Welcome back boys and ghouls!
Halloween is finally here! It is time to celebrate all things ghastly, spooky, ghostly, and scary!
For today’s and the final post in this series I have chosen to do one of my favorite South Korean Horror trilogies!
To anyone who has stayed with me while I have been releasing these I thank you!
I know a lot of you have been wondering why I went with the movies that I chose for this series, because there is quite a bit that a lot of people might not have heard of. The reason for this is pretty simple; they are what I have in my collection and they are films that I enjoy. I also went with them because I wanted to do something as differently as possible. Rather than go over the same movies that a lot of others post about, I wanted to try to keep this as different and unique as I possibly can get.
So without further adieu I give you..
THE WHISPERING CORRIDORS TRILOGY!
For this I decided to go with the original trilogy of films since they are the ones that I physically own, and I do not own the other two films in the series yet. Who knows? Maybe next year I might have them and then add them to next year’s series.
What you have to understand with these movies is that at the time the first one was released a lot of South Korea’s taboos and restrictions were being lifted that was censored before then. So the movies pretty much touch on those taboos from when they were first being lifted. If you are familiar with the Japanese sub-genre of Horror set in a school, you might dig these.
So let’s get things underway!
A woman returns to teach at the girls school that she once attended as a student nine years ago right after a homeroom teacher has committed suicide, or so the consensus of the school staff is concerned. She begins to piece together the more chilling things that go on alongside some spooky revelations.
Not sure if that synopsis does any justice, but it is the best STAB I can get at summing up this movie.
If you are looking for a full-on ghostly experience, or to be hit with anything supernatural or monstrous throughout the movie you will pretty disappointed. “Whispering Corridors” is another movie that more going on underneath the surface of the story that might have you guessing until the climax of the movie.
To me the movie takes a different direction with the whole ghost story/haunting theme. Where maybe it isn’t so much the ghost that is the monster but a few of the horrible aspects of the human experience from a female point of view while at a girl school. It also touches upon the one common thing that we all yearn for as humans. It is very different in its approach than what you might be accustomed to with these types of horror movies.
It doesn’t reveal the ghost right away, but doesn’t set to task of trying to force you to guess either. It is the realization towards the climax that gives you the answer without making you feel dumb even if you did guess and got it wrong. Especially given the circumstances surrounding what is going on in the plot.
It does touch upon a lot of themes that were once taboo in South Korea before the film was made. From authoritarianism, gay relationship from a young female perspective. There are things that will make you angry towards a few of the character, but you will be justified in your anger.
Some of the circumstances that happen in the movie make me glad I am not a parent, especially if I had a daughter attending a school like the one in the film, because there would be a line of burned down schools with some severely bruised teachers.
Again, not super spooky, but to me it is a very awesome movie. It has a lot to say, but it makes you think which is what I like a lot about this movie.
On to our next feature!
By the way!
I do hope you have your popcorn and drinks ready!
You should be careful about whose personal belongings you find and decide to go through. Especially if a particular belonging is diary that is between two people and what they share. And you might want to immediately give it back if one of them decides to commit suicide by jumping from the building of your school.
“Memento Mori” follows the same themes as the previous movie, but adds things like; strained relationship, unprofessional behavior between teacher and student, people’s perceptions of you, and more. It is also a bit sadder in tone because of the personal relationships that are involved with the characters this time, and the outcome in the beginning of the movie. Although pushing a little further on the subject of a gay relationship. It tries to stay true and real with its subject without giving in to the temptation turning everything into a fantasy.
The scary you might be wondering about?
The scary revolves around the person who finds the diary and how it begins to affect them and their behavior, as well as what they start seeing. As well as what the things they experience while going through their stuff and following them around. It also has to do with how the main characters were treated by many of the other characters, and maybe how superficial the sentiment they are putting up for the person who has died.
It is pretty scary, when you think about, when you are seeing things from a dead person’s perspective when they were alive. Experiencing the horrible things they have gone through, the way people make you feel, etc.
You should be careful what you wish for, because along with whatever you wish for your true underlying ambitions may come to reality as well. Especially when you are dealing with fox spirits to grant them for you instead of taking the road of working it out yourself.
This time around the setting takes place in a girls art/music institute where they are housed in a dormitory. Like the second film in the series there is three main characters that are focus. Two of which have ambitions to be ballerinas and attend a Russian ballet school, and one who wishes to be thin and be accepted. The film also explores three girls within the social order of the school, so to speak.
The themes from the previous movies takes a backseat this time around, focusing more on personal ambitions, infatuations, and drive. Although this time around the creepy and insanity factors are ramped up by the second half of the movie.
The one character that I feel a bit sad for is Hye-Ju, but I also wished the film would have explored a bit of the circumstances surrounding her personality. Also explore a bit more of why she is the way she is.
It is a little hard to choose a favorite or notable scene in the previous installments in this series because of how they handle the specifics of their respective themes. This time around there are definitely some pretty damn creepy scenes. The one that sticks out the most is the student who gets the unexpected pleasure of being murdered and then made part of her own art final.
For those of you who own “Black Swan” this is one of the other movies that was ripped off for some scenes besides “Perfect Blue”.
So there you have it!
My “Goof & Spook Film Spectacular”!
I hope you all enjoyed all twenty of these entries and thank you for letting me know what you think of each of the films and commenting.
I hope you all have a great Halloween night, enjoy your various forms of fun, and stay safe!
And if you are at a bar please, for fuck’s sake, tip your waiter/waitress!
I am The Heretic!
It was a pleasure!
A big thank you to my brother-in-law and sister for taking this pic for me!