The Lovers and the Despot (2016)


The Lovers and the Despot (2016)

North Korea ruler Kim Jong-il kidnaps South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee while she is in Hong Kong. Drugs her and has her brought to North Korea.  Her x-husband, the famous film director, Shin Sang-ok goes to Hong Kong to find out what happened to her. He disappaers, also kidnapped to North Korea. 

Kim Jong-il, a major film fan wanted to improve the quality of North Korean films and seemed to feel that North Korean film makers were such simpletons that they could not do it. What do you do if you are a crazed leader? It would appear that you start kidnapping film makers to bring into your country to make films for you.


































I Madman (1989)


I Madman (1989)

Even though the premise sounds very ordinary and repetitive, this late 80's thriller features an unusually great deal of tension and slick elements. Tibor Tik√°cs' (love the name) "I, Madman" focuses on a young woman – Virginia – obsessed by reading bloody horror novels. She recently discovered the oeuvre of a bizarre but stylish writer named Malcolm Brand. Especially his book "I, Madman" fascinates her as it describes the acts of a horribly deformed doctor who kills people in order to make an actress fall in love with him. But fiction turns into reality when Virginia finds herself chased by the book's eerie doctor and murders are committed all around her. This film contains a few very bloody sequences but it's not at all a gore flick like so many other similar productions from that decade. The power merely lies in the subtly build up suspense-scenes (with excellent depressing images of a nearly pauperized city) and, especially, the presence of an ultra-grim monster! This mad doctor/writer/hurt romanticist is a fine horror creation that'll certainly appeal to every fan of the genre. (IMDB Coventry)