Friday, May 29, 2020

{Review} 하녀 (The Housemaid)

Synopsis | 줄거리
Original Title: 하녀
Also Known As: The Housemaid
Director: Im Sang-soo
Released: January 21, 2011
Genre: Drama/Adult/Thriller
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
My Rating: 8/10
Add To: Youtube

Eun-yi (Do-yeon Jeon), a poor Korean woman, takes a job as a domestic servant in the lavish home of Hoon Goh (Jung-jae Lee), a handsome businessman whose wife Hae-ra (Seo Woo) is pregnant. Under the tutelage of her new boss, longtime employee and familial confidant Byung-sik (Yuh-Jung Youn), Eun-yi quickly learns the ways of the house -- and that Hoon's word is law. But when Eun-yi allows Hoon to seduce her, the benefits of her new position become dwarfed by the consequences of her actions.

《하녀》는 임상수 감독의 스릴러 영화이다. 이 영화는 김기영 감독이 1960년에 발표한 영화 《하녀》를 리메이크한 것으로, 2010년 칸 영화제 공식 경쟁 부문에 초청되었다.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

{Review} House at the End of the Street

Synopsis
Original Title: House at the End of the Street
Director: Mark Tonderai
Distributor: Relativity Media
Released: September 21, 2012
Genre: Drama/Horror/Thriller
Language: English
Country:USA
My Rating: 5/10
Add To: Netflix

Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared - leaving only a brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot), as the sole survivor. Against Sarah's wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan - and the closer they get, the deeper they're all pulled into a mystery more dangerous than they ever imagined.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

{Review} 부부의 세계 (The World of the Married)

Synopsis
Original Title: 부부의 세계
Also Known As: The World of the Married (English title) / Couple's World (literal title)
Director: Mo Wan-Il
Distributor: JTBC
Released: March 27 - May 16, 2020
Episodes: 16
Genre: Drama/
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
My Rating: 9/10
Add To: *Will update when added to Netflix*

Ji Sun-Woo (Kim Hee-Ae) is a family medicine doctor. She is married to Lee Tae-Oh (Park Hae-Joon) and they have a son. She seems to have everything, including a successful career and a happy family, but she is betrayed by her husband and others.
Meanwhile Lee Tae-Oh dreams of becoming a famous movie director. He runs an entertainment business with the support of his wife Ji Sun-Woo. Even though he loves his wife, Lee Tae-Oh falls into a dangerous relationship.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

{Review} 손님 (The Piper)

Synopsis
Original Title: 손님
Also Known As: The Piper (English title) / Guest (literal title)
Director: Kim Gwang-Tae
Distributor: CJ Entertainment
Released: July 9, 2015
Genre: Drama/Fantasy/Horror
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
My Rating: 10/10
Add To: Youtube | Prime

After the Korean War, Woo-Ryong (Ryoo Seung-Ryong) and his son Young-Nam (Goo Seung-Hyun) walk to Seoul. Woo-Ryong wants to get Young-Nam treated for tuberculosis. Along the way there, they find an obscured path on a mountainside road. Woo-Ryong decides to venture down the hidden path.
Soon, Woo-Ryong and Young-Nam come across a village. The village appears well-off and peaceful. The residents are led by a village leader (Lee Sung-Min). Woo-Ryong learns the village is an idyllic place to live, except the area is infested with rats. Woo-Ryong plays the pipe and appears to have certain extraordinary abilities. He offers to get rid of the rats and the village leader offers to pay him a hefty sum in return. Woo-Ryong also falls for a young female shaman (Chun Woo-Hee) in the village. While everything appears to be going well, Woo-Ryong's nightmare is about to begin.

{Review} 헨젤과 그레텔 (Hansel and Gretel)

Synopsis
Original Title: 헨젤과 그레텔
Also Known As: Hansel and Gretel
Director: Yim Pil-Sung
Distributor: CJ Entertainment
Released: December 27, 2007
Genre: Supernatural/Fantasy/Suspense/Thriller
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
My Rating: 10/10
Add To: Vudu | Prime

A young man gets lost in the woods but finds himself in a beautiful house with three adorable children. With a warm fireplace and plenty to eat, the place seems too perfect to be true ― and impossible to exit.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

{Review} 속닥속닥 (The Whispering)

Synopsis
Original Title: 속닥속닥
Also Known As: The Whispering
Director: Choi Sang-Hun
Released: July 13, 2018
Genre: Horror/Supernatural/Paranormal
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
My Rating: 9/10
Add To: Prime

After the death of her best friend, Yeo Eun-Ha (So Ju-Yeon) has been haunted by nightmares. Because of this, she gets a low score on her college entrance exam and becomes even more stressed out. Yeo Eun-Ha and five of her classmates decided to take a road trip out to the beach, including popular student Kang Min-Woo (Kim Min-Kyu). Joo Dong-Il (Kim Tae Min) takes his mother's van for their trip, even though he hates driving. The students soon become lost and take a wrong turn on a mountain road. They come upon an abandoned amusement park. After looking around the park and then getting kicked out by a mysterious old woman, Woo-Sung (Kim Young) gets everybody to go back and enter the haunted house. He wants to livestream themselves on social media. While walking through the haunted house, the students begin to hear whisperings.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

{Review} 곤지암 (Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum)

Synopsis
Original Title: 곤지암
Also Known As: Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum
Director: Jung Bum-Shik
Released: Mar 28, 2018
Genre: Horror/Supernatural/Paranormal
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
My Rating: 10/10
Add To: Prime | Vudu

Based on the local legends and stories of people who've visited the real-life abandoned hospital, GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM follows the crew of a horror web show who plan to stream live from inside the asylum. To attract more viewers, the show's host arranges some scares for the team, but as they move further into the nightmarish old building, they begin to encounter much more than expected.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

{Review} 미녀는 괴로워 (200 Pounds Beauty)

Synopsis
Original Title: 미녀는 괴로워
Also Known As: 200 Pounds Beauty
Director: Kim Yong-hwa
Released: December 24, 2006
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Drama
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
My Rating: 4/10
Add To: VIKI | Amazon | Tubi

If you could change your appearance to get what you want out of life, what would you change? For Kang Han Na (Kim Ah Joong), who is overweight and unhappy with her career and life, the answer is everything. Han Na works as a lip sync vocalist for famous pop singer Ammy (Ji Seo Yun) and also part-time as a phone sex operator. She wants to make it as a singer in her own right – but she just doesn’t have the looks for it. When Ammy embarrasses Han Na in front of music company executive Sang Jun (Joo Jin Mo), her secret crush, Han Na is devastated and decides to make some changes. She blackmails one of her phone sex regulars, a prominent plastic surgeon, into giving her a full-body, plastic-surgery makeover. With an astoundingly beautiful new look, Han Na returns as “Jenny” and reapplies for the position as Amy’s lip sync vocalist, only to be given her own record deal by Sang Jun. But can Han Na be happy achieving success while living a lie? “200 Pounds Beauty” is a 2006 South Korean comedy film directed by Yong Hwa Kim. Based on the Japanese manga “Kanna-San, Daiseikou Desu” by Yumiko Suzuki, the film won the 2007 Grand Bell Awards for Best Actress (Kim Ah Jung, who sang all the tracks for the movie) and Best Cinematography (Park Hyeon Cheol).

{Review} Pain and Knowledge by Vivienne Saint Louis

Synopsis

Title: Faith Spiritwolfe - Pain and Knowledge
Series: Faith Spiritwolfe #1
Author: Vivienne Saint Louis
Pages: 200
Published: March 25th 2020
Publisher: Independently Published
Genre: Young Adult/Supernatural
My Rating: 4/5
Add To: Goodreads

Sixteen-year-old Faith has always known she was different and her peers never let her forget it; she can communicate with the dead, she can start fires with a flick of her wrist and that she can transform into a sleek black panther. She's just never known why. Faith is relieved when her cold father and distant relatives raise no objections to her invitation to an elite school for the gifted. Which, coincidentally, happens to be where her parents met.
In her search for answers, Faith meets the charismatic Lex, a senior with eyes like snow who looks at Faith with such intensity. He beckons her with his mysterious powers and knowledge of her mother. Finally, she’ll know why she can do things others can’t. She ignores the warnings of her new school friends to stay away from him. But when a hidden ability frightens them all, Lex hints at an unspeakable darker truth to her origins and the true nature of her abilities. 

{Review} 0.0MHz

Synopsis
Original Title: 0.0MHz
Also Known As: -
Director: Yoo Sun-Dong
Released: May 29, 2019
Genre: Horror/Supernatural/Paranormal
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
My Rating: 10/10
Add To: Shudder

Members of a supernatural exploration club go into a haunted house.
Based on webcomic "0.0MHz" by Jang Jak (first published 2012): WebToon

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