Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A Tale of Two Sisters

So what is this one about?
My beloved Netflix tells us,
Terrified sisters try to exorcise their home of two dark forces -- their evil stepmother and a vengeful entity -- in this ghostly tale. Hospitalized after their mother's death, young Su-mi (Im Su-jeong) and Su-yeon (Mun Geun-yeong) return home to find a nasty new stepmother (Yeom Jeong-ah). The girls suffer terrifying events, but their father doesn't care, even though evil lurks around every corner. Can the girls free their home from its demons?
That made me want to see it.

And how much did I pay to watch?
Got it on Netflix. As you can tell by my paltry movie updating I haven't been watching much this month. I am averaging $1.21 per movie, because I have been watching a lot of tv. (Actually, I've also gotten one Russian movie that was unwatchable because it was dubbed in English, and some dvds for my mom....)

And what did I think?
Well, that tricky description made me think this movie would be cool. However, it was not. It was actually one of the most unimpressive movies I have seen.

It was hard to keep track of what was going on because the actress who played the mother and the actress who played the step-mother looked soo similar!! Their hair style what was helped me tell them apart. But then at the end the hair changed and I didn't know what was going on! AHHH.

And, I mean, what was the point? A lot of Asian movies like to build up a lot of atmosphere and foreboding, and then they scare the ever loving jesus out of you because they are so twisted and scary...I mean, what the hell are these movie makers thinking?! How do they come up with this twisted shit?! Well, this one built up a lot of tension--there was a point where I had to look away because I was scurred (which like, NEVER HAPPENS)--but then nothing really scary happened. Nothing, nothing, nothing. Dullsville!!!

Apparently, according to wikipedia, this is the highest grossing Korean horror film ever. And it is a pyschological horror film. Um, yeah riiiiiiiiiiight.

So what is the rating? (out of 10)
Honestly, this movie was a total waste. It wasn't scary, it was hard to decipher, and it was just lame lame lame. Don't bother watching it.

This movie gets a 2.


capitulatenow said...

Dude. I can't believe this. I love this movie AND we just re-watched it last night! Also I've had a few beers, so, please excuse this comment.

I mean, I find a lot of Korean and/or Japanese horror movies to be really nonsensical, mostly because the makers of those movies just really aren't married to "logic" in any way. Ya know? And sometimes that works for me (the Japanese original of "Pulse," what was it called..."Kairo?" Anyway, that one, it was nonsensical but also very foreboding and scary, for me), but most of the time it doesn't work for me. Which is why I loved this movie so much -- because, all in all, the twists and turns were wrapped up pretty neatly in this one!

I mean, basically: Family of four, mom is crazy, dad has an open affair with a nurse (who maybe was part of the crazy mother's care). Mom commits suicide in wardrobe. Younger daughter discovers it and topples over the wardrobe and dies. Evil nurse sees her dying and ignores it/sasses elder daughter. Later, elder daughter and father come back to house, alone, but daughter is crazy and pretending to see her sister AND she's pretending to be the evil nurse. Eventually she goes super crazy and gets institutionalized again; the evil nurse, the real one, goes back to the house and gets pwned by vengeful ghosts; the end.

The only part that I think is a little confusing is: the hauntings that happened while the crazy multiple-personality daughter and her father are there in the house. Why would the mother and younger sister be haunting and harassing and scaring the surviving sister, who was blameless in their deaths? That part is weird to me, but again, I guess it doesn't need to make sense. Ghosts are all female and crazy and nonsensical, in general, in these movies.

ALSO this is just a difference in taste, but: one of the things I really love about this movie is the lack of a score. It's very quiet, or even downright silent, in a lot of scenes. That always revvs my horror engines. Silence freaks me out. Brr!

Hey did you have to look away for the bedroom ghost scene? When the ghost was lurking beyond the bed, then standing over the older sister? omg. omg omg omg.

Also the seizure scene was pretty intense.

Okay. g'night!

this is not a joke said...

you know, your explanation answers a TON of questions. I had no idea how the mother got out of the picture. I thought the younger sister died in the wardrobe because of the step mom and the older sister didn't stop it and that is why she was crazy.

I got that there was some passage of time but it was so disjointed and confusing.

Yes, that was the part I had to look away during. I was watching the movie in my bed and it was all just getting a bit too creepy. And I never have to look away. The last time was during The Descent and really hadn't happened since.

Interesting point about the score, I didn't notice it. But I think maybe that is the point right, I didn't notice that it was missing, as opposed to watching it and thinking, "oh right, scary music, I bet something creepy will happen"

I liked this comment. You should imbibe and comment more! Get some sort of a movie dialogue goin on!