DEVIL | ★★
As a sufferer of claustrophobia, this film was like a nightmare.
A long story cut very short, five sinners are trapped within a lift and one of those people, is Satan himself… or is it herself? We’re introduced to the general story of the Devils meet during the first scene, which had you prepared for what was about to commence. There was no mystery, asides of course, who has actually done it? I personally didn’t work out who it was, but I did predict what would happen, which is always a let down after you seize your moment of glory.
One by one, the sinners are murdered, until you’re left with two suspects, who was it? What was their motive? Was the Devil really involved? If you’re looking for cheap thrills and something easy to follow, then it’s a film for you. If you’re more of a boundary pusher or you like a little depth to what you watch, then I wouldn’t suggest wasting your time.
FOR FANS OF : Mirrors, Rec
Henjel gwa Geuretel | ★★★★
(Hansel and Gretel, South Korea, 2007)
There’s no happy children within “The House of Happy Children.” When I caught wind of Hansel and Gretel I had to see it for myself. Fantasy and Horror being my two favourite genres, I couldn’t refuse.
Our protagonist, Eunsu, is wounded in a car accident and discovered by Manbok, one of three siblings, who guides him back to her home and her family so he can rest and recover from his injuries. During a turn of events, the parents go away for a while and leave Eunsu with no choise but to take charge of the home and the children in their absence. Eunsu is desperate to get home to his wife, whom is heavily pregnant and needs him by her side but his struggles are constantly in vain. He soon uncovers the secret of “The House of Happy Children” and the three siblings residing within, leading to suprising and horrifying consequences.
The movie was shot beautifully and I couldn’t give enough credit to the set design throughout. The house was beautiful and the rooms within left an eery atmosphere sorrounding any scenes within them.
Towards the end of the film, we’re given a series of flashbacks which I found brilliantly executed through the young actors whom played Manbok, Younghee and Jeongsun. Usually I find myself really searching to believe young actors and actresses but they were incredibly convincing in their roles and worked well.
The storyline itself is very lengthy,as is the film. I believe the film could have been slightly shorter, I found this the main downfall. There was a lot of unnecessary scenes throughout which could have been cut and could have ultimately reduced the film by half an hour atleast.
All in all, a very entertaining watch and a film I will show friends and recommend. Just be warned, the film is long and may be complicated to some, so get comfy, switch the lights off and give it a try. I’d like any feedback from anyone who watches it.
FOR FANS OF : Pans Labyrinth, The Orphanage