Whispering Corridors

Whispering Corridors


Reviewed by: John Gallagher

Ok, so it's a Korean ghost story and it's set in a school. You would instantly think that this is your basic set-up for an awesome, tense, pant-soilingly good scarefest with dark corridors, creepy old rooms, teachers with a hidden secret and, of course, the ghost(s) that haunt the school. Thinking about those things you can draw a pretty good picture in your head of what's going to happen and it ends in sleepless nights for all concerned. You would think that because it's not an American CGI-infested horror, it would be half decent. You would be wrong.

Ji Oh and Jae Yi Yoon attend an all girls school. This is their final year, so they want to leave with an unblemished record, but that might be a bit hard since they have a perverted teacher who enjoys nothing more than to berate and assault them, as well as the odd appearance of a ghost that seems intent on exacting vengeance for something that happened years ago. The sudden death of a teacher sends shivers down spines and the kids into a permanent state of terror, as they wonder whom the paranormal butcher will take out next.

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Being a ghost story you would hope that there will be enough in the movie to keep you going. I usually like a good scare, or plot twist, at 10-minute intervals. After the first death, we have to wait almost half an hour for something else to happen and then even at that it's over in the space of two minutes. The scares aren't even a blip on the brown pants radar.

If you enjoyed Ring, Ju-On, The Eye, Tale Of Two Sisters, then forget about Whispering Corridors, but if you're the type that gets scared when a black cat suddenly appears from the most impossible places, then this is probably right up your street.

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2005
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Ghostly murder at a South Korean girls school.
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Trinity ****

Director: Park Ki-hyung

Writer: In Jeong-ok, Park Ki-hyung

Starring: Lee Mi-youn, Kim Kyn-li, Choi Sae-yun, Park Jin-hee, Yoon Ji-hae

Year: 1998

Runtime: 105 minutes

BBFC: 18 - Age Restricted

Country: South Korea


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