Alright, alright, alright – tonight’s film is the 2017 South Korean thriller, Bluebeard. Funny story about subtitles, when I went to see Apocalypto like two-dozen people walked out because they didn’t know the film would have subtitles. I was like – WHAT LANGUAGE DID YOU THINK ANCIENT MAYANS SPOKE?! Anyway, yes you will require the use of subtitles if you don’t speak Korean.
Dr. Seung-hoon is a miserable, dviorced dad with a bit of a drug problem who bumbles into the middle of a serial killer’s path after an elderly man confesses something troubling while under sedation. The elderly man doesn’t say anything concrete but just enough to raise the doctor’s suspicions. Seung-hoon begins to piece together clues that seemingly point to his landlord being responsible for the murders of several women in the area but nothing is quite as it seems. The director does a fantastic job of manipulating the viewer’s perception of events using the main character’s drug addiction to create an unreliable narration of events. We don’t really know what the doctor was doing during his missing time or if he is really seeing what he thinks he is seeing. As the body count rises and Seung-hoon is the center of the police investigation, a security camera clip reveals the truth behind the decades spanning murders and to what lengths a family member will go to in order to protect a loved one.
I really enjoyed this film, I loved the atmosphere and slow-burn intensity. It’s a very chilling tale effectively told without the use of jump scares or excessive gore. The end was almost totally unexpected and gave me the total creeps, it just goes to show you that you never know who is living next door.
I hope that you enjoyed this first installment of 31 Nights of Horror, have you seen this one? What Halloween movies are on your list to watch?