Horrors of the Parasitic World: A Love Story

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It has been suggested that the movie's large amount of dialogue plays havoc with those who have a short attention span, but to make the movie a hack-and-slash flick would have been a big mistake. MidnightHeaven 12 October Being familiar with the game, it was surprise to find out that 1 it was based on a novel that would count as a prequel, and 2 it was well thought out and drove home the originality of such a villain living within us.

Unlike the game, this is more tame and has no need for action and bullets blazin' It's just that in here, it give a more scientific yet easy to understand approach to the series' overseas in many ways origin and climax, and also shows that, as cheesy as it sounds, love conquers all. It is a little slow at first, but there are things that keep your interest, so yes, it really is a good watch, even if you're not a fan of the game, or didn't know it was a game at all.

It's a rare find, but it's worth a try even once: I'm a fan of book to movie releases. Regardless of whether I've read the book or not, I enjoy spotting the differences and considering how well the movie conveys the gist of the plot and how the actors portray the characters. This time round however, I was sorely disappointed.

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My first contact with the Parasite Eve series was during the Playstation game's release in the 90s. Enthralled by the bioscience driven story, with the chill of the idea that your own body might rebel against you, I began looking up the original novel that started it all. At the time, the book remained untranslated, but I managed to find a graphic novel version translated to Chinese at the local comic shop.

The plot, essentially a prequel to the game, completely blew me away. It explained so much of the game's background in a style of brutal science fiction horror. This movie, an adaptation of the novel, abandons most of that. While I can forgive the fact that the special effects aren't exactly 'up to standard' given that it is a film from the 90s, I cannot forgive the utter mangling of the plot and the bad acting.

I honestly don't understand how they managed or decided to drag the film out to two hours long while failing to convey even half of the original story. The story of the mitochondria rebelling seems to take second place to this, especially in the anti-climatic 'grand finale' where he somehow stops the independently acting Mitochondria from carrying out their plot because for some reason, in the process of making their host fall in love with him, they have come to develop feelings for him too or imply that 'Kiyomi', his wife, is still 'in there', which is even cheesier and more unbelievable.

To top it off, the movie even fails to provide the aftermath of what happens to the other characters, leaving behind plot holes aplenty. All in all, if you really want to something that stays true and keeps to the spirit of Parasite Eve, just order the book off Amazon, they actually have it translated now. Parasite Eve is a great sci-fi film. It is intense, suspenseful, dramatic, romantic and quite different than any other film in the genre.

The characters are well developed and the story line never fails. The score of the film is brilliant; it transmits the sadness and intensity that the characters are feeling. There might be a version in English of Parasite Eve, but I think, like in any other foreign film, the original language adds a lot more to the movie. So in this case Japanese is more effective and the film should be viewed in its original sound. From start to finish the film grows in intensity without ever failing to keep the audience entertained wondering, imagining, and trying to anticipate the conclusion.

Overall, besides being a "scientific" sci-fi movie, the main ingredient through the film is love, loss and the endless possibilities after But in this case, it's not a parasite hidden in the human spine which wants to free itself and have its own life but rather the mitochondria in the human body. They are self-replicating organelles, bounded by 2 membranes, that are found in the cytoplasm of all eukaryotic cells and produce cellular energy in the form of ATP via the oxidative phosphorylation reactions. And all those years since evolution spat out the first humans, they were waiting for the day when they could finally break free.

This day is NOW, and their outbreak of the human bodies would surely mean the end of all human life on earth. It's up to one lonely and desperate Japanese scientist to stop them after his beloved wife was killed as it was long-term planned by the mitochondria. But the daring storyline of the movie and the tension which is built slowly but surely until the climatic finale is worth watching anyway.

Japanese cinema has become an interesting alternative for lovers of the fantastic film genre. The way how Japanese films tell their story differs a great deal from Hollywood productions. If you're not an action-only fan, you won't regret it. RobynBelfry 7 January I really enjoyed this film. I'm a BIG fan of the game and it was interesting to see how they blended elements of the original story into the storyline of the SquareSoft title. It is an interesting concept The ideas that the film presents are original, and displayed in a pretty original way.

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I chalk most of my "huh? Some of the effects are pretty groovy, too! It's a little slow moving at first, but it does start to pay off towards the end. And then go and play the game! To my surprise it blew the game out of the water. I'm not much of a fan of subtitled films, but I couldn't stop watching. It had nice special effects and they didn't go overboard like many of the films out nowadays, plus it has a great storyline, also unlike many films nowadays. I recommend buying this film. Don't rent it, don't borrow it, find it and buy it. Lars 21 July I got this title on Video CD without any prior information on it.

I didn't even know what genre it was. After seeing it it's one of my favorites! The plot evolves very subtly for about the first half. Then through some fluid storytelling it all changes into a sci-fi mystery.

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Beautifully shot and very good acting. Almost dreamlike settings mix with harsh laboratory milieus. This contrast is in parallel with the story that first evolves around the love of life and later the sorrow of death and some really weird consequences. If you get the chance to see it and you like romantic thrillers this is one for you. Seifer 7 April I had stumbled across this film after playing parasite eve 2 so many years ago.

I thoroughly enjoyed the game and thought they should make a movie, thinking that it would be far more interesting than the resident evil movies and so on. That was when I found the film, but deciding that there were no copies to be found in Australia, i gave up the search. To begin with let me say, do not watch this movie expecting it to be like the square soft versions of the Parasite Eve franchise, this movie can before, and while it has a slower pace than the rest of the installments, I still believe that it works very well.


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The story begin with a man who is a scientist, and on the eve of he and his wife's anniversary, she falls victim to a horrible car crash, she is pronounced, brain dead. The husband reluctantly agreed to turn off her life support and give her organs away, on the condition that they give her kidney. The organ goes to a young girl who is apparently the mother of Aya Brea, the central character of the game, though there seems to be some debate amongst fans and the young girl begin to experience strange occurrences.

The film is very deep emotionally compared to most others in the J-horror genre, there are, however, some freaky bits such as Mariko in the hospital. One thing that should be mentioned is the special effects, they are quite good for a Japanese movie made in One of the downsides to this film is there are moments where the tension simply turns to tedious and while I believe overall the film turned out OK, there is a point, in the hospital where I just tuned out.

The final climax however does build up well, leading to the final, very verbal resolution, which I thoroughly enjoyed, it was very well executed. The final scene is very emotional and is a very solid finale. In conclusion this movie is worth seeing, while it is not perfect, it should entertain movie go-ers and fans of parasite eve alike, as it gives them a chances to see the events leading up to the game. Japan in the last decade has made some pretty challenging horror films that require your constant attention and while I'm the first to admit that this is clearly not one of the best it's still an interesting story that's worthy of being checked out.

Story is about a scientist named Toshiaki Nagashima Hiroshi Mikami who works with cells and he has a theory that ancient surviving cells called Mitochondria symbiotically live within other cells that inhabit our bodies. Toshiaki's wife Kiyomi Riona Hazuki is involved in a traffic accident and declared brain dead by doctors but Toshiaki learns that a young girl named Mariko Ayako Omura needs a kidney transplant. Another doctor named Tatsuro Ohno Goro Inagaki convinces him to get his wife's kidney but Toshiaki tells him that he wants Kiyomi's liver.

Meanwhile, Mariko is having problems of her own as her uterus is changing and Toshiaki learns that the Mitochondria need Mariko to give birth to a new life form! This film is directed by Masayuki Ochiai who gives the viewer a film that is very visually stimulating and in one shot during an operation the camera is looking up through the incision at the doctor! This story is taken from a novel by Hideaki Sena but it also became a popular video game and some of the events that take place are from the game itself. Ochiai shows patience in the way that he tells this story and at certain points the film does tend to drag with a few scenes that go on a bit long.

The story itself I found reminiscent of the films that Hammer Studios use to make in the 's and 's and I think both Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing would be very much at home working with a script like this. The film benefits from two performances and the first is from the radiant Hazuki who is so beautiful that we understand her husbands obsession with trying to keep her alive.

But the best performance comes from Mikami who is a very good and respected actor in Japan and it's interesting to watch his character go from bookish doctor to obsessive scientist and then to a state of desperation trying to save the world. This is certainly nowhere near as intriguing as "Audition" but it does play well if your a sci-fi buff which I am so on that merit it's a film that deserves a look. Decomposing Meg Ryan tedg 11 November This is one of a class of horror films, that seems to have begun with "Eyes without a Face" , then "The Brain that Wouldn't Die" , followed by dozens of instances, including the "real" movie Embryo of The form is pretty well established.

The novel was cut by Star Books, who first issued it in a paperback edition in ; it was not issued complete until the US Scream Press edition of Subsequently, Campbell has published numerous novels and collections; many of his most popular stories can be found in the collection Alone with the Horrors. Campbell became even more prolific during the s, issuing no less than eight novels of which six won major awards for Best Novel and three short story collections.

He has written that after moving away from Lovecraft's influence he was "determined to sound like myself" but also that "The Chicago and San Francisco tales of Fritz Leiber were now my models in various ways. I wanted to achieve that sense of supernatural terror which derives from the everyday urban landscape rather than invading it, and I greatly admired - still do - how Fritz wrote thoroughly contemporary weird tales which were nevertheless rooted in the best traditions of the field, and which drew some of their strength from uniting British and American influences.

In , Stephen King published a semi-autobiographical overview of the horror field, Danse Macabre. On the basis of Campbell's earliest work, especially The Doll Who Ate His Mother , King argued that the author's strength lies in his hallucinogenic prose and edgy psychology, the way his characters view the world and how this affects readers:.

In a Campbell novel or story, one seems to view the world through the thin and shifting perceptual haze of an LSD trip that is just ending The polish of his writing and his mannered turns of phrase and image make him seem something like the genre's Joyce Carol Oates [ A]s when journeying on LSD, there is something chilly and faintly schizophrenic in the way his characters see things But strange; so uniquely Campbell that it might as well be trademarked. King also singled out one of Campbell's early short stories for particular praise: The Parasite ; published in the US with a different ending as To Wake the Dead is an intense novel told from the point of view of a female protagonist who becomes embroiled in occult practices with Lovecraftian undertones.

In The Nameless, also told from the point of view of a woman, a child goes missing and returns only years later, affiliated to a nefarious organisation. Obsession involves a group of childhood friends make a wish apiece concerning their futures, the manifestations tormenting them in later life; however, as is common in Campbell's work involving aberrant mental states, it is not entirely apparent that these events have a supernatural origin.

In Incarnate , the boundaries between dream and reality are gradually broken down the novel was written during the "terrible nightmare year" of Campbell's mother's last mental breakdown as a group of characters involved in a psychological experiment begin to experience fragmentation in their everyday lives.

The latter is a multi-character 'small town' horror story along the lines of similar work in this period, a subgenre perhaps 'pump-primed' by the likes of Stephen King's ' Salem's Lot. By contrast, The Influence and Ancient Images are tightly plotted novels of supernatural menace, each with predominantly female central characters and generating unease through the author's trademark suggestiveness and surreal imagery.

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In the early s Campbell had crossed paths a number of time in Liverpool at cinemas and various parties with a young Liverpool writer named Clive Barker , who had been working around London as a playwright. Barker asked Campbell if he knew any markets for short stories and eventually asked him to look over a soon-to-be-published manuscript and the contract he had been offered for it.

Campbell says "My jaw dropped when I looked at the manuscript - it turned out to be the Books of Blood. The s again saw Campbell publish eight novels, though in the second half of this decade he moved away from traditional horror to explore crime and tales of social alienation.

Four of this decade's novels won major awards for Best Novel. In Midnight Sun , an alien entity apparently seeks entry to the world through the mind of a children's writer. Although the author considers this novel "an honourable failure" [30] , it is one that many enthusiasts single out as a highlight of this stage of his career. Needing Ghosts , a novella, is a nightmarish work that blends the horrific and the comic; Campbell himself has described the composition of this piece as unique among his work in that it "felt like dreaming on the page" and was written relatively quickly without technical or structural challenges.

A sympathetic serial murderer appears in the black comedy The Count of Eleven , which displays Campbell's gift for word play , and which the author has said is disturbing "because it doesn't stop being funny when you think it should". A haunted house novel called The House on Nazareth Hill , combining the author's M R Jamesian suggestiveness with an increasingly idiosyncratic prose style, is a harrowing study of familial psychology and the unchanging nature of social processes, particularly those relating to the young's quest for independence and the threat this presents to others.

Enthusiasts consider it one of Campbell's more powerful works. Although Campbell had earlier published a non-supernatural novel called The One Safe Place , which uses a highly charged thriller narrative to examine social problems such as the deprivation and abuse of children, a turn away from the supernatural work with which he was commonly associated occurred in By this time, horror had become commercially less successful and publishers were taking fewer chances on publishing such material, encouraging Campbell to write a number of crimes novels.

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The first, The Last Voice They Hear, is a tightly plotted thriller which ranges back and forth in time as two brothers become engaged in a cat-and-mouse game redolent of earlier events in their lives. Although written "under protest", Campbell came to think of the book, during composition, as bearing his own stamp, and his next two novels were also non-supernatural. In this decade Campbell issued no less than four short story collections, beginning with the year career retrospective Alone with the Horrors: This volume, illustrated by Jeff K.

Potter, is not a comprehensive collection of all the stories Campbell had published in those thirty years, but 39 tales which Campbell and his editor Jim Turner thought representative. Drawing on material across his whole career to that date, it is commonly considered to be a good entry point for readers hitherto unfamiliar with the author's work. Two of this decade's short story collections won major awards for best collection. Campbell has continued his prolific output, publishing an average of a novel a year, plus standalone novellas, since ; three of the novels have won major awards for best novel.

He has also published four short story collections since , one of which won Best Collection. Following the publication of two more crime novels— Silent Children , the story of an eccentric child killer; and Pact of the Fathers , which draws on arcane religious practices filmed in Spain —Campbell determined to return to the supernatural and otherworldly. The Darkest Part of the Woods successfully evokes the cosmic terrors of H P Lovecraft and was the first of Campbell's work published by PS Publishing ; the author would go on to enjoy a long-term relationship with the UK imprint, granting first print rights to most new work.

Having spent a number of months working full-time in a Borders store, Campbell wrote The Overnight , about bookshop staff trapped in their hellish workplace during an overnight shelf-filling shift.


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In Secret Stories ; abridged US edition, Secret Story , Campbell returned voluntarily to the crime genre, offering a blackly comic study of a latter-day serial killer whose written accounts of his crimes inadvertently win a fiction competition, resulting in further murders. The Grin of the Dark —considered by many to be Campbell's masterpiece, a showcase of his stylistic method and powerfully focused on contemporaneous issues arising from wide-scale Internet use—draws on the author's interest in the history of cinema, as a character hunts material relating to a silent film comedian by the name of Tubby Thackeray.

Thieving Fear and The Creatures of the Pool use locations, in and around the author's native Liverpool, to eerie effect. The Kind Folk is a delicately written evocation of fairy folk, told in the modern day, while both The Seven Days of Cain and Think Yourself Lucky explore the use of the internet, as characters appearing online start to impact upon the lived world with disconcerting effects.

Campbell also contributed numerous articles on horror cinema to The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural He writes a monthly film column, "Ramsey's Ramblings", for Video Watchdog magazine. In , the author was commissioned to write the novelisation of the movie Solomon Kane. These were the first novellas Campbell had written since 's Needing Ghosts. Campbell's collection of playful limericks based on famous horror works of fiction appeared in Limericks of the Alarming and Phantasmal. The Searching Dead was the first novel in a trilogy of H P Lovecraft-influenced works which, like the novella The Last Revelation of Gla'aki, revisits themes from Campbell's early work in that subgenre.

Described by the author as his "Brichester Mythos trilogy," the three-book series including Born to the Dark [] and The Way of the Worm [] documents a character's engagement with a nefarious organisation over three time periods s, s, s and evokes a cosmic entity by the name of Daoloth. The trilogy draws together multiple themes that have preoccupied the author during his whole career: A new short story collection, By the Light of my Skull, was also released in , gathering together some of the author's more recent works, some of which—as has been the case in his later fiction—deal with older age.

Three tribute anthologies of stories inspired by Campbell's work have been released to date. The first was the anthology Made in Goatswood Chaosium, edited by Scott David Aniolowski , which includes a story by Campbell himself. All three books demonstrate Campbell's influence in the field on both established and newer writers. In , Campbell's centrality in the field attracted a spoof collection of horror stories edited by fellow writer Rhys Hughes. Hughes contributed a good deal of the fictional content, including the pieces focused on an author called Lamblake Heinz, clearly a parody of Campbell although Hughes has admitted elsewhere that he has read little if any of Campbell's work.

In addition to having received innumerable awards for his career from a wide range of literary societies and organisations, Campbell was, in , awarded an Honorary Fellowship from John Moores University, Liverpool, for "outstanding services to literature". Three of Campbell's novels have been filmed to date, all in Spain. Los Sin Nombre ; in Catalan: Els sense nom; based on the novel of the same name takes some liberties with the source material's plot but captures its pungent atmosphere. Paco Plaza 's Second Name El Segundo Nombre in Spanish; based on the novel The Pact of the Fathers similarly evokes Campbell's paranoiac fictional world, its story rooted in the world of arcane religious practices.

Denis Rovira van Boekholt's The Influence La influencia in Spanish has, at the time of writing, just been completed and is scheduled for release in ; it is based on the Campbell novel of the same name. Campbell has also edited a number of anthologies , including New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos , New Terrors and New Terrors II , a groundbreaking two-volume anthology series; and with Stephen Jones the first five volumes of the annual Best New Horror series — His anthology Uncanny Banquet was notable for including the first ever reprint of the obscure horror novel The Hole of the Pit by Adrian Ross.

The Gruesome Book was a paperback anthology of horror tales for children. Campbell is extremely well-read in the horror field, and some of his own literary influences are demonstrated by his selections for the anthology Fine Frights: Stories that Scared Me. Ramsey Campbell, Probably , a collection of Campbell's book reviews, film reviews, autobiographical writings and other nonfiction, was published in Jeter and an extensive, negative critique of Shaun Hutson 's Heathen , parodying Hutson's style. He married Jenny Chandler a teacher , daughter of A.

Bertram Chandler , on 1 January ; has two children, Tamsin born and Matthew born ; and still lives in Merseyside. For many years he was the President of the British Fantasy Society. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Penguin, , p. The Temple of Dagon. Greenwood Press, , p. The Count of Thirty: Necronomicon Press , , p.

Journal of Terror No 3 Fall , p. Arkham House, , p. Lovecraft in Retrospect , Shadow 8 An Introduction , Cold Print , p. The Modern Weird Tale , p.