Reviews

  • Mar 23, 2020

    Slow burn creepy, possession story!

    Slow burn creepy, possession story!

  • Jan 19, 2019

    What a great movie. A lot is left to interpretation so if that's not your thing then you won't be a fan of this. There is a lot to consider in this movie. Was the younger sister possessed by a bad demon or a good spirit? When the shamanists pray to it at first they're blessed with good fortune (woman ridding herself of cancer). But when they get greedy and push the matter it leads to all of their deaths. Then, was Hee-jin possessed as well? Did that demon/spirit enter the older child after the younger one had died? It appears so during the scene with the detective where she repeats the words of his sick/dying daughter. Then there are questions... what saved the detectives daughter? Was it the crane? In asian culture the crane represents purity. Was it looking out for Hoo-jin during its first appearance in the buildings play area? And then, if the mother was simply waiting for her older daughter to arrive (which would awaken her younger daughter) why did she go through the whole routine of saying the younger daughter went missing? And lastly, was Hoo-jin able to see/hear from people after they died because the spirit was coming in her next? The movie is still great even with it being open to interpretation. There are strong religious beliefs in this movie, opposing each other. For example the christian mother thought her daughter was a saviour. The shamanists thought she was a spirit. The atheist (?) Hoo-jin simply felt as though her sister was sick. 3 very different opinions.

    What a great movie. A lot is left to interpretation so if that's not your thing then you won't be a fan of this. There is a lot to consider in this movie. Was the younger sister possessed by a bad demon or a good spirit? When the shamanists pray to it at first they're blessed with good fortune (woman ridding herself of cancer). But when they get greedy and push the matter it leads to all of their deaths. Then, was Hee-jin possessed as well? Did that demon/spirit enter the older child after the younger one had died? It appears so during the scene with the detective where she repeats the words of his sick/dying daughter. Then there are questions... what saved the detectives daughter? Was it the crane? In asian culture the crane represents purity. Was it looking out for Hoo-jin during its first appearance in the buildings play area? And then, if the mother was simply waiting for her older daughter to arrive (which would awaken her younger daughter) why did she go through the whole routine of saying the younger daughter went missing? And lastly, was Hoo-jin able to see/hear from people after they died because the spirit was coming in her next? The movie is still great even with it being open to interpretation. There are strong religious beliefs in this movie, opposing each other. For example the christian mother thought her daughter was a saviour. The shamanists thought she was a spirit. The atheist (?) Hoo-jin simply felt as though her sister was sick. 3 very different opinions.

  • Aug 31, 2016

    I liked it...more of a mystery thriller than a horror movie though.

    I liked it...more of a mystery thriller than a horror movie though.

  • Oct 24, 2015

    It should be entitled "The Ajumma Cult".

    It should be entitled "The Ajumma Cult".

  • Jul 06, 2013

    Kind of slow but also captivating and wanting to find out what happened. But nothing scary or anything about the movie and the acting is a bit ordinary.

    Kind of slow but also captivating and wanting to find out what happened. But nothing scary or anything about the movie and the acting is a bit ordinary.

  • Nov 13, 2011

    One of the scariest films I have seen in a long, long time.

    One of the scariest films I have seen in a long, long time.

  • Nov 01, 2010

    Not bad. I enjoyed it. Kinda confused, but it was good.

    Not bad. I enjoyed it. Kinda confused, but it was good.

  • Aug 13, 2010

    Bello, elegante e difficile. Non che la storia sia particolarmente complessa, anzi: per lunghi tratti lo sviluppo della trama rimanda al tipico horror asiatico, ma il regista si guarda bene dall'affidarsi ai soliti stereotipi e cerca di proporre qualcosa di originale, che culmina in un finale dall'interpretazione non banale. Uno dei migliori coreani del 2009, recensione completa prossimamente su AsianFeast.

    Bello, elegante e difficile. Non che la storia sia particolarmente complessa, anzi: per lunghi tratti lo sviluppo della trama rimanda al tipico horror asiatico, ma il regista si guarda bene dall'affidarsi ai soliti stereotipi e cerca di proporre qualcosa di originale, che culmina in un finale dall'interpretazione non banale. Uno dei migliori coreani del 2009, recensione completa prossimamente su AsianFeast.

  • Jul 03, 2010

    Ah this was confusing. I got reeally lost.

    Ah this was confusing. I got reeally lost.

  • Jun 21, 2010

    Possessed is more thriller than horror. It's got some scares and a few jolts here and there, but it's really more eerie than frightening. The story concerns a girl who returns home from college when she learns her younger sister has gone missing. She discovers her mother has become a religious fanatic who believes only prayer will bring her sister back. But back from where becomes the big question. People all around her commit suicide. There's a cult, a Shaman, and a handful of freaky people who engage in weird ceremonies with a hope for salvation or cure from disease. It's not a pedantic essay on religious belief but that is the main theme of the film and it serves to give the proceedings some depth. It also situates the film on a terrain of the supernatural which, when you make a film, gives you license to bend realities and play visual tricks from time to time. But nothing is cheap here. The intended audience isn't the summer of fear kids. It's more serious than that and it never gets close to outrageous. <a href='http://sitenoise-atthemovies.blogspot.com/2009/12/possessed-bulsinjiok-living-death.html' target='_blank'>sitenoise at the movies: Possessed (Bulsinjiok) Living Death ? Disbelief Hell [2009]</a>

    Possessed is more thriller than horror. It's got some scares and a few jolts here and there, but it's really more eerie than frightening. The story concerns a girl who returns home from college when she learns her younger sister has gone missing. She discovers her mother has become a religious fanatic who believes only prayer will bring her sister back. But back from where becomes the big question. People all around her commit suicide. There's a cult, a Shaman, and a handful of freaky people who engage in weird ceremonies with a hope for salvation or cure from disease. It's not a pedantic essay on religious belief but that is the main theme of the film and it serves to give the proceedings some depth. It also situates the film on a terrain of the supernatural which, when you make a film, gives you license to bend realities and play visual tricks from time to time. But nothing is cheap here. The intended audience isn't the summer of fear kids. It's more serious than that and it never gets close to outrageous. <a href='http://sitenoise-atthemovies.blogspot.com/2009/12/possessed-bulsinjiok-living-death.html' target='_blank'>sitenoise at the movies: Possessed (Bulsinjiok) Living Death ? Disbelief Hell [2009]</a>