Reviews Tagged with Ghosts & Hauntings

A Tale of Two Sisters (Janghwa, Hongryeon) (2003)

Every family has its dark secrets.
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A Tale of Two Sisters - Fairytales have never been this Grimm

A Tale of Two Sisters (or Janghwa, Hongryeon which translates as Rose Flower, Red Lotus) is a South Korean chiller which, although typical of a lot of supernatural Korean horror, is a superbly crafted story with an almost fairytale-like undertone and a disturbing and unexpected twist . Directed by Ji-Woon Kim (who's only other notable horror that I... Click to read more "A Tale of Two Sisters (Janghwa, Hongryeon)"

Apartment 1303 (1303 gôshitsu) (2007)

Some rentals are too good to be true.
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Apartment 1303 (1303 goshitsu) - Some rentals are too good to be true

When the made-up term "hair horror" is thrown at movie fanatics, brain scientists maybe estimate that 85% will immediately visualise the stereotypical Asian ghost, the wicked 10% visualise the ungroomed bush popular in 70s exploitation while 5% insist that horror is all around us and we should combat this by smoking pot at music festivals (statisti... Click to read more "Apartment 1303 (1303 gôshitsu)"

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

If you hear a strange sound outside... have sex.
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The Cabin in the Woods - If you hear a strange sound outside... have sex.

The Cabin in the Woods is a rarity in modern horror in that it gets a lot right. Directed by Drew Goddard (who also wrote the movie alongside Joss Whedon), it is apparent that his time writing and producing TV was well spent, mastering the art before delving into film. Whedon's influence is also very noticeable within the execution of the film, the... Click to read more "The Cabin in the Woods"

Carved - The Slit-Mouthed Woman (Kuchisake-onna) (2007)

Lock up your daughters.
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Carved - Lock up your Daughters

J-Horror movies are not renowned for being sick and disturbing and usually rely on shocks, scares and an abundance of creepiness, Carved - The Slit Mouthed Woman (Kuchisake-onna) breaks this mould and manages to combine supernatural Japanese mythology with relentless depiction of and a flippant attitude towards kidnapping, beating the crap out of, ... Click to read more "Carved - The Slit-Mouthed Woman (Kuchisake-onna)"

Dark Water (Honogurai mizu no soko kara) (2002)

Drenched in creepiness.
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Dark Water - Drenched in Creepiness

Even with its PG-13 rating, Dark Water (Honogurai mizu no soko kara) still manages to be a very unsettling movie and is one of the original influences (along with Ring) on what has become the current commercially accessible J-Horror formula. Dark Water was one of the first mainstream Japanese horrors to create scares through very subtle means makin... Click to read more "Dark Water (Honogurai mizu no soko kara)"

The Eye 2 (Gin Gwai 2) (2004)

Evil always seeks its second chance.
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The Eye 2 (Gin Gwai 2) - Evil always seeks its second chance.

The Eye 2 is a sequel in name only. It is still directed by The Pang Brothers and still about someone afflicted with the uncanny ability to see the spirits of the dead, but that is where the similarities end. Eyes aren't really even the main focus so this feels a little like a seperate movie trying to cash in on the success of the first. The qualit... Click to read more "The Eye 2 (Gin Gwai 2)"

The Eye 10 (Gin Gwai 10) (2005)

When seeing is never believing.
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The Eye 10 (Gin Gwai 10) - When seeing is never believing.

Some so called film critics may regret having been so harsh on The Eye 2 after having seen The Eye 10 (Gin gwai 10). This movie is actually the third film in the "The Eye" series and is known as The Eye 3 in some parts of the world as well as The Eye: Infinity in other parts. It isn't officially known as The Third Eye in any parts of the world whic... Click to read more "The Eye 10 (Gin Gwai 10)"

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