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DVD of the Day #118 - Voices

At least this year’s Horrorfest was pretty international, no? You don’t see a lot of K-Horror. It’s generally Japanese, with a little bit of Thai and Hong Kong thrown in as supplments. The only really strong or well known Korean horror film I can think of is A Tale of Two Sisters, so it is with mixed emotions that Voices is probably going to hold the #2 spot on the US scene.

Voices is a bit poorly translated and in fact this can be seen with just the title. The true literal translation of the film’s title is “Somebody’s Behind You.” As in “Look Out Behind You.” Because the subtitles are a bit off, the actual plot of the movie, and most importantly the explination, is lost in the shuffle. As such, I can’t really recommend this film unless you know Korean. It is worth watching as it is very well acted for an Asian horror film and there is a lot of eye candy for those of you with an Asian Schoolgirl fetish.

The plotbasically revolves around a young fencing champion who is at her Aunts wedding when said aunt plummets several floors to her near demise. Did she jump? Was she pushed by her husband to be? We never learn. Instead when the young bride is on life support at the hospital, the fencer ends up watching her aunt’s sister (AKA Aunt #2) disembowel the dying woman. One by one, people around her (both friends and family) become homicidal maniacs. Now however, the killing rage seems geared only at her rather than random people. Why is this young girl the focus? Why does everyone want to kill her? What is going on?

This is pretty much the whole film. Girl gets nearly killed by someone she knows. Girl cries and run. Girl nearly get killed by someone she knows. Girl cries and run. Repeat until everyone is dead. Throughout the film are given three different reasons as to why this may be occuring. Unfortunately the first two are merely swerves and we get the last one in the final ten to fifteen minutes of the film. Sadly, either through poor writing or translation, this ending doesn’t make much sense and you’re left wondering what the hell just happened at the end.

Although the ending is a huge huge HUGE letdown, the rest of the film is very strong and well done. You have a great and realistic cast that slowly goes bonkers and homicidal. You have a basic idea of what is going to happen, but never when or how exactly and it’s nice to see several swerves. It’s also the shortest of the Horrorfest films at a hair under 80 minutes. This might also be why it’s the second best of the bunch.

Although I don’t see myself keeping this film, it is worth seeing as the ending would be fun to banter about with others on. It’s also inspired me to look for other, better K-Horror, and in that respect Voices has done its job.

Is It Worth Keeping? On the fence
Rating: 5.5/10

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