Chilling medical Horror/thriller movies

One of my favorite types of movies are medical ones or ones with bits of the medical aspect to it and if they’re horror or suspense, It’s a major plus. A movie that inspired me to write this post was one I saw recently called Helter Skelter.

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Helter Skelter (2012)

    This is a Japanese thriller so you know it’s going to be disturbing and it is. I LOVE the cinematography and the use of red as the main color through out the film. It’s based on the manga of the same name about a star named Lilico that everyone looks up to, even though she’s a stuck-up asshole. She’s obsessed with plastic surgery and when a new star starts to take her place she begins to fall a part, literally and figuratively. 

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It’s starts off with the quote “laughters and screams sound very much alike.” Hauntingly true…

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Re-animator (1985)

    Ok, most of you have probably already seen this since it’s a cult classic but oh well there’s still tons of people out there that haven’t seen how rad this movie is. Based on the H.P. Lovecraft story, Herbert West–Reanimator, this movie gives it a more comedy twist. It starts with a young scientist that creates a serum to bring his dead professor back to life and gets carried away. 

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He starts claiming he can “defeat” death but instead he turns his patients into killer zombies. 
Yeah it’s cheesy, but definitely worth a watch.

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American Mary (2012)

   Love body modification? This is a great film. The story starts off with a young,struggling, college student named Mary that wants to become a surgeon. To earn extra money she turns to stripping. After she’s accepted there, they immediately find out that she’s attending med school and ask her to perform on someone in the back of the club. She hesitantly agrees and is paid well. A stripper finds out about her work and introduces her to the body mod community but she doesn’t want any part of that. Until one of her professors rape her and she decides to get revenge by practicing her surgeon/modification skills on him. Warning, it’s graphic and gory.

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Excision (2012)

    A delusional high school girl with an interest in the medical field and blood goes to extremes to impress her mother that hates her and save her sister that has cystic fibrosis. One of the most screwed up films I’ve seen. This film knows how to be terrifying and hilarious at the same time, something I didn’t expect… Her strongly detailed fantasies only make it more creepy but I loved it. Only thing I disliked is how the ending was. It felt rushed and left everything too open but i found it funny because it’s ridiculous how crazy the main character is. John Waters is in this film too!

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Fashion Icons: Minori and Japanese female artists mix cd!

Have you ever heard of Shironuri? You’ve probably seen me talk about it a while back briefly. Shironuri originates from a traditional Japanese style that dates back hundreds of years to Geisha and Kabuki performers. Nowadays it’s being added with more modern twists such as Kawaii (cute), Gothic, Victorian, nature, rave and Horror fashion. The word translates to “painted white.” 

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Even in Japan it is still very underground but thanks to artists like Minori it’s been getting tons of exposure over the last few years.
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At only twenty-three years old, she has already been on Vogue and is an international Shironuri model. She got into the subculture at age eighteen and has made a huge impact in Tokyo culture ever since. She makes all her outfits! Minori is a frequent model on TokyoFashion,com. 
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Since she grew up in the country side, that is her main inspiration for Shironuri. She looks to nature for ideas and motivation.
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She holds exhibits in Japan every few months. I’d love to go.
You can find her on her website and her Tumblr.

 

I’m addicted to making mix cds and why not make one dedicated to cool Japanese female artists? Here you go!
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“J-pop that isn’t anime or vocaloid? What??”

1. Dreamers Dream – Twinkerbell
2. Gimme Gimme – Mademoiselle Yulia
3. Fxxk Boys Get Money – FEMM
4. Sunny – Mademoiselle Yulia
5. Wannabe – FEMM
6. Daydream – Judy and Mary
7. Black Candy – Koda Kumi
8. White Noise – FEMM
9. Mi – Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
10. 1mm – Perfume 
11. After Dinner – Ironclad Mermaid 
12. Chronic – Mademoiselle Yulia

Japan’s hottest new duo, FEMM

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FEMM or Far East Mention Mannequins are a Japanese pop group, They are supposed to be Mannequins that come to life and they take it seriously. They are SW-000000 (a.k.a RiRi) and MS-000000 (a.k.a LuLa.) They’re brand new and have barely gotten any promotion it seems. I don’t know why, I really like them so far. Typically I’m not into much modern pop or J pop but it’s something about them…
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What makes them different? They sing all of their songs in English, except their cover of the late 70’s Pink Lady song, UFO which is in Japanese.
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They have become popular on Tumblr with their song “Fxxk Boyz Get Money” which like any other pop song today It’s auto-tuned but they nail it with the raw rapping and hip beat, plus they’re twerking in Gothic Lolita outfits…weird but strangely addicting and fun to watch. 

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The music video for UFO is insane.

Wannabe is another “should be” club hit.

HOW ARE THEY NOT FAMOUS YET??

 

 

 

 

Futuristic fashion

Futuristic is a style I’ve been wanting to experiment with for ages. There’s different variations of it such as Retro Futuristic (50s-70s influence)
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Modern Futuristic
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 Steampunk, the best way i can describe it is as “the future that never happened” Think of 19th century dystopia  I used to be part of a Steampunk group once. 

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and Cyber Goth (which relies more on raver and club influence). 

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I’ll try my best to show off outfits that look great on anybody (guys,girls, non-binary).
What would work for Retro Futuristic? Here are Red and Blue 3D Heart or rectangle glasses

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Next is Gladiator Heels

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These have had some pretty nice reviews. I’d kill for these. 

Here’s a Space Babe Skirt
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The great thing is that it’s color and size custom. This is totally straight out of 1960s space film.

 

Now let’s move on to more of a Modern Futuristic. This is a Galaxy sweatshirt. It says it’s for women but it’s unisex.
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Eyeball lunch bag
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Holographic mini skirt

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Want more of a Cyber/club feel?
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Cyber Goth Respirator Gas Mask

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Alien Shirt
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When it comes to Steampunk, it’s best to create your own stuff for more of an authentic look, since steampunk outfits and accessories are wayyyyyyyyy too much to pay. For example find old watch gears and metal/gold pieces and see where it goes from there.

 

If you’re going to go for Future look, holographic prints, clear/very shiny materials, platforms, are usually the way to go but there isn’t a set list. Whatever you’re comfortable with. 

Some cool Japanese Gothic/Future wear – Alice-auaa (extremely beautiful but each item costs your soul and then some, still fun to look at and torture yourself with since it’s hard to afford)

 Song of The Day – Magic Fly by Space 

 

 

LGTBQ cult films galore and a new glam rock outfit

Cult films are the best films ever, usually they’re low budget and have a limited release but these few of my favorites are amazing because they focuse on LGTBQ culture which isn’t represented enough in media.
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1. Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
This film has such a special place in my heart. In the 1970’s an Irish transgender woman by the name of ”Kitten” follows a glam rock band on the road while trying to figure out her gender identity and find her mother that abandoned her when she was young. It’s heart breaking, but also light and has a fun atmosphere to it. Cillian Murphy (who plays Kitten) is beautiful in this.
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I dare you to look me in the eye and say all of Kitten’s outfits aren’t perfect.

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2. Gypsy 83 (2001)
Perfect perfect perfect Goth movie. A gay teen and his older friend go on a road trip to the Night Of A Thousand Stevies, a festival dedicated to Stevie Nicks fans. It’s a typical coming of age film but that doesn’t lessen the enjoyment of it.
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I never knew I needed a lunch box this much.

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3. Paris Is Burning (1990)
One of the best documentaries out there about LGTBQ history. Filmed around the years of 1986-1989, it focuses on the LGTBQ culture around NYC and the golden age of NYC drag balls. It discusses the origin of voguing and explains the racism, homophobia, poverty, and AIDS the subjects dealt with.

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Everybody wants to make an impression, some mark upon the world. Then you think, you’ve made a mark on the world if you just get through it, and a few people remember your name. Then you’ve left a mark. You don’t have to bend the whole world. I think it’s better to just enjoy it. Pay your dues, and just enjoy it. If you shoot a arrow and it goes real high, hooray for you.”

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4. Hedwig and The Angry Inch (2001)
Drag queens and punk rock, what more do you need?? Hedwig is a troubled soul that had a botched sex operation in order to marry the man she loved. He left her and now depressed and lonely she starts a band and tours the country singing about her life. She meets a Jesus freak named Tommy and turns him into a bigger rock star than she is and again she’s betrayed.
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The plot line, outfits, and soundtrack is incredible and original.

With today’s outfit I was kinda going for something Marc Bolan inspired so I had this blue jacket I got from a local thrift store and threw it on with my home made t-shirt.

“Evil, wicked, mean, and nasty” comes from Steppenwolf lyrics.
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Jesus, everything is too blue.

Haruka Kurebayashi, Kawaii International, and vintage thrift store finds

One of my favorite Japanese models is the sweet and adorable Haruka Kurebayashi.
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(Second from the left) She’s a frequent model for KERA magazine. Her quirky cuteness is addictive.
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The best way to describe her style is fairy kei. Fairy kei is strongly influenced by 1980s style of cuteness. You know, soft pastel colors, old cartoons, pink everywhere. Haruka is also a customer of Viva Cute Candy, a popular hair salon in Tokyo.

 

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Do any of you watch Kawaii International?  Yes, it’s pretty girly at times, but it’s a cool show if you can’t be in Japan but you wanna catch up on the latest trends and modern pop culture things over there. It shows you how-tos and plenty of D.I.Y. fashion. It can be incredibly helpful. Another great thing is that they don’t just focus on the girly and sweet Kawaii styles but all of the other kinds such as boy-style, Gothic, glam rock and the constant changing of gyaru. They even bring fans from all over the world to participate in the show. You can download the NHK app, a Japanese television channel,on your phone and catch it there.

 

Today’s outfit is one of my top looks (excuse the terrible quality)
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Fact: about 95% of all my clothes come from thrift stores. A while back I got this nice Victorian-like shirt from a local store. I wear it way too much. Makes me kinda feel like an anime character, especially with the blue, flippy hair. 
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A slightly better photo. You can’t see it well but recently I got these grey striped pants to compliment the shirt. Definitely one of my favorite outfits. 

The joys of Japanese horror

    We all know about popular Japanese movies such as The Ring and Grudge and while those can be scary they only touch a bit of Japanese horror really is. From what I’ve noticed I can say that in Western countries they tend to mostly rely more on bodily horror (blood and guts everywhere), but in Japan the style of horror is more psychological mind fucking, though there are some gory kick ass Japanese movies such as Machine Girl,  Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl and Battle Royale. Here’s some to get under your skin.

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1. Audition (1999)
       A widower holds a fake “audition” to look for a new wife and comes across a recluse but seemingly sweet young woman. Over some time they get to know each other and everything appears to turn for the best until she discovers that he’s been married before and well, it all goes for the worst as she turns out to be a psychopath. A bit predictable and it’s a long movie but it’s still horrifying at the end.

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2. Reincarnation (2005)
       From the same director that gave you The Grunge and Marebito, it follows a group of actors and actresses that visit an abandoned hotel building to reenact the murderers of eleven people that a college professor did in order to understand reincarnation.  All of the characters turn out to be reincarnations of the victims and one finds out that they are the rebirth of the professor. Sounds pretty psycho already?

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3. The Tomie series (started in 1999)
        Based on Junji Ito’s manga of the same name with nine installments to date, it’s the longest running Japanese horror series. It’s about a teenage girl named Tomie that is so exceptionally beautiful she drives all the men literally crazy, which ends in her deaths but she is able to regenerate over and over again. 

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4. Strange Circus (2005)
      Easily in my top five for the most screwed up films ever. There’s a trigger warning for everything. The cinematography is great and it’s nicely made but it’s violent and disturbing on so many levels. I only recommend this if you have a REALLY strong stomach. Seriously, it’s not for the faint of heart. After a young girl walks in on her parents having sex, the father forces her to join in and sexually abuses her her entire life. There’s a big twist in the end I didn’t expect. 

    Are you more of a reader? In my opinion, he best modern Japanese horror writers are Junji Ito and Shintaro Kago. Again, they’re not for squeamish writers but if you enjoy being freaked out then go for it. 

Junji Ito – The SeashoreHanging Balloons, 

Shintaro Kago – Super Glue, Fetus Collection