Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Impish Horror Movie reviews

Time for another movie review...or two. This time I will review two horror movies I recently watched. I am not a big horror fan but there are times when I will watch them. I am more of the psychological thriller kind of girl. But for today I will review two horror movies:

A Tale Of Two Sisters.
This supernatural horror film from Kim Jee-woon is inspired by the ancient Korean folktale "Jangha and Hongryun." Set in an isolated lakeside house, it begins with two young girls, Su-mi (Im Su-jung) and Su-yeon (Mun Geun-yeong), returning home after a period of hospitalization following the death of their mother. In the meantime, their father Mu-Hyun (Kim Gab-su) has married Eun-joo (Yeom Jeong-ah), whom the girls obviously despise. Strange, violent visions begin to disturb Su-mi and she becomes convinced that Eun-joo is keeping a dark secret from the family. (Thank you Moviefone for that synopsis)

I enjoyed this one despite a scene or two where I was watching through my fingers. It was not all about gruesome or blood which horrors have a tendency to do. It actually made you think and wonder what the heck was going on and try to figure out the mystery of the story. I cannot say much without giving it away but it does have a good twist and was filmed very well. If you can get past having to read English subtitles and if you don't mind some scary parts then this is definitely a horror worth watching.

Hannibal Rising
In 'Red Dragon' we learned who he was. In 'Silence of the Lambs' we learned how he did it. Now comes the most chilling chapter in the life of Hannibal Lecter – the one that answers the most elusive question of all - why?

The story begins in Eastern Europe at the desperate end of World War II. For many it was no longer a conflict of nations but one of individual survival – at any cost. A young Hannibal watches from only steps away as his parents’ violently die, leaving his cherished young sister in his care. This horrific moment will soon pale in comparison to the atrocities he is forced to witness and perhaps survive as a result of.

Alone and without any means of support, he is forced to live in a Soviet Orphanage that once served as his family’s beloved home. He flees to Paris to find his uncle has died but his beautiful and mysterious Japanese widow, Lady Murasaki (Gong Li) welcomes him. Even her kindness and love cannot soothe the nightmares and sorrows that plague him. Showing a cunning aptitude for science he is accepted into medical school, which serves to hone his skills and provide the tools to exact justice on the war criminals that haunt him day and night. This quest will ignite an insatiable lust within a serial killer who was not born, but made. (Thank you again Moviefone)

Ok so most people have heard of Silence of the Lambs. Anthony Hopkins plays the oh so creepy but also alluring Dr. Hannibal Lecter. This story though as the synopsis says, tells of how he became what he is in Silence of the Lambs. Now this movie doesn't really have "jump" scenes but it definitely has gruesome scenes where I hid my eyes til it was over. I have no taste for the gruesome parts but around those are the story which is fascinating and well played despite the lack of Anthony Hopkins. I have had friends say they didn't like it or didn't want to see it because Anthony was not in it but if you have seen the other movies in this series you need to watch this one. It completes the story, it rounds out the character of Hannibal Lecter. I think I may read the books now. I have heard they are even better than the movie...which is usually the case.

Well it was yet another Impish movie review. Next time maybe they will be abit...more family friendly :)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

ugh--give me a good chick-flick anytime-lol