Sunday, November 7, 2010

Phone (2002)

I've been on a serious Asian horror kick lately.  I feel like I got turned off of Asian horror for a while because of all the crappy American remakes.  But Korean horror has seriously been my jam lately.  I like to read so I really don't mind watching things with subtitles, so that adds to my appreciation of foreign horror.

Phone is a pretty awesome flick.  Ji-won is a journalist who recently wrote a series of articles exposing an underage sex scandal.  She starts receiving strange phone calls, and assumes them to be from one of the defendants she exposed in the articles.  Frightened for her safety, she confides in her friend Ho-jeong and her husband, Chang-hoon.  Chang-hoon insists that she stay in a larger house he recently finished building nearby.

Ji-won somewhat reluctantly agrees, and moves into the house until things settle down.  Meanwhile, she is continuing to receive calls and the phone company can't seem to straighten anything out.  One day, when at a museum, Ho-jeong's daughter, Young-Ju answers the phone when one of the disturbing calls arrives.  Let me just take a moment to say that this little girl is so freakin' awesome.  She is one of the best little kids I've seen in a horror movie in a longgg time!  I wish I could find a good picture of her being all scary and badass.

Anyway, I digress.  After hearing the call, Young-Ju starts being a bad little girl.  She's acting in a very disturbing manner and Ho-jeong cannot figure out why.  Meanwhile, Ji-won continues to investigate the phone calls, and discovers some very crazy information as she goes along.  She discovers that many are in danger, in addition to her.

This movie gets like Susan-Lucci soap opera crazy by the end and I loved it!  I love this Korean movies with so many twists and turns and general awesomeness.  Definitely check out Phone.


Michele (TheGirlWhoLovesHorror) said...

Young-ju is so effing CREEPY. Phone is a pretty good little flick - I'd suggest Bloody Reunion if you're looking for Asian horror. Maybe not as well known, but it's seriously awesome.

The Scream Queen said...

@TheGirlWhoLovesHorror: Seriously, I feel like I need to go back and revise my creepiest kids list to include her! She was so wonderfully scary!

Just added Bloody Reunion to my Netflix queue -- thanks!