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Deranged (2012)




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Just before dawn, gruesomely skeletal bodies surface on the Han River. The cause of death is determined to be a mutant parasite-a hairworm--that brainwashes its hosts, ultimately making them jump into bodies of water and to their death. Jae-hyuk, a salesman for a pharmaceutical firm, faces an enormous terror: his entire family has become host to the fatal parasite. But while he searches for the cure to save his family, the parasite becomes a nationwide epidemic. The government takes action and builds a camp for the patients, experiencing only a series of failures in their attempts to cure them of the horrifying disease. -- (C) Official Site
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Kim Myung-min
as Jae-hyeok
Jung-Hee Moon
as Gyeong-sun
Dong-wan Kim
as Jae-pil
Lee Hanee
as Yun-joo
Eom ji-seong
as Joon Woo
Kang Shin-il
as Dr. Hwang
Deok-hyeon Jo
as Tae-won
Gook-hwan Jeon
as Prime Minister
Lee Hyeong-cheol
as Jason Kim
Young-chang Song
as Chief Kim
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Critic Reviews for Deranged

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

A disaster film with just the right touch of reality to ground the outre genre flourishes.

Full Review… | August 3, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Yes, there are messages about the callousness of big business and the recurring foolishness of man tampering with nature, but they're never didactic, and they never overwhelm the film's escapist thrills.

Full Review… | July 25, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

virus thriller Deranged (Yeon-ga-si) tries hard to break free of its Contagion shackles by giving its infection a truly bizarre origin & symptomatology... [but] ends up being both preposterously silly and numbingly repetitive.

Full Review… | November 30, 2012
Sight and Sound

Deranged is, for the most part, simply unable to become the tense or engrossing thriller promised by its admittedly spectacular setup.

Full Review… | August 7, 2012
Reel Film Reviews

Terrific, engrossing and intelligent epidemic thriller from Korea, which shows up American product like Contagion and Outbreak for their shallowness and commercialism.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Deranged


Korea does Contagion. It would have been good too, but the movie jumps around confusingly and then gets just too far fetched.

Troy Kleasner
Troy Kleasner

Jeong-woo Park goes with a national emergency in Deranged.

Like any thriller should, the film's story has some pretty solid buildup; however, even with only a run time of 1 hour 45 minutes, things get tiresome. Part of it is the events that unfold, while possibly more realistic in nature, are more frustrating than exciting.

The gore factor is minor and tolerable. It really isn't that bad once the pandemic is revealed for what it is, which the plot does quite early in the film. In turn, by doing this the rest of the story details become predictable.

Kim Myung-Min's character is a bit unlikable, but he is acceptable as the lead. Moon Jung-hee, Kim Dong-wan, and Lee Ha-nui are good cast fillers; the latter two could have been used more.

As far as national pandemic stories go, Deranged covers its bases. Even if it's once, it's worth a checkout.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

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A parasitic virus wreaks havoc in Korea, causing people to jump into water to their gruesome death. Although I felt it was over dramatized and the timeline was kinda compromised, but this was scarier than Outbreak and Contagion combined!

Ben Huat
Ben Huat

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