Black House (Unrated)
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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.Read more ›
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. ***
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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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 morePublished 21 months ago by Yuki-kun
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
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 morePublished on November 4, 2010 by Michael Barone
Wow! Allw me to be enthusaistic here- I love viewing films I know nothing about and getting surprised. Read morePublished on August 12, 2010 by Scott Jeune
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
Great movie , one of the best Korean Horror - Thrillers ever . Great story-great acting BUY IT !!!!!!!!!!!!Published on September 2, 2008 by Anthony
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 morePublished on July 3, 2008 by Stephen M. Daddario
Basically, this movie does a lot right, and yet finds a way to fail at the end.
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