DVD
Whispering Corridors

Starring: Lee Mi-Yeon, Kim Kyu-Ree and Choi Se-Yeon
Tartan Asia Extreme
RRP: 19.99
TVD 3620
Certificate: 18
Available 14 November 2005


When a young woman takes a teaching job at her old school she finds that the past and present have become inextricably intertwined. Ji-oh is a female pupil who can psychically contact the spirits but is not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, so to speak. She is the subject of regular violence from a male teacher, and this shadows an event which took place seven years earlier when the new teacher's best friend, Jin-ju died after being locked in an old storeroom by a female teacher. Now that teacher is found hanging from the building. What was initially thought to be a suicide turns out to be something much more sinister. The new teacher discovers that Jin-ju's photo appears in two yearbooks. Could the dead girl still be attending class...?

This has the potential to be something a lot better than it actually is. However, the fact is there's no distinction between past and present scenes, and it gets so messed-up and confusing that I don't even know if I've got the synopsis right. There isn't enough tension built during the main moments; much of the film is pure dialogue, and there's only one graphic horror scene which comes well before the conclusion. Even the occasional Exorcist-like bit of piano music can't lift a scene which has little substance.

The trailer says, "Discover the film that started the Asian horror explosion." If this is true, I can't imagine this one starting a conversation, let alone a horror explosion. As a fan of East Asian horror I so much wanted to enjoy this film, but such is the high standard of previous releases to judge it by that Whispering Corridors is nowhere near worthy of being compared with The Eye, The Ring. Ju-on: The Grudge, Dark Water, or even the lower standard but still good Shadow of the Wraith.

I'm making this film sound like its not worthy of consideration. That's not true. It's not by any means a bad film, but anyone wanting to be introduced into the creepy world of Asian horror should avoid this and pickup one of those examples mentioned above.

Ty Power

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