In the fall of 1960, Father Thomas Riley and Father John Thornton were sent by the Vatican to investigate a miraculous event in an Irish home for 'fallen women', only to uncover something much more horrific.
An internet broadcaster recruits a handful of people for their 'experience the horror' show at Gonjiam. They are to explore the haunted asylum and stream it live on the show. To attract more viewers, the show hosts play tricks on the guests, but things start to get out of hand when they are inside the place, where tortured souls could really be lurking in the shadows.Written by
Before I start my review I wanted to point out most of the reviews on this page for this film keep stating "it's bad" "it sucks" without giving valid points backing up their review which I find is poor taste. If you're going to review a movie, review it thoroughly instead of treating it like some homework you don't want to do. With that being said, it's refreshing to see a Korean movie like this that uses the recorded footage styling while using modern technology such as Go Pro's, drones, and other devices. Now onto the review.
The story line of the movie was pretty solid and relate-able to what people do nowadays on social media and etc for money. It begins with a group of people who debunk horror mysteries, unsolved cases, and supernatural things recruiting few people to travel along with their crew. Now their primary goal is to live stream the entire course of events and get sponsored by advertisement companies to be compensated with a fat check after it's done. Of course they deal with the consequences of dealing with more than what they bargained for when the supernatural events start taking place. Will leave it at that for the brief summary.
Before I watched this film, I haven't heard any of these actors but their acting was superb. Their reactions to each given situation seemed very genuine and convincing for the audience. How the movie was shot was very entertaining to watch as well. A good example of how they shot the movie is sometimes they would switch back from POV to first person showing the character's face like how they do it in Korean variety shows. I haven't seen a horror film yet where they incorporate this type of method yet. The visuals don't make you dizzy at all or sick and I commend the videographer on this method.
What I really enjoyed about this film was how they ended it. Like most Korean horror movies they tend to over explain the plot towards the ending or end the movie on a sad note where you sympathize with the ghost or some similar situation. In this film it's like a roller coaster. You enjoy the ride and that's it. You remember the thrills and suspense but mostly it was a entertaining ride. What the film lacked at some points were the actual horror aspects in a typical similar film. It creates the atmosphere but the deliveries were a bit bland in my opinion. It leaves you getting a taste and wanting more but that craving isn't satisfied. To finish this section off with a positive the film is very mysterious about it's origins of the facility (even though they discuss the urban legends surrounding it) and that's how some horror movies should be left. Leaving you in the dark without an explanation of all the crazy things that occur/occured.
Overall the film is very enjoyable and I would say you would especially like it if you've enjoyed the V/H/S horror film series. Would definitely recommend watching it with friends on a movie night. Would not recommened it if you dislike the whole "found footage/POV/camera feed" styling of a film. Hope this review helped to shed some light on some of the bad reviews here.
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