Category Archives: Horror: Ominously Odd

Stories that don’t quite mess with any other category, but are Horror nonetheless

Cure

Date:
1997
Stars:
Kôji Yakusho
Masato Hagiwara
Tsuyoshi Ujiki

Writers:
Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Director:
Kiyoshi Kurosawa
WRC Score:
3.5/4

Cure tells the story of a strange series of murders done by various people.  The victim in each has an X carved in their bodies.  The killers has no motive to commit  the crime.  And none of them have any connection to one another.

Well, actually they do have one connection…

This movie is what got me into Japanese Horrors and, having watched it for the first time in years, I don’t think its a good representation of the subgenre.  Probably a personal prejudice of mine, but I think of J-Horror as like Italian Horror: More style than substance.

Oh, and not quite as gore or nudity laden.

Cure might not have the sort of style I’m looking for in J-Horror, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an excellent flick.  It’s disturbing and well acted.  While not everything gets explained, in the end enough does to satisfy.  It’s a really well made flick (2 points.)

I liked and enjoyed watching this (1.5 points), much more than the first time when I came in half way through.  However, it isn’t a really big Gotta-See-Again.  Once every ten years or so is just ducky with me.

Score: 3.5 points out of a possible 4

 

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The Contraption

Opening Thoughts

Date:
1977
Stars:
Richard O’Brien

Charlotte Cornwell
Writer:
James Dearden
Director:
James Dearden
WRC Score:
3.5/4

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Note: 
First posted in a different form on September 26, 2014

Here’s an interesting change of pace: a Whale review for a Minnow movie.

The Contraption is a short film shot in 1977.  It has only one set, one actor (the second is but a voice over) and only one line of dialogue.  It used to pop up on cable channels a lot back in the Eighties, and it’s one of those films that if you’ve seen it once, you never forget it.

So why the long review?  Well this particular review is an artifact from an earlier time.  Back before the first reboot, if you can believe it.  Back then they were all Whales, with not a real Minnow in sight.

See, the reason I started this site was to talk about Speculative Films.  To really go into why I thought this film worked and that film didn’t.  Thus the long review.

As The Contraption is rather short, I don’t see much purpose in doing a Minnow and a Whale for it.  Thus let this serve as the Minnow: seek this short out.  Good direction, good acting, and an ambiguous story makes this a great piece of Horror (2 points)  I like this one a great deal (1.5 points).  It comes RECOMMENDED.

And that as they say is that.  What follows on the next page is a full on look at The Contraption.  It starts with a rather vanilla (and short!) Viewing Experience, followed by the accustomed Thoughts After the Film.  It should be fun.

Which might not be that appropriate, now that I think about it…

Overall Score: 3.5 total points out of a possible 4 (-_-)b