An adaptation of the popular Clive Owen BBC series that centers on a detective who is losing his sight and must employ other skills to solve murders.
Twitch got word on Thailand’s Five Star Production’s next 3-D projects out of the Hong Kong Filmart. Ghost Coins is a new take on a classic tale to be directed by Pawat Panangkasiri, director of 2008′s In The Shadow of The Naga (Nak Prok). In the film, “A group of teenagers are consumed by greed and defy tradition by stealing from the dead. A Thai belief instructs relatives to put coins in the mouth of the deceased for the afterlife. But for these reckless teenagers, even dead men’s money, stuck in their lifeless mouth, are still worth robbing. The corpses are decaying, half-rotten, swarmed by maggots. They stink to high heaven. But the teenagers have no qualms to put their hands into the mouths of the dead bodies, through the disgusting slime and goo, to extract the coins known in Thai as “money in the ghost’s mouth.” The more they steal, the more they grow wild and confident. The teenagers set out to the graveyard at Nok Liang Mountain, where the corpse of a millionaire with a mouthful of gold coins is kept. They steal the coins, but this time things are different. The spirit of the man returns with a vengeance and the grave-robbers face unstoppable horror and violent retaliation. Death is not what the spirit wants, since death is too merciful. What it wants is something more horrifying.”
Also shooting in 2013 is The Second Sight, directed by Pornchai Hongrattanaporn from a story by Kongkiat Komesiri. “Jet is a man who has a psychic ability since he was born. He loathes it, because it makes him a freak in the eyes of others. Every time he reports his vision to friends, they think he’s losing his mind. Jet decides to keep his ability a secret. But soon he begins to discover a new use of it: he enters the minds of others and steals their secrets, and from just initial curiosity he starts to exploit such knowledge to his own advantage. When Jet falls in love with a woman, he breaks his own rule. He begins to use his paranormal ability to help his lover in a way that he shouldn’t. And the path of unpredictable future is leading him into a dark, unkind destiny.”
Screen Daily also reports out of the market reporting that Edko Films unveiled two-part horror feature Tales From The Dark, comprising six segments adapted from stories written by best-selling Hong Kong author Lilian Lee. The six segments will be directed by Fruit Chan, Lee Chi Ngai, Lawrence Lau, Teddy Robin, Gordon Chan and actor Simon Yam in his directorial debut. The project’s ensemble cast will include Yam, Kelly Chen, Maggie Shiu, Yuen Qiu, Josephine Koo, Tony Leung Kar-fai and Lam Suet. The two parts of the film will be released on July 4 and August 1 to coincide with Chinese hungry ghost month.
Director Stuart Gordon has always been one of my favourite genre filmmakers. Overall his body of work contains a versatility and wild imagination I’ve always gravitated towards. Re-Animator still remains as the highlight of his career. Gordon’s follow-up, From Beyond arrived a year later. It’s as good of a sophomore film as one could ever hope for. Like Re-Animator, it’s a H.P. Lovecraft adaptation. From Beyond manages to be even more demented.
It’s about another obsessive scientist Dr. Pretorius (the wonderfully unhinged Ted Sorel), his assistant Crawford Tillinghast (the always engaging Jeffrey Combs) and “The Resonator”, a machine designed to stimulate the brain’s pineal gland which in turn opens ups powers of the mind. Like all mad scientists in movies, they go too far and unleash creatures from a parallel universe, as well as turning Pretorius into a deformed, hideous monster. When it comes to Lovecraft, no one handles his material better than Stuart Gordon. As grotesque as the film increasingly gets, it never once becomes mean-spirited. There’s a sense of fun, free-spirited inventiveness going on here that makes From Beyond such a compelling watch…time and time again. Gordon has a firm, confident hand on the film’s tone in the same manner he featured in Re-Animator. The horror and humour are juggled together so effortlessly. Very few genre pictures succeed in getting both to intertwine so cohesively. READ MORE