Korea seems like a very angry place.
Judging from the amount of revenge flicks coming from that country, everyone seems to hate everyone else, and dammit if they aren’t awesome movies to boot. If you are a fan of badass action, killer revenge plots, twisted antagonists, impressively complex shooting styles—basically anything in movies that’s cool, then you ought to become well versed in these kind of movies. The big ones to look for are Oldboy and Vengeance.
And I would say now you add the movie Bedeviled. Chul-soo Jang’s directorial debut is a revenge movie all its own. It follows Hae-won, a professional woman living in Seoul who is witness to a crime, to escape the pressures of city life. She goes on a vacation to the island her grandparents lived on to visit her childhood friend Bak-nam.
Bak-nam is not leading the picture perfect island life. She’s basically a slave to everyone else on the island, two rather brutish fellows—one her husband t’other his brother—and a gaggle of old women. Well Bak-nam asks Hae-won to sneak her off the island, and Hae-won feels a mite bit apprehensive. That’s when Bak-nam cuts loose and the movie takes a turn.
What had previously been a dauntingly intense drama transforms in the blink of an eye to a brutally violent horror picture.
I mean it. The change is on a dime, suddenly the tension just skyrockets into abject terror. Well, that’s a bit of hyperbole, but I’m being serious when I tell you that it gets right scary right quick.
The first half is actually pretty engaging, pulling you along, building the tension at a decent pace. And then that halfway point just kicks things into gear, but it doesn’t get silly or to ever be too much. It is legitimately frightening, yet very satisfying.
It is most certainly not for the faint of heart, but Bedeviled is an awesome first entry for Chul-soo Jang. I’m gonna keep an eye on him.