WTF? Film Review: Voyage To Agatis (Reise nach Agatis) 2010


Marian Dora’s ‘Voyage to Agatis’ is only for fans of extreme horror.

In the German director’s classic style (demonstrated to the max in Melancholie Der Engel), this is another really horrible/ugly story told with the hypnotic beauty he’s made his trademark.

A good, if simple plot: A hapless young woman named Lisa (Janna Lisa Dombrowsky) embarks on a one-way trip with depraved dysfunctional couple Raphael and Isabell (played by Thomas Goersch, and Tatjana Mueller). What starts off as seemingly a pleasant (and kinky) sea cruise suddenly degenerates into a violent nightmare.

Great subtle camera work, great acting from all 3 leads, Lots of creepy atmosphere to this. Lovely scenery—sea/coastal shots—too.

Wonderful soundtrack too. Really gorgeous music to the madness.

A worthy point of note: This movie was filmed in 3 days (yes, 3) on a budget of less than $15,000 dollars ??? (Yes, less than 15 grand—some reports say 10 grand). That in itself makes this a major achievement.

Little else to say about it, except, if you like extreme horror, you’ll likely enjoy this . . . if not, please steer WELL CLEAR, else you’re certain to wind up VERY offended. With Voyage to Agatis, there’s unlikely to be middle ground.

S’Nuff Said.

WTF Movie Review: Tokyo Gore Police (2008).

TokyoGorePolice_poster_01Okay, folks, make no mistake, this movie is . . . weirrrd to the max. Completely messed up.   I mean, seriously.

The film’s basic concept of the future privatization of Japan’s police force, is somewhat similar to that of Robocop, except that here there’s no Robocop.

What you have instead are the sort of police force you generally only desire to meet in your dreams . . . your bad dreams. Execution on the spot (okay, in a dark alley) for groping? Groping? Now I mean, I’m completely against anyone grabbing parts of ladies’ anatomy on the train without their permission, but to have both arms cut off for it?  :-)


And if that type of justice looks/sounds bad, the criminals are way worse:

Meet the big bad guy Engineer:


What the bad guy (or one of his good friends) did:


Now, she’s definitely not the lady you want to meet when you’re down and out: vlcsnap-2015-07-13-22h31m32s216

And, ah yes, the ‘walking on blades’ swordswoman:


Now trust me, this selection of pictures is really just the tip of the iceberg of the madness Tokyo Gore Police contains.

IMHO, it’s rather odd how this movie isn’t more popular amongst aficionados of weird films. It’s not, for instance, as well-known or loved as say, The Machine Girl (which is from the same film company Fever Dreams), and you’ll likely wonder about that after watching it.

My one real disappointment with this movie? I really wish Eihi Shina (who plays lead actress Ruka) had smiled a bit more . . . Or actually, had smiled at all.

Okay, here she is in TGP:


Now here she is at her beautiful, creepy, psychotic best in Audition:


The difference is like . . . But director Yoshihiro Nishimura had his reasons, I guess.  :-)

It’s a good solid story, though. While she’s still a teen, Ruka’s dad get’s messily killed for being against police force privatization and she grows up to be a cop in his place. Meanwhile, there’s the shadowy group of ‘Engineer’ mutants who seem intent on causing as much societal chaos as possible. Ruka is an Engineer hunter, and of course she’s about to discover lots of stuff she’d rather not know . . .

So, this is definitely one to watch. For Japanese-movie craziness and over the top gore it’s almost impossible to top.

8/10 if only for the amped-up craziness alone.

Bizarro 101: FREE on Amazon Kindle all this weekend!

Hello Evry-1,

My short story collection Bizarro 101 (A Basic Primer) is FREE on Amazon Kindle both today and tomorrow (Saturday June 13th and Sunday June 14th). So pls, pls, pls click the Amazon link below (or the book cover image ) and pick up a copy. ;-)

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It’s FREE! FREE!! FREE!!! 37 weird flash fiction tales for the price of none! :-)

Two New Books!

Bizarro 101 Front Cover Agency Font First, Bizarro 101:

Welcome to the strange place:

A collection of 37 flash fiction stories designed to introduce one to the Bizarro/New Weird Genre.

Weird, dreamy, nightmarish, absurd, sad, surreal, humorous . . . this collection of tales is all this and more.

Welcome once again to the strange place, everyone . . . the very strange place.

Bizarro 101 Amazon link

And then, The Fly Queen:

THE FLY QUEEN__ cover 1When a gangster’s moll and a suitcase full of his money go missing from a party, he hires Boston PI Tori Frame to locate both. He suspects both his money and mistress to now be down in The Groad.

Tori Frame’s very familiar with The Groad: It’s where she does her best work.

The Groad is that part of Hell transformed by Bizarro, the impossible underworld existing beneath Boston, MA. The Groad is a universe of subterranean corridors, chambers, and caverns, and is the residence of some very strange creatures. It’s where the weird meets the infernal with devastating results.

Clearly, Tori Frame already has her work cut out for her underground. Only now, with the arrival on the scene of the beautiful and strange Mrs. Musca, this case is about to become VERY complicated . . .

Fly Queen Purchase link

Melanie Nemesis Catchpole

Hi Evry-1,

My new novel:

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Reality has henceforth been abolished – The Fixer.

In Springfield, Massachusetts, Melanie Catchpole is hired to fetch back a magic teddy bear worth millions of dollars from a warehouse across town.

Problem is, the warehouse is down in Springfield’s O-Zone—that totally weird sector of the city where Bizarro fell to Earth. The ‘O’ is a fairytale land, a place where dreams and nightmares literally live and breathe.

Worse still, the gingers—mutant cannibals—prowl the O. The gingers have already eaten everyone else Melanie’s employers sent to get back the magic teddy bear.

Accompanied by the handsome but ruthless Doug Fisher (who she finds sexy but doesn’t dare entrust her heart to), Melanie enters the O-Zone.

Melanie and Doug are instantly caught up in an adventure they’d never have believed credible even if written as fiction . . . and Melanie’s used to experiencing the very weird as the norm.

And now, additionally, there’s a mystery to unravel: What does the dark, freezing-cold being called The Fixer want with Mary, the barkeep’s daughter?


It’s available here.

Vagina Mundi free on Amazon!

Hi Evry-1,

My new novel ‘Vagina Mundi’ is available as a FREE Kindle download on Amazon for the next three days (08/05/2014 – 08/07/2014)  Please head over there and grab a copy.

You can either click HERE, or on the cover image below to go to Amazon for your FREE copy.

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Vagina Mundi:

Rachel Risk is a professional thief with super-strong hair that can stretch like tentacles to manipulate objects.
Ashley Status, has both a digitally augmented brain, and ‘muscle-purses’ in her arms and legs in which she stores inflatable objects—cars, guns, rocket launchers, etc.
When Raye is framed as the fall girl in a jewel robbery, the pair flee Chicago’s vengeful robot gangsters and take refuge in the Hotel Bizarre, where the gorgeous ‘vagina singer,’ Femina, is performing for a week.
But the Hotel Bizarre is even stranger than its name suggests, and very soon Raye and Ash are involved in an deadly adventure, a struggle for survival the likes of which they’d never imagined possible—with loads of deviant sex, drugs, music, and violence at every turn.
And just what is the old woman in the skin desert really doing with all those cats glued to her walls?

Vagina Mundi—A Bizarro Hymn in praise of WOMAN!