Horror Stories

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Film info

Director: Min Kyu-dong Director: Kim Gok Director: Kim Sun Director: Lim Dae-woong Director: Jung Bum-sik Director: Hong Ji-Young
Cast: Kim Hyeon-soo, Noh Kang-min, Zim Tai-hyun, Choi Yoon-young, NamBo-ra
Film genre: Omnibus, Horror
Cert 18, 108 mins, 2012

The first of three omnibus films featuring some of South Korea’s most talented young directors, Horror Stories is a truly horrific experience. Made up of four stories – Don’t Answer the Door (Jung Bum-Sik), Endless Flight (Lim Dae-woong), Secret Recipe (Hong Ji-young) & Ambulance on the Death Zone (Kim Gok & Kim Sun), the film begins with a short framing narrative (Min Kyu-dong) in which a highschool girl (Kim Ji-won) is kidnapped by a serial killer (Yoo Yeon-seok) and is forced to tell him scary stories in order to stay alive. Don’t Answer the Door and Secret Recipe are based upon traditional Korean folktales, Sun and Moon and Kongjwi and Patjwi (the Korean version of Cinderella), while Endless Flight and Ambulance take on more contemporary horror tropes including the ubiquitous zombie. Also called Scary Stories, the stories in this anthology, turn out to be very scary indeed.