Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Cinderella (South Korea, 2006) - Color, Director(s): Man-dae Bong
MPAA Rating: NR
Approx. 94 min.
Z-rating: 7 out of 10 stars
Only South Koreans would try to pack so much drama and emotion in along with their horror. A haunting ghost story with underlying social commentary on women's obsession with beauty and their appearance, Cinderella is about a 17 year old girl named Hyunsu whose mother is a plastic surgeon. After giving her daughter's friends some free cosmetic surgery, they begin dying in mysterious ways. As it turns out, the deaths may have a connection to the Hyunsu's mother who harbors a dark secret and a promise made in the past...
This movie was a little hard to follow cause they tried to do too much with the storyline. In fact, there's so much going on that it's might even be better if you don't try to catch all of it. Just wait for the story to unfold and piece as much of it together as you can at the end of the film, the focus here should be to absorb as much of the disturbing images as possible. The creepiest scene in this movie involves two girls sitting face-to-face use knives to cut up each other's faces while rambling incessantly about making each other more beautiful. Might be harder to watch for those who have a fear of surgery or needles.
Gore: Bloody but not as visceral as American horror. What makes the scenes hard to watch is the anticipation and slow burn of the suspense as people scream and beg for mercy. Still get a strong 3.5 out of 5 from me for good bloody terror.
Awesome: Pretty. A decent "ghost girl" movie with a lot of shocking and violent images. Good to play at a Halloween party if you want it in the background just for the visuals, maybe not something that everyone should sit down to.