Preview of Korean Horror Movies Coming This Summer
Over the past several years, Korean horror films have failed to be commercially successful. This is partly because horror movies are a genre that cannot easily approach audiences. Under these circumstances, four horror movies are ready to dissipate early summer heat with blockbusters awaiting for hot summer. These new Korean horror films will have their premieres soon.
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portend a great revival of Korean horror movies. Horror Stories II
scheduled to premiere on June 5th is an omnibus-type sequel of Horror Stories. Horror Stories II
consists of The Cliff
, The Pain of Death
. The Cliff
is a KIM Sung-ho
film that frighteningly tells of two friends lost on a cliff. The Pain of Death
by director KIM Hwi
depicts three college girls stranded in the middle between the next world and this world. Escape
is about a teacher who becomes trapped at the entrance to hell after trying a spell about elevators. 444
is a bridge story for the three episodes. The film directed by MIN Kyu-dong
tells a spooky story where insurance frauds are investigated, resulting in many questions. 444
really sends a chill down audiences’ spines. Unlike the previous part which is only for adults, audiences 15 years old or older are allowed to watch the sequel. It is aiming to expand the area of horror by widening its audience.
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by director KWON Young-rak openly publicizes itself as a horror thriller for adult audiences only. The film details the catastrophe of a woman who sees mysterious illusions and a doctor who hypnotizes the woman. A Puppet
will attract horror movie fans as the film combines dangerous hypnotism that controls unconsciousness with a horror thriller. The film was planned to fit a ‘restricted’ rating in the first place. The film fuels fear with a daring setting and expressions so it is expected to receive good responses from film fans. The film stars LEE Jong-su
after a long break and KOO Ji-sung, a racing model-turned-actress.
is a story about a psychopathic plastic surgeon. The film premiered through a gala presentation at the 2012 Busan International Film Festival
At that time, many audiences gave good responses to the film. Doctor
was directed by KIM Sung-hong
whose horror and suspense senses were duly recognized through his former films such as The Hole
After witnessing his young wife’s adultery, a plastic surgeon goes on a killing spree while revealing his killer instinct. KIM Chang-wan
usually played nice and friendly characters such as an ordinary middle-aged father. In Doctor,
KIM attempts an extreme makeover by playing the psychopathic doctor. Doctor
contains cruel and creepy acts that take advantage of the character as a plastic surgeon, reminding viewers of a slasher. BAE So-eun makes her film debut in this film playing the young wife.
Korean horror movies have latent energy. They also give new actors and directors chances to make their debuts. Some of the representative works are the Whispering Corridors
series, The Phone
by AN Byung-ki
, A Tale of Two Sisters
by KIM Jee-woon
by KONG Su-chang
. Director AN Byung-ki has directed horror movies only such as A Nightmare
, Bunshinsaba, Ouija Board
. in addition to The Phone
. Recently, AN honed his horror film skills by directing two Chinese horror movies, Bunshinsaba
1 and 2. Imprint Entertainment that produces Twilight
decided to remake The Phone
and asked AN Byung-ki to direct the remake. Like this, production of Horror Stories II
which will revive Korean horror films and is expected to succeed as a new Korean horror movie franchise, will excite horror movie fans a great deal. This is because Horror Stories II
is an attempt to revive the reputation of Korean horror films. It is anticipated that Korean horror movies for this summer will attract more attention from overseas movie fans.