Suddenly in the Dark (1981)

US Mondo Macabro Blu-ray edition

Text below written 2018-08-10


A Great hidden gem from the somewhat older South Korean cinema or as Mondo Macabro claims on the sleeve of
this blu-ray relese - " Almost completely unknown outside of its home country". A specialty of MM to dig up unseen
great films from smaller film countries, yeah, or not as South Korea surely is no small film country anymore. But, in 1981
they were as the big explosion of their film industry happened in the second part of the 1990's in Asia and some years
later in the west. Psychological horror thriller drama something about a 28 year old married woman breaking down when
her husband brings home a 19 year old orphan country girl to be their housemaid.

Seon-hui is married to a scientist, a butterfly expert, and he's often away on lengthy expeditions looking for rare specimens.
After one such expedition he suddenly brings home a 19 year old orphan girl, Mi-ok, to be their housemaid. The girl always
carries with her a strange scary looking wooden doll, an object connected with ancient Korean shamanism and supposedly
with the soul of her shaman mother in it, looking after her, protecting her.
Seon-hui can't help noticing that Mi-ok is beautiful and has a pair of amazing tits and slowly but surely she starts suspecting
that her husband is having an affair with the young girl and that Mi-ok tries to kill her or driving her insane. "Evil spirits are
invading my home" but are Seon-hui just imagining things or are evil things really happening?

anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1 with a korean audio DD mono with english subtitles.
Extras: Interview with South Korean critic Kim Bong-seok (21 minutes, korean with subs), interview with producer David
Suh (12 minutes, korean with subs) and a VHS cover gallery of old chinese films, Mondo Macabro trailers

 

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