Does anybody here on GS enjoy Asian horror like I do (a lot)? Sure, there have been some American greats, but I feel that most of the horror movies that come out in America these days aren't too great. I've been watching a lot of Asian horror this summer (sweet free time), so I've decided to review some of the ones I've watched so far. Some are great, some are meh, and others are horrifying. I present to you three Asian horror movies I've seen recently:
A Tale of Two Sisters (Korean), Audition (Japanese), and The Red Shoes (Korean)
GREAT: A Tale of Two Sisters
I'll start with A Tale of Two Sisters, one of my favorites. I won't say too much since I really don't want to spoil anything, but it's basically about two sisters, their father, and their evil stepmother. One scene was particularly creepy for me where a ghost lady (you know, the cliche Asian girl with the long black hair?) goes into one of the girl's rooms and starts to crawl along the floor and onto the bed. The effects are all very nicely done and the ending is a bit perplexing until you finally learn what's going on. Five stars to AToTS. It was eventually remade in the States as The Uninvited. Haven't seen it, but it got mostly negative reviews, so I think I'll pass.
Hey look, it's the strange girl waiting by the phone for her boyfriend to call her...And a sack? That moves? Uh-oh.
Audition. Where to start with this one? The movie starts off a bit slow with a few mysterious/creepy bits (What's in that moving human-sized sack in the strange girl's house? I wonder...), but it's mostly just a guy meeting a girl who he falls in love with instantly. Then the guy starts to learn about some of the lies this strange girl has been telling him, and this is where the movie really takes a turn for the horrifying. It all starts with how, in her résumé, she stated her place of work as at a bar. This seems fine until the guy goes to the bar and learns that it's been closed for a year. He asks why and finds out it's because the bar owner was found dead and cut into pieces. The police put the owner together, but found three extra fingers, an extra ear, and an extra tongue. Uh-oh. Around this point, you finally learn what's in that sack (I won't even say it because you don't want to know). If you really want to be horrified in an extremely gross way, watch Audition. Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend it.
MEH: The Red Shoes
Seriously, do those shoes look red to you?
The Red Shoes is basically what you think it is: a movie about some cursed red shoes. Except the shoes aren't red, THEY'RE PINK. I just had to get that out of the way. At first I thought the title was just a way to call them bloody, but then the characters in the movie referred to them as red shoes and I was just annoyed to no end. On to the movie though: it's alright if you're easily scared. Some of the scares take a while to start and just leave you waiting in tension for two full minutes, which can get annoying, and others just come naturally. So basically, if you find pink shoes sitting by the train at a subway station, don't take them. Odds are, someone else will take them from you, and when someone else takes them from you, they die. Oh, and let's not forget, their feet get chopped off. Most of the "horror" moments are just gore, with the only really creepy moment for me being when the main character waited with some ghost girl on an elevator, then just walked by her in the hallway. Other then that though, the movie was a bit boring with a twist ending that will either leave you stunned or disappointed like me. I wouldn't recommend it, but if you're bored at 2 in the morning like I was, give it a watch. You might get some cheap scares out of it.
And I'll leave it at three. I tried to keep the reviews short for those of you with short attention spans. And now I have a question for you: Have you seen any horror movies lately? If you have, then what are they? Or do you just not like to get freaked out?