A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

R

A psychological horror film drenched in atmosphere and memorable scares

7.0

Movie

South Korea, United States of America
Korean
Drama, Horror, Mystery
2003
KIM JEE-WOON
Kim Gap-soo, Kim Kap-soo, Lee Dae-yeon
115 min

What it's about

A recently released patient from a mental institution returns home with her sister, only to face disturbing events between her stepmother and the ghosts haunting their house – all of which are connected to a dark past in the family's history.

The take

If this South Korean cult favorite relies a little too much on jump scares and twisty plot developments, its relatively emotionally distant story is nevertheless given a welcome boost in character thanks to an impressive overall look and feel. Shadowy and foreboding from beginning to end, A Tale of Two Sisters seems to be designed for group viewings where friends can spook each other out without losing track of the film's momentum. But it's far from shallow: patient horror fans should enjoy unpacking the movie's densely layered character dynamics, which become all the more disturbing and sorrowful after learning all of the film's secrets.

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