Making its North American debut as both a regular entry in the Tribeca Film Festival and online via TFF Virtual is Lee Yong-joo’s Possessed (The Living Death), which draws equally from traditions of K-horror and police procedural.
Possessed is an eminently creepy hybrid, a slow-burn horror film that builds its eeriness through a paced accumulation of unsettling details within its engrossing mystery plot, which is as follows:
College student Hee-jin returns home after her younger sister, the recent survivor of a devastating car accident, has gone missing, only to find her mother is a fanatical religious convert and an ominous aura hangs over the family’s apartment complex. Things take a macabre turn when the neighbors start offing themselves in increasingly bizarre and grotesque ways, and Hee-jin calls on skeptical detective Tae-hwan to investigate the mysterious events. Together they begin to unravel the tangled web of connections between the victims that will ultimately lead back to the missing girl.
Director Lee Yong-joo mobilizes familiar horror imagery in imaginative new ways to craft a pernicious skin-crawler as Hee-jin and Tae-hwan unearth the twisted secrets behind the rash of ghastly deaths. See if you agree in the following stills, trailer, and clip.
Possessed‘s Tribeca screening dates and times are:
Fri, Apr 23, 11:30PM Village East Cinema 3
Sat, Apr 24, 6:45PM Village East Cinema 4
Sun, Apr 25, 11:30PM Village East Cinema 3
Sat, May 01, 11:59PM Village East Cinema 1
The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 21st through May 2nd in New York City. Visit the Fest’s official website for more info on Possessed and all the other films on the schedule.
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