Director: Lee Cheol-ha
Cast: Sin Kyeong-seon, Jeon In-geol, Yoon
E-na, Lee Hwa-jung, Hyeon Tae-ho, Shin So-yul
RunTime: 1 hr 24 mins
Released By: Shaw
Rating: PG ( Some disturbing scenes)
Official Website: http://www.pyega2010.co.kr/
Opening Day: 2 December 2010
Over the course of 42 years, 6 went missing, 8 had accidents and 11 were murdered… 3 Paranormal investigators and 3 camera crew decide to look into this infamously haunted house. Ignoring the danger, the group of six entered the haunted house and disappeared without a trace. A video footage of what they shot during their visit was recovered and may reveal the truth of their disappearance…
What’s new this time? Recycling previous
horror film ideas, then mix and mash them together to put
together this mock documentary.
first glance, this film in the film seems to be awfully interesting
because it builds on the premise of a 'true story'. It has
indeed sparked a lot of conversations and speculations in
Korea prior to the release, but much of these expectations
This film started well, having people in
the neighbourhood giving their accounts of the haunted house.
It built up the suspense, which then leads to introducing
the key characters of the film, the bossy producer and her
team. Then they decided to employ the ghost hunting team to
do some real ghost hunting so as to unravel the mystery and
to make a breakthrough in horror film making. Then again,
this painfully long introduction of roughly 30 minutes sets
the tone of the movie: boring. You really do not know what
you can look forward to.
As the story unfolds, it was interesting
to watch how they hunt the ghosts with special equipment and
tools and then you thought to yourself that you can finally
expect some spooky stuff to occur. However, it all fall short
and was full of clichés and recycled ideas. The camera
pans over the haunted house and spots a pair of darting eyes
of a black cat; the vengeful spirit dwells in the water and
has long hair which covers her whole face, so on and so forth.
Surely one can empathize that being original is a great big
challenge. So if only these were put together and backed up
with an incredible tale over the bare storyline and simplistic
dialogues as it is, then there would not be complaints.
Throughout the film, there were several shooting
techniques used, but the main attraction was shooting from
a handheld camera. One thing good about it is that it gives
you a very personal experience because of the point of view
angle. It is intended to heighten your anticipation and tense
you up as well. However, if you ever caught the film Cloverfield,
you know how irritating it can become. Thankfully, this film
was not entirely shot on handheld camera. Still, bear with
it a little because of the unnecessary scenes when are brought
to see nothing else but the floor or the wall.
Eventually, you get to see a glimpse of the
vengeful spirit and witness another massacre as almost everyone
gets possessed and kills each other. Brace yourself for the
bloody scenes; it is finally getting a little scary and spooky.
The chasing and killing lasted about the late 30 minutes of
the movie. By then, sitting through this could be potentially
agonizing and you wished for this to appear earlier or hoped
they had shortened the film.
we get the scare for one last time and we have reached the
end. Lesson learned: just keep out of the spooky house and
do not challenge those lingering in the realm of the unseen!
(Even the poster is very telling: KEEP OUT)
Review by Tho Shu Ling