And we've reached the
midpoint of the After Dark Horrorfest, folks. So far, I've been
pretty well on, I think, with the ordering choices, but today
just might have blown me off course completely. Today we're tackling
Voices, and here's the interesting part--this is based
on a comic book series.
Here, a young woman
believes she is marked for death after witnessing the horrific
murder of two close relatives. Thus, she puts herself on the run,
hoping to escape what she believes to be her inevitable fate.
In the process, she begins to discover a long-dormant secret,
and as she runs from her end, she finds out more and more until
the ultimate conclusion. Can she outrun her fate? Or will the
voices take her down?
I have to admit that
there are some really, really sweet moments in here. There's one
great scene involving the near-death of a bride--watch the scene
go from sedate pleasantries to a body on the floor in the space
of literally seconds. In fact, much of this is an excellent idea,
as we're left asking one big question: who's going to try and
kill this poor girl next? There are attempts on her life from
literally every corner--every five, ten minutes or so someone
else is going to take a whack at her and we're not even going
to see it coming for the most part.
I'm especially surprised
by this one--it's a Korean horror flick and it seems to only tangentially
involve ghosts. Under normal circumstances, Korean horror loves
to crank out the ghost stories, but this time around they focused
more on people and their evil desires, only using the ghosts more
as a fulcrum or a catalyst to let the people involved launch off
on some really nasty horror exercises. I find it impossible to
identify a movie like, a development tha leaves me both shocked
and pleasantly surprised. Is it possible to be pleasantly shocked?
be one of the best Korean horror flicks I've ever seen by virtue
of the fact that it's different from virtually every other Korean
horror flick I've ever seen. So many of them are so similar, catching
something that can be called new and different with any degree
of accuracy is, like I said, welcome.
And I'll tell you this
much--the ending is just downright unbelievable. Patently unbelievable,
in fact. I mean, wow. This is just amazing--it's the kind of thing
you never see coming. It's literally a multiple twist ending,
and it's one of the best I've seen in a long time.
The special features
include English and Spanish subtitles, and Miss Horrorfest webisodes.
All in all, I'm downright
amazed by Voices, because it's so very different from
all the rest. It's a very worthy addition to the After Dark Horrorfest,
and I only wish I haven't peaked already. There's four more to
go, you know--and hopefully it only gets better from here.
Directed by Oh Ki-Hwan
Written by Oh Ki-Hwan, Kang Kyung-Ok
Starring Yoon Jin-Seo, Lee Ki-Woo, Park Ki-Woong
Produced by Cho Sung-Woo
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