Demons of Fear: “UNDER THE SHADOW” (2016)

Fear and anxiety have a way of unsettling us: sometimes bringing out our worse natures, and sometimes forcing us to find our better selves. Writer/director Babak Anvari explores this in his Iranian horror, UNDER THE SHADOW. He also shows how fear, anxiety, and war can unearth darker powers in Nature. The look of the film is simple but with a growing oppression, a sometimes claustrophobic feel. The main characters are at the mercy not only of the external unrest but also of what is lurking in their minds.

J-Horror & the Hard-Boiled Detective Story: Two Films from the Early 2000s

Another Heaven and Suicide Club both focus on late 1990s Tokyo detectives. One detective is young and single. The other is middle-aged and has a wife and kids. Cases involving suspicious deaths that turn out to be far from run-of-the-mill confront both of them. Both soon realize that there’s more going on than meets the eye. At first, none of their colleagues will believe them. How will they deal with these cases?