Movie Interviews and Reviews

The Neighbor No. Thirteen​

1/26/17

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

The Neighbor No. Thirteen (2004) film thoughts… I found out about his film from my buddy Jesse, who had it in one of his review videos. I was surprised that it was selling for a low price on-line and picked it up. The plot here is that a while ago a grammar school student Juzo was picked on daily by Akai.​

Ebola Syndrome

12/14/16

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

Ebola Syndrome (1996) film thoughts… Wow. I have had this film on my list forever to see and even picked up the DVD a couple of years ago. “One day I will see that film everybody is telling me too…” Well, that one day has come. Anthony Wong (my favorite HK film actor of all time), plays Kai, a somewhat bumbling low level gangster. One day he decides to seduce his boss’s wife and is caught “mid-thrust”.​

Perfect Blue

12/7/16

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

Perfect Blue (1997) film thoughts… Another one of those films I heard about back when I was still in NYC and I would read in the Village Voice and Asian fanzines, I just never got around to it. As I do love older anime, I wanted to finally sit down and check it out. Mima Kirigoe is a singer in one of those put together pop groups in Japan and wants to further her career.​

Rampo Noir

12/2/16

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

Rampo Noir (2005) film thoughts… I tend to gravitate towards anthology films since I love the short film in itself. I haven’t seen too many Japanese Horror anthologies in my time, so I was ready to check out Rampo Noir. The 4 stories included within are based on the work of Taro Hirai a.k.a. Edogawa Rampo, a writer I do not know much about except for the fact he wrote dark fiction. So let’s look at the stories/films within Rampo Noir…​

Rubber's Lover

11/23/16

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

Rubber’s Lover (1996) film thoughts… I picked up this DVD quite a while ago, not sure if I would ever watch it. I knew I would have to be in the right mood and so it seemed fitting to check it out for this event. It’s really difficult to explain this one but the basic plot is two researchers are conducting extreme tests on human psychic abilities.​

Nightmare Alley

11/18/16

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

Traffickers (2012) film thoughts… I never heard of this film before I blind bought the WellGo USA BluRay, it sounded interesting, a film about organ trafficking. Sort of like those “urban legends” you heard about people waking up in a bathtub missing a kidney. The plot is a small group of men have been doing this for years until a huge mishap ends the life of one of them.​

Nightmare Alley

11/16/16

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

I have been building my collection of the Fox Film Noir Collection for over a year now and recently added Nightmare Alley (#06) starring Tyrone Power to it. He stars as Stanton, a traveling carny who is always looking for a way to up his game so to speak. He becomes fascinated by a mind reading act from Joan Blondell’s character Zenna, which is a big scam.​

Mutant Girl Squad

11/11/16

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

Now where have we heard this before…a bullied school girl Rin on her 16th birthday finds out that she is a “mutant”. After seeing her parents killed in front of her (her father is the one who passed on the mutant gene), her latent ability of growing a huge clawed hand, complete with musical strings (?), comes out. Bent on revenge, she loses controls and massacres much of the town.​

After Hours

10/28/16

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

After Hours (1985) film thoughts… Here is a film that I never seen before and has been on the list for way too long. You would think that within the 31 years of After Hours’s (directed by Martin Scorsese) release that I would have caught it at some point. Nope.​

Rich and Famous

10/24/16

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

Diary of a Deadbeat (2016) film thoughts… I love film documentaries and after meeting Victor Bonacore this year, he relayed the story behind his documentary, Diary of a Deadbeat: The Story of Jim VanBebber, I was very intrigued. While I couldn’t make the screening that day, I put this documentary on my list of things to get.​

Diary of a Deadbeat

10/21/16

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

Diary of a Deadbeat (2016) film thoughts… I love film documentaries and after meeting Victor Bonacore this year, he relayed the story behind his documentary, Diary of a Deadbeat: The Story of Jim VanBebber, I was very intrigued. While I couldn’t make the screening that day, I put this documentary on my list of things to get.​

Black Rain

10/19/16

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

Black Rain (1989) film thoughts… Finally was able to see this extremely bleak film about the A-bomb attack on Hiroshima and it’s after effects on a small group of villagers from the area. The main focus is on an older couple who were exposed to blast (“the flash”) itself and their niece who was much further away but had the “black rain” fall on her.​

Death-Scort Service

4/26/16

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

Death-Scort Service (2015) I have to say I am getting more and more interested in the world of GatorBlade Films and The Sleaze Box. I always have heard of them but never thought I would be interested.

Intruders

3/16/16

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

Intruders (aka Shut In) (2015) film thoughts... As of late, first time feature film directors have been ones to watch because the track record in this category has been excellent. I found out about this film from my buds over at the Dark Discussion podcast. I am not sure why the film's title was changed from the appropriate Shut In to the more generic Intruders, but whatever, that shouldn't stop you from seeing this interesting home invasion film.

Southbound

3/2/16

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

Southbound (2015) film thoughts... I only recently found out about this film and was excited to know it was an horror anthology, a style I love. Five tales interwoven together in a desolate desert setting with Larry Fessenden voice as a radio DJ (reminiscent of voice overs of other anthology shows like The Twilight Zone or The Hitchhiker) guiding us through the proceedings

JeruZalem

2/23/16

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

Jeruzalem (2015) film thoughts... Here is a film that has been getting some major buzz due to the fact that it's a horror film made in Israel. As one who likes to see films made outside of the USA, I fast tracked this one to check out. Two college age girls (who right from the beginning you know they come from a life of plenty and without want) are set to travel to Tel Aviv for a period of sight seeing and partying.

The Midnight After

1/27/16

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

The Midnight After (2014) film thoughts... I am not a follower of director Fruit Chan's work too much, Will anybody survive this night?

Yakuza Apocalypse

1/12/16

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) film thoughts... I am an "on the fence" fan of Takashi Miike's filmography. As I am film person of more serious taste, some of his work just gets too much for me. I am a fan of Audition, Imprint and 13 Assassins, though films like Gozu and Visitor Q, leave me flat. 

He Never Died

1/5/16

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

He Never Died (2015) film thoughts... I have been a massive fan of Henry Rollins work from the early 1980's, his music/performances/writings have influenced me deeply on many levels. While, I never paid too much attention to his acting spots (mainly due to the fact that films he was in didn't interest me too much), I read recently that he was starring in this film, He Never Died, and the interview he gave was interesting.

Let Us Prey

12/2/15

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

Let Us Prey (2015) film thoughts... In a small Scottish town, a police woman, who has been transferred  there, starts her first night off with bringing in a driver who just hit a man... but the body is not found. After we meet a small cast of characters, both police and others, the man who was hit by the car is brought in. Who is he? He is not from around there and soon after, strange events begin which involve every individual in the police station. 

 

 

Some Kind of Hate

11/20/15

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

 

Some Kind Of Hate (2015) film thoughts... I rarely blind buy films but the other day I did actually pick up one that I literally didn't know a thing about. It's a first film by director Adam Egypt Mortimer and has a cast of young folks who I am not sure of their other work. It focuses on a teenager Lincoln, who you are quickly brought up to speed is a troubled youth who nobody "understands".

 

 

Circles

11/2/15

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

 

 

That is what Circle is all about. One day, inexplicably 50 people appear in a large room with red circles on the floor arranged so that all of them are facing forward. One by one, they are zapped by a strange laser ray and killed. 

 

Tales of Halloween

10/22/15

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Dave K. "A Fiend On Film"

Tales of Halloween (2015) Film Thoughts... Well, it seems like every Halloween season we get a couple of new Halloween themed films though most are forgettable. Ever since Michael Dougherty's Trick R Treat (2008), filmmakers have tried to equal that modern classic.

 

 

 

I Spit On Your Grave 3

10/20/15

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Dave K. "A Fiend On Film"

  

 

I Spit On Your Grave 3 (2015) Film Thoughts... I am an admitted fan of this modern ISOYG series of films. I'm growing way more and more indifferent to horror film remakes these days, these newer films in this series have a high quality aesthetic that you really cannot ignore. 

 

 

 

All Hallows Eve 2

10/19/15

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Dave K. "A Fiend On Film"

  

 

All Hallows Eve 2 (2015) Film Thoughts... I only recently found out that they were making a sequel to All Hallows Eve. I thought that one was one of the best horror anthologies in years, the clown character they had was uber creepy and unforgettable to say the least. 

 

 

 

June

10/8/15

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

  

The day finally came and we all went down to buy JUNE like the good little Cooper acolytes that we are. The title character of the story is a 9 year old little girl who has a problem, other than the normal ones most kids face, she is possessed by a supernatural force named Aer.

 

 

 

The Inhabitants

10/8/15

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

  

The Inhabitants (2015) Film Thoughts... I have to be honest while I have heard of the Rasmussen Brothers, I have not seen any of their previous work, even the film they wrote for John Carpenter, The Ward (2010). So I have no previous reference to potentially color my review, which is a good thing at times.

 

 

 

POD

9/30/15

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film

 

I know a couple of other reviewers checked this one out and sort of liked it, and for me also knowing one of my favorite modern actresses, Lauren Ashley Carter, was in it, I wanted to see for myself.

 

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

9/17/15

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Dave Koenig "A Fiend On Film"

I first heard about Spike Lee trying to get money to make this film, a remake of the art horror Ganja and Hess (1973), a couple of years back. I really don't care for the current remake machine that has been going on in recent years, but figured since barely anybody has even seen this film, he might actually pull it off if he keeps to the source material.

 

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