Romero, 1970, PHILIPPINES , 90 minutes)

10. She yao jing / Devil Woman / Bruka, Queen of Evil (Felix Villar/Chi-Lien Yu, 1973, PHILIPPINES /Hong Kong, 95 minutes)

Day 4 - more from Eddie Romero & John Ashley; and worse

11. Beast of the Yellow Night (Eddie Romero, 1971, PHILIPPINES , 84 minutes))
12. The Twilight People (Eddie Romero, 1972, PHILIPPINES , 81 minutes))
13. Vampire Hookers (Cirio H. Santiago, 1978, PHILIPPINES , 80 minutes)
14. Primitif / Savage Terror (Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1980, INDONESIA, 85 minutes)

Day 5 - Four domestic horrors, four female protagonists, four countries

15. The Maid (Kelvin Tong, 2005, SINGAPORE, 89 minutes)
16. Chanthaly (Mattie Do, 2012, LAOS, 99 minutes)
17. Cô Hâu Gái / The Housemaid (Derek Nguyen, 2016, VIETNAM/South Korea, 104 minutes)
18. Chermin / Mirror (Zarina Abdullah, 2007, MALAYSIA, 94 minutes)

Day 6 - Indonesian crazy schlock duo

19. Pembalasan Ratu Pantai Selatan / Lady Terminator (H. Tjut Djalil, 1989, INDONESIA, 81 minutes)
20. Dangerous Seductress (H. Tjut Djalil, 1992, INDONESIA, 94 minutes)

Day 7 - early Lav Diaz

21. Serafin Geronimo: Ang kriminal ng Baryo Concepcion / The Criminal of Barrio Concepcion (Lav Diaz, 1998, PHILIPPINES , 112 minutes))
22. Burger Boy's (Lav Diaz, 1999, PHILIPPINES , 104 minutes))
23. Hesus, rebolusyunaryo / Jesus the Revolutionary (Lav Diaz, 2002, PHILIPPINES , 114 minutes)

Day 8 - 3 genre films, 6 directors, 3 countries

24. Shutter (Banjong Pisanthanakun/Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2004, THAILAND, 92 minutes)
25. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Emmanuel H. Borlaza/Ishmael Bernal/Peque Gallaga, 1984, PHILIPPINES , 125 minutes))
26. Perawan di Sarang Sindikat / Virgins from Hell (Ackyl Anwari, 1987, INDONESIA, 93 minutes)

Day 9 - just a couple more so-so horrors from the Philippines and Thailand

27. Lumaban ka, Satanas / The Killing of Satan (Efren C. Piñon, 1983, PHILIPPINES , 93 minutes)
28. Nang Nak (Nonzee Nimibutr, 1999, THAILAND, 101 minutes)

Day 10 - bad schlock, good schlock, bad "remake" of good schlock

29. Demons of Paradise (Cirio H. Santiago, 1983, PHILIPPINES , 87 minutes)
30. Ratu Ilmu Hitam / The Queen of Black Magic (Liliek Sudjio, 1981, INDONESIA, 90 minutes)
31. Ratu Ilmu Hitam / The Queen of Black Magic (Kimo Stamboel, 2019, INDONESIA, 96 minutes)

Day 11 - serious gore, and another original/remake, all from Indoneisa

32. Darah / Macabre (Kimo Stamboel/Timo Tjahjanto, as "The Mo Brothers", 2009, INDONESIA, 95 minutes)
33. Pengabid Satan / Satan's Slave (Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1982, INDONESIA, 96 minutes)
34. Pengabid Satan / Satan's Slave (Joko Anwar, 2017, INDONESIA/ South Korea, 106 minutes)

Day 12 - 5 intense features from Mike De Leon

35. Itim / Black / The Rites of May (Mike De Leon, 1977, PHILIPPINES, 106 minutes)
36. Kakabakaba ka ba? / Will Your Heart Beat Faster? (Mike De Leon, 1980, PHILIPPINES, 107 minutes)
37. Kisapmata / In the Wink of an Eye (Mike De Leon, 1981, PHILIPPINES, 98 minutes)
38. Batch '81 (Mike De Leon, 1982, PHILIPPINES, 106 minutes
39. Sister Stella L (Mike De Leon, 1984, PHILIPPINES, 104 minutes)

Day 13 - two early Filipino features

40. Forbidden Women (Eduardo de Castro, 1948, PHILIPPINES, 61 minutes)
41. Genghis Khan (Manuel Conde, 1950, PHILIPPINES, 77 minutes)

Day 14 - Thai voodoo

42. Khon len khong / Art of the Devil (Tanit Jitnukul, 2004, THAILAND, 96 minutes)
43. Long khong / Art of the Devil 2 (a shitload of directors, 2005, THAILAND, 97 minutes)

Day 15 - more 50s Filipino cinema

44. Sanda Wong (Gerardo de Leon, 1955, PHILIPPINES, 97 minutes)
45. Badjao / Badjao: The Sea Gypsies (Lawrence V. Avellana, 1957, PHILIPPINES, 91 minutes)
46. Biyaya ng lupa / Blessings of the Land (Manuel Silos, 1959, PHILIPPINES, 110 minutes)

Day 16 - Thai ghost stories (mostly)

47. Pen choo kab pee / The Unseeable (Wisit Sasanatieng, 2006, THAILAND, 93 minutes)
48. 3 A.M. 3D (Patchanon Thammajira/Kirati Nakintanon/Isara Nadee, 2012, THAILAND, 96 minutes)

Day 17 - 2 just-different-enough horror films from Indonesia and the Philippines

49. Kuntilanak / The Chanting (Rizal Mantovani, 20016, INDONESIA, 95 minutes)
50. Seklusyon / Seclusion (Erik Matti, 2016, PHILIPPINES, 85 minutes)
Day 18 - Filipino shorts and one more 60s horror flick

51-53. SHORTS 25+25+30+13+6+13+39+31= 182 minutes
a) Ang magpakailanman / Eternity (Raymond Red, 1982, PHILIPPINES)
b) Kabaka / Enemy (Raymond Red, 1983, PHILIPPINES)
c) Puting Paalam / White Funeral (Sari Raissa Lluch Dalena, 1997, PHILIPPINES)
d) Anino / Shadows (Raymond Red, 2000, PHILIPPINES)
e) Long Live Philippine Cinema! (Raya Martin, 2009, PHILIPPINES)
f) Waiting Shed (Ely Buendia, 2009, PHILIPPINES)
g) Walang alaala ang mga paru-paro / Butterflies Have No Memories (Lav Diaz, 2009, PHILIPPINES)
h) Prologo sa ang dakilang desaparacido / Prologue to the Great Desaparecido (Lav Diaz, 2013, PHILIPPINES)

Based on this semi-random selection, the Pinoy Rebyu list seems like a good guide when it comes to the shorter films picked; the two works on the list here, a) and c) are both the most experimental and interesting, and I think the most accomplished.

Eternity is probably my favorite of these eight, a b/w 8mm silent work that evokes the silent era - it looks to be set in the 20s or 30s if my guesses as to clothing styles and such are correct, and depicts the confusing young adulthood of it's protagonist in an often surreal manner.

White Funeral is more opaque - an experimental dance piece I guess, but with lots of non-dance elements; a feminist interpretation of Biblical scripture? Beautifully shot in bright colors and mostly taking place on what seems to be a salt flat with mountains in the distance, this is the kind of film that shows in museums and pisses off the more prosaically minded, and gets people like me called "art-fag". Well whatever, I dug it.

The other two Raymond Red shorts are pretty interesting as well; Enemy is a fairly abstract vision of warriors dedicated to saving the stars - the stars in the heavens - while Shadows is a much more mundane, but fairly strong look at a man whose only possession and key to his livelihood is his camera - when it is stolen, he goes a little made.

The Raya Martin short is I think supposed to be a satirical look at the state of his cinema, and film preservation, as a woman representing cinema is killed and burned by a group of men, and her ashes stuffed into a cannister with the name of Martin's film on it. Vaguely amusing but I don't entirely get it.

Waiting Shed is a beautifully shot bright neon-glowing bit about a woman waiting at a seedy bus terminal and drinking and puking up a whole bottle of wine.

The two Lav Diaz shorts show him working in a minor key with mixed results I'd say - the first details a young woman (who is extremely tall with about the longest legs I've seen) visiting her hometown after years in Canada - she only speaks in English while the villagers speak back to her in Tagalog; I think she's supposed to come off as vaguely snobbish. Old childhood friends plot to kidnap her and ransom her, but argue; this feels very much like it was meant to be something bigger and has a quite abrupt ending. Prologue has much the same feel - in fact that's in the name - and it looks like a longer film on this subject - the revolution of 1897. This is quite stunningly shot - Diaz' way with nature photography and sounds may be unequalled, at least among those who shoot generally in b/w - but it loses a lot for me without really knowing the history.

54. Ibulong mo sa hangin / Blood of the Vampires / Curse of the Vampires (Gerardo de Leon, 1966, PHILIPPINES, 82 minutes)

This unfortunately isn't restored like most of the Blood Island films that appeared over the next few years, though I'm not sure it's as interesting anyway, apart from the strange shift to romantic melodrama that covers the last third of the film. We've got an old man who's dying and who wants as part of his will to have the family house burned to the ground. The son and daughter naturally find this odd, and even when the son is shown that it's because there's a vampire curse on the family - his supposedly-dead mother is locked in a dungeon under the mansion so she can't get out and turn others to her satanic ways - he refuses to accept it, which leads to several unpleasant complications after he tries to reason with his mother. The son is in love with the daughter of another local landlord, while the daughter falls in love with that landlord's son over the film - and there are also several not-too-subtle hints of incest throughout. So kind of a strange film all-in-all though probably of less interest to genre purists because of the turn to romance later on, and because there's very little blood and no sex (just a couple years too early for that). All Filipino cast, dubbed into English - I always wonder in cases like this if there is an original-language version floating around - if one was even made for local distribution at the time? I doubt we'll ever see it.

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Thai: 5 / Indo: 4 / Phili: 2 / Malay: 2 / Other: 7
1. Chanthaly (2012) Laos 99mins
2. Shutter (2004) Thailand 97mins
3. Three Seasons (1999) Vietnam 105mins
4. Mudras Calling (2018) Myanmar 106mins
5. My Stupid Boss (2016) Indonesia 106min
6. Jailbreak (2017) Cambodia 92mins
7. Yasmine (2014) Brunei 109mins
8. Munafik (2016) Malaysia 99mins
9. Insiang (1976) Philippines 83mins
10. Ilo Ilo (2013) Singapore 99mins
11a. Chau u Polo (2012) Timor-Leste 15mins
11b. Wawata Topu (2013) Timor-Leste 33mins
11c. Boneca de Atauro (2016) Timor-Leste 20mins
12. Monday Morning Glory (2005) Malaysia 82mins
13. Suzzanna Buried Alive (2018) Indonesia 125mins
14. TNT Jackson (1974) Philippines 69mins
15. Bad Genius (2017) Thailand 129mins
16. Nang Nak (1999) Thailand 121mins
17. Target (2018) Indonesia 91mins
18. Ong-bak (2003) Thailand 104mins
19. The Doll (2016) Indonesia 107mins

20. Dead Bite (2011) Thailand 94mins

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Directed by and starring actual Thai rapper Apisit Opasaimlikit (aka 'Joey Boy'), this occasionally feels like mere self-promotion for his music - with a couple of live performances no less. For the most part though, this is a relatively fun film with some decent effects - a severed leg in particular. Opasaimlikit makes no real attempt to develop the film's zombie mythology and the comedy is a hit-and-miss, but this is amusing here and there.
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Thai: 5 / Indo: 4 / Phili: 3 / Malay: 2 / Other: 7
1. Chanthaly (2012) Laos 99mins
2. Shutter (2004) Thailand 97mins
3. Three Seasons (1999) Vietnam 105mins
4. Mudras Calling (2018) Myanmar 106mins
5. My Stupid Boss (2016) Indonesia 106min
6. Jailbreak (2017) Cambodia 92mins
7. Yasmine (2014) Brunei 109mins
8. Munafik (2016) Malaysia 99mins
9. Insiang (1976) Philippines 83mins
10. Ilo Ilo (2013) Singapore 99mins
11a. Chau u Polo (2012) Timor-Leste 15mins
11b. Wawata Topu (2013) Timor-Leste 33mins
11c. Boneca de Atauro (2016) Timor-Leste 20mins
12. Monday Morning Glory (2005) Malaysia 82mins
13. Suzzanna Buried Alive (2018) Indonesia 125mins
14. TNT Jackson (1974) Philippines 69mins
15. Bad Genius (2017) Thailand 129mins
16. Nang Nak (1999) Thailand 121mins
17. Target (2018) Indonesia 91mins
18. Ong-bak (2003) Thailand 104mins
19. The Doll (2016) Indonesia 107mins
20. Dead Bite (2011) Thailand 94mins

21. Dead Kids (2019) Philippines 94mins

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This kidnapping thriller has an intriguing premise and with lots of strong neon, it looks great too. The story, however, is decidedly second-rate. It often feels like the characters are making up their plan as they go along, and when things do go wrong the film does not provide the dark laughs or the horror that one might expect. None of the characters are especially likeable either, and if engaging from start to finish, there's way too much teen melodrama.
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Hot Curries and Slow Cinema
Day 1 - two heavy meals of heavy Filipino slow cinema, and a rather stale Thai horror dessert

1. Imburnal / Sewer (Sherad Anthony Sanchez, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 196 minutes)
2. Now Showing (Raya Martin, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 279 minutes)
3. See prang / 4bia / Phobia (Banjong Pisanthanakun/Paween Purikitpanya/Yongyoot Thongkongtoon/Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2008, THAILAND, 112 minutes)

Day 2 - Lav Diaz' heavy sadness; Filipino vampires and Thai ghosts

4. Melancholia (Lav Diaz, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 446 minutes)
5. Kulay dugo ang gabi / Blood is the Color of Night / The Blood Drinkers (Gerardo de Leon, 1964, PHILIPPINES, 87 minutes)
6. Suay Laak Sai / Sick Nurses (Piraphan Laoyant/Thodsopol Siriwiwat, 2007, THAILAND, 82 minutes)

Day 3 - Blood Island, and Kung-Fu fighting Snake Woman

7. Brides of Blood (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 97 minutes)
8. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 89 minutes)
9. Beast of Blood (Eddie Romero, 1970, PHILIPPINES , 90 minutes)

10. She yao jing / Devil Woman / Bruka, Queen of Evil (Felix Villar/Chi-Lien Yu, 1973, PHILIPPINES /Hong Kong, 95 minutes)

Day 4 - more from Eddie Romero & John Ashley; and worse

11. Beast of the Yellow Night (Eddie Romero, 1971, PHILIPPINES , 84 minutes))
12. The Twilight People (Eddie Romero, 1972, PHILIPPINES , 81 minutes))
13. Vampire Hookers (Cirio H. Santiago, 1978, PHILIPPINES , 80 minutes)
14. Primitif / Savage Terror (Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1980, INDONESIA, 85 minutes)

Day 5 - Four domestic horrors, four female protagonists, four countries

15. The Maid (Kelvin Tong, 2005, SINGAPORE, 89 minutes)
16. Chanthaly (Mattie Do, 2012, LAOS, 99 minutes)
17. Cô Hâu Gái / The Housemaid (Derek Nguyen, 2016, VIETNAM/South Korea, 104 minutes)
18. Chermin / Mirror (Zarina Abdullah, 2007, MALAYSIA, 94 minutes)

Day 6 - Indonesian crazy schlock duo

19. Pembalasan Ratu Pantai Selatan / Lady Terminator (H. Tjut Djalil, 1989, INDONESIA, 81 minutes)
20. Dangerous Seductress (H. Tjut Djalil, 1992, INDONESIA, 94 minutes)

Day 7 - early Lav Diaz

21. Serafin Geronimo: Ang kriminal ng Baryo Concepcion / The Criminal of Barrio Concepcion (Lav Diaz, 1998, PHILIPPINES , 112 minutes))
22. Burger Boy's (Lav Diaz, 1999, PHILIPPINES , 104 minutes))
23. Hesus, rebolusyunaryo / Jesus the Revolutionary (Lav Diaz, 2002, PHILIPPINES , 114 minutes)

Day 8 - 3 genre films, 6 directors, 3 countries

24. Shutter (Banjong Pisanthanakun/Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2004, THAILAND, 92 minutes)
25. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Emmanuel H. Borlaza/Ishmael Bernal/Peque Gallaga, 1984, PHILIPPINES , 125 minutes))
26. Perawan di Sarang Sindikat / Virgins from Hell (Ackyl Anwari, 1987, INDONESIA, 93 minutes)

Day 9 - just a couple more so-so horrors from the Philippines and Thailand

27. Lumaban ka, Satanas / The Killing of Satan (Efren C. Piñon, 1983, PHILIPPINES , 93 minutes)
28. Nang Nak (Nonzee Nimibutr, 1999, THAILAND, 101 minutes)

Day 10 - bad schlock, good schlock, bad "remake" of good schlock

29. Demons of Paradise (Cirio H. Santiago, 1983, PHILIPPINES , 87 minutes)
30. Ratu Ilmu Hitam / The Queen of Black Magic (Liliek Sudjio, 1981, INDONESIA, 90 minutes)
31. Ratu Ilmu Hitam / The Queen of Black Magic (Kimo Stamboel, 2019, INDONESIA, 96 minutes)

Day 11 - serious gore, and another original/remake, all from Indoneisa

32. Darah / Macabre (Kimo Stamboel/Timo Tjahjanto, as "The Mo Brothers", 2009, INDONESIA, 95 minutes)
33. Pengabid Satan / Satan's Slave (Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1982, INDONESIA, 96 minutes)
34. Pengabid Satan / Satan's Slave (Joko Anwar, 2017, INDONESIA/ South Korea, 106 minutes)

Day 12 - 5 intense features from Mike De Leon

35. Itim / Black / The Rites of May (Mike De Leon, 1977, PHILIPPINES, 106 minutes)
36. Kakabakaba ka ba? / Will Your Heart Beat Faster? (Mike De Leon, 1980, PHILIPPINES, 107 minutes)
37. Kisapmata / In the Wink of an Eye (Mike De Leon, 1981, PHILIPPINES, 98 minutes)
38. Batch '81 (Mike De Leon, 1982, PHILIPPINES, 106 minutes
39. Sister Stella L (Mike De Leon, 1984, PHILIPPINES, 104 minutes)

Day 13 - two early Filipino features

40. Forbidden Women (Eduardo de Castro, 1948, PHILIPPINES, 61 minutes)
41. Genghis Khan (Manuel Conde, 1950, PHILIPPINES, 77 minutes)

Day 14 - Thai voodoo

42. Khon len khong / Art of the Devil (Tanit Jitnukul, 2004, THAILAND, 96 minutes)
43. Long khong / Art of the Devil 2 (a shitload of directors, 2005, THAILAND, 97 minutes)

Day 15 - more 50s Filipino cinema

44. Sanda Wong (Gerardo de Leon, 1955, PHILIPPINES, 97 minutes)
45. Badjao / Badjao: The Sea Gypsies (Lawrence V. Avellana, 1957, PHILIPPINES, 91 minutes)
46. Biyaya ng lupa / Blessings of the Land (Manuel Silos, 1959, PHILIPPINES, 110 minutes)

Day 16 - Thai ghost stories (mostly)

47. Pen choo kab pee / The Unseeable (Wisit Sasanatieng, 2006, THAILAND, 93 minutes)
48. 3 A.M. 3D (Patchanon Thammajira/Kirati Nakintanon/Isara Nadee, 2012, THAILAND, 96 minutes)

Day 17 - 2 just-different-enough horror films from Indonesia and the Philippines

49. Kuntilanak / The Chanting (Rizal Mantovani, 20016, INDONESIA, 95 minutes)
50. Seklusyon / Seclusion (Erik Matti, 2016, PHILIPPINES, 85 minutes)

Day 18 - Filipino shorts and one more 60s horror flick

51-53. SHORTS 25+25+30+13+6+13+39+31= 182 minutes
a) Ang magpakailanman / Eternity (Raymond Red, 1982, PHILIPPINES)
b) Kabaka / Enemy (Raymond Red, 1983, PHILIPPINES)
c) Puting Paalam / White Funeral (Sari Raissa Lluch Dalena, 1997, PHILIPPINES)
d) Anino / Shadows (Raymond Red, 2000, PHILIPPINES)
e) Long Live Philippine Cinema! (Raya Martin, 2009, PHILIPPINES)
f) Waiting Shed (Ely Buendia, 2009, PHILIPPINES)
g) Walang alaala ang mga paru-paro / Butterflies Have No Memories (Lav Diaz, 2009, PHILIPPINES)
h) Prologo sa ang dakilang desaparacido / Prologue to the Great Desaparecido (Lav Diaz, 2013, PHILIPPINES)

54. Ibulong mo sa hangin / Blood of the Vampires / Curse of the Vampires (Gerardo de Leon, 1966, PHILIPPINES, 82 minutes)
Day 19 - an odd Thai high-concept horror-mystery-comedy

55. 13 game sayawng / 13 Beloved / 13: Game of Death (Chookiat Saveerakul, 2006, THAILAND, 108 minutes)

Phuchit (Chit) is - or seems to be - kind of a nice-guy loser, who sends money to his sister and tries to do his work - selling musical instruments - on the up-and-up without being too pushy. But when he has the worst day of his life - getting his car repossessed and losing his job in the space of an hour or two - things seem hopeless and his inner frustration starts to come out. That's when he gets the first in a series of mysterious phone calls that ask him - tell him, really - to take part in a game, doing little tasks that each gain him money, automatically transferred to his account; if he completes all 13 games, he'll receive the grand prize of 100 million baht (about $3 million US dollars at the time). First it's just swatting a fly - then eating the fly - then making a couple of kids cry - but eventually the games become much, much darker. This is a fun conceit - I kept thinking throughout the film that I must have seen something very similar before but nothing comes to mind specifically - maybe someone else will have an idea? As Chit's path continues to get darker, his coworker - who it's implied he might have had some romantic interest in, possibly returned - gets worried and starts to investigate the game online, eventually trying to avoid what seems inevitable horrors to come. This is all pretty well done and thought-out in the early and middle scenes, and Krissada Sukosol and Achita Sikamana (the dead girl in Shutter) as Chit and Tong are very good in their roles, but as the moral dimension of the piece starts to take shape and the connections with Chit's past life are unearthed, it seems to be taking on more than it can chew, and issues like masculinity, race (Chit is half-white and has suffered fairly regularly for this) and corporate groupthink mix with the bizarre fantastic plot in ways that just don't gel in the end. Too many ideas, too little follow-through ultimately, though I'd still recommend this for the first half to two-thirds and the performances.


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21. Santet; aka: Black Magic (2018 / Helfi C.H. Kardit / Indonesia) FTV 6/10 {85 m.}
22. Demon of Paradise (1987 / Cirio H. Santiago / Philippines) 7-/10 {87 m.}
23. The Lease (2018 / Paolo Bertola / Philippines) FTV 4+/10 {96 m.}

Mad Monster Party?! Goes Southeast Asian!
1. Gancore Gud; aka: Dead Bite (2011 / Apisit Opasaimlikit / Thailand) FTV 6+/10 {94 m.}
2. Vampariah (2016 / Matthew Abaya / Philippines) FTV 6/10 {90 m.}
3. Brides of Blood (1968 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 7+/10 {97 m.}
4. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7/10 {95 m.}
5. Beast of Blood (1970 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7+/10 {90 m.}
6. The Beast of the Yellow Night (1971 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) 6+/10 {90 m.}
7. Raw Force (1982 / Edward Murphy / Philippines) 8/10 {86 m.}
8. Pembalasan Ratu Pantai Selatan; aka: Lady Terminator (1989 / H. Tjut Djalil / Indonesia) 8/10 {82 m.}
9. Seed of Darkness (2006 / Michael Chuah / Malaysia) FTV 5/10 {102 m.}
10. The Attic (2017 / Kaprice Kea / Thailand) FTV 5/10 {72 m.}
11. The Twilight People (1972 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 5+/10 {81 m.}
12. Beyond Atlantis (1973 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 7-/10 {91 m.}
13. The Offering (2016 / Kelvin Tong / Singapore) FTV 5/10 {95 m.}
14. Demons (2018 / Daniel Hui / Singapore) FTV 7/10 {84 m.}
15. Dek hor; aka: Dorm (2006 / Songyos Sugmakanan / Thailand) FTV 7+/10 {110 m.}
16. Lumaban ka, Satanas; aka: The Killing of Satan (1983 / Efren C. Pinon / Philippines) FTV 6+/10 {93 m.}
17. Badoet; aka: Clown of the Dead (2015 / Awi Suryadi / Indonesia) FTV 7/10 {87 m.}
18. Terror Is a Man (1959 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7/10 {97 m.}
19. Kulay dugo ang gabi; aka: The Blood Drinkers (1964 / Gerardo de Leon / Philippines) 7+/10 {88 m.}
20. Modus Anomali; aka: Ritual (2012 / Joko Anwar / Indonesia) FTV 6-/10 {87 m.}

21. Santet; aka: Black Magic (2018 / Helfi C.H. Kardit / Indonesia) FTV 6/10 {85 m.}
22. Demon of Paradise (1987 / Cirio H. Santiago / Philippines) 7-/10 {87 m.}
23. The Lease (2018 / Paolo Bertola / Philippines) FTV 4+/10 {96 m.}
Views: 23 / FTV’s: 15 / Doubles w/ Horror Challenge: 23 / {2079 m.}
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17. Fei cui zhi cheng 2016 — a.k.a. City of Jade 7/10 - Myanmar 🇲🇲 98 min
A documentary that follows director Midi Z's brother while working in "Jade City", an area of illegal jade mines. The work is filmed in a beautiful, colourful way and shows people's struggle for survival in a dangerous environment (reminds me a bit of Workingman's Death). At the same time Midi Z tells his family history. The brother previously abandoned the family and spent time in prison due to his opium addiction (also one of the major themes of this doc). Some shots are a bit too shaky for its own good and unfortunately we barely get to know the other workers in the brothers group.
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1. Kraben rahu 2018 — a.k.a. Manta Ray 6/10 - Thailand 🇹🇭 102 min
2. Insiang 1976 8-/10 - Philippines 🇵🇭 94 min
3. Ruined Heart: Another Lovestory Between a Criminal & a Whore 2014 6/10 - Philippines 🇵🇭 73 min
4. Rak ti Khon Kaen 2015 — a.k.a. Cemetery of Splendor 6/10 - Thailand 🇹🇭 120 min
5. How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) 2015 7/10 - Thailand 🇹🇭 79 min
6. Sekala Niskala 2017 — a.k.a. The Seen and Unseen 6/10 - Indonesia 🇮🇩 82 min
7. L'image manquante 2013 — a.k.a. The Missing Picture 7/10 - Cambodia 🇰🇭 95 min
8. Maynila sa mga kuko ng liwanag 1975 — a.k.a. Manila in the Claws of Light 9-/10 - Philippines 🇵🇭 126 min
9. The Look of Silence 2014 8/10 - Indonesia 🇮🇩 103 min
10. Daun di atas bantal 1998 — a.k.a. Leaf on a Pillow 6/10 - Indonesia 🇮🇩 79 min
11. A Guerra da Beatriz 2013 — a.k.a. Beatriz's War 6/10 - Timor-Leste 🇹🇱 101 min
12. Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak 2017 — a.k.a. Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts 8/10 - Indonesia 🇮🇩 93 min
13. How to Disappear Completely 2013 7/10 - Philippines 🇵🇭 79 min
14. Lewat Djam Malam 1954 — a.k.a. After the Curfew 8/10 - Indonesia 🇮🇩 103 min
15. Ganh xiec rong 1988 — a.k.a. Travelling Circus 6-/10 - Vietnam 🇻🇳 78 min
16. Batch '81 1982 8-/10 - Philippines 🇵🇭 103 min
17. Fei cui zhi cheng 2016 — a.k.a. City of Jade 7/10 - Myanmar 🇲🇲 98 min
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24. Zombadings 1: Patayin sa shokeot si Remington; aka: Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings (2011 / Jade Castro / Philippines) FTV 6/10 {96 m.}

With its comic focus on what are essentially hate crimes against gays, Zombadings made me squirm for a long time before the goofiness of the situations and sweet nature of several characters began to win me over.

Mad Monster Party?! Goes Southeast Asian!
1. Gancore Gud; aka: Dead Bite (2011 / Apisit Opasaimlikit / Thailand) FTV 6+/10 {94 m.}
2. Vampariah (2016 / Matthew Abaya / Philippines) FTV 6/10 {90 m.}
3. Brides of Blood (1968 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 7+/10 {97 m.}
4. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7/10 {95 m.}
5. Beast of Blood (1970 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7+/10 {90 m.}
6. The Beast of the Yellow Night (1971 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) 6+/10 {90 m.}
7. Raw Force (1982 / Edward Murphy / Philippines) 8/10 {86 m.}
8. Pembalasan Ratu Pantai Selatan; aka: Lady Terminator (1989 / H. Tjut Djalil / Indonesia) 8/10 {82 m.}
9. Seed of Darkness (2006 / Michael Chuah / Malaysia) FTV 5/10 {102 m.}
10. The Attic (2017 / Kaprice Kea / Thailand) FTV 5/10 {72 m.}
11. The Twilight People (1972 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 5+/10 {81 m.}
12. Beyond Atlantis (1973 / Eddie Romero / Philippines) FTV 7-/10 {91 m.}
13. The Offering (2016 / Kelvin Tong / Singapore) FTV 5/10 {95 m.}
14. Demons (2018 / Daniel Hui / Singapore) FTV 7/10 {84 m.}
15. Dek hor; aka: Dorm (2006 / Songyos Sugmakanan / Thailand) FTV 7+/10 {110 m.}
16. Lumaban ka, Satanas; aka: The Killing of Satan (1983 / Efren C. Pinon / Philippines) FTV 6+/10 {93 m.}
17. Badoet; aka: Clown of the Dead (2015 / Awi Suryadi / Indonesia) FTV 7/10 {87 m.}
18. Terror Is a Man (1959 / Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero / Philippines) 7/10 {97 m.}
19. Kulay dugo ang gabi; aka: The Blood Drinkers (1964 / Gerardo de Leon / Philippines) 7+/10 {88 m.}
20. Modus Anomali; aka: Ritual (2012 / Joko Anwar / Indonesia) FTV 6-/10 {87 m.}
21. Santet; aka: Black Magic (2018 / Helfi C.H. Kardit / Indonesia) FTV 6/10 {85 m.}
22. Demon of Paradise (1987 / Cirio H. Santiago / Philippines) 7-/10 {87 m.}
23. The Lease (2018 / Paolo Bertola / Philippines) FTV 4+/10 {96 m.}

24. Zombadings 1: Patayin sa shokeot si Remington; aka: Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings (2011 / Jade Castro / Philippines) FTV 6/10 {96 m.}
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Thai: 5 / Indo: 4 / Phili: 4 / Malay: 2 / Other: 7
1. Chanthaly (2012) Laos 99mins
2. Shutter (2004) Thailand 97mins
3. Three Seasons (1999) Vietnam 105mins
4. Mudras Calling (2018) Myanmar 106mins
5. My Stupid Boss (2016) Indonesia 106min
6. Jailbreak (2017) Cambodia 92mins
7. Yasmine (2014) Brunei 109mins
8. Munafik (2016) Malaysia 99mins
9. Insiang (1976) Philippines 83mins
10. Ilo Ilo (2013) Singapore 99mins
11a. Chau u Polo (2012) Timor-Leste 15mins
11b. Wawata Topu (2013) Timor-Leste 33mins
11c. Boneca de Atauro (2016) Timor-Leste 20mins
12. Monday Morning Glory (2005) Malaysia 82mins
13. Suzzanna Buried Alive (2018) Indonesia 125mins
14. TNT Jackson (1974) Philippines 69mins
15. Bad Genius (2017) Thailand 129mins
16. Nang Nak (1999) Thailand 121mins
17. Target (2018) Indonesia 91mins
18. Ong-bak (2003) Thailand 104mins
19. The Doll (2016) Indonesia 107mins
20. Dead Bite (2011) Thailand 94mins
21. Dead Kids (2019) Philippines 94mins

22. On the Job (2013) Philippines 118mins

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Hot Curries and Slow Cinema
Day 1 - two heavy meals of heavy Filipino slow cinema, and a rather stale Thai horror dessert

1. Imburnal / Sewer (Sherad Anthony Sanchez, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 196 minutes)
2. Now Showing (Raya Martin, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 279 minutes)
3. See prang / 4bia / Phobia (Banjong Pisanthanakun/Paween Purikitpanya/Yongyoot Thongkongtoon/Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2008, THAILAND, 112 minutes)

Day 2 - Lav Diaz' heavy sadness; Filipino vampires and Thai ghosts

4. Melancholia (Lav Diaz, 2008, PHILIPPINES, 446 minutes)
5. Kulay dugo ang gabi / Blood is the Color of Night / The Blood Drinkers (Gerardo de Leon, 1964, PHILIPPINES, 87 minutes)
6. Suay Laak Sai / Sick Nurses (Piraphan Laoyant/Thodsopol Siriwiwat, 2007, THAILAND, 82 minutes)

Day 3 - Blood Island, and Kung-Fu fighting Snake Woman

7. Brides of Blood (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 97 minutes)
8. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (Gerardo de Leon/Eddie Romero, 1968, PHILIPPINES , 89 minutes)
9. Beast of Blood (Eddie Romero, 1970, PHILIPPINES , 90 minutes)

10. She yao jing / Devil Woman / Bruka, Queen of Evil (Felix Villar/Chi-Lien Yu, 1973, PHILIPPINES /Hong Kong, 95 minutes)

Day 4 - more from Eddie Romero & John Ashley; and worse

11. Beast of the Yellow Night (Eddie Romero, 1971, PHILIPPINES , 84 minutes))
12. The Twilight People (Eddie Romero, 1972, PHILIPPINES , 81 minutes))
13. Vampire Hookers (Cirio H. Santiago, 1978, PHILIPPINES , 80 minutes)
14. Primitif / Savage Terror (Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1980, INDONESIA, 85 minutes)

Day 5 - Four domestic horrors, four female protagonists, four countries

15. The Maid (Kelvin Tong, 2005, SINGAPORE, 89 minutes)
16. Chanthaly (Mattie Do, 2012, LAOS, 99 minutes)
17. Cô Hâu Gái / The Housemaid (Derek Nguyen, 2016, VIETNAM/South Korea, 104 minutes)
18. Chermin / Mirror (Zarina Abdullah, 2007, MALAYSIA, 94 minutes)

Day 6 - Indonesian crazy schlock duo

19. Pembalasan Ratu Pantai Selatan / Lady Terminator (H. Tjut Djalil, 1989, INDONESIA, 81 minutes)
20. Dangerous Seductress (H. Tjut Djalil, 1992, INDONESIA, 94 minutes)

Day 7 - early Lav Diaz

21. Serafin Geronimo: Ang kriminal ng Baryo Concepcion / The Criminal of Barrio Concepcion (Lav Diaz, 1998, PHILIPPINES , 112 minutes))
22. Burger Boy's (Lav Diaz, 1999, PHILIPPINES , 104 minutes))
23. Hesus, rebolusyunaryo / Jesus the Revolutionary (Lav Diaz, 2002, PHILIPPINES , 114 minutes)

Day 8 - 3 genre films, 6 directors, 3 countries

24. Shutter (Banjong Pisanthanakun/Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2004, THAILAND, 92 minutes)
25. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Emmanuel H. Borlaza/Ishmael Bernal/Peque Gallaga, 1984, PHILIPPINES , 125 minutes))
26. Perawan di Sarang Sindikat / Virgins from Hell (Ackyl Anwari, 1987, INDONESIA, 93 minutes)

Day 9 - just a couple more so-so horrors from the Philippines and Thailand

27. Lumaban ka, Satanas / The Killing of Satan (Efren C. Piñon, 1983, PHILIPPINES , 93 minutes)
28. Nang Nak (Nonzee Nimibutr, 1999, THAILAND, 101 minutes)

Day 10 - bad schlock, good schlock, bad "remake" of good schlock

29. Demons of Paradise (Cirio H. Santiago, 1983, PHILIPPINES , 87 minutes)
30. Ratu Ilmu Hitam / The Queen of Black Magic (Liliek Sudjio, 1981, INDONESIA, 90 minutes)
31. Ratu Ilmu Hitam / The Queen of Black Magic (Kimo Stamboel, 2019, INDONESIA, 96 minutes)

Day 11 - serious gore, and another original/remake, all from Indoneisa

32. Darah / Macabre (Kimo Stamboel/Timo Tjahjanto, as "The Mo Brothers", 2009, INDONESIA, 95 minutes)
33. Pengabid Satan / Satan's Slave (Sisworo Gautama Putra, 1982, INDONESIA, 96 minutes)
34. Pengabid Satan / Satan's Slave (Joko Anwar, 2017, INDONESIA/ South Korea, 106 minutes)

Day 12 - 5 intense features from Mike De Leon

35. Itim / Black / The Rites of May (Mike De Leon, 1977, PHILIPPINES, 106 minutes)
36. Kakabakaba ka ba? / Will Your Heart Beat Faster? (Mike De Leon, 1980, PHILIPPINES, 107 minutes)
37. Kisapmata / In the Wink of an Eye (Mike De Leon, 1981, PHILIPPINES, 98 minutes)
38. Batch '81 (Mike De Leon, 1982, PHILIPPINES, 106 minutes
39. Sister Stella L (Mike De Leon, 1984, PHILIPPINES, 104 minutes)

Day 13 - two early Filipino features

40. Forbidden Women (Eduardo de Castro, 1948, PHILIPPINES, 61 minutes)
41. Genghis Khan (Manuel Conde, 1950, PHILIPPINES, 77 minutes)

Day 14 - Thai voodoo

42. Khon len khong / Art of the Devil (Tanit Jitnukul, 2004, THAILAND, 96 minutes)
43. Long khong / Art of the Devil 2 (a shitload of directors, 2005, THAILAND, 97 minutes)

Day 15 - more 50s Filipino cinema

44. Sanda Wong (Gerardo de Leon, 1955, PHILIPPINES, 97 minutes)
45. Badjao / Badjao: The Sea Gypsies (Lawrence V. Avellana, 1957, PHILIPPINES, 91 minutes)
46. Biyaya ng lupa / Blessings of the Land (Manuel Silos, 1959, PHILIPPINES, 110 minutes)

Day 16 - Thai ghost stories (mostly)

47. Pen choo kab pee / The Unseeable (Wisit Sasanatieng, 2006, THAILAND, 93 minutes)
48. 3 A.M. 3D (Patchanon Thammajira/Kirati Nakintanon/Isara Nadee, 2012, THAILAND, 96 minutes)

Day 17 - 2 just-different-enough horror films from Indonesia and the Philippines

49. Kuntilanak / The Chanting (Rizal Mantovani, 20016, INDONESIA, 95 minutes)
50. Seklusyon / Seclusion (Erik Matti, 2016, PHILIPPINES, 85 minutes)

Day 18 - Filipino shorts and one more 60s horror flick

51-53. SHORTS 25+25+30+13+6+13+39+31= 182 minutes
a) Ang magpakailanman / Eternity (Raymond Red, 1982, PHILIPPINES)
b) Kabaka / Enemy (Raymond Red, 1983, PHILIPPINES)
c) Puting Paalam / White Funeral (Sari Raissa Lluch Dalena, 1997, PHILIPPINES)
d) Anino / Shadows (Raymond Red, 2000, PHILIPPINES)
e) Long Live Philippine Cinema! (Raya Martin, 2009, PHILIPPINES)
f) Waiting Shed (Ely Buendia, 2009, PHILIPPINES)
g) Walang alaala ang mga paru-paro / Butterflies Have No Memories (Lav Diaz, 2009, PHILIPPINES)
h) Prologo sa ang dakilang desaparacido / Prologue to the Great Desaparecido (Lav Diaz, 2013, PHILIPPINES)

54. Ibulong mo sa hangin / Blood of the Vampires / Curse of the Vampires (Gerardo de Leon, 1966, PHILIPPINES, 82 minutes)

Day 19 - an odd Thai high-concept horror-mystery-comedy

55. 13 game sayawng / 13 Beloved / 13: Game of Death (Chookiat Saveerakul, 2006, THAILAND, 108 minutes)
Day 20 - a Vietnamese ghost story

56. Muoi / Muoi: The Legend of a Portrait (Tae-kyeong Kim, 2007, VIETNAM/South Korea, 94 minutes)

Seems ghost stories are the thing in this region and this century - or maybe I've just happened to stumble on more than my fair share of them. This one is all right I guess, with a vaguely interesting concept - a young Korean writer travels to Vietnam both to reunite with an old friend and more importantly to research and write about the myth of Muoi, a wronged woman (lots of wronged-dead-women-seeking-vengeance-on-the-living in these cinemas for sure) who came back and murdered her lover and etc etc, I suspect you'll know the drill when you start to see the fractured relationship between Yun-hoi and Seo-yeon, and learn that a man came between them once, and now Yun-hoi (the writer/protagonist) is having spooky visions. There's some stuff here about identity that seemed interesting - Vietnamese/Korean specifically, and I think one of the characters was supposed to be mixed-race but either I wasn't paying close enough attention of it simply wasn't made clear enough for this westerner - but overall it's nothing special. This is the second Vietnamese/Korean co-production I've seen this month and there are a couple of other possibilities I've found; seems Korean money and Vietnamese locations have been a nice match-up for a few filmmakers recently.

Day 21 - A Filipino ghost story - ghosts, why did it have to be ghosts?

57. Eerie (Mikhail Red, 2018, PHILIPPINES, 101 minutes)

Yet another ghost-from-the-past-affecting-the-living story, and yet another involving religions somewhat heavily - this takes place in the Catholic girls' school in 1995, with one teacher, the school guidance counsellor, who is not a nun, and who right from the get-go is suspicious as the reliable protagonist, as one of the students she counsels is in fact a ghost, Erika, who was apparently abused decades before and is now seeking revenge, yadda yadda. Too many of these films over a short span of time for me! But this one overall is decent - it's nicely shot; even if it's anchored in a sort of muted green-yellow palette that I tend to despise in a lot of low-budget digital filmmaking, the lighting is interesting and the mise en scene and editing keep things attractive and somewhat unusual; several of the outdoor courtyard shots in particular are pretty cool. And Bea Alonzo, a fairly big star taking a little detour from the couple dozen romances she'd done in the previous 15 years, is pretty solid in the lead, though it becomes increasingly hard to care about what's going on when you can see the inevitable resolution that she's actually dead herself coming from a mile away. Overall, like the previous day's film, all right and borderline recommendable, but that's about all I can say.



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