The whole story behind this film was really interesting. But they did not piece it together very well. Through 90 percent of the movie, it leaves you confused. Then finally at the end, it starts to make sense, but you are still left unsatisfied. The only thing to keep you interested would be all the fight scenes. But there was more gun shooting than anything. I wanted to see more fighting with fists and kicks, but there was not much. The story behind it all is that you kill yourself and it is a sin. So you are in a world between reality and Heaven, or Hell. In this world you are granted a special power, but in return for your sin, you have a pain also. For example; one guy has the ability to see all kill points and kill them really fast. In return, he gets a scar on his body where he killed the guy. If you notice, most are by his heart. I admit that each character was kind of cool to see. There powers were interesting, but there was really not that much back story at all to the characters, leaving it hard to enjoy them to the fullest. Basically, what this movie was missing was full out, a storyline. It had the ability to create one, but like I said, it leaves you confused on how they try to do it. This really could of been one great action film if done right.
The whole background to this story is just terrifying. What if a group of children had a group where they killed grown ups and ate them. That would scare me. But the movie was not that scary and could of had a lot of changes. It would of been nice if the children were more scary. The only scary thing about them was they would hide in the fields and whisper to each other. It was like watching a wimpier version of "Children of the Corn". Basically a kids dad dies who taught the child strange Anglo-Saxon stories. As a revenge the kid grows up and thinks he is a leader of a group that kills adults. He gets other kids under his belt and forms a killing cult. Some of the acting was ok and some was just horrible. They had a few good gore scenes but then near the end, the gore and killing gets out of hand. I almost felt like I was watching a horror spoof near the end. I can remember two scenes in this film that should of not been in there. They were put in there out of good taste and really had nothing to do with the story line. Also I am not sure if the editor was sleeping, but there were a few scenes with very noticeable errors that should of been fixed or taken out. If you look at the poster for this movie, it will scare you. It comes off as very creepy. But when you finally watch the film, your whole view changes. In fact, I actually liked the film until halfway though. Then it just got silly.
This is a typical Asian type horror film. It is the dead ghost lady that shows one eye and has long hair. Luckily, this ghost had a different power compared to most you see in these types of films. She had the ability to control the living. They say on the 7th day of a girls death, she will come back to seek revenge on anyone who killed her or tried to take her love. Well this happens. There is more to the story, but it is a little twisted. You will have to watch to see. Basically the story is seven sexy nurses and their doctor get haunted by another nurse who was killed by them. The movie is more low budget and the story is twisted, yet really mixed up at parts. The movie takes place in all of 20 minutes or so, but everything is basically happening at the same time. A lot of the nurses are just for show because their acting is pretty bad. The scare factor is not that high, but the gore is pretty high. There are two things about this movie that will keep the viewer interested. If you like sexy nurses and if you like gore. The movie to me was mostly fun to watch. The ghost had a different way of killing each girl and I kept wondering what would happen to the next. So that was my main enjoyment. Other than that, the movie was just ok. There is also a scene in the credits that has nothing to do with the actually movie. It is just all the nurses on the beach playing around. So there you have it.
So Dario Argento and George Romero decided to make some movies based off of Edgar Allan Poe. This was tough since it was two movies in one because one movie couldn't ruin the whole feature. The first film was "The Facts in the Case of Mrs. Valdemar". This was Romero's film. I enjoyed this film and how it was done. The cast was half and half though. Ramy Zada was good and so was Jonathan James who played the zombie. Adrienne Barbeau on the other hand was not that good and didn't play her part well. The movie makes you wonder if there is life between reality and Heaven? If so, are they good or evil? The film had some moments that were not scary, but creepy. Where if you were in that situation, you would really be scared. The next film was "The Black Cat". This was Argento's film. The film started off strong, but faded by the end. The cat in the film got creepy after awhile. Harvey Keitel was the lead and at points seemed pretty good. But again, near the end, his acting faded. Madeleine Potter was getting on my nerves. First off I couldn't stand how she looked. It did not fit her character and her acting didn't really work either. Even though the film kind of left the good zone by the end, the whole background to the story was pretty interesting so I will give it that. So Romero wins and I guess you could say Argento was a close second.
Another gem by Chan Wook Park. I will say that the movie seemed to run a little long and some parts could of been taken out to save time, but I still enjoyed it all. Some of the extra scenes seemed to throw off my enjoyment a little, but not too much. Song Kang-Ho plays a priest who goes to a third world country to help people sick with a strange disease. The doctors there are giving the patients strange blood to try to save them, but everyone is dying. Song Kang-Ho gets sick and the blood saves him. Yet it is vampire type blood and now he must feed to not let the sickness kill him. This movie is a different take on vampires. They can be hurt by the sun and they drink blood. They also have power and cannot get hurt. But they do not have vampire fangs. So they cannot bite. Also if they do not feed everyday, a sickness with take control of them and kill them. Song Kang-Ho meets a family he once knew as a child. He falls in love with Ok-bin Kim. This film is a deeper story about vampires for Song Kang-Ho is of the cloth so he only wants blood of those who will offer it to him. Ok-bin is more of a child and just wants to kill to get blood. It is because she loves the rush of a kill. There are other characters in the film like Ha-Kyun Shin who is more of a comic relief for the film. Chan Wook Park is known to show real intensity in his film and there are plenty of scenes in here to show that. A passionate yet interesting sex scene and the way some people are killed. Plus every time someone sucks blood it is the loudest part in the scene making the viewer actually get a chill. There are many vampire movies out there and they usually are about the same thing. Then sometimes a gem like this comes by and takes a different spin on things and that is why it is a great film. Another winner for Chan Wook Park.