By: Oanhie “Shinsen” Pham, Assistant Editor
Halloween is right around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to watch horror movies, new and old. Chances are that horror movies and series have been playing on TV throughout this month. It’s a great time to watch old horror classics, or even catch up on newer ones you haven’t seen. If you’re looking for a good scare and/or have seen just about every heart-pounding, scream-inflicting movie from North America, check out horror movies made outside of the U.S.
While some titles may be familiar due to its American remakes, but there are plenty of foreign films that you may never even heard of. Such popular remakes include “The Grudge” and “The Uninvited,” which were originally made in Asia, home to a plethora of other films in the same genre. This website showcases what it believes as the best 50 Asian horror films released between the years 2000-2009.
Although it did not make the list, one particular movie I sought after is called “Cinderella,” a 2006 South Korean horror movie. It loosely has elements of the fairy tale of the same name, but it has nothing to do with fairy godmothers or pumpkin carriages. Because of its name and South Korea’s supposed reputation of having a fast-growing industry specializing in cosmetic surgery, the movie’s storyline piqued my interest.
“Cinderella” is about young women with an obsession for beauty. It centers around a beautiful young woman whose loving mother is a popular plastic surgeon. Although the mother seemingly never performs surgery on her beloved daughter, she makes sure to give Hyeon-su (the young woman) plenty of beauty treatments. Friends of Hyeon-su would seek out her mother to perform facial surgeries, but they soon experience hauntings and, ultimately, death. Throughout the movie, details of the mother’s dark past are revealed as Hyeon-su experiences some of the hauntings herself.
Reviewers on IMDB.com gave it roughly 5.4 out of 10 stars for mostly lack of horror. However, if you’re not deeply into horror movies but want to step outside your comfort zone, I recommend “Cinderella.” The movie contains very little bloody violence and gory scenes that may be traditional in horror movies. However, from a long-haired ghost girl to a small doll, the movie has dark elements that’ll creep you out.
Photo credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinderella_(2006_film)