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Horror Stories [Import]

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Product Details

  • Format: Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Artsploitation
  • Release Date: Oct. 8 2013
  • ASIN: B00E5MIM04

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE FINE FOREIGN FRIGHTS Oct. 17 2013
By hongkongfilmfan - Published on Amazon.com
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Different Korean directors present these five horror tales that are much more frigntening and entertaining than anything Hollywood has made in many years. These five stories include known genre types (children home alone with a killer, serial killer loose on a plane, sibling jealousy/elite cannibalism, contagious zombies) and adds something new to each making it familiar yet highly unpredictable. Horror stories successfully provides a frightfully good time, offerring something for everyone who enjoys horror. Hollywood films quit being scary years ago when it began using humor or just building suspense without anything truely scary occurring. Korean is known for excelling in psychological violent revenge tales so horror is a natural fit. Horror stories is a welcome return to the Tales From the Crypt formula, keeping the stories short, suspenseful and scary. The wrap around story is of a young girl held captive. Her kidnapper can only sleep when his blood runs cold so she has to tell him Horror Stories to stay alive. The first story "Sun and the Moon" is about two young children home alone in a scary apartment with a killer locked inside with them. The second story "Endless Flight" is about a serial killer being escorted by on a chartered flight who kills the police and is loose on the plane. Usually in these anthologies there is at least one weak story but all the Horror Stories are strong is this antholgy. This film was very well received when it was shown at the Asain Film Festival in Dallas in 2013 so this is not just my opinion, others who saw Horror Stories were impressed. Showed Horror Stories to my 21 year old daughter last night who perfers to not read subtitles but enjoyed it becasue it was so unpredictable. Highly recommended for all fans of horror or Korean films.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever Korean horror that does not disappoint! Nov. 25 2013
By Matthew Scott Baker - Published on Amazon.com
If you have never given foreign horror a look, you should. There are many genre-bending titles out there that will give even the heartiest of horror fans a nice treat. One of my most recent favorites is HORROR STORIES, a slick Korean anthology that entertains on many levels. This collection of horror shorts is not perfect but it is a lot of fun and chocked full of scares and gore.

As mentioned, this film is an anthology of four short films that are a subset of the primary plot. This setup is similar to V/H/S, in that the shorts have nothing to do with the main story but they are an integral part of how it progresses. I like this format when it is well done, as is the case with HORROR STORIES.

I mentioned that this anthology is not perfect and here is why: a couple of the stories insinuate several things but don’t exactly explain what is going on. Case-in-point is the first story, “Don’t Answer the Door”. This film is very clever and leaves you with a cold feeling at the end, however the twist it takes about three-fourths of the way through is confusing. I had to pause the film and think about it for a minute to make sure I understood what was happening. I had to piece a couple of far-reaching things together but in the end I got it. I enjoyed this one, but I feel like it should have been done differently.

Still, HORROR STORIES is a wickedly good horror gem that you should not miss. My favorite tale is “Ambulance on the Death Zone”. Putting aside the fact that it deals with my favorite horror topic (zombies), it is also extremely intense and kept me nervous while I watched it. I was even fidgety because of my nerves! That says quite a bit, as I am no youngster nor rookie when it comes to horror.

HORROR STORIES is a definite win for me and I recommend it to anyone looking for original horror. Some folks might not like the fact that it is in Korean with English subtitles (there is no English dub-over), but that is only a minor issue that should be quickly overlooked. The film is available now, so check it out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great horror anthology from the Far East Nov. 7 2013
By Anticlimacus - Published on Amazon.com
Man, I tell you. The Japanese, South Korean, Chinese, and Thai filmmakers know how to make good horror anthologies. Over the past decade or so we have been treated to Three Extremes (2004), Goosebumps from Japan (2007), Goosebumps: The Movie (2012), Unholy Women (2006), Prayer Beads (2004), Phobia (2008), Phobia 2 (2009), Evil Spirit Viy (2008), Zoo (2005), Tales from the Dark 1 & 2 (2013), Ghost Story Shin Mimi Bukuro (2012), and now Horror Stories (2012).

Horror Stories (2012) (Korean Horror Anthology) - This omnibus surrounds a girl who is kidnapped by a killer who challenges her to save her own life. He tells her that he cannot sleep unless he is scared or tastes blood, so she must tell him scary stories if she wants to escape. This main storyline (entitled "Beginning") is advanced further in between the other segments. The first story ("Don't Answer the Door") is about a young brother and sister who are visited by a suspicious delivery man. This is a really cool home invasion film that morphs into something else. Great performances by the kids and there's a boatload of suspense (4/5). The second story ("Endless Flight") is about a flight attendant who eludes a serial killer during a plane flight. Not especially unique or clever, but it is moderately enjoyable (3/5). The third story ("Secret Recipe") is about two stepsisters who vie for the same man. The story here is confusing but shifts in rather unpredictable ways. The scares are a mix of blood and suspense, and are fun to watch (3.5/5). The fourth story ("Ambulence in the Death Zone") is about five people in an ambulance, one of whom is infected with a zombie virus. This starts off predictably but gets very exciting as it progresses (3.5/5). Overall, this is a very fun and high quality collection of short stories.

As an FYI, Horror Stories 2 (2013) is also quite good but not yet available in the U.S. Hopefully that installment gets a DVD release in the near future.
4.0 out of 5 stars Korean Horror Within Horror! March 2 2014
By P. A. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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Horror Stories was a fair film for its genre, but since it was five short stories packed into one film, it leaves you wanting more from the tales that had the most promise.

The movie can be compared to the way Twilight Zone the Movie was made, or even the Creepshow films. By that I mean, there is one central story occurring, while other stories are told in the background. That format usually works well, but in this case, it left me wanting more from the two stories I found the most interesting.

The most intriguing one being the lead tale, which is about a Korean School girl who wakes up in a shady room where she finds herself bound and gagged. She soon notices a silent psychopath who asks her to tell him a scary story so he can sleep. That premise pulls you in right away and was the most interesting concept to me. I wish the film could've elaborated on that central theme more. But as it turns out, the rest of the movie involves her telling him four scary tales to keep him at bay. As long as she can tell him a scary story, she's safe. And the film shifts back to them as the film progresses.

As for the other four stories, my favorite would have to be the first tale about two children, who are left home alone while their mother is out working one evening. The whole latchkey child premise worked well for me. It was believable in terms of the way children can be in that situation. And the horror that follows was interesting, scary and well explained by the end. It was also the least graphic of the four stories.

The second tale involved a serial killer who is captured by police and is transported on a plane with a small crew and two police officers. Overall the tale was good, and the guy who plays the killer, did his part to make the story suspenseful. A crazy guy on a plane can be pretty terrifying since you have no place to go.

The next tale involved two sisters and a materialistic mother who scheme to get one of the daughters married off to the "president" of somewhere. Whether it's the president of a company or if he was supposed to be the president of S. Korean, I couldn't tell. But the tale definitely adds some horror, with cannibalism of all things. It wasn't my favorite tale. I felt like it needed more time to be developed. I got the general reason for the rivalry between the sisters. But it seemed like a story that would have benefitted from a longer format. It reminded me of a twisted J-Horror story. Kind of like Tales of Terror from Tokyo.

The same could be said about the last tale, which involves a virus and a very turbulent ambulance ride. I have to admit the tension that follows involves horror, but it's shoved into a box. It could have been developed a lot further also. But as it is, you get some scares while understanding the reason for the circumstances that the characters are in. Kind of reminiscent of an end of the world zombie film.

The strongest gem overall though is when we come back to the school girl and her captor. That's the story where you're really waiting to see what happens next. It finally comes to a conclusion and you'll just have to watch it for yourself to see how it plays out.

As for the tech aspects, the film is in Korean only with English subtitles. There are also some interesting interviews with some of the cast members, along with a few trailers of other films that didn't really peak my interest. These extras were on the DVD version. I doubt they would be accessible on the Amazon Prime version.

In the end, I gave the film a four. It had some good scares in it and I thought the actors did a good job with their roles. I would have liked to have seen more with the girl and her captor in general, but that's not what the film was about. It was a Korean version of horror shorts. So you have to take it for what it is. It definitely had a different flavor to it than J-Horror films. Overall a good rental if you like K-Horror stories or Horror Anthologies in general.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to its name Dec 21 2013
By LFrog1386 - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've seen the V/H/S movies, this movie has the same set-up premise. Four horror stories are surrounded by a wrap around story that gives a reason for the four stories to exist. In this case, a teenager girl is kidnapped by a serial killer who tells her that if she tells him stories that scare him well enough, he won't kill her. So off we go with the first story of a young brother and sister home alone when an intruder breaks in. Your imagination immediately takes over and you feel as if you are one of these kids and your heart is pounding right along with the characters. It's a strong start to an accomplished series of shorts.

The second short about a killer escaping on a plane is also very good, although some parts may be a bit predictable. Still, the suspense is good enough to keep you guessing and the characters play their parts well as either likable or easy to hate.

The third story is so over the top you would think it would be implausible but it's not. Two sisters are fighting to win the same man and they will go to some pretty major extremes to make it happen. Although the characters are drawn from very simple good vs. bad cloth, the story will keep you guessing on how it will end and the unpredictability of it gives you a nice sense of suspense to enjoy.

The fourth story has to be the best and what a way to end a movie! Zombies,a mother and an ambulance-what a great combination. I truly felt like I was there and the story line gave me goosebumps more than once as I imagined what it would feel like to be on this particular ride.

The wrap around story has its own share of horror and scares and I doubt it will disappoint. I have to say this is the best horror anthology I've seen in a long time as all four stories and the wrap around are strong in scares and tension is palpable. I loved the V/H/S movies but only one or two of their stories could reach this level of fear. I can't wait to see part II.
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