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Cinderella
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2010
The daughter of a plastic surgeon is the envy of her peers, but when several of them die under mysterious circumstances, Hyunsu will discover the ghastly secrets behind her beauty. CINDERELLA is Korea's answer to the surgical horror themes first presented in Georges Franju's EYES WITHOUT A FACE, mixing several gory moments of bodily dismemberment with the Asian supernatural revenge thrillers. Although it is light on any truly terrifying moments, CINDERELLA builds itself on the character drama between Hyunsu and her protective mother, and succeeds in producing a suspenseful mystery out of their struggle. Unfortunately, the tangled story threads and awkward editing make it difficult to decipher what exactly is going on, and when. The supernatural elements of the plot also seem entirely out of place, especially when the film's reveal in the end directly contradicts the existence of any spirits. Even with a decent cast and strong filming, CINDERELLA is simply unable to overcome the inherent problems with the script, but Asian Horror fans will not be overly disappointed with this one.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2010
This movie goes extremely slow and carries off in a lot of directions. The best advice is to pay attention to all the details.
The movie is about a Mother that will do anything for her child and as the movie goes on it shows.

There is a deep story but depending on what your watching it for you can get lost with the ghost and scare effects.

***spoiler part***
Cinderella really is quite and interesting tale. I didn't like the movie at first but when it got to the end it all came together. There is so much going on that it's easy to miss out on the underlying story. The Mother has raised her own daughter to where she has everything and she is spoiled and thinks of her mother as her servant. As a matter of fact she barely calls her "Mom". Unfortunately the girl this woman took under her care to provide a new face for her daughter cared about nothing but her mothers adoration. All she wanted was her mothers love and to be like a normal girl. In her selfishness the Mother kept the loving "daughter" locked away from the world while her own materialistic daughter only thought of her as an object and thought little of the things the girl in the basement wanted so much. It was just another knife in her chest knowing that the other daughter was wearing her face. The face that she thought allowed her to have all those things she missed out on.

I found the movie to be more sad than scary. It wasn't until it was too late that the Mother realized just how much she loved the girl she kept locked away. Despite all she did...in the end it looked as though she loved her more than her real daughter. Although the girl in the basement was loving and kind the Mother always deprived her of the simple things that her real daughter took for granted. Cinderella was a great movie but the ending was sloppy. It's clear that the writers couldn't settle on if the girl in the basement killed herself or if they wanted her to live so you end up with a mish-mosh ending. It would of been better if the girl in the basement lived than to have the strange ghost ending.

Cinderella starts off like most of the (and I hate to say this) Ghost girl with long hair movies... but midway if breaks off and becomes a truly different movie. I give it 4/5 for the drama story and 3/5 for the horror story.

Worth taking a look if your open minded.
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on March 12, 2013
Hyun-soo and her mother have a great relationship; her mother, a plastic surgeon, eventually starts operating on Hyun-soo's friend. Everything is great until they start seeing ghostly images and begin to commit suicide by cutting their faces. Hyun-soo also begins to feel a strange presence and begins her search for answers. Cinderella is a slow-burn, haunting horror film.

The story in Cinderella is disturbing and haunting. It's slower than most modern horror films- in my case, I love a great slow-burn, so I didn't mind. It uses tension and creepy imagery to really leave an impact, with a few amazing jump-scares; the ghostly images are subtle yet stunning. The storytelling, however, is confusing- partly due to some of the editing choices. Some fans may have to search for all of the details to get a clear view of the film. When you do realize what is going on, you realize how disturbing and haunting the film really is. The acting was great. The music was also great and matched the film's atmosphere.

Overall, Cinderella has a disturbing story, great scares, and a haunting atmosphere; it is only held back by its confusing storytelling and editing. As of 2/24/13, this film is available on Netflix Streaming, I recommend a purchase for fans of the genre.

Cinderella has violence and blood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2013
An amazing movie, worth it for all who have video collection, a good video material for people who love horror movies.
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15 of 23 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 7, 2007
Buried under two pages of Disney movies,
you'll find this ruined gem.
Let me start by saying that
I am obviously retarded for cover art.
It always tricks me into buying movies,
that I know absolutely nothing about.
Tartan Asia Extreme usually has some dynamite flicks too.
This one however...is not one of them.
I'm gonna keep this one short and sweet.
I'm not here to tell you what this movie is about.
You can read that above in the item description.
And it sounds really cool....right?........right?

I found that the scenes moved way too quickly.
As soon as I figured out what was going on.
The scene was over.
The story jumped around like an epileptic cricket.
As soon as I grasped it, BOING.
There was little to no gore, which the cover definitely suggests.
One scene with two Korean girls slashing each others faces with scalpels,
which sounds much cooler than it really looks,
especially when dealing with a squeamish camera.
There was about one creep out, but it was all the way at the end of the movie.
And if you're conscious long enough, you might see it.
There was a good story here too, that really suffered from the erratic storytelling.
Don't get me wrong it had alot of potential,
but it definitely needs plastic surgery.

MORAL OF THE STORY
Beauty may only be skin deep, but ugly is to the bone.
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on October 23, 2012
This movie will give you that feeling of goosebumps and it has suspense to keep you watching. I am happy with my purchase.
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on February 22, 2014
The story was probably the best part, although the ending is a little strange and weird. Overall, it was a good watch
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on December 11, 2014
Saw this on Netflix originally but enjoyed it so much I wanted it for my collection. The disc is in good condition.
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on November 26, 2012
Great movie was not a scary scary movie but it was mysterious. I like this movie as a part of my collection.
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on January 6, 2013
I rated it because it was sad, sadistic, and crazy! I love it because it all makes sense in the end.
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