The Silenced (2015) Original title: Sarajin Sonyeodeul
Rated: Not rated
Duration: 99 minutes
This movie is Korean so it is subtitled. I don’t feel it should be classified as a horror personally, for sure thriller and mystery, but I can see why other’s would classify it in this manner. Especially towards the last half of the movie with the amount of blood that we see.
The first 30 minutes set the story so this portion is slower than the rest of the movie but they do a great job of keeping you intrigued that a cover up may be going on as girls are disappearing at a bordering house. Intrigue at its finest. Things start to really happen about 35 minutes as the plot thickens when the first bizarre and potentially scary thing happens. Maybe I have seen too many scary movies but I was not scared at all throughout this whole movie. Again, thriller is a great description of this movie because I was pulled into the story and wanted to know what was going on.
There is little gore in this movie. Mostly blood effects which I believe is what earned the label in the horror genre. The special effects could have been better but luckily this is snot a heavily special effects movie. An example of why these could have been better it that you could tell when items were moved by pulleys very easily. The flow of the items just seemed off. But I will give them more credit for using practical effects than computer graphics. As mentioned in several other reviews, something I miss in movies.
I loved the set design seeing another country in the particular time frame of this movie. And the costumes were brilliant! One of my favorite parts of this movie.
IMBD: 5.7 out of 10 at time of review
Netflix: Available at time of review at time of review
Amazon: Not available at time of review
Mala’s review: 5 out of 5