Black House (2007) – English Review

An insurance agent named Jeon Jun Oh gets into trouble with one of his clients when the stepson of the client takes his own life whilem Jeon Jun Oh is visiting them. It turns out that there is more behind this suicide, and Jeon Jun Oh will discover that in a not so pleasant way.

Black House was a movie I was looking forward to. I try to stay away from trailers and reviews that reveal too much, so I thought it would be a typical South Korean movie with supernatural elements and a ghost that was out for revenge. I was wrong because Black House is a thriller and slasher movie.

This is, in fact, a remake of a Japanese movie from 1999 that I’ve seen. The Japanese version is a dark comedy, while the South Korean is a horror movie with a dark and gritty atmosphere.

Black House starts slow, it builds up the little universe it has created, and it does it well.

Then the pace increases in the second half and we get to see some good graphic scenes. Black House offers no surprises because I quickly understood who was behind it all.

As I said, the first half is slow with character building and detective work. Black House never gets boring, because the movie has three good actors who deliver solid role interpretations.

There is one thing that I couldn’t handle and accept. It’s when Jeon Jun Oh behaves like a little girl when the killer is revealed. Some scenes did not work completely, but there is something called panic. And Jeon Jun Oh gets a taste of panic when the killer takes up the hunt. You have to watch the movie to understand what I mean. But frankly, Jeon Jun Oh is behaving like a little girl kid when all hell breaks loose.

Black House is well acted and a good slasher film from South Korea. Finally, a movie that does not focus on the supernatural and the ghost that is out for revenge.

Rating: 7/10

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