NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
TOP KNOT DETECTIVE
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)
Directed by: George Andrew Romero
Written by: John A. Russo / George A. Romero
Starring: Judith O'Dea / Duane Jones / Karl Hardman / Marilyn Eastman / Keith Wayne
Fifty years ago in the quiet Pennsylvania countryside, a mutation resulting from radiation caused the dead to arise. The dead began to walk and devour the living. Gripped by an insatiable hunger for human flesh, the ghouls' ghastly quest inadvertently brought together six strangers: a sister and brother, Barbara and Johnny who were visiting their father's grave; Ben, a young black salesman seeking refuge; a married couple Helen and Harry and their child Karen. However, the inability to unite ultimately led to their tragic downfall. Karen was injured by the ghouls and was slowly acquiring their disease, which also led to the tragedy of her mother. Barbara was dragged away by her brother who also got infected. By morning, when the living succeeded in suppressing the dead, only Ben survived by barricading himself in the basement of the farmhouse. But he was mistaken for a ghoul and was shot through the head when he burst out to greet a posse sent to destroy the ghouls.
Directed by: John Carpenter
Written by: John Carpenter / Debra Hill
Starring: Donald Pleasence / Jamie Lee Curtis / Nancy Kyes / P.J. Soles / Charles Cyphers
In 1963, on Halloween night in Haddonfield, Illinois, Michael Myers, dressed in a clown costume and mask, inexplicably stabs his older sister Judith to death with a kitchen knife in their home. He is subsequently hospitalized at a sanitarium. Fifteen years later, on October 30, 1978, Michael's child psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis, and his colleague, Marion , arrive at the sanitarium to take Michael to court. Michael escapes from the sanitarium, stealing Loomis’ car and returning home to Haddonfield. Loomis is hot on his trail, hoping to catch him before he murders again. Meanwhile, Haddenfield High School students Laurie, Annie, and Lynda have plans for baby-sitting on Halloween and maybe carrying on a bit with their boyfriends.
THE SHINING (1980)
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Written by: Stanley Kubrick / Diane Johnson / Stephen King
Starring: Jack Nicholson / Shelley Duvall / Danny Lloyd / Scatman Crothers / Barry Nelson
The Overlook Hotel in the Rocky Mountains is a gigantic building with several hundred rooms. It is closed in the winter, and teacher and aspiring novelist Jack Torrance has been hired as the off-season caretaker.He moves into the enormous lodge with his wife Wendy and son Danny in the hopes of putting his failing family life back together and writing the great American novel. Wendy is hopeful about this new opportunity but Danny is bothered by disturbing visions of his family’s future and the hotel’s past. As the winter drags on and isolation mounts, Jack starts to fall victim to the hotel’s sinister powers and Danny begins to hone his telepathic gifts - he has visions of blood pouring from the hotel’s elevator, and of two murdered young girls. Jack buries his head in writing all day and starts to behave strangely. One day, Wendy finds out that all her husband has written these days is only one sentence. Jack has gone mad!
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Written by: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: James McAvoy / Anya Taylor-Joy / Betty Buckley / Haley Lu Richardson / Jessica Sula
Kevin suffers from dissociative identity disorder and is heading towards a mental breakdown. Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Karen Fletcher, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. His condition leads to him abducting Claire, Marcia and Casey, three teenage girls who he locks up in his basement. As Kevin's therapist delves deeper into his mysterious disorder, the girls must find ways to escape before a new and sinister 24th personality reveals itself. While Claire and Marcia start to panic, Casey remains calm and begins to pose a threat to Kevin’s scheme. She tries to manipulate the weakest persona to escape, but the stronger persona always fight back. As for Kevin, he reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.
TOP KNOT DETECTIVE（2017）
Directed by: Aaron McCann / Dominic Pearce
Written by: Aaron McCann / Dominic Pearce
Starring: Toshi Okuzaki / Masa Yamaguchi / Mayu Iwasaki / Kuni Hashimoto
This faux documentary unravels the made-up tale of how “Deductive Reasoning Ronin” made it to Australian screens back in the late 90’s, retitled as “Top Knot Detective“, and what really happened behind the scenes of this outrageous show. The original Japanese series was legendary in its home country as being a cultural train-wreck, led by its insane writer, director and star, Takashi Takamoto. The rivalry between Takashi and co-star, Haruto Koike, is just the tip of this conspiratorial iceberg, leading back to Japanese conglomerate Sutaffu, and its CEO, Moritaro (coincidentally, Haruto’s father). Des Mangan, the narrator, introduces us to the sensation of today’s cult fan world at Oz Comicon, then takes us right back to the origins of Takashi Takamoto, his hunger for fame, desire to be admired, and the blurry lines between truth and fiction. Through interviews with cast and crew, the mystery of Takashi unravels, and we get an insight into the eccentric shows that cult film fans hold so dear.