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Sadako v Kayako is a Split Decision: A Film Review

Director: Kôji Shiraishi. Writers: Takashi Shimizu, Kôji Suzuki. Cast: Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro and Aimi Satsukawa. There have been a combined total of twenty plus films, set in the Ringu and Ju-on film universes. Spanning eighteen years, these villains have killed untold numbers victims. Now, both cursed spirits face each other in Sadako v Kayako! Shot in Japan, the film was put together after an April Fool's Joke went viral. And, this outing is lighter in tone, compared to the earlier, more horrifying titles. This film fan was reminded of Hong-jin Na's The Wailing (2015), while watching this title. In both films, shamans are powerless to fight the supernatural. Still, the outcome of Sadako v Kayako can be predicted from a mile away. There is no way these iconic, money-making characters can take a final sleep. Sadako v Kayako is a bit predictable, but it is also an entertaining film.
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‘Sadako vs. Kayako’ Review (Shudder Exclusive)

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Stars: Runa Endo, Elly Nanami, Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro, Aimi Satsukawa, Misato Tanaka, Masahiro Kômoto, Masanobu Andô, Rintaro Shibamoto, Maiko Kikuchi | Written by Takashi Shimizu, Kôji Suzuki | Directed by Kôji Shiraishi

In the battle of horror film icons, it is fair to say that the dream match-up was of course Freddy vs. Jason. A fun film, it could never live up to the expectation created around it, which could be a problem faced with Sadako vs. Kayako. Pitting The Ring against The Grudge is something of a dream match, but can it live up to expectation?

When the cursed video tape is once again watched, two friends find themselves on a race against time to stop the curse. With the help of spiritual medium Kyozo (Masanobu Andô) their may be a chance, by pitting Sadako against Kayako the known ghost who haunts a nearby house. When another girl is cursed by the house though,
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Exclusive Sadako Vs Kayako Clip Is Quite The Head-Turner

Premiering today on AMC’s horror streaming service Shudder is Kôji Shiraishi’s Sadako Vs Kayako, a heavyweight battle between two Japanese genre icons. Yes, you heard me right – premiering. Shudder has slowly been building a catalog of new releases – from Mattie Do’s Laotian hautner Dearest Sister to Nathan Ambrosioni’s found-footage Therapy (made by a teenager!) – but Shiraishi’s foreign import may be the platform’s biggest catch to date. Shudder was lucky enough to roll out the blood-red carpet at Tiff for the film’s first festival showing (after exclusively torturing overseas audiences), where I braved a midnight screening for some undead chick-fight wackiness.

My review says it all, but here’s what you can expect:

Those with a palate for J-Horror will be more in-tune with Shiraishi’s darkly humorous ghost story, as two of the meanest undead ladies in all of cinema collide for a
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Official Trailer for Japanese Ghost Horror Mashup 'Sadako vs Kayako'

"You must never go near there." Happy Friday the 13th! Celebrate the day with this trailer for Sadako vs Kayako, a Japanese horror mashup pitting the evil ghosts The Ring and Grudge series against each other. It was inevitable that one day we'd see these two long-black-haired evil spirits battling in the same movie, like how it was obvious one day they'd make Freddy vs Jason. And just like that movie, this seems to be pretty bad, despite their best efforts to make something fun. The cast includes Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro, Aimi Satsukawa, and Misato Tanaka. This looks very silly, but thankfully not as terrible as the Scary Movie spoofs, but I'm still not sure. The rock song they use in the trailer seems like an odd choice. Here's the official Us trailer (+ poster) for Kôji Shiraishi's Sadako vs Kayako, direct from YouTube: A girl (Mizuki Yamamoto) after
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Horror Figures Clash in U.S. Trailer for J-Horror Love Letter ‘Sadako vs. Kayako’

The idea of different canonical figures from horror clashing in one realm has left the circulation of pure fan fiction since 2003’s Freddy Vs. Jason (yeah, I mentioned it). Now, J-horror is getting its own iteration of evil against evil in the form of Sadako vs. Kayako, which pits the antagonistic forces from Ringu and The Grudge in a demonic gladiator match. However, as it must always go, humans are in danger, too. So, a girl (Mizuki Yamamoto) watches a cursed video tape In a haunted house (I mean, come on, that’s a rookie mistake x2!) and whoosh, she’s caught between a demon and a…demon in a fight for her life.

Borrowing iconography from both franchises Sadako vs. Kayako seems to embrace a silly tone while still trying to startle its audience. Horror and humor is a fine line to walk, and it remains to be seen
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Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: Sadako Vs Kayako is Ridiculously Fun Fan Service Done (Mostly) Right

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Here’s where I admit something I generally don’t talk about: I’m not the world’s biggest fan of either Ringu or Ju-On: The Grudge. Sure, I’ve seen both, and Ringu did manage to creep me out some 15 years ago now, but honestly, they aren’t franchises I revisit. The same could be said for their American counterparts. While The Ring is easily one of the best remakes of the last two decades, the initial creepiness that came from my first viewing has worn off by now, and I flat out disliked The Grudge when I saw it on opening weekend. I’m an awful person, yes.

With that said, I wasn’t all that excited about seeing Sadako vs Kayako while at Fantastic Fest, but by the end, director Kôji Shiraishi won me over with his tongue-in-cheek approach to these two now iconic horror villains. Sadako
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Sadako and Kayako Get the Chop Ahead of Shudder UK Rollout

AMC’s dedicated horror streaming service, Shudder, is set to take UK genre fans by storm very soon with one of its flagship acquisitions being director Kôji Shiraishi’s head-to-head clash of The Ring and The Grudge, Sadako vs. Kayako. Exclusively for… Continue Reading →

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Sadako Vs. Kayako Review [Tiff 2016]

Since Horrorwood still hasn’t graced with a Freddy Vs. Jason sequel – or a Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash production while we’re at it – Japan stepped up and delivered their own legendary horror throwdown. Sadako vs. Kayako pits The Ring demon Sadako against The Gruge baddie Kayako (and her ghost child Toshi), in their native forms. American audiences may know Sadako as “Samara,” but that doesn’t mean you’ll be lost throughout Kôji Shiraishi’s supernatural heavyweight bout. Those with a palate for J-Horror will be more in-tune with Shiraishi’s darkly humorous ghost story, as two of the meanest undead ladies in all of cinema collide for a joyride through laugh-along horror fun – intentional, or not.

Mizuki Yamamoto stars as a college schoolgirl named Yuri, who accidentally stumbles upon the famed “Cursed Tape” with her friend Natsumi (Aimi Satsukawa). Unfortunately, their discovery comes after watching the tape,
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Horror Highlights: New Wolfmen of Mars Album, Knoxville Horror Film Fest, Satanic Panic Room, HellsGate Haunted House

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Cover artwork by Mark Reusch for Wolfmen of Mars' new album, Warp Suburbium, aims to depict the album's theme: liven up a suburban neighborhood with fun Halloween mayhem. Also in today's Highlights: program details for the 8th Annual Knoxville Horror Film Fest 2016, the Satanic Panic Room at Fantastic Fest, and the HellsGate Haunted House opening.

Wolfmen of Mars' Warp Suburbium Release Details: From Wolfmen of Mars: "We wanted the album to have a Twilight Zone / Halloween vibe. Artist Mark Reusch (http://misterreusch.com) took the concept of skeletons causing gremlin-esque chaos in an old suburban neighborhood on Halloween night, and came up with the album art."

To learn more about Warp Suburbium, visit:

http://wolfmenofmars.bandcamp.com/album/warp-suburbium

The latest album from Wolfmen of Mars, Warp Suburbium will be released on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and more on Friday, September 16th, and it is now available on Bandcamp.

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Kurt Russell to Attend Beyond Fest 2016 for 30th Anniversary 35mm Screening of Big Trouble In Little China

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Beyond Fest must have their check in the mail, because ol' Jack Burton himself is coming to the festival for a 30th anniversary screening of Big Trouble in Little China. Filmmaker James Gunn will be on hand to discuss the cult John Carpenter movie with the beloved actor, and that's only one of many events fans will want to mark on their fall calendars.

Taking place September 30th–October 11th at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, Beyond Fest 2016 will also feature screenings of Phantasm: Ravager, Phantasm: Remastered, George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead in 3-D, Martin, In a Valley of Violence, The Wolf Man (1941), The Bad Batch, Raw, and City of the Living Dead.

A 4K restoration screening of Romero's The Crazies will also take place, as well as a live performance by composer Fabio Frizzi and his orchestra during a showing of The Beyond: Composer's Cut.
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Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 Review – Sadako vs. Kayako (2016)

Sadako vs. Kayako, 2016

Directed by Kôji Shiraishi

Starring Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro, Aimi Satsukawa, Misato Tanaka, Mashahiro Kômoto, Masanobu Andô, Rina Endo, Maiko Kikuchi, Elly Nanami, Rintaro Shibamoto

Synopsis:

The vengeful spirits of the Ring and Grudge series face off.

Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman, King Kong vs. Godzilla, Freddy vs. Jason, Puppet Master vs. Demon Toys. We sure do love to see two iconic franchises clash together on the big screen don’t we? This year alone we’ve seem Batman take on Superman for eight minutes, and even Earth’s Mightiest Heroes collided in Captain America: Civil War. Wanting to capitalise on this recent resurgence, The Land of the Rising Sun has released a movie that pits the ghouls and curses from The Ring and The Grudge in Sadako vs. Kayako – and it’s a hell of a lot of fun.

That fun comes from Sadako vs. Kayako knowing
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Frightfest 2016: ‘Sadako Vs Kayako’ Review

Sadako Vs Kayako Review

With Rings due to descend into cinemas this Halloween it’s only fitting that we return to its source material as Sadako gets another outing. This time around though she’s got competition from another familiar face of J-horror, Kayako of The Grudge fame.

Sadako Vs Kayako was first birthed as a fake trailer for April Fools Day. However, after people failed to realise it was a joke and started to get excited by the premise, the studios saw money signs and hired Kôji Shiraishi to write and direct. Shiraishi then had the unenviable task of bringing the biggest Japanese smack-down since Kong fought Godzilla.

Both series of films have been around for years now and have become rather stagnant. By combining the two they’ve created something fresh to rejuvenate the franchise. Furthermore, thanks to events within, there could be more films in the pipeline.
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Fantastic Fest 2016’s 2nd Wave of Programming Includes Sadako Vs. Kayako, Arrival, The Eyes Of My Mother, Raw

With August almost over and September around the corner, we’re only a few weeks away from the start of Fantastic Fest, taking place September 22nd–29th in Austin, Texas. Following the announcement of the first wave of programming earlier this month, the second wave of films have now been revealed, including even more titles for horror, sci-fi, and suspense fans to look forward to seeing:

Press Release: Austin, TX – Thursday, August 25, 2016 – Alamo Drafthouse’s Fantastic Fest delivers another dose of cinematic decadence with its second wave of programming. Procured once again from the most curious corners of the genre universe, Fantastic Fest is proud to announce its opening film, Denis Villeneuve’s stunning Arrival. Arrival marks Villeneuve’s Fantastic Fest debut, which has proven to be worth the wait as his spectacular science fiction feature promises to kick off proceedings in explosive fashion.

It wouldn’t be Fantastic Fest
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Fantastic Fest Announces Second Wave of Programming, Including ‘Arrival,’ ‘Toni Erdmann’ and ‘The Handmaiden’

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Fantastic Fest Announces Second Wave of Programming, Including ‘Arrival,’ ‘Toni Erdmann’ and ‘The Handmaiden’
Fantastic Fest has announced the second wave of programming for this year’s edition of the Austin-based fête, which runs from September 22 — 29. “The Bad Batch,” a new restoration of 1971’s “The Zodiac Killer,” “Toni Erdmann,” “The Handmaiden” and opening-night selection “Arrival” are among the most prominent selections, with a number of appropriately oddball offerings thrown in as well. Full list below.

“Aalavandhalan” (Suresh Krissna)

Kamal Hassan stars in this ridiculously entertaining tale of an Indian commando pitted against his own serial killer twin brother in a deadly race to save the beautiful Tejaswini from certain death.

Arrival” (Denis Villeneuve)

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team — led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) — are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers — and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life,
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Horror Highlights: VFX Legion Q&A, Sharkansas Women’S Prison Massacre, Sadako Vs Kayako

Wanna know how some of your favorite sounds, action sequences, or visual effects were created? Daily Dead got a chance to do a Q&A with the VFX Legion team who worked on The Purge: Anarchy, Hardcore Henry, Ouija, and more. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: a Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre Blu-ray clip and trailer as well as three promo videos for Sadako vs Kayako.

Daily Dead Q&A with the VFX Legion Team, Breakdown Reel and Images:

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us. Can you give our readers an idea of what the VFX Legion team does to improve the look of a film and enhance the cinematic experience for viewers?

There are a lot of things that make up a movie. There’s sound, acting, locations, lighting, editing, and often times, visual effects. There are a ton of aspects to visual effects.
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Horror Icons from Ringu and Ju-on Films Collide in the Trailer for Sadako Vs Kayako

Familiar and frightening faces from two of Japan’s biggest horror franchises, Ringu (aka The Ring) and Ju-On (aka The Grudge), haunt humans who get caught in their cursed crossfire in the new trailer for Sadako vs Kayako.

Like something plucked from a horror fan’s daydream, Sadako vs Kayako will feature a showdown between the supernatural antagonists from the Ringu and Ju-On franchises. Horror fans living in Japan won’t have to wait long to lay eyes on Sadako vs Kayako, as the film is scheduled for a June 18th release. There’s no word yet on when it will debut elsewhere in the world. In the meantime, Paramount will release Rings in the Us on October 28th.

Sadako vs Kayako is directed by Kôji Shiraishi and stars Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro, Aimi Satsukawa, Misato Tanaka, Masahiro Kômoto, and Masanobu Andô, with Takako Fuji reprising her role as the
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Japan Flix: 'Teke Teke 2'

Reiko never had many friends, however things only get worse for her after an altercation with Erica, one of the popular girls at school. Soon, Reiko's only friend Natsuki begins to notice that she is behaving strangely. It seems that the girls who are her enemies soon find themselves dead - completely dismembered. What is the connection between Reiko and the legend of TekeTeke? Natsuki must unravel this mystery and discover the truth before it's too late.Director Kôji Shiraishi released Teke Teke and it's sequel back to back and in some ways the sequel is better than the first. It's still pretty standard stuff in regards to the bevy of horror films that Japan dishes out every year but instead of sticking with the standard 'race against time before...
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Tokyo Gore School (2009) Movie Review

The imaginatively titled “Tokyo Gore School” is the latest outing for director Yohei Fukuda, who previously helmed the somewhat popular “Chanbara Beauty”, and worked as cinematographer on Kôji Shiraishi’s controversial shocker “Grotesque”. Touted as being the new “Battle Royale”, the film revolves around teen violence and murders, possibly as a means of offering social commentary on modern Japanese society, or possibly just as an excuse for entertaining carnage. Viewers can now decide for themselves, as the film arrives on region 2 DVD via Manga Entertainment. J-pop boy band member Yusuke Yamada takes the lead role as Fujiwara, a high school student who is doing pretty well for himself with his studies, the girls, and fellow classmates. However, the good looking lad has a nasty side, and everything starts to change when his gang of goons bully an unfortunate student, who later throws himself off the school roof. One day not long after this,
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Grotesque: Review

Director: Koji Shiraishi. Review: Adam P. Grotesque. A very fitting title to one of the most disturbing and horrific Japanese movies I have ever seen. Like Guinea Pig: The Flower of Flesh and Blood, Grotesque is an hour and 15 minutes of nearly non-stop torture and gore. This movie has no redeeming qualities, and should not be viewed by the squeamish or the faint of heart. The plot to Grotesque is as simple as they come. A young man and woman go out for a first date and are kidnapped by a sadistic killer. The rest of the movie is comprised of the killer torturing and humiliating them in the worst ways imaginable. The main thing that makes this film worse to watch than The Flower of Flesh and Blood, is that the production quality of the movie is much better and therefore, all the horrific torture looks very real. Kôji Shiraishi,
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Grotesque: Review

Director: Koji Shiraishi. Review Adam P. Grotesque. A very fitting title to one of the most disturbing and horrific Japanese movies I have ever seen. Like Guinea Pig: The Flower of Flesh and Blood, Grotesque is an hour and 15 minutes of nearly non-stop torture and gore. This movie has no redeeming qualities, and should not be viewed by the squeamish or the faint of heart. The plot to Grotesque is as simple as they come. A young man and woman go out for a first date and are kidnapped by a sadistic killer. The rest of the movie is comprised of the killer torturing and humiliating them in the worst ways imaginable. The main thing that makes this film worse to watch than The Flower of Flesh and Blood, is that the production quality of the movie is much better and therefore, all the horrific torture looks very real. Kôji Shiraishi,
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