Ghost Mansion (NC16)
Starring Sung Jun, Kim Hong Pa, Kim Bo-Ra
Directed by Jo Ba-Reun
Five stories in a deserted haunted block of flats. We’re talking Dark Water-rundown, but still there’s CCTV for a paranormal look-see? Best scare is dead kids hanging upside down from the ceiling. Handy tip — don’t dump their really old shoes in revenge for their noisy scampering. If this Korean flick contained ghosts only, it’d be okay with the usual jump frights. But its jumbled horror rojak includes killer black mold, silhouette showering in the bathroom and a weirdo who’d rattle even Annabelle. Sick freak goes home to an ugly life-size doll. There’s religious-cult underpinnings and in true Korean fashion, the tales are interlinked. Writer, pharmacist, student and realtor bump into each other not knowing their common doomed fate. Just like in a K-love story. A struggling web-cartoonist wanna probe the mystery further to write better stories. The iffy caretaker warns him not to tread where even Stephen King would chicken out. No one gets out of the scary closet here. Nope, sorry. I know what you’re thinking. Even rojak doesn’t include that progressive a spirit. (3/5 stars)
Photo: Clover Films/Golden Village
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