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A group of chat room buddies decide to meet together in reality on the beach for some fun in the sun. However, their vacation transforms into a nightmare as each person except Nam-kyeong (Kim Hyun Jung) is murdered by the mysterious person 'Sandmanzz' with gruesome deaths. Written by
I wanted to like this, I really did. See, I love slasher films (yes I know they'r neither big nor clever) and I really dug what I've seen of Korean horror cinema, and indeed Korean cinema in general. But Bloody Beach sadly doesn't quite wash. The story is pretty simple, a group of youngsters who have become friends through internet chatting go on a beach holiday but then find that something is wrong, and a former member of their group called Sandmanzz is involved. It a simple set up and the location is cool, very nice to look at and well photographed, but this film never quite delivers the goods. For a start, the characters are weak at best. None are developed much, nor are any particularly sympathetic. Also, though some back story is provided the film never goes too deeply into the potentially very interesting and moving territory of teen isolation and the use of internet chat as a substitute for real communication. Chatrooms have definitely added a new dimension to the ways people in technological society relate to each other, especially young, technologically literate people, and this film has a lot of potential for psychological depth and sociological interest but it avoids any of this in favor of just being mindless. This isn't to say that I don't like mindless horror, or believe that slasher films are an ideal forum for ideas but this film seriously lacks the depth and interest that seems to be a trademark of Korean genre films and doesn't even deliver much in the way of mindless slasher kicks. The film lacks suspense and even killing for a substantial part of the running time and when it does get down to offing its cast the kills are neither particularly gory nor imaginative. There is reasonable blood splashed about and a couple of brief bits of fun gore, as well as brief nudity, which turns the last block of the film into mindless watchable times at least but at the end I was left pretty cold. As far as Asian slashers go the Thai outing Scared is a much better bet and non slasher fans will likely find little of interest here. I have certainly seen worse than this movie, but even so this is for completists alone.
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