Bumpin' Gullivers & More J-Horror: Cinefantastique Post-Mortem 2:1.1

Gabby, stunned at the life-like might of a rotoscoped hand in the Fleischer Bros.' GULLIVER'S TRAVELS
Gabby, stunned at the life-like might of a rotoscoped hand in the Fleischer Bros.' GULLIVER'S TRAVELS

Having roundly belittled the recent, Jack Black-infused version of GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons turn their sights to other, earlier versions of the fantasy classic. Of a slate that includes an animated version from the Fleischers, a kid-oriented take from Ray Harryhausen, and the Halmis’ encyclopedic TV adaptation, which towers Brodignagianly over the others, and which are mere Yahoos? And while we’re at it, why are the prince and princess of the Fleischer version so camera shy?
Then Steve gives us his thoughts on David Kalat’s ambitious survey, J-Horror: The Definitive Guide to The Ring, The Grudge, and Beyond; and Dan & Larry wax nostalgic for Looney Tunes presented the way god intended them: at a full, six minute running length. Plus more tangents and digressions than you can shake a Lilliputian at.


Kuroneko: CFQ Post-Mortem Podcast 1:41.1

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Having taken the world’s most depressing world tour in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 1, the Cinefantastique Podcast crew – along with guest Andrea Lipinski of The Chronic Rift – set their sights on numerous other subjects during the Post-Mortem, including writer-director Kaneto Shindo’s black-and-white classic KURONEKO (1968), currently receiving art house playdates from Janus Films. Also on the chopping block: Boris Karloff’s THRILLER, THE OUTER LIMITS’ episode “The Form of Things Unknown,” and bad films we love – or love to hate.
NOTE: Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, there is no new Cinefantastique Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction Podcast this week.


Kuroneko ("The Black Cat") on screen

Specialty distributor Janus Films has struck new 35mm prints of Kaneto Shindo’s legendary film, KURONEKO (“The Black Cat,” 1968), a follow-up to the writer-director’s  wonderfully creepy ONIBABA (“Demon Woman,” 1964). KURONEKO has long been one of the most hard-to-find Japanese horror classics; it is known stateside mostly by reputation, but that reputation is a strong one: by all accounts this is one of the great incarnations of a popular trope in Japanese horror: the ghost cat (i.e., female spirits of murder victims who return in feline form to extract revenge).
KURONEKO has never been available on Region 1 DVD, so this will be the first opportunity that many US. viewers have had to see the film. The fact that it is being screened in a new 35mm print suggests that a home video release is in the works, but why wait? See it on the big screen!
KuronekoFrom the official website:

In war-torn medieval Japan, a demon haunts the Rajomon Gate, ripping out the throats of samurai in the grove beyond. The governor sends a war hero to confront the spirit, but what the man finds are two beautiful women who look just like his lost mother and wife. Both a chilling ghost story and a meditation on the nature of war and social hypocrisy, Kuroneko is the second horror triumph from director Kaneto Shindo (Naked Island, Onibaba), who mixes stunning visuals, an evocative score, and influences from traditional Japanese theater to create an atmospheric, haunting, and emotionally devastating masterpiece.

  • October 22 – 28: New York, NY – Film Forum
  • October 29 – November 4: Boston, MA – Landmark Kendall Square
  • November 5 – 11: Portland, OR – Cinema 21
  • November 19 – 25: Los Angeles, CA – Landmark Nuart
  • November 26: San Francisco, CA – The Castro Theatre
  • December 3: Rochester, NY – George Eastman House
  • December 24 – 30: Denver, CO – Denver Film Society
  • January 13-16 Cleveland Cinematheque in Cleveland, Ohio
  • January 21-27 SJFF Cinema in Seattl,e Washington
  • February 3 The Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA (double bill with HOUSE/HAUSU)
  • Feburary 3-6 Pacific Cinematheque in Vancouver, B.C.
  • February 11-17 Bloor Cinema in Toronto, ON
  • February 25 – March 3: Minneapolis, MN – Landmark Theatres
  • March 11-17 Landmark E-Street in Washington, D.C.
  • March 23 The Castro Theatre in San Francisco, CA (double bill with HOUSE/HAUSU, formerly announced for March 9)
  • March 30 The Cinema Arts Center in Hungtington, NY
  • April 1-7 Keene State College, Keane, New Hampshire
  • April 8-10, 15-17 in Detroit Institute of the Arts in Detroit, Michigan
  • NO LONGER LISTED, APPARENTLY CANCELED: April 22-28 Tivoli Cinemas in Kansas City, MO
  • April 29 BAMcinematek in Brooklyn, NY
  • May 6-10 Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • July 14 Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio (formerly listed as July 8-9)
  • July 30 & August 1: Gene Siskel Film Center (w/retrospective) – Chicago, IL
  • August 4-5: The Paramount Theatre – Austin, TX
  • October 29: The CInematheque (w/ retrospective) – Madison, WI
  • March 17, 2012: International House (with retrospective) – Philadelphia, PA

Note: This list may not be complete. To see new dates as they are confirmed, click here.