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THE BLOOD PLEDGE (Korea)

 



Genre:
Horror/Thriller
Director: Lee Jong-Yong
Cast: Sun Eun-Seo, Jang Kyeong-Ah, Song Min-Jeong, Oh Yeon-Seo, Yu Shin-Ae
RunTime:
1 hr 28 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films & Encore Films
Rating: PG (Some disturbing scenes)
Official Website: http://www.encorefilms.com/thebloodpledge

Opening Day: 17 July 2010

Synopsis:

THE BLOOD PLEDGE follows the story of four schoolgirls in a Catholic girls'
high school - Unjoo, Soy, Eugene and Eun-young, who swear their friendship
with blood late one night at chapel within their school compound. The BFFs
(best-friends-forever) promise each other that their bond will last through
death, so much that they are even willing to die together. However, there is
more than meets the eye when one of them commits suicide one night. Will their blood pledge of eternal friendship still hold?


Movie Review:

?With the recent case of suicide of students committing such extreme acts so close to home. Its hard not to peel away on what goes through their mind. It may be as mundane as a failed test or in another different spectrum, being careless and getting yourself pregnant. All these reason may be minute to others but timing and setting all plays a part of their decisions. With these, its easily a topic well plucked for a genre film no stranger to the Korean and Japanese horror schlock.

Set in an all girls school, a suicide shocked the grounds of these idyllic nature and stirred the emotions of students. Accusations abound and secrets upturned, the film slowly unveils one clue at a time (with a little red herring to throw us off track) the mystery that surrounds it. It could have been a quite vengeful little tight-nit horror film but alas, the bad editing and rather confusing non-linear story telling threw me off a little that made the viewing less enjoyable. And it didnít help that i only managed to finally tell them apart after 15 mins through the film.

Loyalty and deep friendship has been one topic that binds us to levels that one can only imagine. But this takes the cake. A wholeheartedly day-time soap drama of the extremes, this horror bound leaves us not much of a creep factor but rather a more typical in your face boos and will set your heart racing. Not to fret as each scare tactics will be much anticipated with enough time for you to cover your eyes with your hands.

Casted mostly with unknowns and first time actresses, acting may at times be a tad over the top. Writer-director Jong-yong Lee, known for being the writer to Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, has successfully created a compound setting that is perfect for such matters but with loop holes scattered around and poor arrangement, his work is less than expected.

All girls cast, copy/paste scare tactics, choppy style presentation, K-horror is on a decline. Serve us a new platter willya?

Movie Rating:



(Scare worthy but not worth jumping off the roof)

Review by Lokman B S

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