When I started this experiment of watching a horror movie a day and dedicating each day to a different genre, I knew it meant I’d probably have to watch some bad movies, and in point of fact, I enjoy bad movies on certain levels. Nothing, however, prepared me for the time wasted on this movie. It’s not that the movie is terrible…it’s just not anything and I mean ANYTHING we haven’t seen before. Well, maybe with the exception of a kid getting killed and stuffed in a kimchi pot. That was new.
This is a straight up ghost story. The literary term I’d like to look at is Doppelganger, which is a ghostly double of another character. The main boy Bin, witnesses his mother going psycho and killing his father and herself. She also chops off her own feet. Gnarley! His aunt then moves into the house (like we all would after a murder suicide, right?) with her sister and husband. Blah Blah Blah…there’s the ghost of a boy named Gi-jin who just happens to be the same age as Bin. Gi-jin is Bin’s Doppelganger. Many confuse Doppelganger with a twin, but they needn’t look alike. They are counterparts and Gi-jin actually helps Bin in certain ways, like killing off the guys who bully him.
The really strange part is people keep getting their feet chopped off. I figured this was attributed to either a foot fetish of the director or the ghost boy getting his feet whacked off when he was killed and yeah, I was right…boy in the kimchi pot had no feet.
It’s really not badly filmed or badly acted and I didn’t regret watching it. It’s just a waste of time if you’ve seen any other Asian cinema horror movie. And I’m creating what I will forever call the Ghastly Rule… any time a movie has more than two scary sequences that turn out to be dreams…I’m walking out! I know the saying that if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing three times…but…NO! Four times? That’s just ridiculous and it makes your movie unrelentingly predictable as well as boring. No amount of gore and shock and jump cuts ending in someone gasping and sitting up in bed is worth seeing four freaking times unless you’re eventually going to get to a bloody scene that doesn’t end that way! Just stop it! ‘Nuff said!