CHUD is doing a series called Clash of the Tartans. You people know I'm all about the asian schoolgirl look, but haunted cell phones?
Ji-won is an investigative reporter who has just wrapped up a series of articles exposing a sex ring operation. Several powerful men were implicated in the articles, making Ji-won a lot of enemies. Ji-won has decided to turn down the heat on the situation by going under the radar for a while, working on fluff pieces about paranormal activity. Unfortunately for her, one of her enemies has tracked her down and begins calling her cell phone and threatening her. Ji-won decides to change cell phone numbers and as luck would have it ends up getting a haunted number.
Everyone who has had this particular cell phone number has met with a grisly death. The first schoolgirl to have the number mysteriously disappeared. One of the men with the number died in a car accident, and one girl was permanently blinded. So not only does Ji-won have to deal with threatening messages from an angry stalker, but she has to deal with ghosts using up her cell minutes with their ghastly moans.
Do they rack up her bill with text messages, or does the she just pay a flat fee for unlimited texting? Does she have Cingular's roll over plan? The director doesn't make that clear.
Who knew someone would actually try to take something as boring and ubiquitous as a cell phone and try and make it haunted?
The second foray into this genre is a review of Whispering Corridors. This movie actually looks entertaining, and it's not just another Ringu rip-off.
Whispering Corridors was originally released in 1998, the same year as Japan's Ringu. What Corridors director Ki-Hyung Park understood is that to creep out your audience, you need a healthy dose of atmosphere. That means slowing down and building tension. It helps if you don't know who a killer is or why they kill. Keeping those reveals secret means you'll never know who'll be taking a clay knife to the chest and who's safe by virtue of being supernatural. Corridors' setting never leaves the confines of the school. At the beginning of the film we explore the exterior of the buildings but as the film progresses we are limited to tighter confines. This is an effective technique in giving us a sense of claustrophobia. What we have here is an expertly assembled flick. Everything in place lends itself to keeping you on edge. Although the majority of the dread you feel while watching this film is from a slow burn, there is one particular scene that will make you jump. It's a series of shots originally used in the 1922 film Nosferatu. You'll know it when you see, but don't say I didn't warn you.
I could watch that. The sad thing is, though, that it would probably be easier to find asian schoolgirl fetish porno than a copy of this. There isn't quite the movie selection here in McGregor that I would like.
Still, I totally love asian horror movies. They were making movies through the 90s that were very reminiscent of the golden age of horror in America: the 70s exploitation films. Just the kind of thing Americans are getting back into. God bless 'em, they kept horror cool.