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Black House (Unrated) (2006)

Su-han Choi , Jeong-min Hwang , Shin Terra  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Su-han Choi, Jeong-min Hwang, In-gi Jeong, Hwang Jeong-min, Shin-il Kang
  • Directors: Shin Terra
  • Writers: Young-jong Lee
  • Producers: Joo-sung Kim
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: CJ Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00125WAW8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,855 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

An insurance claims adjuster investigates a decrepit house and discovers horrific secrets inside involving suicides and murder. The more he learns the more the terror mounts, building to a blood-soaked ending that is beyond any level of fear you can handle...

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
BLACK HOUSE (aka. Geomeun Jip, 2007) is a South Korean thriller that masquerades as an Asian horror film; in truth the film is more psychological than "horror" although the film's main premise is somewhat horrifying and quite disturbing. Based on the novel by Yusuke Kishi and directed by Shin Tae-Ra, the film is a definitely a relief from the usual "vengeful ghost" theme that have plagued most South Korean horror films. "Black House" definitely feels more influenced by Hollywood-style filmmaking than the traditional Korean thriller. (Yusuke's novel was also adapted into a Japanese thriller titled "Black House")

A meek and nerdy young man named Jeon Juno (Hwang Jeong-Min) is an insurance claims adjuster who gets assigned to visit an old dilapidated house. He stumbles upon a "purported" suicide by a seven year old boy who has been insured for $ 30 million Won. After witnessing the supposed "suicide", Juno suspects foul play, since he had recently received a phone call a few days before asking him if the insurance company pays out the coverage in the event of a suicide. He gets harassed by the child's stepfather; Bae Doong Park ( Kang Shin Il) who comes to the office everyday until the insurance money gets paid out. `
Juno resolves to investigate the boy's parents and seek the truth about a potential insurance fraud by a psychotic scam artist. As Juno digs deeper into the case, he finds himself more involved than he wanted to, and the more Juno finds out, the more the terror mounts. Juno's life will be changed forever...

"Black House" is a thrilling attempt by South Korea to escape the usual horror fare that have mostly been "Ringu" and "Ju-On" rip-offs and tries something different.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very creepy Korean treat August 29, 2008
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I heard that this was a good film and decided to check it out. I was definitely not disappointed. Black House is an expertly crafted mystery-horror-thriller about a rather timid insurance investigator who stumbles upon an unexpected, horrifying situation in the course of his work. To be more specific would risk spoiling one of the best "unexpected treasures" I've unearthed in quite a while. What I will say is that the acting is top-notch, the direction is perfectly suited to the subject matter, and the writing is nice and clever. Anyone who enjoys Asian horror will find much to appreciate in the unrated version of Black House.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid thriller mismarketed in America as horror. April 23, 2013
Geomeun Jip (Black House) (Terra Shin, 2007)

Geomeun Jip, released in English-speaking countries as Black House, is another of those films from southeast Asia that's been mismarketed as a horror film on this side of the pond, and has alienated both the horror market and its actual market (this is a mystery film) as a result. Distribution companies, when are you going to learn this lesson? I've seen at least a dozen southeast Asian films in the past five years that, had they been marketed correctly, would likely have been hits. While I'm not sure this is one of them--I didn't seem to like it quite as much as other reviewers who didn't go into it expecting Yet Another Southeast Asian Horror Film--I think it would have done far better than it actually has.

Plot: an insurance agent, Jun-oh (You Are My Sunshine's Jeong-min Hwang),is at a client's house dealing with an unrelated issue when the client's son commits suicide--or so it seems. The more Jun-oh investigates, the fishier the "suicide" seems, and he beings to wonder if he's being set up by the boy's father (Public Enemy's Shin-il Kang); did the father actually kill the boy in order to collect on the insurance?

It's a pretty standard mystery setup, albeit a well-acted and well-presented one, and you will not regret spending an hour and a half on this one if you're a mystery fan. But I kept thinking that if they'd considered pushing the envelope a little here and there, this movie really could have taken off--an innovative camera angle here or interesting use of color there or one really memorable minor character or... you get the idea. America, as a society, is so inundated with mystery shows that it felt, at times, like this was a feature-length episode of CSI: Seoul. Which is far more a criticism of American culture than it is of Black House, but it's something to be considered if you're an American viewer dialing this one up. ***
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Tense and Often Gripping Mystery-Thriller... March 6, 2013
Black House follows Jun-Oh as he starts his new job as an insurance agent. After a series of eerie events, Jun-Oh eventually ends up at an insurance holder's home where he finds a boy that may have committed suicide. However, Jun-Oh becomes suspicious and begins to suspect murder. (the story is deeper, but for the sake of the review, I'll leave it at that.) Black House is a tense and often-gripping mystery-thriller.

I enjoyed the story in Black House. The first half of the film is a dark and tense mystery; did the boy commit suicide, or was he murdered? The second half of the film is a suspenseful thriller, which I also enjoyed. It packs a surprising twist, as well. The film is especially gripping because of the villain's performance; it's the type of performance that can infuriate you because of how well-done these sinister characters and performances are. The ending is disappointing, though; it leaves many unanswered questions, it is unbelievable, and illogical (I don't want to spoil it, but some actions, or lack of action, will leave you shaking your head) The film has great acting, a dark and gritty storyline (except the ending), great music, and some solid special effects.

Overall, Black House is a creepy and tense mystery-thriller with great performances. I recommend a purchase for fans of the genre and South Korean films, a rental otherwise.

Black House has some strong violence and gore.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Some things ruined it
It was very interesting and I liked it,but some plot holes really made me not enjoying it as much as I should have. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Yuki-kun
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon purchase for Coastbooks 100
Very fast delivery and interesting movie. Enjoyed it very much. Would order from Coastbooks 100 (and Amazon, of course) again without hesitation.
Published on April 11, 2011 by bubberoni
4.0 out of 5 stars nice suprise
i went into this movie not knowing about it,and was pleasantly suprised.the plot was good and it kept my attention thru out. Read more
Published on November 4, 2010 by Michael Barone
5.0 out of 5 stars Specacular Korean Giallo
Wow! Allw me to be enthusaistic here- I love viewing films I know nothing about and getting surprised. Read more
Published on August 12, 2010 by Scott Jeune
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
Average "horror" movie. Thought the synopsis was interesting so I decided to purchase. Story was ok with an occasional good scene.
Published on December 10, 2009 by B. Colgan
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT HORROR-THRILLER
Great movie , one of the best Korean Horror - Thrillers ever . Great story-great acting BUY IT !!!!!!!!!!!!
Published on September 2, 2008 by Anthony
3.0 out of 5 stars Less than great yet not awful
There is less to this film and even less-er looking at the cover box of the DVD. Whom the movie provides to be the insane killer is given away. Read more
Published on July 3, 2008 by Stephen M. Daddario
2.0 out of 5 stars Moody, creepy, thrilling ... and yet, stupid.
Basically, this movie does a lot right, and yet finds a way to fail at the end.

It's sort of like how Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys can have a great statistical... Read more
Published on May 25, 2008 by A. Medley
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth my time.
One of the most affecting parts of the film is director Shin Terra's tone. This is one foreign auteur who understands the nature of atmosphere and how it affects suspense. Read more
Published on April 29, 2008 by Tweji Bar
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